The Crew Leaders will have leadership roles on prescribed burns throughout Southern Blue Ridge from November 7, 2019 through July 5, 2020. The Conservancy supports Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network partners on multiple controlled burns each year. Together with the 20-person as-needed burn crew, the crew leader helps fill a void of wildland firefighters for single or multi-day prescribed fire operations. These positions coordinate staff meeting times, oversee equipment preparation and rehabilitation, engine maintenance, radio programming, travel to burn sites and routinely has supervisory responsibility of crew during burns. Staffing needs for these positions could average 40-50 hours per operational period (bi-weekly) at the discretion of the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager. Operational periods are generally sporadic and clustered by opportune weather conditions, and no guarantee of a minimum number of opportunities is given or implied. The Burn Crew Leaders will participate on opportunities only as their own schedules will allow, and thus participation on any given opportunity is not required.
The primary responsibilities of the Burn Crew Leader will be to: oversee communication from Stewardship Manager to crew and volunteers to determine availability; ensure crew receives Avenza maps; work with Stewardship Manager to assign crew to burns, plan transport of crew to/from Asheville - work sites, ensure equipment is ready (refill drip torches, charge radios; sharpen hand tools, service chainsaws, prep engine and trash pumps and help maintain shop space); communicate via phone/text with agency fire staff, supervise 4-8 FFTs (holding-firing) on prescribed burns; secure meals and overnight lodging for crew using TNC credit card; planning and directing team building activities; leadership roles in annual fire refresher. Wildland fire operations includes line construction, holding, ignition, patrol, mop-up, and monitoring. All Individuals will be representing the Conservancy on partner burns and must act accordingly.