December 2016

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About FRAMES

FRAMES strives to provide a convenient, systematic exchange of information and technology within the wildland fire research and management community.

FRAMES is located in the Department of Forest Rangeland, and Fire Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources in Moscow, Idaho. 

The FRAMES Program is funded by the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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Announcements

Job: Wildland Firefighter Apprentice (posted December 4, 2016)

The Forest Service is excited to offer an apprenticeship training program for prospective wildland firefighters ages 18-37. The application period is December 5-12 on www.usajobs.gov. The apprenticeship program is intended to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Apprentices will attend a 3,000-hour on-the-job learning program, which includes a 2 month-long residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California. Apprentices will be paid and all costs of training will be covered by the Forest Service.

Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices are eligible for Forestry Technician “Firefighter Type 1” positions and will be eligible for permanent, full-time positions. Multiple duty locations are available for the permanent jobs.

Typical duties of an apprentice firefighter consist of wildland fire suppression and fuel management in harsh conditions of heat, terrain and fuels. Basic fire operations are performed to include the use of hand and power tools, fire line construction, fuel burning or removal and mop-up. Fire apparatus operation duties will also be required. Such duties involve meeting licensing requirements, driving over adverse terrain, operating fire pumps and valves to regulate water pressures, working with fire hoses and water additives.

Job: USDA Forest Service Research Forester - Olympia, WA (posted December 4, 2016)

The US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates advertising a Research Forester position, GS-0460-12 in the Genetic and Silvicultural Foundations for Management Team in Olympia, WA. The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service. The USDA Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world. Scientific information produced by the Station has application on public, private, and tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Oregon and Washington) and elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world.

The scientist’s research will focus on developing and modeling the effects of resource management alternatives that provide for desired goods and properly functioning forest ecosystem services. The scientist will: 1) develop a critical understanding of tree and stand development, 2) develop management options and strategies that maintain or enhance key ecological processes for desired conditions, goods and services, and long-term productivity of forest ecosystems, and 3) model tree and stand responses to physical and biological factors such as climate, soils, and stand characteristics. The majority of the scientist’s work will be focused on Pacific Northwest forest types west of the Cascade crest in Oregon and Washington, and in southern Alaska.

For a full position description and to apply visit the announcement page here.

Job: Dean - College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and Director - Maine (posted December 4, 2016)

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture (NSFA), and Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station (MAFES).

The Dean is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean/Director provides leadership for the College and the Station and fosters excellence in teaching, research, and service to the state. Responsibilities include oversight of fiscal, strategic, academic, research, public service, personnel matters and implementing the college’s commitment to diversity. The Dean also represents the College, MAFES, and the University to external agencies, constituents, and legislative delegations at the local, state, and federal levels. The Dean/Director actively participates in the University’s fundraising initiatives and partners with the Executive Director of Cooperative Extension to meet the discovery and educational outreach needs of Maine through Land and Sea Grant efforts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Promote and support NSFA and MAFES teaching, research, and public service missions.
  • Management of fiscal, human, and facility resources of NSFA and MAFES.
  • Lead college’s fund-raising operations.
  • Work collaboratively with the other college deans and the university’s senior leadership to advance UMaine’s strategic initiatives.
  • Work successfully with external advisory groups such as the University of Maine Board of Agriculture, Cooperative Forest Research Unit Advisory Committee and others.
  • Represent the university to Maine’s agricultural, marine science, forestry, and health care communities.

For more information and to apply visit the announcement page here.

Internship: Forestry Technician/Procurement Technician - California (posted December 4, 2016)

CHICO, CA: The Forestry Technician’s primary duty will be variable radius plot cruising. The work is arduous in that the cruiser must cross-country hike and negotiate steep, brushy terrain to establish resource inventory sample plots.

LINCOLN, CA: The Procurement Technician’s primary duty will include cruising timber that is available for purchase and working with the Timber Manager to implement the log plan for a sawmill.

For application information click here.

Job: Graduate Research Assistantship in Remote Sensing - University of Alabama (posted December 4, 2016)

Applications are invited for a 2-year graduate research assistant at the Master’s level beginning summer/fall 2017 in the Earth System Science (ESS) program of the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The selected applicant will work on a project related to remote sensing applications in urban environmental studies. The 2-year position will be funded to pursue a Master of Science degree in the ESS program under the guidance of Dr. Leiqiu Hu (http://www.uah.edu/science/departments/atmospheric-science/ats-faculty-staff/leiqiu-hu).

For more information and to apply visit the announcement page here.

