Delmarva Prescribed Fire & Fuels Crew Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Milton, Delaware

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details The starting pay for a candidate selected for this position is $22.00 per hour.


Milton, Delaware, USA


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Delmarva Fire and Fuels Crew Manager will oversee logistics and coordination of the day-to-day activities of the 3-person Delmarva Fire and Fuels Crew. The Crew Manager participates in prescribed fire activities, including burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring. They will participate in the restoration of fire-adapted landscapes which may include timber stand improvement, vegetation management, fuels reduction, and monitoring. They may also assist in general preserve stewardship activities such as preserve monitoring and maintenance, building and facilities maintenance, maintaining tools and equipment and other tasks. May perform other land management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

As part of the employees ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques, land management practices, and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials.  In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire and conservation community and in the local community where the Conservancy works.


Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it?  Welcome to The Nature Conservancy.  You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day!

By joining the Delmarva Prescribed Fire and Fuels Team, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with, a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet.  Our team consists of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. 


  • High school diploma and 1-year training in fire operations, science-related field or similar field or related experience in land management. 
  • Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) and successful completion of FFT1 task book.  Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at: http://www.tncfiremanual.org/SquadBoss.htm.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain arduous physical fitness standard.  Must be able to walk 3 miles in less than 45 minutes carrying 45 lbs.
  • Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.: chainsaw, UTV, tractor and implements, chippers, leaf blower, BK radio, hand tools, drip torch, etc.)
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required.     
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners.                            
  • May be required to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR.
  • Must have valid driver's license.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain driver certification for USDOT Commercial Motor Vehicles (Heavy Vehicles).
  • Comfortable pulling equipment trailers.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • More than 3 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management or similar field.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in land management and natural resource conservation.
  • Firing Boss Qualified
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.            
  • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad.            
  • Other training which supports development of knowledge and skills: ATV Safety and Operations, S-212 Wildland Chainsaws, S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use.  Preference will be given to those with higher qualifications (above FFT1).
  • PC familiarity, including database knowledge, to maintain records.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


The position period is January 8, 2024 – May 31, 2024, and 40 hours per week. Positions are based out of Milton, DE. Housing is provided and located in Rehoboth Beach, DE.


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.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.


To apply for job ID 54152, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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Category Forestry, Land Trust, Restoration
Tags Wildland Firefighter