Mississippi Fire Corps (US Military Veterans Encouraged to Apply)

Expected Dates
August 21, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The Mississippi Prescribed Fire Corps team will receive essential training, credentials and experience to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Crew members will serve on a team of five with an experienced SCA crew leader. This team will work throughout coastal Mississippi on projects including prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, educational outreach, and fire preparation of burn units. NOTE: Hiring preference will be given to post-9/11-era US Military Veterans and non-military Veterans. 

Benefits include:
  • Red Card (S-130, S-190) certification
  • Chainsaw certification (S-212)
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • Eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award ($1,566)
  • Living allowance of $300/week
  • A $650 travel allowance
  • Housing
  • Transportation during work hours
  • Meals during work days

Work days can vary and may require long days and weekends. Prescribed fire work demands a high level of fitness to work in difficult environmental conditions, including steep terrain, extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke. Members will be required to pass the Work Capacity (Pack) Test (FFT2 Red Card Certification) at the “arduous” level.  The Pack Test consists of completing a 3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes. Veterans are required to provide a form DD214, indicating an Honorable discharge or General discharge (under Honorable conditions) on a case-by-case basis. Members of this program must also have a valid driver’s license, successfully pass both a vehicle and criminal background check, and be comfortable and willing to live and work with other members. Members will also have to pass a medical clearance process from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

  • Grand Bay NWR(Alabama/Mississippi, Sandhill Crane NWR(Mississippi), Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve(Mississippi), US Navy Stennis Western Maneuver Area (Mississippi) and private lands within the 2015 eligible HUC-8 watersheds.
  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130 Basic Wildland Firefighting (Red Card)
    - WFA and CPR
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience