Job Openings- Receptionist & Prescribed Fire Specialists

October 27, 2023


The Central Platte Natural Resources District is accepting applications for a District Secretarial Position located at the Natural Resources Conservation Service – Grand Island Field Office.
Office walk-in and telephone reception and administrative support for 4-5 employees. Requires computer skills (Microsoft Office); document preparation, filing & maintenance; supplies purchasing; client follow-up; and scheduling assistance. Background investigation is required. Full-time, excellent benefits.

Apply by sending your resume to: Kelly Cole, Central Platte NRD 215 Kaufman Avenue Grand Island NE 68803 or


Prescribed Fire Specialist in Nebraska – two positions
Application DeadlineNovember 7, 2023
LocationNebraska – Location flexible, regionally based
Anticipated Start Date: December 4, 2023

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is seeking 2 qualified Prescribed Fire Specialists to increase prescribed fire capacity throughout Nebraska in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Primary responsibilities of this position include the development of training workshops for private landowners, resource professionals and other stakeholders. Participate in, coordinate, and lead prescribed fire training burns. Coordinate, assist, and start local Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs) as needed. Write and review prescribed burn plans for private landowners and wildlife biologists. This position will require a self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills, and a strong work ethic. This effort will provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources in Nebraska. This position will be a full-time employee of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.

  • Develop, organize, and deliver in-person and online workshops pertaining to the implementation and planning of prescribed fire to increase and enhance opportunities for private landowners, resource professionals, and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in, coordinate, and lead prescribed fire training burns for staff, partners, PBAs, and volunteer fire departments.
  • Work closely with Nebraska NRCS field office staff to support planning and implementation of prescribed fire and firebreak practices.
  • Work with partners, stakeholders, and staff to support Nebraska PBAs to include growing membership and increasing prescribed fire, including forming and organizing new ones.
  • Write, coordinate, and review burn plans for private landowners, partners, and staff.
  • Use proactive conservation techniques to identify and garner support for prescribed fire on private lands.
  • Develop education and outreach materials such as guides, factsheets, videos, and social media posts.
  • Conduct site visits with landowners to provide guidance on firebreak design, burn plans, and follow up management utilizing conservation practices.
  • Coordinate the purchase, use, maintenance, and repair of prescribed fire equipment for local Prescribed Burn Associations and Pheasants Forever around the state, tracking equipment inventories.
  • Increase credibility and support of prescribed fire with private landowners, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the general public.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • A thorough understanding and experience in the implementation of prescribed fire with private landowners, partners, and fire departments
  • Knowledge and experience of the best practices in the implementation of prescribed fire and fire ecology in the Great Plains
  • Knowledge and understanding of how prescribed burn associations function.
  • Holds or has the ability to obtain certifications per National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG):
    •  S-130 – S-190- S-131- S-290 –
    • Ability to pass light work capacity test
  • Volunteer fire department or wildfire experience a plus
  • Ability to use photography, videography, and written word to show prescribed fire in a positive manner in print and social media
  • Excellent computer skills including working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, and ArcPro
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, work long hours when needed, travel across a wide area, and work in hazardous conditions.
  • Valid driver’s license required; work vehicle provided,

Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, plant ecology, range management, or closely related natural resources field preferred. Prior prescribed fire training and field experience required. Prior experience with private lands conservation and land management is also preferred.
Starting Salary: $47,000 + Benefits (see benefits summary on our Careers page at )

To Apply: 
Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single MS Word document or Adobe Acrobat file before uploading to the “Resume” area on your application on our Recruitment website at **Please title your attachment as LASTNAME_PFAPPLICATION
For more information about the position, contact Brian Teeter, Nebraska Prescribed Fire Coordinator at:

Pheasants Forever, Inc and Quail Forever is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.