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WRC Fire & Habitat Management Crew Leader 


***Please submit your application by September 23rd, 2024 to receive priority consideration *** 

***Interviews will begin on September 30th, 2024*** 


Start/End Date: January 6th, 2025April 25th, 2025 

Pay: $844 per week, depending on experience 

Status: Full Time Seasonal Staff, Exempt 

Location:  Operations Base - North Carolina State University Hill Research Forest, Camp Slocum, 918 State Forest Road, Bahama, North Carolina 27503   

To Apply: Complete the application, and upload resume. Cover letter is optional. 



  • Housing: Shared crew cabins at Camp Slocum 

  • Option for limited Paid Time Off 

  • Conservation Legacy Employee Assistance Program 

  • Health benefit eligible for partial health benefits after 60-day probationary period 

  • Food budget while on project 

  • Fire boot stipend 


Training and opportunities for the following certifications: 

  • S-212 Chainsaw 

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS 

  • IS-700 NIMS Introduction 

  • S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighting 

  • S-190 Basic Wildland Fire Behavior 

  • L-180 Human Factors in Wildland Fire Service 

  • FFT2 (Firefighter Type 2 – crew member) 

  • Red Card 

  • FAL3 (Beginner (A) Faller) 

  • FAL3 (Beginner (A) Bucker) 

  • WFA 

  • Direct experience on prescribed burns with a variety of public land managers throughout the state of North Carolina 


Potential opportunities for the following certifications: 

  • FAL2 (Intermediate (B) Bucker) 

  • FAL2 (Intermediate (B) Faller) 


About Conservation Corps North Carolina    

The mission of Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) is to empower young adults through meaningful outdoor work that benefits North Carolina’s land and water and creates healthy communities.  

CCNC is a program of Conservation Legacy that partners with public land managers in North Carolina to engage motivated young adults (ages 18-30) to complete challenging and impactful conservation service projects throughout the region. 


Project Summary 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of CCNC’s Fire and Forest Management program that is partnering with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to perform prescribed fire work and forestry. 

The crew will operate largely in the Butner, with the potential to travel elsewhere in the state as additional opportunities are available. During travel, the crew will be expected to camp in established or even primitive campsites with the necessary supplies to support their needs. The program will provide education, certifications, and on-the-job experience that will help participants pursue a variety of natural resource management careers. 



These projects will include but not limited to: 

  • Prescribed burn operations with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 

  • Fire prep-work such as creating and maintaining fire breaks, and fuels reduction projects 


Hand tools, drip torches, and backpack blowers will be frequently used by this crew for the preparation and completion of prescribed burns. Tools such as chainsaws, brush cutters, and more will be used as required when additional equipment is beneficial.  


Position Summary 

CCNC’s Fire & Habitat Management Crew Leaders perform many roles and are the key to our program’s success. Leaders are expected to provide project expertise and offer mentorship, training, and support to 4 AmeriCorps crew members. The position is multi-faceted and demanding, but with opportunity for enormous rewards!  


Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Resourcefulness 

  • Situational flexibility 

  • Critical thinking 

  • Problem solving 

  • Effective communication skills 

  • Excellent judgment 

  • Maturity 

  • Initiative 

  • Professionalism 

  • The desire to devote themselves to a crew experience where the needs of others are placed above oneself. 


This position will be joined by an Assistant Crew Leader, an AmeriCorps leadership position focusing on the continued development of leadership skills. While this will be a collaborative relationship, the Staff Crew Leader bears ultimate responsibility for member development, as well as high quality and high quantity project accomplishments for our partners.   



The crew will live, train, and work together as a team. It will be a flex schedule with a base schedule of 5 days on, 2 days off, 8 hours per day or 4 days on, 3 days off, 10 hours per day. During the fire season, the crew should anticipate working extended shifts up to 14 hours to accommodate long burn projects including night burns. The crew leader will work with CCNC staff to create work schedules and plans to complete assigned project work. The Crew Leader will supervise the crew’s living arrangements which will typically require the crew to live in cabins or tents on or close to project locations for different lengths of time. In general, hours will be 7:00 am to 3:30 or 5:30 pm and include two paid fifteen-minute breaks and one unpaid half hour lunch break. 


While the staff at CCNC and partners work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs. 



The program will begin with one week of crew leader training followed by an intensive two weeks of training focused on pertinent certifications including FFT2 Red Card, Wilderness First-Aid, and S-212 chainsaw operation. Informal training will continue throughout the term with on-the-ground skills training that will include things like tool maintenance, fire-based ecology, and an overview of public land management agencies. Formal certifications are awarded at the end of the season.  


Supplies and Equipment 

Crew members supply their own personal outdoor gear equipment such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, day pack, multi-day pack, and work pants.  CCNC can assist if this gear presents significant challenges to participation. CCNC will provide tools, food, group camp equipment (i.e., cook stove, water jugs), transportation to and from base camp to project locations, and Personal Protection Equipment (i.e., Nomex pants and shirt, neck and face covering, fire-rated work boots, helmet, leather gloves.)  


