Northwoods Prescribed Fire Module Leader

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota, 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.

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This North Woods Module Leader will lead a TNC-prescribed fire module based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Module Leader will routinely collaborate with agency, Tribal, and non-profit partners. The Module Leader will also engage with community members to build trust and support for prescribed fire projects.

They will be part of an extensive state-wide prescribed fire workforce and will supervise other module members in the conduct of prescribed burning, pile burning, preparing firebreaks, maintaining fire equipment and vehicles, tree felling and brush cutting, and invasive species control. They will aid in delivering prescribed fire and wildland fire training for TNC staff and partners. They will work in habitats ranging from boreal forests to pine and oak forests, to prairie openings, and from remote wilderness areas to wildland-urban interface.


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 will be responsible for the daily oversight and coordination of the Module. This includes continuous coordination with multiple partners, project identification and prioritization, accomplishment tracking, logistics planning, purchases, equipment maintenance, and assuring the overall safety of the crew.

Although the Module Leader will primarily be based at the Northeast Interagency Fire Cache in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, they will be expected to assist with prescribed and wildland fire operations in other parts of the United States. Those assignments may be administered by TNC’s North America Fire program, and/or through details with federal and state agency partners. Occasional travel and camping may be required.

This is a salaried position with a targeted start date of March 20, 2024.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in prescribed burning and wildfire suppression qualified as a FFT1.
  • Relationship-building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, e.g., agency fire staff, Indigenous people, private landowners, etc (cross/multi-cultural experience a plus!)
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training and managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Must have a valid driver's license. Please indicate this in your resume.

In addition, the following DESIRED skills and/or experiences would be an asset for this role, but are not required. For applicants without these, please view these as areas or skillsets where you will have opportunities for growth and professional development , and on the job training.


  • NWCG FAL2 qualified, or comparable chainsaw experience.
  • Ability and willingness to apply learned science (current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation) to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Experience with canoeing and snowshoeing


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

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TNC also fosters an environment supportive of empowering our employees, amplifying an equitable workforce, and creating opportunities to participate in our nine Employee Resource Groups.

In alignment with the global organization, the Tri-State chapter is making an intentional effort to creating a community of inclusivity and belonging through collaboration and feedback. We’re committed to building a culture based on trust, transparency, empathy, and accountability. We value individuality and difference of backgrounds and ideas, and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $52,000 – 60,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

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


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