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The Nature Conservancy seeks Burn Boss

January 05, 2019

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Burn Boss 




 Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. 

The Burn Boss (BB) directs prescribed fire operations; coordinates fire suppression activities, and may develop or review Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and Site Fire Management Plans. The BB is responsible for safe and effective fire operations, administers physical fitness testing, trains and organizes crew; conducts annual refresher training, and maintains documentation files for crew member training and qualifications. The BB evaluates trainees and certifies task books for positions up to RXB2.
The BB may perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, the BB will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials.
In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee).
• Makes decisions in rapidly changing and potentially hazardous conditions that may affect the safety of staff and resources.
• Oversees staff and volunteers who serve as Burn Crew Members.
• Ensures Crew Members are well-trained and maintains records of training. Reports experience and training for crew to Conservancy Fire Manager annually for recording to Incident Qualification and Certification System.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically   demanding  circumstances.
• Under minimal supervision makes independent decision based on analysis, experience and judgment.
• Bachelor’s degree in science-related field and 3 years related experience in fire operations or ecological land management or
  equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must meet NWCG qualifications for RxB2, including coursework and experience requirements.
  (See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements) 
• Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager.
• Experience directing prescribed fire operations.
• Experience training and supervising staff and burn crew members or volunteers
• Experience leading effectively in stressful situations.
• Relationship building and negotiation skills.
• Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
• Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record
• Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
• 3 to 5 years related experience in fire operations or ecological land management, similar field or equivalent combination
  of  education and experience.
• Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
• Ability to recognize plant and animal species for executing an ecologically appropriate fire regime.
• Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
• Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
• Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Experience using maintenance tools, including lawn mowers, power and construction tools is preferred.

To apply to position number 47197, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately.

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 23, 2019.


The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.


The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.



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