Nonprofit Fuels & Chipper Coordinator

Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council
5156 McGrath St, Ventura, CA 93003
$32 - $36 an hour - Full-time

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  • $32 - $36 an hour

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  • Full-time

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  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed
  • Monday to Friday


5156 McGrath St, Ventura, CA 93003

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

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Job Summary: The Fuels & Chipper Coordinator at Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) plays a critical role in assisting in the development and coordination of fuels treatment, vegetation management, and chipping projects aimed at enhancing wildfire resilience. This position requires a proactive and detail-oriented individual capable of working collaboratively with contractors, environmental consultants, fire departments, and community leaders. This role is an essential component of VRFSC’s Programs Department, whose purpose is to engage with vulnerable communities and community members through direct action. The Fuels & Chipper Coordinator will work with VRFSC’s Programs Manager, Head of Wildfire Safety, and additional staff to lead wildfire mitigation program development and implementation.

Title: Fuels & Chipper Coordinator

Location: Ventura County, California



  • Project Coordination:
  • Coordinate with contractors, partners, and relevant staff to support the planning and execution of fuels treatment, vegetation management, and chipping projects.

Environmental Compliance:

  • Ensure all projects adhere to environmental compliance requirements, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other relevant regulations.
  • Liaise with environmental consultants to conduct necessary assessments and obtain required permits.
  • Monitor ongoing projects to ensure continued compliance and address any issues that arise promptly.

Professional Development:

  • Conduct independent research and training on wildfire behavior, mitigation science, and the latest developments in wildfire resilience strategies.
  • Lead staff in regular training opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills related to wildfire mitigation and fuels management.
  • Develop and implement additional training standards based on the latest research and best practices in wildfire resilience.
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of home hardening assessors, providing feedback and recommendations for improvement.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community leaders, local fire departments, and other stakeholders to foster collaboration and support for fuels management projects.
  • Engage with community members to raise awareness about wildfire risk reduction and the importance of vegetation management.
  • Participate in community meetings, workshops, and events to promote VRFSC's mission and initiatives.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Maintain accurate records of all project activities, including project plans, progress reports, and compliance documentation.
  • Create manuals as requested in order to replicate and guide similar projects.
  • Prepare and submit regular reports to the Programs Manager and other stakeholders as required.
  • Document and share lessons learned from completed projects to inform future initiatives.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Stay current with advancements in wildfire science and management techniques through continuous education and professional development.
  • Support VRFSC's broader mission and activities as needed, including participating in strategic planning and organizational development efforts.
  • Contribute to grant writing and fundraising efforts to secure funding for future projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, environmental science, fire science, natural resource management, GIS mapping, or a related field is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of wildfire behavior, fuels treatment techniques, and vegetation management practices.
  • Experience working with environmental regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to coordinate multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse groups.
  • Proficiency in using GIS software and other relevant technology for project planning and management.
  • Commitment to VRFSC’s mission and values.
  • Valid California driver's license, proof of insurance, reliable transportation, and a working mobile phone with the ability to use the VRFSC phone system app (Grasshopper).

Working Conditions:

  • This position requires both office work and fieldwork, including site visits to project locations.
  • Must be able to work in various weather conditions and terrains.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to attend community meetings and events.
  • Collaborate with local fire departments, wildfire resilience organizations, and community leaders to identify, prioritize, and implement fuels and chipper projects that align with community needs and organizational goals.
  • Coordinate with environmental consultants to ensure all current and future fuels treatment projects comply with environmental regulations and standards.



We offer a competitive compensation package for this position, ensuring fair pay for your hard work and dedication:

  • Hourly Rate: The hourly rate for this position ranges from $32.00 to $36.00 per hour, based on experience and qualifications.
  • Weekly Hours: This is a full-time position in which 40 hours per week is expected.
  • Hours of Operation: The standard business hours for VRFSC are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Occasional weekends may be required based on operational needs.


We believe in taking care of our team and offering a comprehensive benefits package to ensure your well-being and peace of mind. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Health Insurance: Our health insurance plan is partially covered by grant funding, reducing the cost for you. The remaining portion is covered out of pocket, providing you with access to quality healthcare.
  • Dental and Vision Coverage: We offer full coverage for dental and vision insurance through Humana.
  • Retirement Contribution: We support your future planning with a retirement contribution plan. Additionally, we offer a discretionary match at the end of the year, further enhancing your retirement savings.
  • Generous Paid Time Off: We value work-life balance and provide generous paid time off.

The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $32.00 - $36.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Work Location: In person

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