Program Director, Fire Forward Initiative

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.




Glen Ellen
United States


The Fire Forward Program Director leads the development of a cooperative program to increase the pace and scale of ecologically planned fuels treatments across the San Francisco North Bay Region. The Director also leads extensive outreach to improve public awareness of the role of fire, the need for prescribed fire to maintain healthy ecosystems, and the importance of fire-adapted communities in learning to live with fire. The Fire Forward Director works closely with staff at all of ACR’s preserves and partner organizations, ACR’s Board of Directors to shape the development of the program, and works closely with fundraising and communications staff in ACR development efforts. The position is based in the Sonoma County.


• Assesses ACR and cooperating agency properties and works closely with land managers to plan and organize prescribed fire and fuels treatments

• Sorts unit prioritization by ecological regime, preparedness and safety criticality

• Designs and implements a monitoring program to assess pre-treatment conditions and post-treatment effects of treatments to inform adaptive management, with protocols being specifically tailored to ecology and treatment objectives, using scientifically appropriate methods and analyzing data for reports

• Works closely with CAL FIRE and other regulatory agencies to determine best approaches and ensures compliance with all fire use regulations and permits required by CAL FIRE, BAAQMD, etc.

• Communicates effectively through authored papers and reports, news media, and public speaking.

• Effectively brings together diverse stakeholders for inter-agency fuels treatments, particularly for the development of a cooperative burning program, including entities such as the CAL FIRE, BAAQMD, FireSafe Councils, regional, state, federal and private parks and preserves, participating non-agency landowners, universities and colleges, local tribes, and local young adults/students

• Lead the development of a North Bay, inter-agency cooperative burn program

• Works with Communications and Education departments, respectively, to share monitoring results in popular format for materials and messaging

• Organizes and hosts community and neighbors’ meetings to address questions and concerns around planned fuels treatments and garner support of the local community

• Works with the Director of Philanthropy to construct a fund development outreach plan and the necessary narrative, budgets and outcomes to supplement and support the core funding needs of the Fire Forward Program

• Conducts seminars and training programs for ACR volunteers and community groups

Skills and Qualifications:

• Advanced degree (M.S. or higher) in fire science and/or qualifications as a burn boss (RXBB) or Registered Professional Forester.

• Direct expertise planning and implementing prescribed fire, including coordination with appropriate fire agencies, permitting agencies, partners, and neighbors

• Experience developing and leading innovative programs, supervising and training staff and volunteers, leadership and management skills

• Strong knowledge of terrestrial ecosystems, fire regimes, fire use, invasive species, and natural history

• Strong written and verbal communication skills; technical writing and editing expertise

• Experience working collaboratively with non-profit organizations, landowners, and public agencies

• Demonstrated fundraising experience

• Effective, friendly and diplomatic interaction with members of the community, visitors, volunteers and and staff.


The position is full-time, salaried, with exempt status. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Benefits are competitive. Office will be located at ACR’s Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one or two attachment(s) to an email. Send the email to with Fire Forward Job as the subject line. If you have questions about the position or ACR contact Please no phone calls.

ACR seeks a Program Director for its Fire Forward Initiative, a regional cooperative effort to bring about a new approach to fire management in the North San Francisco Bay area -- one that acknowledges our fire-adapted and fire-dependent landscapes and incorporates this understanding into all aspects of our regional culture. ACR is partnering with public and private agencies across the region, state and country to increase the pace and scale of fuels treatments using a cooperative approach.


This is a fast-growing new program that requires a motivated leader seeking to make a major contribution to regional fire management. The ideal candidate is passionate about the role of fire in California ecosystems, has direct experience planning and implementing prescribed fire and other fuels treatments, and has proven program development skills. The candidate must have excellent communications skills and be diplomatic when working with agencies and people with a wide variety of perceptions about fire. The candidate should be a network-builder and be able to supervise and mentor staff.


Applicants should have either an advanced degree (MS or above) in fire science or forestry AND/OR qualifications as a burn boss (RXBB) or Registered Professional Forester.


We will start reviewing applications on March 9, and on a rolling basis after that until position is filled.