Warm Springs, VA
Job Description Summary
The Module Leader oversees the day to day functioning of the respective Module. He/she contributes to the success of the organization by inspiring the Module to operate with high reliability, implementing superlative fire and stewardship projects, collaborating successfully with many partners, keeping within budget, capably executing administrative duties, and finding new opportunities to increase WRI’s impact.
WRI plans to field three seasonal Fire Modules in 2018. Module staffing will include one Module Leader (SRB), one Assistant Leader (FFT1), and two to four FFT2s.
The modules will be designated as the Southern Blue Ridge Module, the Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module, and the South Carolina Coastal Plain Module.
Southern Blue Ridge Module: Based near Hiawassee, GA, and working in both Georgia & South Carolina, primarily serving the Chattahoochee-Oconee and the Sumter National Forests.
Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module: Based near Hot Springs, VA, and primarily serving the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
South Carolina Coastal Plain Module: Based near Charleston, SC, and primarily serving the Francis Marion National Forest.
General Position Information
Southern Blue Ridge Module – 1 position – FILLED
Seasonal: 13-14 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Start & End Date: Mid-January to Mid-April, 2018 (Exact dates TBA)
Reports to: President/FMO
Virginia Allegheny Highlands Module – 1 position – OPEN
Seasonal: 13 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Start & End Dates: Mid-February to Mid-May, 2018 (Exact dates TBA)
Reports to: President/FMO
South Carolina Coastal Plain Module – 1 position – FILLED
Seasonal: 15 weeks (Includes pre-season training week)
Start & End Dates: Mid-April to Late July, 2018 (Exact dates TBA)
Reports to: President/FMO
Essential Results-Based Duties
- Lead a four to six-member Fire Module, which will operate as part of a greater inter-agency team in a dynamic environment, working with varying partners and overhead depending on the work site and project.
- Maintain consistent contact with WRI HQ.
- Exemplify High Reliability Organizing principles, and commitment to excellent conservation and operational outcomes.
- Assure that WRI vehicles and equipment are maintained in a fire-ready status. Use power equipment and hand tools to improve firebreaks and conduct prescribed burns.
- Communicate professionally and productively with WRI HQ, fellow Module members, partner organizations, public officials, media, and the public.
- Retain records and maintain organized hard copy and electronic files.
- Responsibly use a WRI credit card for supply ordering and travel purposes.
Manage Information and Materials
- Retain records and maintain organized hard copy and electronic files as needed.
- Keep travel and supply spending within budgetary constraints in coordination with WRI’s President/FMO.
Represent WRI Internally and Externally
- Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with existing and potential partners.
- Communicate professionally and productively with WRI colleagues, partner organizations, public officials, media, and the public.
- REQUIRED: Meet the National Wildland Coordinating Group qualifications and standards for Single Resource Boss: Engine Boss or Crew Boss, plus Firing Boss.
- REQUIRED: At least 5 years’ experience in wildland fire or prescribed fire operations and leadership.
- Bachelor’s degree or greater in natural sciences, natural resource management, or a related field preferred.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to effectively communicate with and lead colleagues, consistently exemplifying commitment to High Reliability Organizing principles.
- Ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather. Excellent physical conditioning and the ability to complete a standardized 3-mile fitness test carrying a 45-pound pack while walking on flat terrain in less than 45 minutes.
- Ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently use and maintain common wildland fire hand tools, brush-cutters, leaf blowers, chainsaws, pumps/hose-lays, wildland fire type three, six, and seven engines, ATVs/UTVs, and other standard wildland fire equipment.
- Strong organizational skills applied to operational planning, vehicle and equipment maintenance, payroll reporting, and record retention.
- Demonstrated basic proficiency with email, word processing, and spreadsheet software, and Global Positioning System technology.
- Valid state or international driver’s license and the ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles while towing a trailer.
- Experience and willingness to live in rustic conditions or camp for extended periods.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice for extended periods.
- Clean driving record.
- Faller 2 qualification and ATV/UTV certification preferred.
- Mechanical experience, i.e. troubleshooting and repairing trucks, UTVs, small engines, electrical wiring, etc.
- First Responder, EMT, or Wilderness EMT certification.
This position requires the ability and willingness to perform difficult physical work for extended and irregular periods, under adverse conditions and in various extremes of weather. Excellent physical conditioning and the ability to complete a standardized 3-mile fitness test carrying a 45-pound pack while walking on flat terrain in less than 45 minutes.
How to Apply
Send your letter of interest, 3 references, and resumé to Tammy Serata via email, or via post at PO Box 1983, Duxbury, MA 02331.
Be sure to indicate any location or module preference.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully proof read their application materials, as correct grammar, spelling, and formatting are indicative of attention to detail and commitment to excellence.
WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We welcome and consider applications from all persons.