We are searching for conservation-minded high-performers ready to commit to a year-round professional fire position based in the prescribed fire capital of the U.S.
Status: Full-time, year-round with excellent benefits and optional furloughs for wildfire details.
Start Date: Two positions are now open and will remain so until filled. A former Team Lead has promoted internally and will be available to orient and mentor the new Team Leads.
Locations: Apopka, FL and Gainesville, FL. Some financial assistance for relocation is available.
Wildland Restoration International is a 501(c)(3), non-profit conservation organization that focusses on integrated fire management. Our mission is to help humanity manage fire for the benefit of people and wildlife. Learn more about WRI at wildlandrestoration.org.
WRI’s Florida Ecosystem Restoration Teams add crucial firepower that gets more good prescribed burning done. Gopher Tortoises, Scrub Jays, Indigo Snakes, and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers rely on habitats requiring regular rejuvenation from fire. Without frequent fire, these animals and many others disappear from the landscape. On sandhill and scrub, flatwoods and dry prairie, WRI’s three Florida ERTs work on protected lands in urgent and ongoing need of prescribed burning.
When they aren’t burning, the Teams provide habitat restoration (hardwood thinning, invasive plant control, etc.) and deliver training for both local and international partners, empowering others to also carry on this crucial work at home and around the globe.
Job Description Summary
The Team Leader-Single Resource Boss oversees the day to day functioning of the respective Team and supervises the Team members. She/he contributes to the success of the organization by operating with high reliability, implementing superlative fire and stewardship projects, delivering exemplary training, collaborating successfully with partners, capably executing administrative duties, and finding new opportunities to increase WRI’s impact.
Essential Results-Based Duties
- Lead a five-member Ecosystem Restoration Team.
- Supervise and mentor team members.
- Establish and maintain daily routines and duties for team members.
- Exemplify High Reliability Organizing principles and commitment to excellent conservation and operational outcomes.
- Serve as chief of party with varying partners and overhead depending on the work site and project.
- Maintain consistent and frequent contact with other Team Leaders, the Fire Program Coordinator, and the Director of Operations.
- Participate, frequently in leadership positions, on prescribed fire, wildfire suppression, and all-hazard incidents.
- Safely use and supervise the team to safely use power equipment and hand tools to improve firebreaks.
- Conduct and supervise the team to conduct herbicide applications for invasive plant control.
- Deliver experiential and classroom-based wildland fire training.
- Conduct monitoring.
- Assure that WRI vehicles and equipment are maintained in a fire-ready status.
- Other related duties as assigned.
Organize Information and Materials
- Retain records and maintain organized hard copy and electronic files per WRI administrative protocols.
- Responsibly use a WRI credit card for supply ordering and travel purposes.
- Keep travel and supply spending within budgetary constraints in coordination with the Director of Operations.
Represent WRI Internally and Externally
- Lead by consistent example, contribute energetically to WRI’s learning and safety culture, work ethic, commitment to integrity, and collegial work environment.
- Communicate professionally and productively with WRI colleagues, partner organizations, public officials, media, and the public.
- REQUIRED: National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualification as Single Resource Boss; Engine Boss and Firing Boss are preferred.
- REQUIRED: At least 5 years of experience in wildland fire or land management with proven leadership experience.
- REQUIRED: Proven ability to supervise, train, and mentor staff on safety, use of tools and equipment, prescribed fire skills, and wildfire suppression techniques.
- 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, chain saws, leaf blowers, brush-cutters, 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, Global Positioning System technology, and PDF map applications.
- Valid state or international driver’s license and the ability to drive four-wheel drive and manual transmission vehicles while towing a trailer.
- Experience with 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.
- CPR/First Aid certification.
- Vegetation, avian, reptile, and other monitoring and data collection experience, particularly in southeastern U.S. ecosystems.
- NWCG Intermediate Faller (FAL2) qualification.
- ATV/UTV operator certification.
- Mechanical experience (e.g., 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.
- Frequent travel throughout Central Florida with occasional overnight travel elsewhere in Florida and out-of-state, sometimes with short notice.
- Florida has a long fire season, throughout which work days can be long.
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.
This job posting remains open until the position is filled.
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.