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Position Summary

The Student Conservation Association provides an array of crews and corps programming across the country. The US Forest Service (USFS) Wildland Fire Academy Sr. Program Manager will oversee any Program Staff, Field Leaders, and Corps Members associated with the USFS Wildland Fire Academy Program. The USFS Wildland Fire Academy Sr. Program Manager position is responsible for the safe, complete and accurate execution of the USFS Wildland Fire Academy program in accordance with the uniform practices and procedures established by SCA, which the USFS Wildland Fire Academy Sr. Program Manager helps inform on an annual basis. This person helps ensure that SCA is successfully equipping Leaders and Members for the program delivery work scheduled, comply with curriculum mandates, safety controls, logistical service/program delivery needs, and mandatory internal record-keeping and administrative requirements. This position reports to the Sr. Program Manager of Western Crew and Corps(C&C) Programs. The annual salary being offered for this position is $65, 000 to $70,000.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • External Engagement: Represent SCA on calls / at SCA and other events, and build relationships with the USFS, community organizations and land partners on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Support Advancement / Strategic Partnerships team locally as needed.
  • Recruiting & Onboarding: Responsible for sufficiently and effectively orienting and training coordinators and leaders to the Program work ahead of them.
  • Responsible for ensuring leaders and members are readily equipped with or have access to necessary supplies and other logistical requirements in accordance with internal practices.
  • Responsible for assisting HR as requested with the in-person onboarding requirements of coordinators, crew leaders and members.
  • Act as hiring manager to liaise with HR and Recruitment Team representatives to source new leaders and members as needed.

Program Planning & Delivery:

  • Create service execution plans that are in line with standardized program models.
  • Monitor program delivery for successful curriculum, safety outcome and administrative compliance.
  • Ensures project logistics are organized prior to fielding.
  • Ensures timesheets are completed weekly by all program participants and leaders, program reports/summaries are submitted timely, receipts are properly submitted, coded and approved, and that all other SCA administrative requirements are met by Program and coordinators.
  • Development and monitoring of program budget.
  • Work with Sr. Program Manager, Western C&C to develop service execution plan that is in line with standardized program models.
  • Report, track and respond to incidents in accordance with SCA policies and procedures.
    Successfully complete internal and external Program review and final report requirements on an annual basis.

Program Improvements:

  • Share on-the-ground learnings, provide input, and assist Evaluation / Curriculum Program in design of pilots.
  • Monitor incident trends to improve quality of safety, adherence to mandatory administrative requirements and curriculum requirements.

Internal SCA Engagement:

  • Liaise with HR and Recruitment Program representatives for crew member recruiting and onboarding processes.
  • Ensure Team Leaders and participants are complying with internal policies and procedures, including weekly time-keeping logs, narrative reporting for funders, and other SCA mandates.

Alumni Engagement:

  • Build and maintain relationships with C&C Program alumni.
  • Support SCAs efforts as requested in connecting C&C alumni to member continuum.


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in related field preferred
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience including skills related to the position such as program coordination, leadership in an outdoor setting, experience working with programmatic partners, grant and budget management
  • Experience working in Wildland Fire at any level (Engine, Hand Crew, Hot Shot, Crew Boss, etc)
  • S-212 chainsaw training or comparable training and experience preferred.
  • Project management experience in a collaborative environment
    Budget management experience preferred.
  • Strong communication skills when working with various external and internal partners.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience working with youth from racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Enjoy working with young people in a fluid, dynamic organization.
  • Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR certifications or ability to obtain before start date.
    Experience working in conservation and strong technical outdoor skills (experience as a former Crew Leader is a plus)
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
    Emotional maturity.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attend required and/or pertinent training as needed.Guard School Training towards getting a Red Card Attend refresher or full S-130,190 and S-212 courses.
  • Ability to pass the Work Capacity Test (Arduous)

Travel Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid drivers license and have a Motor Vehicle Record that meets SCA standards.
  • Excellent driving record and ability to drive in a variety of conditions including city driving and/or use of four-wheel drive as well as standard transmission as needed.
  • The ability to travel for extended periods of time outside and over a variety of terrain.
  • Up to 25% of time annually spent in the field as part of Trainings and supporting components of the Wildland Fire Academy Program.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position manages other employees and is responsible for the performance management and adequate hiring of those employees.

AAP/EEO Statement:

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. It is firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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