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Fire Management Specialist

Date Posted: January 17, 2019
Type: Part Time
624 Old Riverhead Road
Westhampton, NY 11978



The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking a Fire Management Specialist to perform key roles in leading, and supporting ecological management activities involving prescribed fire in the Central Pine Barrens including various program elements that foster biological diversity, natural resource conservation, ecosystem protection and restoration, wildfire risk reduction, and the development and management of scientific research and ecological stewardship. This position is part time – 28 hours a week. This will be a designated term position that exists as long as the commission receives NYS funding to implement a prescribed fire program.


Responsibilities include:

·         Assists and may undertake and lead the development of a prescribed fire management program and drafts prescribed and wildland fire management plans for ecological and vegetative fuel management.

·         Provides leadership, coordination, and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire management program elements. 

·         Ensures safety and welfare of all participating personnel, the public, and property.

·         Develops and plans a comprehensive fuels management program. This includes collaboratively selecting areas in need of fuels treatment; developing appropriate methods to reduce fuels; developing a budget necessary to fund the program; scheduling equipment and personnel for fire operations; preparing wildland fire risk assessments and incorporating wildland/urban interface considerations.

·         Recommends and evaluates strategies for fire management and participates in the development, and modification of fuels and fire management plans; environmental documents and prescribed fire plans.


·         Professional knowledge of and expertise in natural resource management, fire ecology, behavior, and management principles and standards in a wildland fire environment sufficient to assist, support and potentially lead the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of a prescribed fire and wildland urban interface fuels management program.

  • Demonstrates significant experience in and willingness and ability to lead and participate on prescribed fires in accordance with NWCG standards.

·         Able to train and certify NWCG task book tasks for staff and/or volunteers working under supervision during prescribed fire operations.

·         Established familiarity with and expertise in the Incident Command System (ICS) and Incident Action Plans.

·         B.S in ecology, conservation biology, forestry, or related natural science major.

·         7+ years of relevant experience with core components including prescribed fire programs.


*The Authority may accept an equivalent combination of education and experience to meet the requirements*


Interested candidates should submit their application, resume, and transcripts, including salary requirements via the SCWA website ( and click on "Career Opportunities."  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


(The Authority shall not employ relatives of employees as defined to mean an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, stepparent or direct descendant of grandparents of the employee as defined in the New York State General Municipal Law 810.)