Southern Blue Ridge AS-NEEDED Senior Burn Crew Member

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The Nature Conservancy

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Asheville, NC, United States

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14 days ago


Asheville, North Carolina, USA


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The primary responsibility of the Senior Burn Crew Member will be to assist in wildland fire operations with partners such as state and federal agencies, or on Conservancy preserves in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Previous experience with the Conservancy will be helpful as the Senior Burn Crew Member may be asked to: lead squads when the burn crew is supporting multiple burns; ensure the burn crew received maps and plan transport for crew; possibly secure meals and/or lodging for crew; lead at annual refresher; direct team building and mentor others; lead or support fire line workdays; support learning and training; financial responsibility including corporate credit card usage and expense reporting in a timely manner; oversee equipment including radios, saws, blowers, drip torches, hand tools, the engine and shop needs, communicating and coordinating equipment repair needs to the Burn Crew Leaders, ensuring equipment is ready and functioning.

Wildland fire operations may include fire line construction, holding and/or ignition during burns, monitoring weather, patrolling fire line, mop-up, and equipment maintenance. All Conservancy staff actively participating on a burn must meet FFT2 minimum qualification standard but do not need a red card. Individuals represent the Conservancy on partner burns and must act accordingly. The Conservancy supports SBR Fire Learning Network partners on multiple controlled burns each year. There is potential for assisting on forestry-related projects.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

The Senior Burn Crew Member participates on prescribed burns throughout the Southern Blue Ridge (SBR). Under the direction of the SBR Stewardship Manager and Burn Crew Leaders, the Senior Crew Member provides wildland fire support for single or multi-day prescribed fire operations. Staffing needs for this position average 2-4 operational periods bi-weekly and operational periods are at the discretion of the Stewardship Manager. Operational periods will likely be sporadic and clustered by opportune weather conditions, and no guarantee of a minimum number of opportunities is given or implied. Under supervision by a Burn Crew Leader or SBR Stewardship Manager, Senior Burn Crew Members will participate in opportunities only as their own schedules allow, and thus participation on any given opportunity is not required but is strongly encouraged.

Compensation of $18.75 per hour will include travel time from a meet-up location to the burn unit. If overnight travel is required, compensation will occur during actual work hours.

The Senior Burn Crew Member is expected to provide some of their own personal protective equipment (Nomex pants, Nomex shirt, fire boots, hard hat) as outlined by the Conservancy’s fire management manual and provide their own transportation to the meet-up location in Asheville. The Conservancy will provide radio and transportation from Asheville to and from the burn unit. The Conservancy can provide line pack, fire shelter and radio harness, if necessary.

You may work 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
  • Ability to achieve and maintain physical fitness standard: must be able to walk 3 miles in less than 45 minutes carrying 45lbs. The Conservancy will provide refresher and administer arduous pack test at start of the position.
  • Must have valid driver’s license. Please indicate this in your resume.
  • Small engine knowledge; operating and maintenance
  • Experience operating various types of equipment. Comfort pulling equipment trailers.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid and CPR).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Fire Fighter Type 1 qualifications
  • 1-2 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management
  • Experience with TNC Burn Crews of 3 or more fire seasons
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment
  • Ability to operate standard transmission vehicles
  • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad
  • Ability to coordinate with staff through technology including text messages and emails; familiarity with Avenza PDFMaps
  • Other training which supports development of knowledge and skills: ATV Safety and Operations, S-212 Wildland Chainsaws, S-211Portable Pumps and Water Use. Preference may be given to those with higher qualifications (above FFT1).


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’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." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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.


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