Fire and Habitat Management Crew Leader

Conservation Corps North Carolina

Bahama, North Carolina

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $690-$800/week depending on experience
CCNC Fire Crew working during a fire

WRC Fire & Habitat Management Crew Leader

Start/End Date: January 8th, 2024 – May 18th, 2024

Pay:  $690-$800 per week, depending on experience

Status: Full Time Seasonal Staff, Exempt

Location:  Operations Base - North Carolina State University Hill Research Forest, Camp Slocum, 918 State Forest Road, Bahama, North Carolina 27503  


  • Housing: Shared crew cabins at Camp Slocum
  • Paid Time Off During Holidays
  • Conservation Legacy Employee Assistance Program
  • Health benefit eligible for partial health benefits after 60-day probationary period
  • Food budget while on project
  • Direct experience on prescribed burns with a variety of public land managers throughout the state of North Carolina

Training and potential opportunities for the following certifications:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • IS-700 NIMS Introduction
  • S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior
  • FFT2 (Firefighter Type 2 – red card) Incident Qualification Systems
  • FAL2 (Intermediate (B) Faller)
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification

 **To be considered, you must upload a resume in addition to your application**

 About Conservation Corps North Carolina:   

The mission of Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities. 

CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with public land managers in North Carolina to engage motivated young adults (ages 18-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region.

Project Summary 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a CCNC’s Fire and Forest Management program that is partnering with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to perform prescribed fire work and forestry.

Projects will include timber stand improvement, prescribed fires on public lands, invasive species removal, and various other projects. Chainsaws, brush cutters, hand tools and various fire equipment will be frequently used by this crew.

Position Summary

CCNC’s Fire & Forest Management Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. Leaders are expected to provide project expertise and offer mentorship, training, and support to 4 AmeriCorps crew members. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards! Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Resourcefulness
  • Situational flexibility
  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent judgement
  • Maturity
  • Initiative
  • Professionalism
  • The desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself.

This position will be joined by an Assistant Crew Leader, an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Staff Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quality and high quantity project accomplishments for our partners.  


The crew will live, train, and work together as a team. It will be a flex schedule with a base schedule of 5 days on, 2 days off, 8-9 hours per day or 4 days on, 3 days off, 10 hours per day. During the fire season, the crew should anticipate working extended shifts up to 14 hours to accommodate long burn projects including night burns. The crew leader will work with CCNC staff to create work schedules and plans to complete assigned project work. The Crew Leader will supervise the crew’s living arrangements which will typically require the crew to live in cabins or tents on or close to project locations for different lengths of time. In general, hours will be 7:00 am to 3:30 or 5:30 pm and include two paid fifteen-minute breaks and one unpaid half hour lunch break.

While the staff at CCNC and partners work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.


The program will begin with one week of crew leader training followed by an intensive two weeks of training focused on pertinent certifications including FFt2 red card, wilderness first-aid, and S-212 chainsaw operation. Informal training will continue throughout the term with on-the-ground skills training that will include things like tool maintenance, plant identification, and an overview of public land management agencies.

Supplies and Equipment

Crew members supply their own personal outdoor gear equipment such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, and work pants.  CCNC can assist if this gear presents significant challenges to participation. CCNC will provide tools, food, group camp equipment (i.e., cook stove, water jugs), transportation to and from base camp to project locations, and Personal Protection Equipment (i.e., Nomex pants and shirt, neck and face covering, fire-rated work boots, helmet, leather gloves.) 

Required Qualifications

  • Prescribed and/or wildland fire experience (Interagency Hot Shot Crew, Type-2 Hand Crew, Engine Crew, etc.)
  • Chainsaw operation (felling/bucking) and maintenance experience
  • Experience operating and maintaining hand and power tools in a safe and efficient manner
  • Crew leadership experience in a relevant field (fire crews, experiential education, outdoor leadership schools, conservation crews, etc.)
  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • Ability to record and maintain data and keep monitoring records.
  • Excellent teaching/mentoring skills as well as strong conflict resolution and team building skills
  • Experience driving large vehicle with trailer
  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a changing work environment including willingness to work a varying schedule.
  • Ability to perform administrative duties, such as managing the crew budget and project information
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Successfully pass the Arduous/Pack Test/3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes
  • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record
  • Have U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency Status
  • High School Diploma or GED

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior Conservation Corps Experience
  • Wilderness First Aid/Responder certification
  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness travel, camp management and outdoor leadership
  • Experience operating UTV’s and other mechanized equipment
  • Associates degree with 1-year experience or bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resources management or related fields
  • NWCG or Equivalent Faller B Chainsaw certification
  • Sense of humor and desire to make a positive difference in people and on the land

Required Skills and Responsibilities

Leadership and Mentoring

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work and crew logistics
  • Work with CCNC staff to plan program activities, including project work, education, training, and crew/team activities
  • Implement skills training on worksite
  • Facilitate intentional discussions and informal lessons to cultivate individual professional and personal growth and foster a positive group dynamic
  • Delegate project responsibilities and mentor crew life and member development
  • Follow all Conservation Legacy policies with unwavering commitment
  • Maintain professional boundaries, including enforcing a substance free work environment
  • Represent CCNC appropriately to the public 
  • Follow written and verbal instructions from CCNC staff and project partners

 Project Management and Implementation

  • Train and motivate crew members to efficiently complete assigned forest management projects on site locations
  • Delegate project work and expectations appropriately to the co-leader and crew members
  • Manage on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work
  • Use critical thinking and interpersonal skills to solve problems and resolve issues
  • Coordinate logistics and communicate effectively with CCNC staff and project partners
  • Use, maintain, and repair machinery such as hand and power tools as necessary
  • Set an example of doing long and challenging outdoor work in all types of environmental conditions  
  • Apply conservation and restoration knowledge and outdoor living skills to all outdoor settings and work projects

 Safety and Risk Management

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on the work and camp site
  • Practice strong situational awareness and promote a culture of unwavering commitment to safety
  • Drive crew members and equipment safely in CCNC vehicles with trailers
  • Communicate danger to others in the form of a warning of danger others may encounter or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance - must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds
  • Perceive, understand, and follow directions by others so that appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques can be successfully executed to manage hazards - these directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or during the exposure to the hazard.
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in a variety of weather conditions


  • Professionally complete timesheets, daily and weekly reports, AmeriCorps member evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, and other documentation as needed in a timely manner
  • Professionally complete all project related outcomes and deliverables
  • Manage food budget and credit card purchases

Problem Solving

  • Communicate ideas and concerns to assistant crew leader, crew members, CCNC staff, landowners, and project partners
  • Resolve challenges that arise with and between crew members
  • Resolve management problems independently or as delegated by CCNC staff
  • Consult with CCNC staff to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems
  • Make responsible day-to-day decisions that benefit crew members and project goals

 Environmental Ethics

  • Be a model of ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques

 Essential Requirements

  • Sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time
  • Safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis
  • Work in variable weather conditions at remote locations on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances
  • Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries
  • Live in a physically demanding, possible isolated environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several days. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather.  The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 6 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care. 

CCNC is a drug-free organization.  Alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited while participating in program activities and on CCNC and program partner property.

"Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager."


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Category Forestry, General / Stewardship
Tags Wildland Firefighter