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AR Fire Management Specialist

AR Fire Management Specialist

Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  or on Glassdoor.  

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

What We Can Achieve Together:

The AR Fire Management Specialist (AR-FMS) oversees the AR Burn Crew Manager and AR Burn Crew Members in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position.   
The AR-FMS (1 Position) participates in fire management, restoration, maintenance, and preserve management. This may include the following functions:
  • Completed qualification of Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) within 3 years of hire date.
  • Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include updating fire documents, participation in training of fire leadership activities, burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
  • Assist other TNC-ARFO programs as needed with land management, monitoring, recreation, and other tasks as requested.

The AR-FMS may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires.

All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The AR-FMS may perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. 


We’re Looking for You:

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!

In this role, you will function as both a leader and a member of a work team. You will lead the team by monitoring the progress of burn crew members toward achieving the fire management goals. You will be a key decision maker on the fire line based on your evaluation of fire behavior, available resources and judgment.

The AR-FMS position will be based in or near Little Rock, AR. This will be a salaried position and will manage the day-to-day operation of an eight-month burn crew (March-November).   

You may perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

AR-FMS overnight travel within the state will be required to perform job duties. 

TNC Burn Crew Managers and crew members will be expected to follow evolving TNC and local Covid-19 guidelines.

What You’ll Bring:

·        High school diploma and 4-years of experience in fire operations, science-related field or similar field or related experience in land management. 
·        Qualified Fire Fighter Type 1 (Squad Boss) or outside agency equivalent. Requirements for FFT1 can be found in the Conservancy Fire Management Manual at:
·        Ability to obtain Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) qualification within 3 years of hire date.
·        Must achieve physical fitness standards as set by local Fire Manager and the TNC Fire Manual.
·        Experience with fire management documents and documentation.
·        May be required to obtain related licenses and certifications such as CPR and herbicide application.
·        Must have valid driver’s license. Please indicate this in your resume.
·        Ability to follow written and verbal instructions from co-workers.
·        Ability to develop timeframes and then complete tasks within timeframes.
·        Experience and willingness to supervise a wide range of people (TNC staff and volunteers).
·        Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
·        Ability to navigate to remote sites with maps, written directions, and GPS.
·        Experience operating and maintaining various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.: chainsaw, ATV, tractor and implements, leaf blower, BK radio, hand tools, drip torch, etc.)
·        Experience supervising staff or volunteers is required.    
·        Experience leading burn crews and fire operations.
·        4+ years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management or similar field. 
·        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.                      
·        PC familiarity, including database knowledge, in order to maintain preserve records.
·        Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on
We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

Our Competencies:

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 cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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 with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.