Prescribed Fire Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.




Glen Ellen
United States


The Prescribed Fire Specialist is responsible for planning, preparation, and implementation of prescribed fire and other fuels treatments for ACR’s Fire Forward Program, an inter-agency cooperative burn and fuels management program in the San Francisco North Bay. The Rx Fire Specialist works with the Program Director for the ACR Fire Forward Program, ACR science and stewardship staff, our partner agencies and private landowners to develop regional prescribed fire and fuels treatment objectives. He or she assesses and maps burn units based on ecological and fuels management objectives, writes burn plans and smoke management plans, and works closely with CAL FIRE, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and other regulatory agencies to determine best approaches. The Rx Fire Specialist leads the monitoring of prescribed burns to ensure fires do not escape containment lines and that practical and ecological objectives are met. He or she is familiar with wildland fire behavior and is able to factor in weather conditions and ecological fire effects when implementing projects.


• Identifies and assesses treatment units on ACR lands and the lands of cooperating agencies and landowners; works closely with land managers to plan and organize prescribed fire and fuels treatments

• Prioritizes unit implementation by ecological regime, preparedness and safety

• Develops and communicates safety and risk management strategies necessary to conduct prescribed fire and fuels treatment projects

• Works closely with CAL FIRE and other fire agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and other regulatory agencies to determine best approaches and ensures compliance with all fire use regulations and required permits

• Communicates effectively with partners, stakeholders, neighbors, and community members at large to explain the role of prescribed fire in both ecosystem health and wildfire management, and to address fears, concerns, and practical/logistical questions

• Works with ACR science and stewardship staff to develop monitoring protocols to assess pre-treatment conditions and post-treatment effects

• Manages purchasing and maintenance of in-house equipment and schedules additional equipment as needed for fire and fuels treatment projects

• Working with the Fire Forward Program Director, hires and/or recruits crew members as needed

• Assigns crew members, volunteers, and observers to designated roles (holding, smoke monitoring, weather monitoring, communications, logistical support), training individuals as needed

Skills and Qualifications:

• Minimum five years’ experience in prescribed fire (seasonal or full time) with qualifications as Firing Boss (FIRB) or Burn Boss (RXB1) preferred. Must be able to write a burn plan and a smoke management plan according to standards of the profession

• Demonstrated ability to implement prescribed fire and fuels treatment projects, including coordination with appropriate fire agencies, permitting agencies, contractors, partners, neighbors, and members of the community

• Proficiency with GIS or other mapping software, and with standard word processing and spreadsheet programs

• Familiarity with Northern California vegetation, fire regimes, and wildland fire behavior

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

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

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


Benefits are competitive.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

We will start reviewing applications on April 9, and on a rolling basis after that until position is filled. Please submit your resume and a cover letter as one or two attachment(s) to an email. Send the email to with “Prescribed Fire Job” as the subject line. If you have questions about the position or ACR contact Please no phone calls.