Fall Burn Crew Technician
The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota

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The Burn Crew Technician (BCT) will serve on a crew of six people at the Agassiz Beach Ridges office. The crew will travel throughout the Agassiz Beach Ridges landscape (northwestern MN). This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in these landscapes. Under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader, the BCT will assist with controlled burns. In addition, the BCT will assist with preserve management tasks such as boundary posting, firebreak preparation, fencing, tree clearing, brush cutting, and equipment maintenance when conditions are not conducive to burning. This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends.

Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice. If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite.

Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. Occasional overnight and/or extended periods away from base office MAY be required. This is a seasonal position from September 30 to November 1, 2013.


The Burn Crew Technician participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Burn Crew Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. This is a short-term job (6 months or less).

  • High School diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2.
  • Experience in the use of standard transmission pickups, ATVs, hand and power tools and the ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • High school diploma and 6 months -1 year of related experience
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for FFT2 (must be completed before employment), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130),IS-700 NIMS (National Incident Management System) http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.asp . Candidates lacking elements of this training may be considered and training opportunities afforded if selected for one of the crews.
  • Technicians will be required to attend and pass TNC sponsored fire and equipment training during the first full week of employment. Training time is paid at normal salary rate.
  • Must have or be able to readily obtain a valid driver’s license; requires good driving record
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather or darkness.
  • Ability to pass the NWCG “Pack Test” at the arduous level. Walk 3 miles in 45 minutes or less carrying a 45 pound pack on level terrain.

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary position.
  • Housing provided.

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The Burn Crew Technician may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:
  • require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present frequent possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

  • $9.00 to $11.00 per hour, depending on experience.


To apply to position number 41325, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 7, 2013.

Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

You must click “submit” to apply for the position. You may select “save for later” if you prefer to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

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