Collaborative Fire Director

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The Nature Conservancy

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Yakima, WA, United States

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30+ days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Yakima, Washington, USA

Flexible locations. Preferably, Central Washington State locations such as Yakima, Ellensburg Cle Elum and Wenatchee.

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WHO WE ARE


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’s 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.”

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC


The Cooperative Fire Director (CFD) will be the lead staff member within the Washington Chapter’s new programmatic effort focused on accelerating ecological fire to build wildfire resilience in frontline communities of Central and Eastern Washington. The CFD supports and guides Chapter programs to ensure the scientifically defensible execution of forest restoration and management throughout WA, with the goal of increasing resilience of forest ecosystems and frontline communities in the face of climate change. This position will work to increase political social license, funding and staff capacity for on the ground implementation of beneficial fire to improve community resilience and engage frontline communities in creating local and equitable solutions to wildfire issues. This position provides oversight and technical support, ensuring adherence to the highest for safety and mitigation of risk, while achieving ecological outcomes. This position has oversight of fire qualifications and fire implementation but does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. The CFD ensures that the best available science guidesThe Cooperative Fire Director (CFD) will be the lead staff member within the Washington Chapter’s new programmatic effort focused on accelerating ecological fire to build wildfire resilience in frontline communities of Central and Eastern Washington. The CFD supports and guides Chapter programs to ensure the scientifically defensible execution of forest restoration and management throughout WA, with the goal of increasing resilience of forest ecosystems and frontline communities in the face of climate change. This position will work to increase political social license, funding and staff capacity for on the ground implementation of beneficial fire to improve community resilience and engage frontline communities in creating local and equitable solutions to wildfire issues. This position provides oversight and technical support, ensuring adherence to the highest for safety and mitigation of risk, while achieving ecological outcomes. This position has oversight of fire qualifications and fire implementation but does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. The CFD ensures that the best available science guides our forest restoration work and conservation strategies, with an emphasis on building resilience in natural communities, thus allowing them to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function in a changing climate. S/he connects chapter work to TNC’s North America Living with Fire strategy. The position will build on a history of local collaboration as well as the support of national networks such as the Fire Learning Network. our forest restoration work and conservation strategies, with an emphasis on building resilience in natural communities, thus allowing them to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function in a changing climate. They connect chapter work to TNC’s North America Living with Fire strategy. The position will build on a history of local collaboration as well as the support of national networks such as the Fire Learning Network.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


The CFD establishes TNC as a major conservation partner within the fire management community and leads in defining conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies. S/he develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he engages local community support for local conservation efforts and negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities. S/he develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to manage natural systems to build resilience in the face of climate change.

  • Relationship Building, Facilitation & Communications (60%) This position will advance prescribed fire relationships with partners and collaborative groups to address critical threats to forest and aquatic systems, species, and foster learning among our internal and external conservation community. Build strategic relationships focused on communities disproportionately impacted by climate-related natural resource events. Provide capacity and enabling conditions needed to test social license assumptions and establish community-based cooperative burning models across communities and non-traditional audiences with an equity lens - recognizing that indigenous, under resourced, and communities of color experience the most severe impacts from climate driven events like wildfire.
  • Project Management & Problem Solving (20%) Develop and implement conservation strategies using a Highly Effective Teams model and build support for public and private funding for TNC conservation priorities. The portfolio of work may change over time, and yet all will be geared to address Central and Eastern WA forests, water quality, livability and climate change impacts, with a focus on solutions that carefully balance conservation and community benefits.
  • Grants and Contracts Management (10%) Manage government grants and associated contracts. They will be responsible for ensuring funding is responsibly used to meet the outcomes described in government grants. Establish and maintain relationships with funding agencies and follow TNC’s internal procedures for management of government grants.
  • Other functions (10%) Support colleagues in bringing facilitation and subject matter expertise to workshops, trainings, and fundraising (donor meetings and field trips) as well as limited support to other chapter conservation priorities.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE


