April 2015

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Job: Forestry Technician - Fire (posted April 20, 2015)

Closing Date: April 24, 2015

Location: Bell City, LA


  • Serves as a skilled member of a fire or engine crew with responsibility for using a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques in controlling and suppressing fires.
  • Operates an engine for short periods of time.
  • Scouts fires and develops data on hazardous areas.
  • Maintains firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Receives and records reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.
  • Assists in dispatching personnel and equipment.
  • Participates in the fire presuppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.  

Visit the USAjobs announcement for more information and to apply

Job: PhD Position - Invasion and Fire Ecology (posted April 20, 2015)

Applications are invited for a funded PhD graduate assistantship in invasion and fire ecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Research will focus on quantifying and modeling changes in fuels, fire behavior, and tree regeneration in oak-hickory stands invaded by non-native grasses.

The ideal candidate will possess a Master’s degree by the starting date and prior research experience and/or demonstrated competency in forest ecology. Applicants should have strong quantitative skills and an interest in field work and modeling. Experience with database management systems, R, and GIS are desirable, but not necessary. Strong writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively, and the desire to work in a team are essential. The assistantship includes a stipend of $21,000 per annum, fringe benefits and tuition waiver. The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

To apply, please email the following to Jennifer Fraterrigo (jmf@illinois.edu): (1) a cover letter describing your research interests, professional goals and relevant experience, (2) a complete CV, (3) unofficial college transcripts and GRE percentiles, and (4) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. After selection, the successful candidate will be invited to apply for admission to the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; detailed information about the application procedure is available online at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions. Please contact Dr. Fraterrigo by e-mail or phone with any questions. Additional information about the lab can be found here.

Job: PhD Opportunity (Human Dimensions & Geospatial Analysis of Rangeland Ecosystems (posted April 20, 2015)

Project: The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation is seeking a student to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on coupled human-nature systems in the Southern Great Plains of the United States (Texas/Oklahoma). The student will employ a geospatial approach to identify feedbacks between social change and ecological change. Specifically, the student will integrate demographic change, structural change (e.g., land fragmentation), with behavior (e.g., use of prescribed fire) to understand drivers of grassland-to-woodland conversion. The Ph.D. student will work as part of a highly integrated team of ecologists and social scientists.

Background: Rangelands make up over half of the land cover in the Southern Great Plains of the United States, and provide a number of ecological and economic services to rural communities including livestock production, water, and refugia for biodiversity. After centuries existing as grasslands these rangelands began transforming into woodlands in the early 20th century, primarily due to unregulated livestock grazing and active fire suppression. This transformation, known as woody plant encroachment, is 5 to 7 times greater in the Southern Great Plains compared to other regions of the country, and is currently advancing at an accelerated rate.

Qualifications: This project requires integration of social science theory with GIS and remote sensing. Candidates with an M.S. in a social science or conservation-related field, with strong quantitative skills, and who have experience working with geographic information systems are preferred. Candidates with an M.S. in a geospatial or ecological field are also welcome but must demonstrate a specific and committed interest in conducting social science research for their Ph.D.

Funding: The student will apply to and must be accepted by the Ph.D. degree program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis at Virginia Tech and will train in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Pending verification of funding, a full graduate research assistantship (with stipend) and tuition waiver will be provided for four years. The expected start date is August 2015.

If interested, please send a letter of interest and your CV to: Dr. Michael G. Sorice: 310A Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061, (540) 231-8303 (msorice@vt.edu)

Comment on Secretarial Order 3336 (posted April 17, 2015)

View the full report here: Secretarial Order 3336: A Set of Longer Term Actions and Activities, DRAFT Final Report (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Comments due by April 21st:

If you would like to comment on the Initial Report before it becomes a final report, please submit your comments on this form. For more information visit this page.

Job: Prescribed Fire Crew Technician - The Nature Conservancy, Southern Pines, NC (posted April 13, 2015)


Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring. This will include weekend work.

Participates in and manages restoration projects; this will include invasive plant eradication, collecting of native plant seeds, and mechanical thinning projects. This will include weekend work.

Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures.


For additional information regarding and to apply to position number 43036, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2015.

Job: Southern Black Hills Conservation Manager - The Nature Conservancy, Hot Springs, SD (posted April 13, 2015)


The Southern Black Hills Conservation Manager is responsible for managing lands owned by the Conservancy and advancing conservation in the southern Black Hills and surrounding areas, and also manages the easement monitoring program.

For more information The Nature Conservany's work in South Dakota, click HERE.


