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Fire Lookout Program Manager

Job Description:

The Fire Lookout Program Manager is responsible for coordinating, conducting, and managing the staffing and maintenance of 7 fire lookouts on the San Bernardino National Forests. The Manager will work directly with SCMF staff and Forest Service staff to identify the needs for maintenance projects; including maintenance of the lookouts and associated systems attached to the lookouts (communication systems & monitoring systems). The Fire Lookout  Manager will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteers working in the lookouts.  The Manager reports directly to the SCMF Assistant Executive Director to ensure all projects are in line with joint USFS/SCMF program deliverables and all environmental and historical clearances are met.

Job Duties:

  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in the Lookout program. Ensure all Forest Service compliances are met and volunteers operate within their trained areas. Maintain training materials and ensure volunteers are following all protocols.
  • Coordinate and lead monthly volunteer leadership meetings, and attend other fire lookout-specific meetings as needed to help the program run effectively.
  • Ensure the 7 fire lookouts are maintained and preserved.
  • Lead project planning, management, and implementation process for all lookout maintenance projects. Ensure deliverables are being met on time.
  • Manage Fire Lookout Program-specific grants, to include; deliverable tracking, report writing, photo monitoring, and volunteer hour tracking by specific activities on all projects and within deadlines.
  • Communicate and schedule, program needs and events with SCMF staff.
  • Develop and foster relationships with partner organizations and funders.
  • Communicate and collaborate with Forest Service and other land management agency staff on a consistent basis to ensure joint deliverables are met.
  • Assure compliance with project tracking records, including quarterly progress reports and end-of-year accomplishment reports.
  • Communicate and collaborate with admin staff for reporting and fiscal management of the lookout program.
  • Observe and adhere to all USFS policies and procedures including but not limited to; facility and equipment procedures, volunteer program guidelines, safety procedures and training, Job Hazard Analysis(JHA) requirements, etc.
  • Support the Southern California Mountains Foundation priorities (conservation, education & responsible recreation) and manage the lookout program under SCMF’s mission.
  • Ensure a positive and professional image of the program and the Foundation is portrayed to volunteers, the public and staff.
  • Attend regular SCMF management and staff meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission of the Southern California Mountains Foundation.


  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals, personalities, and public agencies, establishing collaborative partnerships and developing teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience building, managing, and motivating successful volunteer team efforts.
  • A passion for the personal, social, and economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Knowledge of the San Bernardino Mountains and surrounding geography is preferred.
  • Positive can-do attitude. Personable and outgoing with excellent communication skills. Ability to professionally represent programs and projects.
  • Public Speaking: Good at speaking to both individuals and large groups of people.
  • Manage and Lead: Ability to both lead and manage large groups of people of all ages.
  • Organized and Self-Sufficient: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Computer Savvy: working knowledge of contemporary technology, including GIS, digital photography, file sharing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and working knowledge of contemporary office technology including word, excel, email, GPS applications, Google applications, and the internet.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to analyze situations, develop strategies, and implement solutions.
  • Versatile and Flexible; time will be spent both inside doing desk work and outside getting dirty while doing restoration work.
  • Ability to operate a variety of four-wheel drive vehicles on rugged forest roads and the ability to tow a trailer.


  • Knowledge of general construction, historic building preservation, and basic wildland fire behavior required.
  • Ability to operate Forest Service communications systems.
  • Ability to operate Osborne Firefinder and train others to use the equipment.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
  • A government driver’s license with towing endorsement is required within 60 days of hire.
  • Working cell phone with which to maintain internet and email communication and conduct business.
  • Experience working and recreating outdoors.
  • A candidate should show evidence of the following characteristics: flexibility, positive outlook, creativity, concern for community safety, good interpersonal skills, a willing attitude, adaptability, decision-making skills, maturity, integrity, and approachability.
  • Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to hike over rough terrain for up to 4 miles, carrying equipment in a bag or backpack, performing emergency first aid and rescue skills outdoors, and using hand tools to restore habitat. The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions
  • Position requires prolonged or intermittent sitting, standing, walking/hiking on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, and crouching. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in preparing reports and using a computer keyboard and hand tools in the performance of daily duties. The need to lift, carry, push and pull materials up to 50 pounds is required. The employee will be required to travel to different sites and locations; when working outdoors the incumbent may encounter extreme weather conditions; including wet, hot, cold, wind, snow, ice, and heavy vehicle traffic. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate when indoors and moderate to loud when outdoors
  • Candidates must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction and hear in the normal range with or without correction. Vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth, and perception. Hearing requirements include the ability to properly use a two-way radio and telephone while around groups of people to communicate with other personnel.


This is a full-time hourly position with a work schedule of Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Flexibility in work hours is required and may include evenings and weekends as needed.

  • $23/hr
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, and 403(b) options
  • 10 days paid vacation per year and annual accrual of 10 days paid sick leave, plus 11 paid holidays annually

How to Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to with the subject line of Lookout Manager. Applications are due by December 30th.

About Southern California Mountains Foundation

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes connecting communities to our public lands is the key to their survival. We mobilize individuals to inspire and engage in environmental citizenship. The Southern California Mountains Foundation supports youth development through conservation initiatives integrating environmental education, training, and hands-on service projects;  protects our natural resources through adult and family-led programming; and provides interpretive services that focus on outdoor recreation, responsible use, and stewardship of our natural environment.  The Southern California Mountains Foundation consists of 30 full-time staff,  75-100 part-time employees, and 750 volunteers.  We achieve our mission through seven programs: (1) Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire, (2) Big Bear Discovery Center, (3) Off-Highway Vehicles, (4) Fire Lookouts, (5) National Children’s Forest, (6) Music in the Mountains and (7) Big Bear Trails.

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

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