Project Leader - Veteran Fire Corps

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire Corps Members for the Veteran Fire Corps programs.

Supervise teams of five Veteran members working in partnership with the US Forest Service to complete fire/fuels management work. Veterans Fire Corps provides recent-era Veterans with the training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects may include participation on prescribed fires, fuels reduction, fire effects monitoring, FIREWISE educational outreach and pre-fire preparation of burn units. This position will also require additional experience in data management including: hiking forest settings gathering field data, working with GPS hardware to navigate to plots, using GIS software to create maps, and managing the FFI database. The work schedule may vary, but typical work hitches could include working up to 4 consecutive 10-hour days with 3 days off. This position is full time, seasonal. Regional locations will most likely include: AZ, CO, ID & WY.

Program Dates: Mid-April, 2014 ; Mid-August, 2014 (Exact Dates TBD)

Primary Responsibilities:
Crew Manager

  • Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
  • Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools & equipment, vehicles, housing arrangements
  • Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor

  • Assist in the GPS/GIS skills training of corps members
  • Manage the quality & technique of work performed
  • Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative

  • Manage relationship with agency partner
  • Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
  • Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator

  • Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
  • Complete required program reporting and documentation
  • Oversee presentation of project data to agency partner
  • Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
  • Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures


  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Current Wilderness First Responder or CPR certification
  • Minimum 2 years prior experience supervising groups in an outdoor setting
  • Extensive fire line, chainsaw, or veterans programming experience; if a Veteran, must have been honorably discharged
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards
  • Ability to hike on rough, uneven terrain, and pass the Wildland Fire Fighters’ arduous pack test (3 miles in 45 mins. with a 45lb pack on)
  • Preferred skill set: Experience leading veterans or fire crews, S212 federal chainsaw certification, S130/S190 federal fire certifications, forestry, geography, GIS, range management, outdoor education and/or related subjects; plant identification; map & compass skills; camping skills; enthusiasm for the outdoors; and a sense of adventure.

Compensation: $575.00 / week paid bi-weekly with some seasonal benefits.


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How to apply

To Apply: Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with “Project Leader – Veteran Fire Corps” listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

Charlestown, New Hampshire
The Student Conservation Association (SCA)

689 River Road, PO Box 550, Charlestown, NH, 03603, US