The HFR Project Coordinator will primarily be involved with the community chipping program and Home Ignition Zone Inspections. They will run some small projects independently. They will support Project Managers for large projects such as multi-agency fuel break and escape route work. There is opportunity to advance to Project Manager as responsibility is demonstrated.

Responsibilities & Scope of work:

  • Coordinate hazardous fuel reduction chipping projects:
    • Prepare/map efficient routes to multiple properties from a spreadsheet
    • Survey & inspect chipping piles prepared by residents
    • Measure, photograph, tag and document on site data in the field
    • Calculate quantities, prepare bid packages, gather quotes and submittals
    • Submit PO requests
    • Schedule contractor crews
  • Perform HIZ inspections (after NFPA or equivalent training)
  • For large scale projects-work with SCCFSC staff to develop bid requests, select contractors, process purchase orders and invoices, and follow up after project completion.
  • Conducting site visits as requested to residential homes, public and private roads, private property lots. Many are contained in public and private watersheds and near open space preserves. Project sites vary from high-income hillside gated residences to remote canyons and ridges with dirt roads leading to small cabins.
  • Keep accurate records and be able to communicate effectively with other members of the team.
  • Conformance with Health and Safety policies including hazard identification.
  • Use GIS or Google Earth to evaluate site concerns, develop efficient service routes and review project location and public and private parcel boundaries Prepare post project reports for submission to HFR Manager including: collect and report project data, including distance, area, and volume measurements of treatment locations; crew head counts and equipment verification, photo documentation, and GPS tracks to determine final project boundaries


Education: Education, Skills & Abilities
The HFR Project Coordinator position requires minimum education at the level of a Associates Degree or equivalent experience, a year or greater work experience in vegetation management in the field and entry level supervisory responsibility of one to five persons. Additional education and/or training in fire science, wildland firefighting, environmental studies, arboriculture, forestry, landscape construction, project management, and communications or other related fields is helpful.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • NFPA Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone certificate (can be accomplished on the job)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Access to reliable all-weather vehicle
  • Auto insurance


Functional Capacities
The following functional capacities are required to perform the duties outlined above. The ability to:

  • comprehend technical information and complex written materials
  • remember information and track progress of work
  • analyze, plan, organize and solve complicated problems
  • interpret topographic and other maps and remain oriented in off-trailenvironments
  • see and read printed material, and media displayed on a computer monitor orhandheld device including text and images
  • see details at a distance in the landscape and perceive movement in theperiphery
  • hear and gather information on the telephone, in person, in a group setting, andoutdoors in wind and adverse conditions
  • communicate in writing, orally, and with hand signals in loud environments
  • manipulate items such as pens, markers, paper and flagging tape, camera, GPSand cell phone, computer, printer and other office equipment
  • lift and carry up to 40 pounds
  • climb, descend, and traverse natural slopes up to 100% grade.


Contract Information
The HFR Project Coordinator is a 20-40 hour a week position based on our fluctuating busy season and project schedules. Since some work is seasonal, there will be times of less activity. Compensation range is between $30 and $35 per hour, depending on experience. It is primarily field and home based, travel to remote rural areas and local meetings will be required. No office is provided.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to our Managing Director, Eugenia Rendler, at Applications will be considered as they are received.


Non-Discrimination Policy
The SCCFSC is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants. In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and SCCFSC policy, we prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, age, genetic information, medical condition, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, gender transitioning, religion, military and veteran status, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or any other status or condition protected by Federal, State and local laws.

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).