Fire and Stewardship Crew Member

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The Nature Conservancy

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Van Buren, MO, United States

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17 days ago


Van Buren, Missouri, USA


Lebanon, Missouri, USA


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Fire and Stewardship Crew Member (FSCM) participates in wild land fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned. FSCMs will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, pre/post-burn monitoring, mechanical fuels reduction, invasive species control, and other preserve maintenance tasks as needed. As part of the FSCM’s ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow 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. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short-term employee of the partner entity (such as an administratively determined, short term federal employee). May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

For a short video about our fire work in Missouri click here.


FSCMs should have some experience or capability to preform basic maintenance on hand tools, power equipment, vehicles, and trailers. They will perform preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire, so being prepared for a flexible work schedule is necessary. Members will be expected to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Crew members will work in a high stress team environment under close supervision. They should have conflict resolution and problem-solving skills. FSCMs should be prepared for crew housing, where crew members will be in close proximity both during and after work hours. The Fire and Stewardship Crew Member (FSCM) will be based out of Lebanon, MO or Van Buren, MO area but will be expected to travel statewide on occasion. Housing will be provided but, there may be an occasional need to camp for short durations. Anticipated start date for FSCMs will be January 9, 2023, and will have a position end date of April 28, 2028. All TNC employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to employment


  • High school diploma and 6 months of related experience.
  • Must have or willing to obtain the following NWCG certifications prior to start date: 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). See for more info.
  • Will be expected to achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager and the TNC Fire Manual (arduous pack test).
  • Experience operating various types of equipment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, and driver’s license).


  • Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 6 months -1 year of related experience.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to follow instructions from colleagues.


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 to include 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 in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs 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.


Base pay: $15.00/hr


To apply for job ID 52506, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on November 28th, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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