In late 2023, some Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fall Fire & Fuels crew members joined the All Hands All Lands burn team at Taos Ski Valley to help with pile burns. Crew members are featured near the end of this video! This work helps reduce fuel for potential wildfires in these forests. Great work everyone.


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 and Jemez Pueblo Natural Resource Department.

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 provides extra capacity to prepare for and complete prescribed burns across New Mexico.

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
  • Defensive driving
  • Forestry
  • Natural resource management projects including trail building, wildlife habitat projects, range improvements, and others.
  • Leadership development
  • Job skills such as resume and cover letter writing.

Fall Fire & Fuels Program stats 

Updated stats coming this winter. As of 2018:

  • 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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FSYC Fall Fire and Fuels Crew positions details

The Forest Stewards Guild has crew members for three Fire & Fuels crews based out of the Jemez Pueblo Natural Resources Department and the Mountainair and Espanola U.S. Forest Service Ranger Districts.

Crews complete natural resource management projects and participate in prescribed fire operations when conditions and weather permit. Crew Members earn $17 per hour and Crew Leaders earn $19 per hour.

The program runs from August 19 - November 15.

Please contact Sam Berry ( with any questions.

Hiring for the 2024 FSYC summer and fall season Crew Leaders is open. See the links below.


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