Prescribed Fire Technician

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The Nature Conservancy

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Ainsworth, NE, United States

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7 days ago


Johnstown, Nebraska, USA



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.orq or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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The Prescribed Fire Technician assists Conservancy staff in the preparation and implementation of prescribed burn plans and burns at various preserves in Nebraska which may be owned by TNC or other public or private partners. The work schedule is weather dependent and may be highly irregular at times. Routine preserve management activities such as fencing, removal of invasive species, forest management, ecological monitoring and other related stewardship activities may be performed during periods when the weather is unsuitable to conduct burns.

The PFT will work closely with Conservancy staff. The Conservancy will provide shared housing at the Niobrara Valley Preserve north of Johnstown, NE.

The Prescribed Fire Technicians may assist on fire operations with federal, state, private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping informed of new burning techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/develop 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

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Assist with fire line construction, implementation of prescribed burns and mop-up activities. Maintain equipment and tools used on prescribed burns.
  • Operate fire equipment, if qualified, including ignition devices, 4WD trucks, ATV’s, UTV’s, portable pumps, pump engines, port-a-tanks, tractors, backpack blowers, brush cutters, chain saws, hand tools, and GPS units.
  • Perform fire line preparations, including tractor mowing, tree cutting, chainsaw work, raking, handline construction, etc. Must have familiarity with the safe operation of equipment and off-road vehicles and must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for the work.
  • Conduct routine preserve management work such as removal of invasive species (including herbicide application); bison, cattle, and grassland management; ecological monitoring; fence construction and repair; building/facilities and grounds maintenance and upkeep; vehicle maintenance; and other related stewardship activities.
  • Engage in workshops and other outreach activities related to the use of prescribed fire as a management tool on private land.
  • Assist other preserve staff when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire including helping to prepare facilities for events and assisting the outreach program.
  • Travel and work as a team member performing these tasks.
  • Works in stressful conditions.
  • Works under close supervision.
  • Willingness to travel and work select evenings and/or weekends, as needed.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical work for extended and irregular periods in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Must be qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2. See
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by the Prescribed Fire Coordinator and the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment, including 4WD, standard transmission vehicles and ATVs.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, and driver’s license).
  • Valid driver’s license and compliance with The Nature Conservancy’s auto safety program. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


  • 6 months -1 year of related experience.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Willingness to travel extensively and occasionally to work weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Willingness to provide lace-up leather boots, minimum height of 8 inches.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a wide variety of people in stressful conditions and to follow assignments closely.


The Prescribed Fire Technician (PFT) participates in prescribed fire operations which include planning, ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned. This position will begin on March 6th, 2023 and terminate on December 8th, 2023. This position will be housed at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve near Johnstown, NE in North Central Nebraska.

Salary Range: $20 - $23 per hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.


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

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.


Salary Range: $20.00 - $23.00 per hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.


To apply for job ID 52653, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on February 03, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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