Housing Accommodations 

The housing accommodations at Camp Slocum are in primitive cabins. In the cabins there is a bed, a desk, and electricity which includes lights and outlets but no central heating. Small space heaters will be provided. The crew members will also have a shared restroom with showers and a toilet. The crew will also be using an outdoor kitchen provided by CCNC. There is also Wi-Fi that is free and available to use. Camp Slocum is a shared space and crew members will need to remember to treat the space as such and be respectful for everyone around them. Crew members must also remember that Camp Slocum is a remote area in which there is absolutely no public transportation. It is required that crew members have their own reliable personal transportation for days off. 


Required Qualifications 

  • Prescribed and/or wildland fire experience (Interagency Hot Shot Crew, Type-2 Hand Crew, Engine Crew, etc.) 

  • Chainsaw operation (felling/bucking) and maintenance experience 

  • Experience operating and maintaining hand and power tools in a safe and efficient manner 

  • Crew leadership experience in a relevant field (fire crews, experiential education, outdoor leadership schools, conservation crews, etc.) 

  • CPR/First Aid certification 

  • Ability to record and maintain data and keep monitoring records. 

  • Excellent teaching/mentoring skills as well as strong conflict resolution and team building skills 

  • Experience driving large vehicle with trailer 

  • Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a changing work environment including willingness to work a varying schedule. 

  • Ability to perform administrative duties, such as managing the crew budget and project information 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • Successfully pass the Arduous/Pack Test/3-mile hike with 45-pound pack in 45 minutes 

  • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record 

  • Have U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency Status 

  • High School Diploma or GED 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Prior Conservation Corps Experience 

  • Leadership experience 

  • Experience working and living with crew members 

  • Wilderness First Aid/Responder certification 

  • Experience with backpacking, wilderness travel, camp management and outdoor leadership 

  • Experience operating UTV’s and other mechanized equipment 

  • Associates degree with 1-year experience or bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resources management or related fields 

  • NWCG or Equivalent Faller B Chainsaw certification 


Required Skills and Responsibilities 


Leadership and Mentoring 

  • Manage, supervise, and lead the day-to-day details of project work and crew logistics 

  • Work with CCNC staff to plan program activities, including project work, education, training, and crew/team activities 

  • Implement skills training on worksite 

  • Facilitate intentional discussions and informal lessons to cultivate individual professional and personal growth and foster a positive group dynamic 

  • Delegate project responsibilities and mentor crew life and member development 

  • Follow all Conservation Legacy policies with unwavering commitment 

  • Maintain professional boundaries, including enforcing a substance free work environment 

  • Represent CCNC appropriately to the public 

  • Follow written and verbal instructions from CCNC staff and project partners 


 Project Management and Implementation 

  • Train and motivate crew members to efficiently complete assigned forest management projects on site locations 

  • Delegate project work and expectations appropriately to the co-leader and crew members 

  • Manage on-the-ground quality and quantity of project work 

  • Use critical thinking and interpersonal skills to solve problems and resolve issues 

  • Coordinate logistics and communicate effectively with CCNC staff and project partners 

  • Use, maintain, and repair machinery such as hand and power tools as necessary 

  • Set an example of doing long and challenging outdoor work in all types of environmental conditions 

  • Apply conservation and restoration knowledge and outdoor living skills to all outdoor settings and work projects 


 Safety and Risk Management 

  • Monitor, manage, and promote the crew’s physical and emotional safety on the work and camp site 

  • Practice strong situational awareness and promote a culture of unwavering commitment to safety 

  • Drive crew members and equipment safely in CCNC vehicles with trailers 

  • Communicate danger to others in the form of a warning of danger others may encounter or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance - must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds 

  • Perceive, understand, and follow directions by others so that appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques can be successfully executed to manage hazards - these directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or during the exposure to the hazard. 

  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in a variety of weather conditions 



  • Professionally complete timesheets, daily and weekly reports, AmeriCorps member evaluations, disciplinary action forms, incident reports, and other documentation as needed in a timely manner 

  • Professionally complete all project related outcomes and deliverables 

  • Manage food budget and credit card purchases 


Problem Solving 

  • Communicate ideas and concerns to assistant crew leader, crew members, CCNC staff, landowners, and project partners 

  • Resolve challenges that arise with and between crew members 

  • Resolve management problems independently or as delegated by CCNC staff 

  • Consult with CCNC staff to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems 

  • Make responsible day-to-day decisions that benefit crew members and project goals 


 Environmental Ethics 

  • Be a model of ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques 


Essential Requirements 

  • Sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear 

  • Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time 

  • Safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis 

  • Work in variable weather conditions at remote locations on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances 

  • Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries 

  • Live in a physically demanding, possible isolated environment for up to several days. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather.  The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 6 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.  


Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

CCNC is a drug-free organization.  Alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited while participating in program activities and on CCNC and program partner property. 


"Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager." 


To Apply 


Complete the application, and upload resume. Cover letter is optional. 

Any questions can be addressed to:  


Drew Gotwals 

Fire and Forestry Coordinator 


**To be considered, you must upload a resume in addition to your application** 

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