Burn Crew Leader

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The Nature Conservancy

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Babson Park, FL, United States

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16 days ago


Babson Park, Florida, 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 Crew Leader is a staff member of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF) of TNC’s Florida Chapter. SAF is responsible for implementing and managing field conservation work across Florida and for stewardship of the Florida Chapter’s network of preserves. TNC’s Central Florida preserves are part of the statewide Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI) and include Tiger Creek Preserve, Disney Wilderness Preserve, Saddle-blanket Scrub, and Venus Flatwoods. These preserves and this position are integral to CCI and its mission. The Crew Leader performs and participates in land management efforts with an emphasis on these TNC preserves and with conservation partners in the surrounding landscape. They are responsible for ensuring that all stewardship related activities comply with TNC’s, local, state, and federal requirements. They serve as part of SAF’s Central Florida Program (CFL) team and are supervised by the Land Conservation Manager.

Nearly all of Florida’s ecosystems depend on fire for essential ecological functions. The Central Florida Ecosystem Restoration Team supports fire management activities across diverse ecosystems, agencies, and organizations in the Central Florida region to achieve fire management goals, promoting ecosystem health and public safety.

Together, we can increase the number of acres treated, gain experience, and have a positive influence on natural habitats and the communities surrounding them. Specifically, we will support The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations throughout Central Florida achieve their fire management goals.


You will represent The Nature Conservancy’s Central Florida Ecosystem Restoration Team (ERT) in the places you work. Your attitude and fire practitioner skills will be important as we prepare fire lines, maintain equipment, conduct pre- and post-burn monitoring, and do other prescribed fire related tasks. You may perform other land management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. We will ask you to serve in roles commensurate with your qualification and experience.

As a full-time prescribed fire crew leader, you will participate in continuous prescribed fire assignments throughout a six-month term beginning January 9th, 2023 and ending June 30th. The ERT will be housed at The Disney Wilderness Preserve and work will be performed on TNC Preserves and partner lands throughout Central Florida

The intent of this position is to lead a three-person team (this position and two crew) that provides support for prescribed fire operations on conservations lands throughout Central Florida
This is a full-time, seasonal, hourly wage position, and overtime applies after the first 40 hours each week. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered when traveling for prescribed fire assignments, including lodging if required. Housing (private bedroom w/shared kitchen/bath) will be provided at the Disney Wilderness Preserve.

Burn crew leaders will be expected to:

  • Perform tasks under the supervision of the Land Conservation Manager and under direction from Land Conservation Specialists at Tiger Creek and Disney Wilderness Preserves
  • Ensure safe work practices.
  • Manage day to day assignments as leader of a three-person team.
  • Assist with all aspects of prescribed burning.
  • Maintain assigned equipment.
  • Maintain accurate records of work time, expenses, etc. and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Work as team player.
  • Operate ATVs, UTVs, tractors, chain saws, and leaf blowers and tow trailers.
  • Be able to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances
  • Achieve physical fitness standards; able to pass the arduous level pack-test 3 mile walk with 45 lbs. in 45 minutes.
  • Be vaccinated for COVID 19 in accordance with The Nature Conservancy’s COVID 19 policy.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field and 2 years related work experience or Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1) with high school diploma.
  • Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and TNC Fire Manual.
  • Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Ability to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR and herbicide application as required.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must be able to comply with The Nature Conservancy’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1-2 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management or similar field.
  • Qualified as an FFT1 or higher.
  • Experience leading teams.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad.
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge, to maintain preserve records.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.


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!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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.


Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 450007

Salary Grade: 4



To apply for job ID 52133, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 8, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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