Prescribed Fire Corps Crew Member - Gulf Coast

Expected Dates
January 4, 2021 to May 10, 2021
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is offering prescribed fire corps crew member positions in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida from Jan 2021 - May 2021 (exact dates to be determined). Four crew members will work under a crew leader to assist with prescribed burns working with the U.S. Forest Service or The Nature Conservancy, depending on location. When conditions are not ideal for burning, members will assist the partner with other projects including vegetation removal, fire line preparation, equipment maintenance, and other work duties. In addition, members will receive job training, personal development, and natural resource management skills while working with these partners. 

Certification includes: 
  • Fire Training (Red Card S-130, S-190)
  • Chainsaw Training (S-212)
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR 
  • SCA Corps Member Training

Compensation includes:

  • $300 - $350/week living allowance, depending on placement site
  • A one-time $650 travel allowance 
  • Meals (during work days) and housing
  • Eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award worth $1,538.36

Placement sites include: 

  • Kisatchie National Forest (Pineville, LA) - US Forest Service
  • Sabine National Forest (Lufkin, Texas) - US Forest Service
  • Davy Crockett National Forest (Kennard, TX) - US Forest Service
  • Disney Wilderness Preserve (Poinciana, FL) - The Nature Conservancy
  • Splinter Hill Bog Preserve (Montgomery, AL) - The Nature Conservancy

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. Members that do not pass the pack test 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 depending on direction from the partner. 

NOTE: Priority will be given to members that are currently living or looking to work in Gulf coast states (TX, LA, MS, AL, and FL). Applicants will be placed at a site based on their preference, experience, and qualifications. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, but those submitted by August 2020 will be given priority. Interviews will start in September 2020.  

  • Members of this Team will participate in the following trainings:
    -Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130, S190 Basic Wildland Firefighting
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience