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The Fire Management Specialist (FMS) works closely with the Fire Manager and other staff to provide technical leadership and overall programmatic support to the Kentucky and Tennessee fire and stewardship programs by working closely with other program staff and partner land managers to plan, implement, and evaluate prescribed burns on TNC and partners lands. Work is primarily located in Central and Eastern Kentucky and Central and Eastern Tennessee, within TNC’s Appalachian focus area. The FMS must be currently qualified as a prescribed fire Burn Boss Type 2 or meet the Burn Boss Type 2 qualification within one year from the date of hire and complete the arduous physical fitness test annually. The FMS will work to build prescribed fire capacity by hiring and supervising seasonal employees, volunteers, and students. The FMS will update and maintain fire equipment and supplies, provide operational expertise on prescribed burns and stewardship activities, assist with and / or lead fire trainings, assist with annual budgeting, provide motivation and leadership, and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where TNC works. The FMS will also assist with addressing a full array of preserve management needs, perform other duties as assigned, and participate in wildland fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state, and federal agencies as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short-term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee). Extensive daily travel and frequent overnight travel is required.

This ideal candidate has demonstrated experience with prescribed burning in deciduous hardwood forests, native grasslands, and a familiarity with Appalachian ecosystems.