Burn Crew Manager
The Nature Conservancy - Missouri

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The Prescribed Burn Crew Leader travels extensively as part of a six person crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at sites throughout Missouri in woodland and grassland fuels. This position coordinates logistical details and function of the crew, facilitates communications between fire leader and the crew, and assures completion of needed documentation of crew work accomplishments, time and effort, and expenses. This position also includes routine preserve management activities such as fencing, boundary posting, and brush cutting. This position requires extended periods of outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions with long and irregular hours and cooking and sleeping under rustic conditions. The Prescribed Burn Crew is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice.



Assist with fireline construction, preparation and implementation of prescribed burns and mop-up activities.

All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2.

Conduct routine preserve management work such as brush and tree cutting, fence construction and repair, boundary posting, etc.

Travel extensively throughout Missouri and adjacent states for up to ten days at a time. The Nature Conservancy will provide work-related transportation and food.

Coordinate logistical details of prescribed fire crew work, including communication of work assignments and food, vehicle, equipment and other logistical needs.

Assure complete documentation of crew work is provided in a regular and timely manner, including a crew work log, time and effort reporting, vehicle use and maintenance logs, and travel expenses.


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

Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss).

Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.

Experience supervising staff.

Ability to pass pack test at “arduous level” (carry a 45-­pound pack over 3 miles of level terrain in 45 minutes or less)


High school diploma and 1 year of related experience

Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fireline (L-180), Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), NIMS An Introduction (IS-700.a), Advanced Firefighter (S-131), Look Up, Look Down, Look Around (S-133), and completion of FFT1 Position Task Book. Experienced FFT2 and current FFT1 trainees will be considered for this position.

Excellent physical condition, including ability to complete pack test at “arduous” level (carry a 45-pound pack over 3 miles of level terrain in 45 minutes or less).

Ability to achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to keep clear and accurate written records of crew work effort, time, and expenses.

Ability to work well with a wide variety of people in small, stressful conditions and to follow assignments closely. Ability to follow instructions from colleagues

Willingness to cook and sleep in rustic conditions; willingness to provide own sleeping bag and tent and travel throughout Missouri and adjacent states for up to ten days at a time and willingness to work long and irregular hours.

Ability to perform exceptionally hard physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions in all extremes of weather. Ability to carry 60-pound water backpack in rugged terrain for extended periods.

Ability to perform the safe operation of manual transmission vehicles, 4x4 pickups, trailers, ATV’s, and hand tools. Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

First Aid and CPR certification required.


This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary position with employment dates of February 6 – April 12, 2013.

The Prescribed Burn Crew is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice.


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 Manager 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.





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