2024 Uwharrie National Forest Prescribed Fire/Fuels Seasonal Crewmember

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Company Description

The Ember Alliance is a national organization of wildland fire practitioners, researchers, analysts, and instructors dedicated to increasing the pace and scale of prescribed fire. The Ember Alliance is dedicated to supporting fire as a natural process in fire-adapted ecosystems on a landscape scale to improve ecosystem function and health and increase wildfire resilience.

The Ember Alliance provides an open, transparent, and just organization and workplace. We strive for clear, open, and kind communication and are committed to centering, recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and supporting fire practitioners from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. We are dedicated to building a better way to do fire management, that recognizes the inherent value of our employees, that supports work/life balance, and provides an environment that supports growth.     

Job Description

Position Description

The Ember Alliance is hiring 2 seasonal, 4-6 month prescribed fire crewmember positions in Troy, NC. The Prescribed Fire/Fuels Module crewmember will play an integral role in reducing wildfire risk in central North Carolina. This position will participate in day-to-day operations of a module focused on aiding partners on prescribed fire and natural resource management projects. The position is predominantly in the field, in potentially difficult environmental conditions such as hot and humid or cold weather, loose footing, and steep terrain. Crewmembers will be required to pass the Arduous Work Capacity Test. Candidates should have a passion for increasing the pace and scale of prescribed fire on public and private lands, increasing diversity and inclusion in the fire practitioner community, and building skills and confidence for fire practitioners from all backgrounds and experience levels in an inclusive and supportive operational environment.  

A successful candidate will have a passion for developing prescribed fire and wildland fire skills and experience, the ability to embrace adversity and uncertainty, and a clear commitment to working with diverse populations in an inclusive environment. The position will primarily focus on natural resource management in the field in a team setting. The duty location is Troy, NC, but work site locations will vary. The team may work on various projects throughout North Carolina or surrounding states. The main geographical focus for the crew is the Uwharrie National Forest to the NC Sandhills region. Housing is provided at no cost to employees.  The team may work on various projects throughout North Carolina or surrounding states. The main geographical focus for the crew is the Uwharrie National Forest to the NC Sandhills region. 

This position will require assisting with implementation of prescribed fire on public and private lands. A successful candidate will show enthusiasm for working with the public and demonstrate proficiency and professionalism while on private property. The module will assist in project work, or other duties and projects as assigned by partners, when not participating in prescribed fire operations.



  • Participate in prescribed fire operations or other work as assigned by agency representatives, including but not limited to tree planting, treatment of non-native invasive plant species, campground cleanup, trail maintenance, ecological surveys, and timber stand improvement (TSI).
  • Maintain supplies, equipment, vehicles, and other needs to implement prescribed fire and complete fuels reduction work as directed by the crew lead & assistant.
  • Must participate in best practices to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Work with crew members and partners to complete a variety of fire and natural resource management tasks.
  • Complete prescribed fire operations at the direction of the Burn Boss to implement safe, moderate complexity prescribed burning.
  • Support other agencies’ prescribed burns as needed.
  • Operate chainsaws, hand tools, hose lays, backpack sprayers, portable pumps, engines, and other equipment on prescribed fire operations and fuels reduction projects.
  • Travel for extended periods of time and work outside of normal business hours.
  • Attend partnership meetings, informational field trips, and trainings for professional development to build knowledge and skills in the field.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, including a commitment to principles of Duty, Integrity and Respect.
  • Actively participate in creating a kind, safe, and healthy work environment which encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion of all people.


Pay and Benefits:

Pay: $19.00/hr.

Overtime will be based on operational needs. Paid leave and paid holiday benefits are provided. Employer-sponsored health and dental care coverage is available upon employment. Employer-matched retirement plan is available 3 months after hire. Housing is provided (see below).


Minimum Qualifications


  • Understanding of risk management with a strong commitment to safety.
  • Ability to complete an arduous pack test annually (carry a 45lb backpack for 3 miles in under 45 minutes).
  • Commitment to creating and participating in a safe, inclusive, and effective work culture.
  • Ability to complete various outdoor tasks, such as operating chainsaws, using hand tools, and implementing prescribed burns and other forestry related project work.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to work in difficult weather conditions on steep and broken terrain within flexible schedules to accommodate prescribed fire implementation windows.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Current and valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S. and participate in a background check.


Desired Qualifications

  • Firefighter Type 2 (FFT-2) currency (RT-130 Annual Refresher provided, as needed)
  • Efficient organizational skills.
  • Experience using chainsaws.
  • Strong mechanical ability. 
  • First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or higher medical certification. 


Candidates meeting 75% of the requirements are encouraged to apply.  

Additional Information

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
  • Fitness and Red Card Requirements: must pass the arduous pack test annually (walk 3 miles with a 45lb pack in under 45 minutes) and maintain FFT2 currency.
  • Projects will require remote work outdoors in adverse conditions, on steep and rugged terrain, and/or in inclement and variable weather conditions. 
  • Employees must abide by The Ember Alliance’s current Covid policies, which as of date is complying with CDC guidelines.


Schedule Requirements:

Up to 25% of the position may require extended overnight travel. The average work week is 40 hours, but the schedule may vary and will be weather dependent. 10 to 16-hour days may be frequently required. Projects may require working during weekends and/or up to 14 days continuously, traveling for extended periods of time, remaining overnight near project locations, and working outside of normal business hours with limited notice.

This is an at-will, 4–6 month position with potential to renew and/or extend for an additional year(s) if funding is available. Start date is in early January 2024. The average work week is 40 hours, but the schedule may vary depending on project needs. Weather permitting, burn season activities will start in January, with a probable shift towards project work in April.

This position is open until filled with an initial assessment deadline of December 1, 2023. Please specify the earliest available start date. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references.