The Shawnee RC&D is now hiring for a 2-year term Fire Management Technician position. Interested candidates should contact project coordinator Mike Baltz at ( Applications close October 29th, 2021.

The Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc.






Position Title: Fire Management Technician, 2 year term position

Salary: $17/hour, 50 weeks/yr

Location: Dixon Springs State Park, Golconda, IL

Closing date: October 29, 2021

Project partners: Shawnee RC&D, Illinois DNR, Shawnee NF




Position description:


The Shawnee RC&D is seeking applicants to fill a full-time (40 hrs/week) temporary Fire Management Technician contract position. The ideal applicant will be willing to learn, self-motivated, and capable of working independently. The focus of this position is to increase implementation of prescribed fire and other forest management practices across southern Illinois. Typical duties will include outreach to private landowners, scouting potential burn units, installing fire breaks, implementing prescribed fire, herbicide application, reviewing and writing forest management plans, forest inventory, GIS mapping, data entry, equipment maintenance, prescribed fire plan preparation, and other duties as assigned. This is a labor-intensive field position, and the successful applicant should expect to spend approximately 50- 75% of their time working outdoors. This position works under the general direction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources District Forester and submits reports to the Shawnee RC&D.


Specific Requirements:

Previous work experience in the forestry or natural resources profession is required. Bachelor’s degree

in a category of natural resource management is preferred.

Be able to identify tree species and preferably invasive plant species common to southern Illinois.

Demonstrate an ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Be able to use ArcGIS to manage data, plan projects, and map property and stand boundaries.

Proven effectiveness in working with public agencies and other land managers.

Applicant must present themselves in a professional business-like manner when interacting with contractors, clients, and the public.

Working knowledge of forest management, oak ecosystems, and invasive species prevention. Ability to persuasively convey ecological objectives to diverse groups including, agencies, the public and others.

The position requires that the individual be, or become, a state certified pesticide applicator.

The position requires that the individual has completed basic firefighting Training (S130/S190/I100/L180).


The position requires that the individual be, or become, a state certified prescribed burn manager.




Meet with landowners to discuss use of prescribed fire and other forest management activities on their land.

Group appropriate lands into larger, landscape scale, cross-boundary burns with state/federal lands.

Provide strategic technical assistance to landowners for forest management.

Prepare prescribed burn plans and prescribed burn reports, review forest management plans.

Use pesticides according to the manufacturer’s label.

Implement all aspects of prescribed fire for forest management within the priority locations.

Compile, collect, and enter forest management and forest inventory data into ArcGIS and TIGER programs.

Ability to operate and maintain various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g., manual and powered sprayers, chainsaws, Global Positioning Systems, all-terrain vehicles, and 4-wheel drive vehicles).

Drive personal vehicle as necessary; must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Other duties as assigned.


Working Conditions:


Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.

Ability to work an irregular schedule during prescribed fire season (Oct-Dec and Feb-April) including weekends and unpredicted schedule change on short notice.

Note: Electronic submittals are accepted and encouraged. All materials must be received on or before Close of Business on 10/92/2021.

To apply send Cover Letter, Resume, and short (1-3 paragraphs) narrative addressing the position description and specific requirements to:

Mike Baltz

Shawnee RC&D Coordinator email:

For questions, call contact Mike Baltz at 618-521-6388 or Jenny Lesko at 618-689-1221.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)


To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.