Mississippi Prescribed Fire Corps

Expected Dates
January 9, 2023 to May 26, 2023
Site
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
PO-00734265
Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering with USFWS Sandhill Crane Refuge and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to administer a Mississippi Prescribed Fire Corps team. 

Three crew members will serve with an experienced SCA crew leader from Jan 9 - May 26, 2023. This crew will serve on projects including prescribed fires, manual and mechanical fuels reduction projects, fire effects monitoring, and educational outreach. Most prescribed fire and fuels work will be based in coastal Mississippi with periodic travel to other refuges in the region. There will be occasional camping in remote areas as project activities dictate. This crew will receive essential training, credentials and experience to provide a good foundation to pursue a wildland fire and/or forestry careers.

SCA and USFWS will provide your training in the following disciplines to qualify you for fire work during and after your service:
  • Fire Training (S-130, S-190, L-180, ICS100)
  • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training (S-212)
  • Medical Training/CPR
  • SCA Corps Member Training

Compensation Details:

  • $440/week living allowance,
  • A one-time $650 travel allowance 
  • Meals (during work days) and housing
  • Eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award ($2,474.27)
  • Eligibility for a Public Land Corps Certificate for Noncompetitive Hiring Status

All members are required to pass an arduous pack test to participate in the program. This includes walking 3 miles with a 45-pound weighted vest in under 45 minutes and a medical screening issued by the USFWS.  Members that do not pass the pack test and/or the medical screening will be dismissed from the program.

In addition, prescribed burning is condition-dependent and members may be required to work long hours and/or weekends to accomplish project objectives. 

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Per CDC guidance, up to date vaccination now includes all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when indicated. For example, if someone has completed the primary series but is not yet indicated for a booster shot, they are considered up to date. Once a person is indicated for a booster (6 months after Pfizer or Moderna primary series, 2 months after J&J primary series), full and up-to-date vaccination includes the completed booster shot. Visit the following website for more information: www.thesca.org/covid.

  • SCA and USFWS will provide your training in the following disciplines to qualify you for fire work during and after your service:

    • Fire Training (S-130, S-190, L-180, ICS100)
    • Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training (S-212)
    • Medical Training/CPR
    • SCA Corps Member Training
  • Chainsaw
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.