Allegheny Highlands Restoration Technician

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Lexington, Virginia, USA



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The Restoration Technician is a full-time permanent position that will work directly with partners in the Heart of the Appalachians Fire Learning Network to implement on-the-ground restoration of fire-adapted oak- and pine-dominated forests in the Central Appalachians of Virginia.


The Restoration Technician will coordinate with staff from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, private landowners, and other partners to implement controlled burns and pre- and post-burn ecological monitoring. Responsibilities will include fire line construction and maintenance, monitoring fuel conditions, burn implementation and mop up, equipment maintenance, vegetation and avian monitoring, and data entry and compilation. As such, the Restoration Technician participates as a member of the Conservancy’s state-wide fire management team, with assignments primarily limited to the western mountains. Accomplishing these duties requires the Restoration Technician to effectively communicate between, work with, and often lead diverse teams of other Conservancy or partner agency staff, volunteers, and interns. Other responsibilities may include routine preserve management such as, road and trail maintenance, gate construction and repair, sign installation, land-asset monitoring, field station maintenance, and other related stewardship activities. The Restoration Technician may also lead or assist with preserve and project field trips, public workshops, development of interpretive materials, and outreach initiatives, as well as:
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, partners, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • May be involved with ecological management and stewardship activities such as: scouting fire line, lead fire line preparation, mechanical thinning of trees and shrubs, trail maintenance, invasive species control and land asset monitoring.
  • Knowledge or interest in land management and ecosystem restoration, particularly prescribed burning. Prescribed or suppression fire experience preferred.
  • Project activities may include: vegetation sampling, photographic monitoring, and avian point counts, including preparation and maintenance of monitoring equipment, management of data forms and coordination of sampling logistics. Assist partner agencies with data entry into a FEAT and Firemon and Excel database/workbook.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors.
  • May assist in development of Fire Learning Network workshops and interpretive materials.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience including AS, Technical or vocational degrees.
  • Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book or equivalent experience or qualification from non-NWCG agencies. Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at:
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual. Must be able to complete arduous Work Capacity Test, 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying 45 lbs.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment and machinery. (Two-way radio, chainsaw, backpack blower, brush cutter, UTV, portable pumps and drip torches, etc.)
  • Faller 3, Basic sawyer is required or equivalent experience or qualification from non-NWCG agencies.
  • Experience with natural systems.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1 – 3 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Faller 2-Intermediate Sawyer preferred.
  • Some experience managing volunteers.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species in Eastern Deciduous forests to complete preserve management and monitoring activities.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Web browsers, Microsoft Power Point, Avenza or handheld GPS applications).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience with GIS mapping software such as ArcMap or ArcPro.


Salary Range: $26.37-$28.57 per hour ($48,000 - $52,000 annually) based on experience.


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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