Program Manager – Wildfire Mitigation At Community Organized Relief Effort

George Michael
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Program Manager – Wildfire Mitigation

  • Organization: CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)
  • Department: Field Operations – Program Operations
  • Location: Siskiyou County, CA, United States (Hybrid)
  • Salary: $72,900 – $72,900 per year
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Summary

The Program Manager for Wildfire Mitigation will lead the execution of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) in partnership with the Fire Safe Council Siskiyou County (FSCSC). This role involves strategic project management of various initiatives aimed at mitigating wildfires, including home assessments, defensible space activities, fuel reduction, and educational outreach in Siskiyou County. The Program Manager will also serve as a resource for national deployment as part of CORE’s Emergency Relief Team.


  • Lead the implementation of the CWDG program in Siskiyou County.
  • Act as the primary liaison with the Fire Safe Council and other key stakeholders.
  • Oversee home assessments, defensible space projects, and educational outreach.
  • Manage relationships with local, county, and state stakeholders.
  • Supervise and mentor program staff, including a Program Coordinator.
  • Be prepared for national deployment to support disaster relief efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in emergency management, environmental science, forestry, or related field (master’s degree preferred).
  • Relevant certifications such as Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist or Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in disaster preparedness, environmental health, or climate science/resilience.
  • Proficiency in creating and delivering presentations.
  • Proficiency in a second language such as Spanish, Hmong, or Karuk is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Siskiyou County and its specific wildfire risks.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of wildfire home assessment and defensible space best practices.
  • Proficiency in data management and MS Office applications.
  • Strong project management, leadership, and organizational skills.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent relationship-building and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in data management.
  • Proficiency in ESRI GIS Suite is a plus.
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing environments.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Scope and Travel

  • Supervise 1 Wildfire Mitigation Program Coordinator.
  • Significant travel within Siskiyou County and occasionally within California.
  • Travel may also include national deployment for disaster relief efforts.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your application through the CORE website.

CORE is committed to diversity and inclusion, and all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.


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