Wildland Fire Training Specialist
Tall Timbers Research Station
Zachary Prusak currently works at the Tall Timbers Research Station as a Wildland Fire Training Specialist. In this role, he works with state, federal, local and private conservation groups and landowners to create and promote fire training opportunities and facilitate on-the-ground partnerships through collaboratives such as Fire Councils and Prescribed Burn Associations. Previously Zach served as the Florida Fire Manager for The Nature Conservancy, the South Region Land Manager for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, conducted controlled burns and studied mosquito populations with the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and worked as a biologist for the Florida Park Service.
Zach has 34 years' experience working with prescribed fire, and is qualified as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RxB2) and State Certified Burner in Florida. Zach holds both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Central Florida, where he studied ant population dynamics.