Florida Ecosystem Restoration Team Leader / Single Resource Boss

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 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.

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

Field Operations

  • 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
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. REQUIRED: National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualification as Single Resource Boss;
Engine Boss and Firing Boss are preferred.

2. REQUIRED: At least 5 years of experience in wildland fire or land management.
3. REQUIRED: Proven ability to supervise, train, and mentor staff on safety, use of tools and
equipment, prescribed fire skills, and wildfire suppression techniques.
4. Bachelor’s degree or greater in natural sciences, natural resource management, or a related field
5. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
6. Ability to effectively communicate with and lead colleagues, consistently exemplifying commitment
to High Reliability Organizing principles.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Strong organizational skills applied to operational planning, vehicle and equipment maintenance,
payroll reporting, and record retention.
10. Demonstrated basic proficiency with email, word processing, and spreadsheet software, Global
Positioning System technology, and PDF map applications.
11. Valid state or international driver’s license and the ability to drive four-wheel drive and manual
transmission vehicles while towing a trailer.
12. Experience with and willingness to live in rustic conditions or camp for extended periods.
13. Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice for extended periods.
14. Clean driving record.
15. CPR/First Aid certification.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Vegetation, avian, reptile, and other monitoring and data collection experience, particularly in
southeastern U.S. ecosystems.
2. NWCG Intermediate Faller (FAL2) qualification.
3. ATV/UTV operator certification.
4. Mechanical experience (e.g., troubleshooting and repairing trucks, UTVs, small engines, electrical
wiring, etc.).
5. 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 work days can be long.


Send your letter of interest, 3 references, and resumé to Tammy Serata via email or via post at PO Box 1983, Duxbury, MA 02331.

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