Fire Program Director- North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina
Jun 02, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Fire Program Director supports and guides Chapter programs to ensure the scientifically defensible execution of forest restoration and management throughout NC, with the goal of increasing resilience of forest ecosystems in the face of climate change. This position provides oversight and technical support to TNC fire operations in North Carolina, ensuring adherence to the highest for safety and mitigation of risk, while achieving ecological outcomes. The NC burn season is year-round with a peak burn season between January and May, and the program accomplishes an average of 130 burns per year on 38,000 acres. Most burns are conducted in coastal plain longleaf pine systems and pine-oak forests in the Southern Blue Ridge. For most of the annual acreage burned, TNC is assisting partner agencies. TNC staff from across the state may lead or assist with burns in 3-5 locations on the same day, including in neighboring states, and often share crews with state partners. Permanent TNC fire staff are based in 5 locations across the state and an additional 50 seasonal fire staff are hired in support of our programs throughout the year. The Fire Program Director has oversight of fire qualifications and fire implementation but does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.

We prefer that this position is based in Durham, North Carolina by early fall 2021.  Because of COVID, initial work may need to be conducted from a home office and in the field, until TNC guidance allows office work, likely in late summer of 2021.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years’ experience as burn boss (RXB2), and experience with incident review and reporting.
  • Training as a TNC Fire Manager, or similar state or federal training.
  • Understanding of Fire Danger Ratings and Outlooks and how to apply them to go/no-go decisions and exemption requests for burning.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workflows, and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profits, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • NC Certified Burner or willingness to become certified, including as basic smoke modeler, within a year of hiring.