For additional information regarding and to apply to position number 43042, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2015.


Job: Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network Assistant - The Nature Conservancy, Nebo, NC (posted April 13, 2015)


The Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network Intern will develop an auto-tour of the Pisgah National Forest-Grandfather Ranger District burn sites to show response of native vegetation to prescribed burns and wildfire using interpretive signage and a mobile app, and help communities located within the district to move toward Firewise.


For additional information about and to apply to position number 43056, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 24, 2015.

Job: Northern NH Seasonal Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy, Newmarket, NH (posted April 13, 2015)


Specific duties will, in varying proportion, include: preserve inspections and follow-up actions, monitoring and maintaining hiking trails (i.e. brushing & drainage structure maintenance), property boundary line maintenance, invasive species monitoring and manual control activities, installation & maintenance of preserve signage, stocking and maintaining kiosks, monitoring conservation easements, supporting prescribed fire at the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve and other locations as assigned, assist in leading volunteers, ecological monitoring, equipment maintenance and organization and engaging with the public on our preserves and at our office in a professional, welcoming, and informative manner.

The Seasonal Land Steward will be responsible for documenting work accomplished and tracking other information using the Conservancy’s database entry system.

The Seasonal Land Steward will be supervised by the Northern New Hampshire Land Steward. The Seasonal Land Steward will also work collaboratively with the Director of Stewardship and Ecological Management as well as other Conservancy stewardship staff and conservation partners.


For addtional information about and to apply to position number 42889, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 24, 2015.

Job: Regional Fuels Program Manager - USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT (posted April 13, 2015)

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position serves as the Regional Fuels Program Manager with the responsibility for: program management that includes budget, integration with other programs, interagency coordination and partnerships, supporting higher level leadership regarding fuels, fire ecology, and smoke management programs; advising on the interpretation, and implementation of National/Regional policy directives and programs; the inspection and critical review of program implementation in various Forest units;  assuring the adequacy of plans and recommendations submitted by Forest units, and the review, evaluation, adaptation, and application of new research findings.

This position includes supervisory duties.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gregory Morris at 406-329-3296 or at gmorris@fs.fed.us.

To view job details and to apply on line, click HERE.

Job: Prescribed Fire Coordinating Wildlife Biologist (posted April 13, 2015)

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015

Anticipated Start Date: May 22, 2015

Location: St. Paul, Nebraska or other Central Nebraska Location


The employee will encourage and support the safe and effective use of prescribed burning on private and public lands in Nebraska. They will increase the credibility, support, and capacity of prescribed burning activities on private and public lands. Pheasants Forever (PF) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff will jointly supervise this position. This employee will build advocacy for prescribed fire with landowners, local prescribed burn associations, fire departments and key decision makers within the state.


Primary responsibilities of this position include the development and implementation of prescribed fire standards and training to be used by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever staff. Continue the development of training workshops for private landowners, resource professionals and fire enthusiasts. Provide outreach to local prescribed fire associations and fire departments to implement safe and effective prescribed burning. Write and review prescribed burn plans for private landowners and biologists. The biologist will work closely with a wide range of individuals and resource professionals to meet the objectives. This position will require a self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills and a strong work ethic. This effort will provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources in Nebraska.

To Apply: Please visit the job announcement page to apply.

Job: MSU Undergraduate Research Assistant: Forest Restoration and Fire Management (posted April 2, 2015)

The undergraduate assistant will primarily conductfieldwork for a project funded by the USDA Forest Service. The objective of this project is to collect current and historical data on forest health, structure, and fire regime, to inform future forest restoration and management. The undergraduate research assistant will assist with field sampling in Lassen National Forest in northern California. The research assistant may also provide assistance on other applied ecology projects in the Chhin lab on MSU campus. Training and field equipment will be provided, as well as transportation, lodging, and a small food allowance while in California.

This position will be for about a 4-month period during the summer from May 2015 to August 2015. Work will be on average 40 hrs/week. The salary offered will depend on prior experience.

Qualifications: All junior or senior students currently enrolled in an academic program related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a similarly related natural resource field are welcomed to apply. Students currently enrolled at a college/university in California or in Michigan will be given preference. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess a strong work ethic. A background or strong interest in conducting field-based research is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is preferable. Intensive field sampling will be conducted during the Summer 2015 semester. Candidates must be willing and able to travel long distances, camp outdoors on occasion, do physically demanding work, and work in hot or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license.

