FSYC Fall Fire & Fuels

The fall Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) program builds on the success of the summer FSYC program by creating employment, education, and training opportunities for recent high school and college graduates (18-25). Like the summer FSYC program, fall fire and fuels FSYC crews are hosted and mentored by U.S. Forest Service ranger districts.

As wildfire activity in the Southwest winds down with the arrival of the monsoon season, other parts of the country are just getting going. As a result, many firefighting resources in the Southwest are deployed to other parts of the country, limiting local capacity to implement prescribed burns during prime burn windows. Prescribed fire is a necessary tool used by land managers to reduce wildfire risk and restore resilience to forests. The fall FSYC fire and fuels program helps fill this gap in capacity.

The fall FSYC program prepares participants for careers in natural resource management by providing them with training and certifications in:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Basic Wildland Fire Fighting (S-130/190)
  • Wildland fire chainsaw use (S-212)
  • CPR and first-aid
  • Forestry
  • Leadership development
  • Job skills such as resume and cover letter writing, and
  • New Mexico Forest Worker Safety.

Fall Fire & Fuels Program stats

  • 766 acres of prescribed fire
  • 15 miles of fire line constructed
  • 2 miles of fence repair
  • 6 miles of trail maintenance
  • 30 college credits awarded
  • Over 150 hours of training delivered

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Apply for the FSYC Fall Fire and Fuels Crew

The Forest Stewards Guild is hiring:

  • Crew Members for two FSYC crews based out of the Mountainair and Espanola U.S. Forest Service Ranger Districts.
  • A Crew Leader position on the Mountainair Ranger District.

The program runs from August 19th until November 8th (12 weeks).

Crews will complete natural resource management projects and participate in prescribed fire operations when conditions and weather permit.


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