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We’re Hiring – Fuel Modification Coordinator

Founded in 1990, Laguna Canyon Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the South Coast Wilderness, a 22,000-acre network of open space surrounding Laguna Beach in Orange County, California. 

We acquire open space to add to system of protected lands that make up the South Coast Wilderness, offer education programs for school children and the general public, maintain and improve trails, restore habitat and conduct other land management activities throughout the South Coast Wilderness. 

Laguna Canyon Foundation’s Fuel Modification Program currently assists the City of Laguna Beach with the management of eleven fuel modification zones covering over 130 acres.  We assist with planning, permitting and project design, and conduct biomonitoring, neighbor coordination and the management of contracted hand crews and goat operations. 

Position Summary:  The Fuel Modification Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Conservation Programs, other Laguna Canyon Foundation staff, land managers, regulatory agencies, neighbors and other partners and stakeholders to coordinate and implement the fuel modification program.   

 Core Responsibilities: 

  • Flag treatment areas 
  • Conduct weed assessment, rare plant and nesting bird surveys 
  • Coordinate and schedule contracted hand crews and goat grazing operations 
  • Collect, manage and analyze geospatial data 
  • Educate and direct contractors in the field and ensure compliance with treatment protocols, environmental regulations and contract requirements 
  • Coordinate with neighbors to answer questions and address concerns 
  • Conduct targeted invasive control, including the application of herbicides 

 Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with preparation of reports 
  • Coordinate and conduct field work in support of new and ongoing habitat restoration and trail stewardship projects 
  • Other duties as assigned 

 Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or related field and 1 year minimum experience in wildland fire management, fuel modification or vegetation management & maintenance OR 
  • 2 years minimum experience in wildland fire management, fuel modification or vegetation management & maintenance 
  • Proven experience leading a field crew and/or managing contractors 
  • Certification or ability to become certified in Basic First Aid & CPR (training available through LCF) 
  • Familiarity and experience with use of handheld GPS units and mapping software 
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn to identify local native and non-native plants 
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn to identify local bird species 
  • Basic computer literacy and the ability to quickly learn new computer programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communications skills 
  • Passionate about Laguna Canyon Foundation’s mission 
  • Highly motivated and a proven self-starter with the ability to work independently 
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional weekend and evening hours as necessary 
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and required insurance coverage, and willingness to use vehicle for work purposes (mileage reimbursement available) 
  • Candidate must be able to perform the Essential Functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations (see below) 

 The ideal candidate may also have: 

  • Proof of formal non-academic training in Wildland Fire Management 
  • 3 or more years of experience in wildland fire management, fuel modification or vegetation management & maintenance 
  • Demonstrated experience in project management 
  • Extensive experience working outdoors in all conditions  
  • Familiarity with local parks, trails, environmental agencies and regulations 
  • Familiarity with fire behavior and fire modeling 
  • Experience with the use of herbicides for vegetation management in wildland settings 
  • Experience working on habitat restoration and/or trail construction and maintenance projects 
  • Experience using chainsaws, brushcutters and other power tools 

 Salary and Benefits: 

  • $35,000-$40,000 annually 
  • weeks vacation per year plus paid holidays and sick days 
  • Laguna Canyon Foundation contributions to employee health insurance and retirement benefits 

Additional Information: 

  • Start date is May 18th, or as soon as possible thereafter 
  • Please send resume and cover letter to hallie@lagunacanyon.org 

 Essential Functions. The person in this position: 

  • Constantly works outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions. 
  • Constantly traverses off-trail over rough terrain and steep slopes, sometimes through thick vegetation.  
  • Occasionally hikes 5 to 10 miles per day on steep fire roads and rugged trails. 
  • Occasionally lifts and carries loads up to 25 pounds. 
  • Frequently uses optics such as binoculars and laser rangefinders. 
  • Frequently grips and manipulates hand tools such as shovels, picks, loppers, wrenches, hammers, etc. 
  • Constantly exchanges information both verbally and in written form with supervisor, co-workers, and others. 
  • Remains in a stationary position for up to 30% of the time.