Please submit a cover letter and resume, and contact information of two references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by April 3, 2015. Please e-mail all application material to Christal Johnson (john2895@msu.edu).

Fire Science Hotspot Series (posted March 30, 2015)

Introducing the New SRFSN Fire Science Hotspot Series!

Now you can get the latest in regional fire knowledge in 5 minutes or less!

Fire Science Hotspots are a series of narrated slideshows summarizing science, events, and projects in the Southern Rockies region highlighting research, fieldwork, and techniques in wildfire science and management.

Topics are selected on relevance to main regional issues and potential support for knowledge-based management decisions.

The first Hotspot: the STARFIRE forest and fuels treatment economics program developed by the WESTFIRE Center at Colorado State University. View STARFire Hotspot or Visit our website for more information on Hotspots

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (posted March 23, 2015)

Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and join others throughout the nation making communities a safer place to live on Saturday, May 2. Challenge friends, family members, a faith-based group or youth organization to create a project. and accomplish something great together!

Efforts will raise wildfire awareness and help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities, while increasing safety for wildland firefighters; or your project could lessen current post-fire impacts.

Find out more information by visiting the website here.

Invitation to Participate in Joint Fire Science Program Knowledge Exchange Evaluation (posted March 12, 2015)

You are invited you to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Knowledge Exchange Program. This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Consortium in your region. This project is based out of the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the JFSP Consortia around the country. Your responses will be used to help the JFSP Consortia address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery.

The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. Continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the JFSP consortia progress towards their goals. Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential. Please click on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser:


Call for Presentations for the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference (posted March 11, 2015)

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Conference. A variety of presentation tracks will be designed to accommodate submissions and interest areas focusing on wildfire effects, social science, wildland /urban interface, risk analysis, cost, and other relevant topics. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise regarding wildfire, creating "Fire Adapted Communities" and efforts to address wildfire risk.

When: Proposals due May 1, 2015 by 11:59 pm

How to Apply: Proposal submissions

Conference Website: Conference information

Dr. Marty Alexander Has Two Books Being Released in Early 2015 (posted February 27, 2015)

University of Alberta Adjunct Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Management has Two Books Being Released in early 2015

Dr. Marty Alexander, an adjunct professor in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta since 1997, has two wildland fire related books appearing in the first quarter of 2015. A year ago, his first co-authored book – Fire on Earth: An Introduction – was released by Wiley-Blackwell.

The first book to appear in 2015, A Guide to Rate of Fire Spread Models for Australian Vegetation, was jointly published by the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship of Australia and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). Dr. Alexander is one of six authors, the other five all hailing from Australia. The objective of this book was to provide a technical description of the models presently used operationally in Australia to predict bushfire rate of spread. According to AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis, “Different fire spread models work in different burning conditions. The challenge is knowing which to apply in formulating accurate and timely predictions. This publication will assist fire managers and incident managers in making decisions for the best outcomes in different bushfire conditions. These are decisions that can save lives.”

The second book that will appear in early 2015, Current International Perspectives of Wildland Fire, Mankind and the Environment, constitutes a co-edited affair with Dr. Brigitte Leblon, a professor with the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick. The book, published by Nova Science Publishers consists of a collection of nine chapters covering topics that support the management of wildfires and prescribed fires written by authors based in the northern and southern hemispheres.

2015 Fire Training Exchanges (posted February 18, 2015)

The following Training Exchanges have been announced for 2015. Visit this page for new listings, to get more information, and to register for trainings listed below.

Feb 15-23 — Klamath River Communities TREX: Weitchpec, CA

Feb 15-28 — North Carolina TREX (application period closed)

Mar 14-29 — Niobrara Valley Preserve TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 20-22 — Firing Operations on Wildland Fires TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 16-27 — Loup River TREX: Loup River Valley, NE

Apr 27-May 6 — East River TREX (1st session): eastern South Dakota

May 11-20 — East River TREX (2nd session): eastern South Dakota

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Call for Oral Presentation and Poster Abstracts (posted Jan. 21, 2015)

Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN

Call for:

Plan Ahead!  Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:

  •     Fire Ecology
  •     Fire Management
  •     Fire Research
  •     Climate Change
  •     Human Dimensions of Fire
  •     Global/International Fire
  •     Case Studies

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

Graduate Opportunities - University of Alberta (posted Sept. 30, 2014)

Graduate opportunities – Interactions between fire and permafrost on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry.

