Northwest Georgia Burn Crew Intern

Expected Dates
January 6, 2020 to May 8, 2020
The Nature Conservancy Georgia
Position ID
This position is AmeriCorps and acceptance of AmeriCorps membership is required for this internship.

You will be part of a seasonal prescribed burn team that will be used to conduct prescribed burns for the benefit of rare and endangered species. As such, you will participate in wildland fire operations throughout Northwest Georgia on key preserves owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). You will also be assisting TNC partners such as private land owners, state and federal agencies, and potentially the Alabama TNC chapter. You will assist with ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and monitoring; participate in preparation of fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks; and perform other preserve management habitat restoration duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. This position will be focused in Northwest Georgia.

EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: The Nature Conservancy hosts many field trips for the general public and for the scientific community on it’s preserves focusing on ecological management. Because this position is very dependent on weather, it is impossible to accurately predict the coinciding of these educational opportunities with day to day job duties. There will be many opportunities for educational and recreational events as this position spans the entire state of Georgia, especially when the weather precludes the ability to conduct prescribed fire operations.

Position Benefits:
  • Housing included
  • $160 / week living allowance
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Fire Trainining (Red Card) (S-130 & S-190)
  • Chainsaw Training
  • The service location will be predominantly in the area refered to as the Chattahoochee Fall Line (CFL) on properties owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and Ga DNR such as the CFL Wildlife Management Area. Work on nearby state parks and Tuskegee National Forest is likely.
  • Training will be given for fire fighting, prescribed burning, ATV/UTV use, and chainsaw use. Potential for training on manual transmission and use of tractor and bobcat-type equipment. Training opportunities will be given for below listed certifications.
  • Wilderness opportunities. Canoe/kayak/hiking. Wildlife population monitoring.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision