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Career Opportunities

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. 

Brief history of the Ventura Regional County Fire Safe Council
Since 2009, the Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) has been one of Ventura County’s treasured
community 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.

Program Coordinator

overview

The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (VRFSC) will be hiring a part-time Program Coordinator (25 hours per week), with the intent to become full time. The Coordinator will support our growing wildfire prevention and mitigation programs, but focus primarily on the new 2-year, grant-funded Ventura County – Wildfire Collaborative, which will enable three geographically high fire risk regions in Ventura County to become more fire resilient, safer, and better prepared to withstand wildfire. The Coordinator will be headquartered in the main office in Ventura, and will provide program support for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of wildfire prevention programs focusing on the emerging Home Hardening program and education and outreach efforts. The Coordinator will occasionally meet with property owners, community groups, HOAs, realtors, businesses owners, representatives from the Fire Department and with other civic and government organizations to explain the program; gather information regarding needs, and concerns. The Coordinator will also support programs to grow awareness about wildfire mitigation and motivate enrollment in our wildfire programs. Finally, she/he will meet regularly with the other staff to discuss program development, lessons learned, challenges, and accomplishments.

 

Program Coordinator
Location Ventura County, California

Program Coordinator – Job Responsibilities (70% time)
• Assist with planning and coordination of wildfire prevention and mitigation programs and their activities
• Monitor implementation of wildfire program policies and practices
• Work to keep wildfire programs on schedule, within stated budgets and functioning smoothly
• Coordinate program communications among Wildfire Liaisons and others.
• Coordinate, track interactions, and relationships between staff, clients, administrators, and other program stakeholders
• Schedule and organize program-related meetings and events
• Help oversee the use of technology for program operations, such as video conferencing technology, presentation software and other communications technologies, for instance
• Create and maintain program records, reports, presentations, and proposals
• Facilitate positive relations between the program team, the public, the media, with other departments within the organization, and all other involved parties.
• Help manage marketing and communications (media relations, social media)

Other programmatic responsibilities (20% time)
• Help support, facilitate, and document Fuel Break Programs and Chipper Days to remove unwanted vegetation to reduce the flammable fuel load in communities that border the wildland urban interface.
• 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.
• Track wildfire-related pending and new local, state, and federal legislation.
• Occasionally represent the VRFSC at various local, regional, and state meetings, and support other VRFSC wildfire prevention programs, as needed.

Administration (10% 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 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 Requirements
• Minimum experience is an Associate degree with two years of related experience or comparable work experience.
• Ability to support a broad range of diverse wildfire safety education and outreach activities and programs
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Skilled in precise and detail work.
• Skilled in Microsoft Office suite of products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Experience with fire science, wildfire prevention work and disaster preparedness a plus.
• Experience planning, implementing, and evaluating nonprofit programs a plus.
• Must possess a current, valid California driver’s license, current proof of automobile insurance coverage, and reliable transportation.
• Proof of vaccination status required.

Personal Attributes
• 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 support new and large-scale initiatives with professionalism and enthusiasm.
• High level of integrity and ethical conduct, with strong commitment to documented 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 occasional late nights or weekends to meet business needs.

Compensation and benefits
• Excellent salary commensurate with experience.
• Training in job-related skills will be provided free of cost.
• Opportunities for job growth and skills development.
• Opportunity to work with leaders in the field of wildfire science, research, GIS mapping, environment, etc.
• It is anticipated that this position will continue after the two-year grant concludes and may become full time.

Application Process
Send your cover letter and resume to info@venturafiresafe.org and put Program Coordinator Position
in the Subject Line. Please return your cover letter and resume as soon as possible, but not later than
Monday, January 10, 2022.

Wildfire Safety Liaison

Overview

The Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council (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.  Important to the program will be the development of a cost-share strategy to implement home hardening assessment recommendations. The Wildfire Liaisons will most likely 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. The Wildfire Liaisons will be part of an innovative countywide collaborative and 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 Liaison
FSLA Status Exempt
Location Ventura County, California

 

Wildfire Liaisons – Job Responsibilities (85% time)
1. Overall responsibility of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the 2-year comprehensive Home Hardening program, with support from a part-time project coordinator.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. In Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula, partner with the Spanish-speaking promotoras for presentations and assessments in Spanish.
6. 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.
7. Build strong relationships and partnerships throughout the sector, foster strong team communication and create transparent operating processes to ensure alignment with program goals.
8. Regularly communicate orally and by-written reports that document plans, challenges, accomplishments and results with the Executive Director, Leadership teams, funders, and other stakeholders.
9. Help support grant writing efforts to implement complementary wildfire prevention programs.
10. 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.
11. 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 Requirements
• 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.
• Proof of vaccination is required.

Personal Attributes
• 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.

Application Process
Send your cover letter and resume to info@venturafiresafe.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.