Job: Irving Woodlands Professorship in Forestry - Maine (posted December 4, 2016)

The Irving Woodlands Professorship is an endowed position that will support the A) technical forestry education needs of the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) and the forest industry, and B) research and monitoring of outcome-based forest management in Maine. The position is funded by a generous donation from Irving Woodlands, a major Canadian-based wood products company with extensive land-holdings and mills in Maine.

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure track position that will be located at the UMFK campus in Fort Kent, Maine. Responsibilities of the position will be 50% teaching and 50% research. The position starting date is contingent upon availability of a successful candidate. Rank and salary commensurate upon experience.

For a full position description or to apply click here.

Internship: Conservation and Land Management (posted December 4, 2016)

Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.Applications are due January 15th but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis – the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions!

For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.clminternship.org

Job: Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science - Northern Arizona University (posted December 4, 2016)

The School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science. This is a full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track appointment. We seek an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist who will contribute to existing strengths in environmental research, teaching and practice in SESES. We welcome applicants with interdisciplinary training and research experience in a variety of fields, including but not limited to the areas of environmental policy and governance, conservation biology, economics, geography, environmental studies and sciences, sociology, sustainable development and climate science. The successful candidate will work in coupled natural and human systems and at the interface between science and policy.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in a social science, or in an interdisciplinary environmental program with a social science emphasis conferred by Aug 14, 2017.

See details at nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Faculty-and-Administrator-Openings under Job ID 602887.

Job: Natural Resource Technician 2 (posted December 4, 2016)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one (1) full time permanent Natural Resource Technician 2 located in the Wildlife Program, Region 6. The duty station is at the Olympic Wildlife Area Headquarters; Grays Harbor County, however the position will work throughout the region; on or around the Olympic-Willapa Hills, South Puget Sound, and North Olympic Wildlife Areas.

This position assists the Olympic-Willapa Hills, South Puget Sound, and North Olympic Wildlife Area Managers with the implementation of land management and monitoring activities.

Duties:

  • Implements existing programs or recommends changes in programs to enhance fish and wildlife habitat; helps assess habit needs for fish and wildlife
  • Monitors public use of the area; maintains good safety and public relations practices; has continuous contact with the public responding to a variety of fish and wildlife inquiries or complaints; provides department information and resolves complaints; advises enforcement personnel of potentially illegal or disruptive actions;
  • Plants, fertilizes, and cultivates cover and feed crops; sprays crops, trees, and weeds; plants, prunes, and trims trees and shrubs to provide better habitat;
  • Performs logging road maintenance activities including tree removal and ditch clearing. Inspects and clears culverts for normal functioning operation.
  • Performs sub-journey work in the construction and repair of building and other structures, roadway, pathways, fences, marine docks, floats, piers, and related facilities on the site; estimates materials and time needed to complete the job;
  • Operates, cleans, greases, oils, services, and makes repairs to tools and equipment; makes emergency adjustments; Equipment includes tractors (and associated implements, disc, brush mowers, cultivation equipment, seeders etc), fork lifts, dozers, back-hoes, atv/orv's, etc.
  • Applies herbicide for noxious weed control projects and other restoration activities
  • Constructs fences; including barbed wire, split beam, chain link, etc.
  • May act as a project coordinator on the site heading and training work crews in construction and maintenance projects and use of equipment; schedules, coordinates, and supervises the work of seasonal personnel when available;
  • May assist in gathering detailed resource inventory information on plant communities, marine resources, soil types, climatic conditions, moisture availability, production capability, local area practices, land demands, and markets;
  • May supervise lower level staff.

For more information or to apply click here.

Job: Ecology and Remote Sensing - Foliar Chemistry Internship (posted December 4, 2016)

The chemical composition of canopy foliage mediates key ecosystem processes including productivity, herbivory and nutrient export. However, temporally and spatially extensive datasets that can reveal change in canopy foliar traits in response to environmental drivers are scarce. Advances in hyperspectral remote sensing have greatly enhanced our ability to measure canopy reflectance over large areas, and a better understanding of links between observed reflectance and measured foliar parameters will improve our ability to map unsampled regions and predict foliar chemical change over time.

In 2016, three linked ground-aerial campaigns were conducted across NEON, with airborne reflectance and canopy physio-chemical data both collected. The foliar analysis intern will use these data to investigate linkages between remotely sensed data products and foliar biophysical parameters across diverse ecosystems.

Essential Duties:

  • Summarize and explore site-level and cross-site patterns of foliar physio-chemical properties. Statistically analyze uncertainty for different vegetation types and locations.
  • Use foliar physio-chemical data in conjunction with hyperspectral remote sensing measurements to generate models linking spectral data and measured foliar traits. Validate models using a subset of the data.
  • Generate maps of foliar traits using NEON airborne data to scale up.
  • If time allows, compare outputs from models to standard vegetation indices and assess how they compare.

