Prescribed Fire Internships - Southeastern US

Expected Dates
November 8, 2021 to May 13, 2022
Student Conservation Association
Position ID
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is offering prescribed fire internship positions in Georgia and Alabama ranging from November 2021 - May 2022 (exact dates to be determined depending on host site). Selected interns will work under our host site partners supervision to assist with prescribed burns working with partners like The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, US Fish & Wildlife.

When conditions are not ideal for burning, members may assist the partner with other projects which will vary depending on placement. Past projects have included 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. 

Certifications provided include: (Some of the below certifications may not be offered at your specific placement. Please confirm with your host partner at the time of the interview)
  • Fire Training (Red Card S-130, S-190) (Fire Fighter Type II)
  • Chainsaw Training (S-212)
  • CPR / Basic First Aid
  • ATV / UTV Operation
  • Defensive Driving

Compensation will vary depending on placement but will include the following:

  • $160 - $300 / week living allowance, depending on placement site
  • A one-time ($650 - $1,100) travel allowance (Depending on if a personal vehicle is required)
  • Housing will be provided by the host partner and will be shared with others. Description of housing will be provided by host partner. 
  • Eligibility for an AmeriCorps education award ranging in value from $1,538.36 - $3,097.50 (depends on length of your placement) and for some of our positions enrolling in AmeriCorps will be mandatory.
  • Fire boots (some host sites provide a $200 allowance to pay for fire boots)

Host Partner Sites Include: 

  • Coastal Georgia State Conservation Lands (Brunswick, GA) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Moody Forest (Baxley, GA) - The Nature Conservancy Georgia
  • Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (Round Oak, GA) - US Fish & Wildlife

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: 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 October 5th, 2020 will be given priority with interviews to start in the weeks that follow. 

  • Members of this Team will likely participate in the following trainings:
    -Basic First Aid / CPR training
    -S212 Chainsaw Certification
    -S130, S190 Basic Wildland Firefighting
    - UTV / ATV Operation
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
competent without supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision