Prescribed Burn Association (PBA) Project Coordinator – Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District

Susanville, California

Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District (HLVRCD) is accepting applications for the position of Prescribed Burn Associated (PBA) Project Coordinator for the Lassen PBA. This position works under direct supervision of the HLVRCD District Manager and HLVRCD Board of Directors. This is a part-time position due to grant funding sources. From the point of hiring until July 2024, this position is funded at 0.5 FTE/20-30 hrs per week.

A prescribed burn association is a group of landowners and other organizations working together to utilize low-intensity fire as a fuels reduction and forest stewardship tool. HLVRCD is working to teach private landowners by providing educational workshops and resources and hosting demonstration burns to build a knowledgeable public capable of burning in a safe, legal, and ecologically responsible manner. We aim to empower residents by providing opportunities for them to gain experience in using fire as a tool so they can feel comfortable using it on their own land.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Program and Project Development:

  • Coordinate PBA Meetings and Burn Days – Deliverables will be meeting notes from each meeting coordinated by the Lassen PBA.
  • Coordinate PBA Trainings – Deliverables will be photos and attendance lists of each training organized by the Lassen PBA.
  • Manage Membership signups and Contact with Landowners – Deliverable will be a list of members at the end Year 2 for the Lassen PBA.
  • Visit Landowners/Burn units – Deliverable will be a spreadsheet of all landowners/burn units visited.
  • Assist Landowners with Burn Planning and Permitting – Deliverable will be a spreadsheet of all landowners who were provided with assistance in planning and permitting, will include data about the type of assistance, acres planned, and total acres burned.
  • Coordinate with Partners – Deliverable will be a list of partners that have been engaged in the Lassen PBA during the year.


  • Sharing of local work being done via the CalPBA Podio along with other social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, news, etc.) – Deliverable will be list of publications or media engagements.
  • Create a monthly written report for HLVRCD board meetings, summarizing the past months’ activities and work that was completed.
  • Report the outcomes and findings of site visits and provide updates regarding relationship building to the HLVRCD District Manager on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Track PBA activities and provide periodic impact reports on how the WRTC-Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program funding, as well as any Peer Mentoring and/or WRTC coaching, mentoring and training, have increased local capacity in the local geographic area.
  • Track grant-funded expenses, hours, and other budget items and submit periodic grant invoice reports.

Equipment Maintenance

  • Maintain inventory of PBA equipment, condition, and location.
  • Ensure equipment is in good operating condition before and after each PBA event, and undertake repairs and replacements as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • An associate or bachelor’s degree from a two or four-year college or university involving study in one (1) of the following: Forestry, Biology, Agriculture, Geology, Fire Management, or a closely related science degree; OR professional experience in a related field (i.e. wildland fire, prescribed fire) will substitute year-for-year for education.

Certifications / Licenses:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2) Qualifications, annual RT-130 and work capacity test

Experience in/with:

  • Fire ecology (fire behavior, fire effects, fire and fuel monitoring), fire weather, fuel types, fuel conditions, fuels assessment, smoke management.
  • CAL-TREX trainings and/or ability to participate in CAL-TREX and TREX Trainings and events, along with NWGC courses.
  • Working effectively with Committees, Boards, and/or landowners to convey technical information.
  • Ability to effectively correspond verbally with others in all situations.
  • GIS and GPS systems, specifically the ability to map projects at a basic level.

Knowledge of:

  • Tools and techniques used to prepare for and implement Rx burns.
  • California State burn laws.
  • Smoke management rules and smoke management plans at the State and Federal level.

Ability to:

  • Develop and prepare effective and comprehensive correspondence, reports, and other written material.
  • Effectively work with multiple individuals from multiple organizations towards a common goal.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Develop and present information so that the community and its members who are unfamiliar with Rx fire work can clearly understand content.
  • Be comfortable managing numerous and frequently changing tasks and issues, and organizing one’s own work priorities and responsibilities.

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