VENTURA REGIONAL FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
WILDFIRE LIAISON – JOB DESCRIPTION
|To serve the mission, the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) board and staff strives to create a more fire safe Ventura County. We offer employees a flexible, collaborative, and supportive work environment and are proud to offer a competitive salary, multiple benefits and opportunities for professional growth. If you are looking to make an impact at any stage of your career, consider the VRFSC. As a growing organization, everyone has a voice that is encouraged and respected.|
Title Wildfire Liaison
Location Ventura County, California
Brief history of the Ventura Regional County Fire Safe Council
(dba Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council)
Since 2009, the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) has been one of Ventura County’s treasured organizations, committed to keeping homes, businesses, neighborhoods and local communities more fire resilient, safer and better prepared to withstand wildfire. The VRFSC is at a tipping point in its history and experiencing accelerated growth. After almost ten years, the VRFSC moved from an all-volunteer organization to paid staff and opened its first physical office space. Since then, we have moved again and are now a staff of four and growing fast. More importantly, we continue to implement complex, multi-year, multi-partner wildfire prevention programs. The VRFSC Board brings a deep and broad understanding of wildfire mitigation, resources, mapping, local legislation, and content expertise. In January 2021, the Board completed its second 3-year Strategic Plan. The VRFSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2009.
Wildfire Safety Liaison – General Overview
The VRFSC will be hiring three Wildfire Liaisons to manage a new 2-year, grant-funded program to enable three geographically high fire risk regions in Ventura County to become more fire resilient, safer, and better prepared to withstand wildfire – neighborhood by neighborhood. The program will focus on home hardening interventions, vegetation management, chipper days, education and outreach. The geographic focus areas include: 1) Piru, Santa Paula and Fillmore; 2) Ventura and Ojai; and 3) Bell Canyon, Greater Conejo Valley and Ventu Park. The program will utilize an innovative home hardening data management strategy (collection, analytics, monitoring and evaluation) through a unique partnership with Jensen Hughes. Important to the program will be the development of a cost-share strategy to implement home hardening assessment recommendations. The Wildfire Liaisons will be out- stationed in the target areas with the intent to become integrated into the local community by attending town hall meetings, working closely with the local fire department personnel, and supporting education and outreach efforts. This is an outcome focused program where evaluation results will be disseminated to elevate the field and contribute to collective learning around wildfire mitigation. The Wildfire Liaisons will be part of an innovative countywide collaborative program funded by CAL-Fire. The principal partners in the collaborative are the VRFSC, Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council, Jensen Hughes, and the Bell Canyon Fire Safe Council.
Wildfire Liaisons – Job Responsibilities (85% time)
- Overall responsibility of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the 2-year comprehensive Home Hardening program, with support from a part-time project coordinator.
- Meet with local civic and government organizations (such as property owners, community groups, HOAs, realtors, businesses owners, and representatives from the Fire Department) to explain the program; gather information regarding needs, concerns, and regulations; and respond to community and property owner concerns.
- In partnership with the Ventura County Resource Conservation District and other collaborative members, support existing and create new outreach and education programs to motivate enrollment in home hardening workshops, participate in assessments and promote the Ready! Set! Go! program.
- Recruit participants into home hardening workshops, and conduct and facilitate home hardening education workshops, complete home hardening assessments, document assessments, and track any mitigation that has taken place. When applicable, partner with trained volunteers and retired firefighters, among others, to conduct assessments.
- In Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula, partner with the Spanish-speaking promotoras for presentations and assessments in Spanish.
- Meet regularly with the other Wildfire Liaisons and with the Collaborative to discuss lessons learned, challenges, and accomplishments and write detailed monthly and quarterly status reports.
- Build strong relationships and partnerships throughout the sector, foster strong team communication and create transparent operating processes to ensure alignment with program goals.
- Regularly communicate orally and by-written reports that document plans, challenges, accomplishments and results with the Executive Director, Leadership teams, funders, and other stakeholders.