The CFD approves Site Fire Management Plans and Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and modifies or exempts specific fire management requirements as defined in TNC’s Fire Management Manual. S/he mentors, evaluates, and designates burn bosses, in writing, with notification to the Fire Management Coordinator; certifies task books, including RxB2; conducts or assists with training at local and national levels; and ensures that TNC’s fire guidelines and requirements are met or exceeded. S/he has the authority to temporarily suspend fire management program operations because of safety concerns or non-compliance with TNC standards. S/he provides technical and scientific support to fire planners and burn bosses, reviews proposed contracts and staff qualifications for prescribed fire operations and provides input to TNC legal counsel on fire policy. S/he may teach fire training classes with WA fire partners. S/he keeps current on internal and external developments and trends in the field of wildland fire management and keeps abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow fire credentials of TNC staff. To maintain excellence in his/her program, s/he builds strong partnerships with public and private partners to further the goals of TNC and keeps senior leadership in his/her area informed of fire program activities, needs, risks and accomplishments. The position is expected to travel infrequently to achieve these responsibilities.

Level of Position: The Collaborative Fire Director is a mid-level, conservation team position within the Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. They have accountability for conservation results within their control.

Within the scope of the position, the Collaborative Fire Director will:

  • Develop and implement a proactive, systems-level strategy, focused on ecologically based fire management at state and regional scales
  • Establish TNC as a major conservation partner within the fire management community and lead in defining priorities and strategies associated with advancing the use of prescribed fire in Washington State.
  • Provide capacity and enabling conditions needed to test social license assumptions and establish community-based cooperative burning models across communities and non-traditional audiences with an equity lens - recognizing that indigenous, under resourced, and communities of color experience the most severe impacts from climate driven events like wildfire.
  • Serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community on fire issues. In this role, they will represent TNC on the State’s Wildland Fire Advisory Committee.
  • Provide internal and external communications to accomplish policy objectives and, in partnership with our Government Relations team, provide consultation and research on policy issues.
  • Build on our local collaboration efforts in Fire Adapted Communities, WA Prescribed Fire Council, and support national networks such as the Fire Learning Network.
  • They will implement strategic plans, coordinate community support, manage contracts and implement Forest Program strategies.
  • They will work closely with local TNC Staff, serving as WAFO’s fire lead to implement restoration and management on several thousand acres of private and public lands across the state.
  • The CFD will direct prescribed fire operations; and develop and review Prescribed Burn Unit Plans.
  • The CFD will be responsible for safe and effective fire operations, administer physical fitness testing, conduct annual refresher training, and maintain documentation files for fire qualified staff. Reports experience and training for crew to Conservancy Fire Manager annually for recording to Incident Qualification and Certification System.
  • This person is expected to make decisions in rapidly changing and potentially hazardous conditions that may affect the safety of staff and resources.
  • Supervises volunteers who serve as Burn Crew Members with responsibility for performance management, training, and development.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Pursues grants and private donations to support the fire program and manages relevant grants and contracts.

Work Environment and Schedule

  • Work location is flexible within the dry forest region of Central Washington, but ability to be on-site at TNC locations in Washington is required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must meet NWCG qualifications for RxB2, including coursework and experience requirements. See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/BurnBoss.htm.
  • Experience directing prescribed fire operations.
  • Annually pass physical fitness testing at the arduous level.
  • Experience leading effectively in stressful situations.
  • 3 to 5 years related experience in fire operations or ecological land management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using ESRI software ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and mobile applications Collector or Field Maps.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to act in accordance with the Washington equity statement; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated, especially working with Indigenous communities.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience training and supervising staff and burn crew members or volunteers.
  • Experience working with a variety of public, private and NGO partners to implement a shared vision.
  • Political savvy and ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience working with communities that have been impacted by climate-related natural resource emergencies.
  • Experience facilitating collaborative decision making across a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Experience writing and securing grants.

WHAT WE BRING


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 nature.org/careers.

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

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION


The Selection Process: In an effort to be as transparent as possible in our selection process as well as to help expedite bringing new staff on board, below is a timeline of key events:

  • Initial Screening Interviews (via Zoom): Week of August 1
  • Panel Interviews (via Zoom): August 9 - 11
  • Reference checks: August 11 - 15
  • Extend offer: Week of August 15

While we will communicate these dates and any changes to you during the process, please consider placing tentative holds on your calendars for the initial screening and panel interviews.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY


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.

SALARY INFORMATION


The estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on qualifications, experience, and location.

  • Salary range in Cle Elum, Wenatchee or Yakima, WA: $70,000 - $80,000 annually
  • Salary range in Ellensburg, WA: $73,200 - $84,000 annually

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID# 51740, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on July 25, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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