Prescribed Burn Crew (part-time)

Fork Ridge Environmental Consulting

White Oak, North Carolina

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15 per hour
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Position summaries:

The Prescribed Burn Crew Helpers will participate in the preparation and implementation of prescribed burns on the Bayfields property in Bladen County, NC. Additional forest management work to manage the property (vegetation trimming, timber stand improvement, boundary line maintenance, etc.) may also be needed.  

These will be occasional positions on a call-when-needed basis, largely dependent on weather conditions that are conducive to prescribed burning. The positions will run approximately 12 weeks from January 2nd to March 31st, 2022. Occasional work may also be available in the early spring (April and May).

$15 per hour.

Requirements:

  • Ability to perform strenuous work.
  • 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to read a map.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Completion of at least one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified burn boss.
  • Certification in wildland firefighting or other prescribed fire training. Examples: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130).
  • Ideally, individuals will be able to provide their own personal protective equipment (Nomex pants, Nomex shirt, boots, gloves, hardhats, etc.). Some PPE may be provided if needed.
  • Familiarity with the plants and plant communities of the North Carolina coastal plain.
  • Experience operating various types of equipment (two-way radios, chainsaws, backpack blowers, brush cutters, UTVs, portable pumps and drip torches, etc.).

Property overview:

The private property known as Bayfields is managed both for the benefit of wildlife as well as for the production of income from the sustainable harvesting of forest products. It includes a habitat complex of xeric sandhill scrub, longleaf/loblolly/slash pine/pond pine woodland, wet pine flatwoods, Atlantic white cedar plantations, bay forest and planted fields for waterfowl and upland game bird species. The property contains ecologically significant longleaf pine and wetland habitats, and is located within a larger landscape of natural forest, pocosin and managed timber habitats. The property contributes to a network of federal, state and private conservation lands in northern Bladen County. This includes a 1,770-acre conservation easement that was donated by the owners to The Nature Conservancy in 2007. A significant portion of the property is enrolled in the North Carolina black bear sanctuary program. It is adjacent to the 11,060-acre Suggs Mill Pond State Game Land.

HOW TO APPLY

If interested, submit a resume citing relevant skills or work experience to richard@forkridgeconsulting.com. Applications should be submitted by Monday, December 6, 2021.

For more information, please email or call:

Richard Broadwell, Fork Ridge Environmental Consulting

E-mail: richard@forkridgeconsulting.com

Cell: (828) 989-8010

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