The Taiga Plains Research Network is looking for a number of motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on complementary projects on the interaction between wildfire and permafrost on peatland hydrology, soil thermal regimes and biogeochemistry. Permafrost thaw is currently affecting large areas of peatlands in boreal western Canada, a region which also experienced an exceptional fire season in 2014 – which is in agreement with projections of future fire regimes. In order to improve our understanding of the influence of peatlands on water resources, water quality and climate change feedback mechanisms through greenhouse gases, it is thus important to consider interactions between fire and permafrost thaw. The following positions are currently available at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt at the department of Renewable Resources:


1. Effects of fire on permafrost stability in peatlands – a chronosequence approach

Project description: Both hydrology and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands is strongly affected by permafrost conditions. It is known from peat archives that peatland fires, common in western Canada, has the potential to trigger permafrost thaw – but it is not known which mechanisms that are responsible, what time frames that are involved or what the resulting rates of thaw are (both vertical and lateral). These questions may be addressed though a chronosequence approach, where permafrost condition s and soil thermal regimes in several nearby peatland sites are studied – but where sites differ in their time since fire (1 - >50 years). There is potential to combine field work with GIS approaches. Field work will be carried out in the vicinity of Fort Simpson, in the Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license. GIS experience an advantage.

2. Carbon cycling in permafrost peatlands after fire

Project description: I am seeking a motivated student with interests in soil science and greenhouse gas exchange between land and atmosphere. Work will focus on soil respiration, with work done both in field and lab experiments, and potentially linked to isotope work. The central question is whether wildfire triggers the mineralization and release of carbon previously stored inert in frozen peat layers. Field work would be located in recently burned peatlands in southern Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations.

3. Export and fate of terrestrial DOC in peatland catchments

Project description: Export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from peatlands is an important component of terrestrial ecosystem carbon balances. Exported DOC is also a main source of energy in downstream aquatic ecosystems, where it may be mineralized and released to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. Both fire and permafrost thaw may affect both the quantity and quality of DOC exported from peatlands (including export of black carbon associated with soil combustion during fire), with cascading effects on downstream aquatic carbon cycling. Research will be conducted in the southern Northwest Territories, in streams and lakes of a peatland region with discontinuous permafrost and several recent fires.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, chemistry, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to olefeldt@ualberta.ca. Include resume describing your skills end education, transcripts and names of three referees.

Funding is available through a combination of stipends and TAships, and there is funding for research and conference travel. Starting dates are flexible, either January, May or September 2015.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Fire Ecology at Virginia Tech (posted Sept. 22, 2014)

Recruitment for two graduate students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) to work in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech beginning either spring 2015 or summer 2015. The students will have some flexibility in specific topics, but the general research areas will fall in to one of these three general areas of fire and forest ecology:

1) Mechanisms of altered flammability in eastern US woodlands and forests- this lab has been focused on laboratory-scale flammability of a diversity of species from North America. The current work focuses on understanding differential moisture and litterfall relationships and evaluating the lab-based findings in the wild. Interests are focused on oak-hickory ecosystems in north Mississippi and SW Virginia and longleaf pine-oak ecosystems across the southeastern US.

2) Patterns of oak recovery across wildfire severity gradients- this project is working on understanding the pathways of California black oak following wildfires in 2002 and a re-burn in 2012 in the southern Cascades of northern California. Current work is evaluating survival of remnant oaks and tracking the effects of multiple fires on oak community composition and structure.

3) On-going work on the fire ecology of American chestnut, ecology of upland oaks in fire-prone ecosystems, post-fire tree mortality, fire-disease-insect interactions, the ecological consequences of fuels treatments (mostly mastication and prescribed fire) and others that could be pursued.

Strong applicants will be creative, have a competitive GPA, GRE scores, and have substantial research experience, in the field and/or laboratory. Applicants for the Ph.D. position will have a strong research background with publications and substantial statistical and/or modeling experience. Education and training in fire ecology, a lack of fear of statistics, and great passion for your work will all help. In your email to me (mvarner@vt.edu), please include your research interests, a resume/CV with relevant scores, a writing example, and contact information for two references who can speak to your potential as a productive scholar.

Both positions have competitive stipends, tuition waivers, computing, and travel funding. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, an awesome college town in the Appalachian Mountains with a pleasant climate and vibrant community. The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation is consistently ranked among the world’s most outstanding forestry programs. Related departments across Virginia Tech have related expertise in ecology, meteorology, materials flammability, and modeling.

Send material or direct questions:
J. Morgan Varner
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation Virginia Tech
Email: mvarner@vt.edu
Tel. 540-231-4855

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