Assistant Team Leader (FFT1)

Wildland Restoration International Gainesville,, Florida
Job Type Paid permanent

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 our webpage:

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
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.

The Assistant Team Leader (FFT1) supports the Team Leader in the safe and effective functioning of the Team. 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

Field Operations

  • Exemplify High Reliability Organizing principles, and commitment to excellent conservation and operational outcomes.
  • Report to the Team Lead and provide leadership in the field for Team Members. The Team will
    at times be split into two squads, each working on different projects; during those times, the
    FFT1 will lead her/his respective squad.
  • Assure that WRI vehicles and equipment are maintained in a fire-ready status.
  • Use power equipment and hand tools to improve firebreaks.
  • Participate on prescribed burns.
  • Use and maintain chainsaws and other power tools to improve fire breaks and conduct felling
  • Conduct herbicide applications for invasive plant control.
  • Conduct monitoring.
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader and partners to deliver experiential and classroom-based
    wildland fire training.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Organize Information and Materials

  • Responsibly use a WRI credit card for supply ordering and travel purposes as directed by the Team Leader.
  • Retain records and maintain organized hard copy and electronic files as needed.
  • Assist the Team Leader in recruiting full-time, part-time, and on-call Team Members, and
    provide the Team Leader with performance evaluation information for Team Members.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • REQUIRED: National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 1 qualified.
  • REQUIRED: At least 3 years’ experience in wildland fire or land management with some
    experience in fire-line leadership positions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in natural sciences, natural resource management, or a related field preferred.
  • 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 work both independently and as part of a team. Demonstrate good situational
    awareness and the ability to communicate with and lead colleagues.
  • Consistently exemplify commitment to High Reliability Organizing principles, and correcting
    performance deficiencies of those whom he/she supervises in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently use and maintain common wildland fire hand tools, chain saws, leaf blowers, brush cutters, and pumps/hose-lays.
  • Ability to safely, effectively, and efficiently operate wildland fire type six and seven engines, and ATVs/UTVs.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency with email, word processing, spreadsheet software, and PDF map apps.
  • Strong organizational skills applied to paper and electronic record keeping, payroll submission, and vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Valid state or international driver’s license and the ability to drive four-wheel drive and manual transmission 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.
  • CPR/First Aid certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

Work Conditions

  • 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 time work days can be long.


Send your letter of interest, 3 references, and resumé to Tammy Serata via email or post at PO 1983,
Duxbury, MA 02332

This job posting remains open until the position is filled.

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