- Help support grant writing efforts to implement complementary wildfire prevention programs.
- Help support and facilitate Fuel Break Programs and Chipper Days to remove unwanted vegetation to reduce the flammable fuel load in communities that border the wildland urban interface.
- Work with Jensen Hughes to streamline and standardize the Home Hardening Assessment tool and protocol and use the Fulcrum Data App to record assessment results.
Other programmatic responsibilities (10% time)
- Help support development of the countywide collaborative planning process to update the Ventura County – Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and local CWPPs. A CWPP provides a roadmap of actions for communities to address their wildfire threat.
- Help gather content to support the monthly VRFSC newsletter and social media.
- Communicate professionally and deliver skillful presentations to a variety of audiences, including media, legislators, city and county agency, academia, community members, etc.
- Represent the VRFSC at various local, regional and state meetings, and support other VRFSC wildfire prevention programs, as needed.
Administration (5% time)
- Participate in ongoing staff meetings and occasional board and committee meetings.
- Track and monitor all programmatic and financial expenditures per VRFSC’s policies and procedures, and report monthly.
- Assist with the general responsibilities and requirements of the VRFSC such as administration and facility Support, answering phones, ordering office supplies, and assist as needed with various administrative tasks and facility issues.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials.
Other Duties as assigned
- The VRFSC is a dynamic organization, and change is the norm. It is expected that employees will support the work of the whole team in carrying out the mission and may involve performing not only the functions listed in this document, but also working outside the parameters of the job description, as the need arises.
- Minimum experience is a bachelor’s degree with three years of related experience or comparable work experience.
- Experience with fire science, wildfire prevention work and disaster preparedness a plus.
- Experience planning, managing and evaluating nonprofit programs a plus.
- Ability to complete a broad range of diverse wildfire safety education and outreach activities and programs
- Ability to work within strict programmatic budgets and evaluate program results, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as skilled in facilitation and delivering presentations.
- Ability to think both strategically and be accountable to precise detail work.
- Skilled in Microsoft Office suite of products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate, and well written reports on a monthly basis.
- Able to help research and write competitive grants proposals.
- Create new and effectively maintain strategic partnerships.
- Must possess a current, valid California driver’s license, current proof of automobile insurance coverage, and reliable transportation.
- Knowledge of local, state & federal laws and regulations related to wildfire a plus.
- Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council is very serious about our precautions around COVID-19. As a result, we have a mandatory vaccination policy and proof of vaccination status is required to be considered for this position.
- Strong interest and belief in the mission of the VRFSC and genuine commitment to improving wildfire safety and making a positive community and regional impact.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
- Ability to spearhead new and large-scale initiatives with professionalism and enthusiasm.
- Innovative and creative thinker able to imagine potential opportunities, brainstorm new, out of the box ideas
- Ability to look at data and turn it into actionable insights.
- High level of integrity and ethical conduct, with strong commitment to document results.
- Enthusiastic and positive team player with the flexibility to re-prioritize and multi-task.
- Ability to deal with ambiguity and create frameworks and plans to solve problems.
- Must thrive under pressure and be able to accept constructive feedback.
- Willing to work as needed to meet business needs and deadlines.
- It is anticipated that this position will continue after the two-year grant concludes.
Compensation and benefits
- Excellent salary commensurate with experience. Starting salary range is $60,000.
- Benefits include health care, vacation, and paid holidays.
- One of the three Wildfire Liaisons positions requires Spanish fluency with a corresponding salary bump.
- The positions are designed to be full time, but given the right candidate, there is flexibility for job sharing.
- Training in job-related skills will be provided free of cost.
- Opportunities for job growth and skills development.
- Opportunity to work with leaders and trailblazers in the field of wildfire science, research, GIS mapping, environment, etc.
- Intent for continued funding when the two-year grant concludes.
Send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and put Wildfire Liaison Position in the Subject Line. Please return your cover letter and resume as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, January 10, 2022.