SCA seeks Fire Corps Project Leader for North Carolina Forestry partnership

From the Student Conservation Association

January 14, 2011

Fire Corps Project Leader


The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers is seeking an experienced, quality oriented outdoor leaders to supervise a team of four interns working in partnership with the US Forest Service to complete fire/fuels management work. The teams will serve 5 or 6 months collecting vegetation and fuels data with the intent to monitor prescribed burns and fuels projects. Each team will use GPS units and pre-made GIS maps to revisit existing Fire Monitoring plots and install new plots. At times, backpacking and/or camping near remote work sites will be necessary. The teams will assess surface fuel loading, measure aspen regeneration, and determine the forest composition in order to assist the US Forest Service in assessing forest health and treatment effectiveness. Data will be recorded using FEAT/FIREMON Integrated (FFI) monitoring software. This position is full time, seasonal.Locations for the 2011 summer include:
Dixie National Forest, UT: April – November
Wayne National Forest , OH : April – December

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager
Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles, housing arrangements
Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor
Assist in the GPS/GIS skills training of corps members
Manage the quality & technique of work performed
Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative
Manage relationship with agency partner
Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator
Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
Complete required program reporting and documentation
Oversee presentation of project data to agency partner
Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures

Minimum 21 years of age
Minimum 2 years prior experience supervising young adults in an outdoor setting
Strong computer skills
Current Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification
Bachelors degree, or equivalent work experience
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to hike up to 4 miles per day/ 8 hours per day on varied terrain.
Ability to work in an outdoor environment exposed to the elements for extended periods of time

Preferred skill set: Prior experience with education, outdoor recreation, forestry, geography, GIS, GPS, geodatabase management, and/or related subjects; public speaking and community outreach experience; plant identification; map & compass skills; minimum impact camping skills; enthusiasm for the outdoors; knowledge about fire and/or fire ecology; budget management experience; and a sense of adventure.

Program Dates: Position begins April 4th with Project Leader Orientation for one week in Boise, ID to cover technical field skills and SCA processes. Corps members arrive mid to late May. Project Leader end date is early November, 2011 (Dixie NF) and early December, 2011 (Wayne NF). Dates are subject to change.
Compensation: Salary $545 per week, paid biweekly with some seasonal benefits.

To apply: Login or Sign-up at - Select Crew/Project Leader when prompted.  Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. 

Once your application is completed, please email your interest to with Fire Corps Project Leader in the subject line.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to workforce diversity. 

For more information about SCA, visit us at

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