The Nature Conservancy Fire Management Crew Leader in Little Rock, Arkansas


Little Rock, AR



The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Fire Management Crew Leader travels extensively throughout Arkansas leading a crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves, private lands and management areas.


The Fire Management Crew Leader is responsible for the day-to-day direction and leadership of a Fire Management Crew, including delegation of crewmember duties and coordination with supervisor and project managers. S/he assists with preparation and implementation of prescribed burns (including fireline construction and mop up), ecological and fire effects monitoring activities, and development of stewardship and prescribed burn plans as well as site fire management plans. S/he also directs and conducts routine preserve management activities when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire such as, but not limited to, fire planning and monitoring, invasive species control, planting and woody vegetation removal.


  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
  • Works under infrequent supervision.
  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, cooking and sleeping under rustic conditions.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Requires long and irregular hours.


  • High school diploma and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • FFT2 Qualified
  • Experience operating various types of equipment (such as 4X4 pickups, trailers, ATVs, chainsaws and other power and hand tools, etc.).
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Must achieve physical fitness standard as determined by local Fire Program Manager.
  • Valid Driver’s License


  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 - 2 years’ experience in land management preferred.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Ability to complete arduous level work capacity test (walk 3 miles with a 45 lb. pack in less than 45 minutes).
  • Qualified as or ability to quickly meet qualifications for Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1). Single Resource Boss Certification as ENGB and/or FIRB preferred but not required.
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred. Ability to certify after start date required.
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks within assigned timeframes, frequently in the absence of supervision.


  • Fringe benefits include medical insurance, vacation & sick leave, and paid holidays
  • Two to three week break (unpaid except for official holidays) during Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
  • Rent-free housing (may be responsible for sharing utility costs).


August 14, 2017 - April 27, 2018


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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.


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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 men and women 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.*

Job Title: Fire Management Crew Leader

Location: Arkansas

Job ID: 45492

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time