Prescribed Fire Module Assistant

Prescribed Fire Module Assistant

Redmond, Oregon

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive


Redmond, Oregon, USA

Klamath Falls, and Pendleton, Oregon, 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 Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading non-profit organization working on fire issues. We have been working with fire since 1962, when we conducted our first controlled burn. Our approach has evolved from one that was primarily focused on managing our preserves for biodiversity to one that includes developing more equitable policy and funding, elevating the leadership of Indigenous fire practitioners, growing skilled and diverse fire management workforces, and helping communities develop ways to live more safely with wildfire.


The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon Fire program is working to support prescribed fire planning, implementation, and monitoring across Oregon. The Prescribed Fire Module Assistant will be an employee of The Nature Conservancy, based in one of three focal geographies, helping lead a new, 10-person prescribed fire module. For approximately 6-8 months per year (spring and fall), the Module Assistant will work closely with the module leader, and organization partners such as the U.S. Forest Service and other local, state, federal, NGO, university, and Tribal partners, in preparing, conducting, and reviewing prescribed fire/fuels management activities in Oregon. For the remainder of the year, the Module Assistant will work on priority TNC-focused projects including planning and implementation of prescribed fire/fuels on TNC and partner lands, engagement with TNC partners to develop and prioritize future projects, coordination with private, state, and Tribal entities identify and recruit future module crewmembers and other tasks. The Module Assistant may be expected to travel frequently within their focal area for prescribed fire assignments. They will likely travel 30-90 days each year.

The Module Assistant will report directly to the Prescribed Fire Module Leader within their geography. This position is expected to help TNC, the U.S. Forest Service, and other partners to meet their respective prescribed fire and fuels management goals.

The Module Assistant, under the direction of the Module Leader will assist with training and mentoring module crewmembers representing a diverse set of partner organizations on prescribed fire assignments. This position will work independently and in teams, lead others, follow direction from supervisors, teach courses, and mentor others, while also advancing their own training and qualifications. The Module Assistant will work with and lead module crews which may consist of permanent and short-term TNC employees as well as volunteers, contractors, and assigned partner agency staff serving on the module for a season or short-term rotation.

This 5-year term position is supported by federal, state, and private funding with the intention of assisting with prescribed fire across land ownerships.

Please indicate in your application which module geographies/locations you are interested in applying for. We are also hiring three Prescribed Fire Module Leader positions and encourage folks who are interested in either position to apply to both.


The Module Assistant will assist with leadership of crews on prescribed burns, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, monitoring post-burn fire effects, and carrying out other prescribed fire and vegetation management related tasks. They will also work with partners to plan and prepare for prescribed fire operations, including unit layout, burn plan writing, and following TNC’s Fire Manual and Standard Operating Procedures.

The Module Assistant will support prescribed fire planning, operations, monitoring, and training opportunities for other non-profit NGOs, Indigenous peoples and tribes, local fire departments, and local, state, and federal agencies, with a focus on providing inclusive workforce development opportunities for under-represented groups. It is imperative that the Module Assistant is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This work may include engagement with willing private landowners in developing prescribed fire agreements, planning, and implementing prescribed fire on these lands.

In addition, they are responsible for safe and effective fire operations, and they will administer physical fitness testing, train, and organize crews, manage volunteers, and contribute to annual refresher training.

The Module assistant may participate in wildland fire management activities in partnership with other non-government organizations, Indigenous Peoples and Tribes, local fire departments, and local, state, and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee or as a short-term employee of a partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined short-term federal employee).

This is a regular, full-time, hourly wage position. Working over 40 hours a week will occur occasionally, especially during prescribed fire seasons and while traveling for assignments overtime rates apply after the first 40 hours each week. Travel expenses, meals and lodging will be provided by TNC when traveling for prescribed fire assignments.


  • Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma and 3-year training in fire operations, science-related field or similar field or related experience in land management.
  • Qualified NWCG Single Resource Boss (or equivalent qualification) as described in the TNC Fire Manual, or ability to meet qualification within one year as indicated in application materials. Http://tncfiremanual.org/singl... Engine Boss and/or Firing Boss position qualifications will be given top preference.
  • Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and TNC Fire Manual.
  • Must have experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment.
  • Must have experience supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g., herbicide application, First Aid and CPR).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Please indicate this in your resume.
  • Ability to meet all Conservancy Youth Qualification requirements and background checks. Youth Qualified - involves signature of commitment, completion of Youth Abuse prevention training and must meet the organizational background screening.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Perform tasks under the supervision of the Prescribed Fire Module Lead and in coordination with local U.S. Forest Service Fire Management staff.
  • Assist with identification, recruitment, and supervision of module crewmembers.
  • Function as a contributing member of a mixed-gender, cross-generational team with a range of experience and skills.
  • Ensure safe work practices.
  • Be able to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Lead crew through with all aspects of prescribed burning including planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Operate ATVs, UTVs, tractors, chain saws, and leaf blowers and tow trailers.
  • Maintain assigned equipment.
  • Maintain accurate records of work time, expenses, etc. and submit reports in a timely manner.
  • Become competent with mobile mapping and data collection such as Collector for ArcGIS and Avenza Maps.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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.


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/a... 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 starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $ 24.00 - $28.00/ hr. for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


To apply for job ID# 54208, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on 11/20/2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org

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.

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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.

Category Forestry, General / Stewardship
Tags Wildland Firefighter, GIS