Burn Crew Member ? Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion
The Nature Conservancy 4.450 reviews - Minnesota
Full-time, Temporary

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The Burn Crew Member will work throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeastern Minnesota. The crew’s primary work area will be the Ordway Glacial Lakes focal area in central Minnesota. The Burn Crew Member will participate in prescribed fire activities, and during inopportune weather will be involved in other land management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands. Remove exotic species and/or species monitoring (including use of herbicides). Monitoring and data entry of invasive species.

Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.

Assist in fence condition evaluation, inventorying, maintenance, and construction for conservation grazing.

Assist in directing Conservation Corps Minnesota crews on projects.

Maintain tools and equipment

Brush/tree removal with stump treatment

Seed harvest

Photo and vegetation monitoring

Posting and signing of properties.

Other preserve management activities

All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2 or higher. The Burn Crew Member will participate in prescribed burns, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks.

This is a short-term position from April 8 through June 14, 2013. There are 4 positions available.



High school diploma and 1 year training in science-related field or related experience in land management.

Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2).

Experience recognizing plant and animal species.

Experience performing physical work.


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)


. 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 with employment dates of April 8, 2013 - June 14, 2013.


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 Member 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 and irregular hours in isolated settings

require independent and group efforts


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.


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