Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition Part Time Burn Boss
 

About the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition:
The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) is an independent group of ranchers, interest groups, and agencies whose mission is to generate, coordinate, and collaborate with landowners, agencies, and other groups to encourage and implement programs that improve the management and health of Nebraska grazing lands to ensure long-term stability of rangeland and pasture resources. The NGLC also acts as the Nebraska representative of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative of the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC). Funding for three regional (Eastern, Central and Western Nebraska) part time burn boss positions are funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.


Position Description:
Coordinate, supervise and manage the on-going regional prescribed fire activities to control invasive Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) in infested regions across Nebraska:

  • Assume responsibility for coordination of educational activities in their region to create greater acceptance within the landowner community and local fire departments about using prescribed fire to control ERC and other invasive species.
  • Provide support for already established burn associations and help establish new associations as the need arises
  • Participate in and help coordinate intensive training sessions with the Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance (LCRA) for private landowners and fire departments.
  • Assume involvement with writing and aid in the approval of the burn plans and for communication with local burn associations and fire department authorities.
  • Coordinate prescribed burning of as many acres as possible in their region in accordance with local fire department approval, private landowner participation and acceptable climatic conditions
  • Provide quarterly reports to the NGLC as part of an accountability process and for inclusion in quarterly reports to the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Specific Work Products Required by the Position:

  • Participate in sufficient number of prescribed fire training sessions as identified by the LCRA. Include regional fire departments and private land owners in training if possible.
  • Coordinate and facilitate at least two prescribed fire educational activities in their region per year (preferably Fall and Spring).
  • Assume responsibility for storage and maintenance of prescribed fire equipment as provided through grant funding.
  • Communicate with other regional burn bosses statewide (including already established burn associations).
  • Attend the annual Nebraska Prescribed Fire Conference and participate in the trade show representing NGLC.
  • After sufficient training, aid in the process of writing burn plans until experience dictates the ability to write an effective burn plan that meets approval of local fire departments.
  • Take the lead and function as the burn boss or work with already established burn bosses to coordinate and facilitate the burning of as many ERC infested acres as possible assuming compliance with previously approved burn plan and acceptable climatic condition.
  • Submit electronic quarterly reports to the NGLC with full description of the educational activities and actual burns conducted in their region.
  • Attend at least one NGLC Board meeting annually and provide update of activities.
  • Submit expenses to NGLC accountant / grants administrator for reimbursement

Work product review:

  • Review of the work products generated by the part time burn bosses will be accomplished by the NGLC Prescribed Fire Committee. These are three-year positions subject to annual review and renewal.

Qualifications:

  • Successful work experience that supports the requirements of the position
  • Valid Nebraska Driver’s License
  • Individual must have no felony record.
  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • Lack of conflicting interests.
  • Be capable of successfully completing a health & drug screening.

Work Experience: (All candidates should have demonstrated work experience as listed below, regardless of education)

  • Sufficient previous experience with prescribed fire for invasive species control
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups including agricultural production, community development, state & federal agencies, and environmental groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
  • Demonstrated organizational, marketing, and communication skills.
  • Experience with grazing management and familiarity with land issues and entities.
  • Flexibility to meet scheduling variations and travel requirements.
  • Ability to present a professional and friendly image to others.
  • Functional computer literacy with required programs.
  • Proven ability to work with and manage people.

Working Conditions and Requirements:

  • Position is contracted for the work products and duties listed in this description with limited clerical support from the NGLC Coordinator and/or grants administrator.
  • Position requires periodic travel, formal presentations, multi-task coordination, and field exposure to elements.
  • Applicant is responsible for providing and maintaining his/her own vehicle and working within an operational travel budget with documentable expenses
  • Required submission of monthly electronic timesheets, tracking hourly time expenditures toward each work product

Contract funding:
This is a contracted three year position subject to annual review and renewal. The recipient will not be considered an employee of the NGLC, nor are employment benefits included in the contract award. Funding for this position will be $12,000 per year for three years (paid monthly). A limited travel budget is included separately for this contract ($3,000 per year) structured as reimbursement of expenses. Expenses will be reimbursed only if receipts are provided. The contract recipient is expected to provide their own office space, vehicle, phone, access to the internet and storage facility to house prescribed burning equipment.

How To Apply:
Send a letter of interest, current resume, and list of contact information for three references by August 30, 2019 to:
Ron Bolze, Coordinator
Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition
315 East 5th Street
Chadron, NE 69337
ron@nebraskagrazinglands.org
402 321 0067(cell)
www.nebraskagrazinglands.org
Attempts will be made to contact all applicant by September 30, 2019

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