For more information click here.

Job: Field Ecology - Beetle Taxonomy Internship (posted December 4, 2016)

Intern’s primary focus will be to learn to identify carabid beetles and develop a location-specific dichotomous and photographic key. Intern will also spend time in the field assisting with Beetle Abundance and Diversity protocol and in the laboratory processing samples. Given the bi-weekly beetle sampling this internship will have a regular 2-week pattern.

Field Component (1 day): Intern will accompany Field Technicians to field sites and assist with beetle collections from pitfall traps.

Laboratory Component (2-5 days): Intern will process the field collected beetles in the laboratory (e.g., ethanol washes, sorting bycatch, sorting and pooling beetles). This will include familiarizing themselves with the carabid beetle teaching collection and identification of beetles using dichotomous keys.

Dichotomous Key Component (4-5 days): Following familiarity of carabid species, the intern will photograph beetles, including key characteristics, and develop a location-specific photographic dichotomous key(s) based on multiple existing sources.

For more information click here.

Job: Temporary Wildland Firefighters - Shasta-Trinity National Forest (posted December 2, 2016)

Temporary (1039) Wildland Firefighter

2017 Outreach and Job Announcements

Forestry Aids and Forestry Technicians

GS-0462-03/04/05

Vacancy Announcements Open on USAJOBS (1/09/17-1/13/17)

Applicants interested in Temporary Wildland Firefighter positions on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest should contact module leaders listed below for the specific Duty Locations they would be interested in. Potential candidates should have their applications ready because there will only be 5 days to apply within USAJOBS.

Wildland firefighters work in a variety of specialized positions, including fire engine crews, fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, patrol and prevention technicians and fire lookout positions. Crews often travel throughout California and other areas across the country performing fire suppression and other incident activities. The actual job title for wildland firefighter positions are “Forestry Aid and Forestry Technician”.

Pay scales and availability of government provided housing will vary by geographic locations. Firefighters are paid an hourly rate and can earn overtime at 1.5 (time and a half) of their normal pay rate and hazardous duty pay at an extra 25% in some circumstances. Housing/Barracks may be available at a nominal cost to employees. Firefighters provide their own subsistence while at their home duty locations. The Forest Service pays living expenses when on a fire assignment or project assignments away from home duty locations. Tour of Duty is generally a 5 day work week of 40 base hours, with 2 days off. Scheduled days off are often cancelled due to emergency assignments. As a condition of hire, selectees must be able to meet the arduous fitness level and complete a Work Capacity Test consisting of a 3 mile hike within 45 minutes carrying a 45 pound pack. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All GS-5 and Exclusive Use Helitack GS-4 positions require a minimum of 90 days of Wildland firefighting experience.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (posted December 2, 2016)

Graduate Assistantship in Forest Ecology - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Ecology (Umea, Sweden)

A new Ph.D. studentship position is available with the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. It is a fully financed position (including salary and benefits) for a period of four years and will be linked to the Research School ‘Forest Ecology and Management in a Changing Environment’ (http://www.forest-ecology-management.se/home).

For more information, click HERE.

Job: McCloud River Preserve Associate - The Nature Conservancy - McCloud, CA (posted December 1, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The McCloud River Preserve Associate performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. The McCloud River is one of California's aquatic jewels and an angler’s paradise. Located near the top of California, north of the Sierra Nevada and at the southern end of the Cascade Range, the McCloud snakes its way down a scenic canyon beneath the rugged slopes of 14,000-foot Mount Shasta. The preserve offers three miles of hiking trails and a self-guided nature walk popular with hikers, birdwatchers, and wildflower enthusiasts. This position is seasonal from April through October and requires on-site residence in Nature Conservancy housing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Associate maintains the McCloud River preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring. S/he may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Preserve Associate will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a PC database. Knowledge of freshwater fisheries and angling are useful.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 15, 2017.

Job: Extension Forest Advisor - University of California - Shasta County (posted December 1, 2016)

Across California, the University of California’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is an engine for problem solving.  Serving as the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research, our more than 300 campus-based specialists and county-based advisors work as teams to bring practical, unbiased, science-based answers to Californians.

They seek an academic advisor who can conduct a multi-county-based extension, education, and applied research program with a focus on conifer forest resource management and sustainable natural resources. Important issues to be addressed include forest stewardship, water quality, wildland fire, invasive species, pest management and air quality issues.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Assistant Professor of Forest Biometry - Colorado State University (posted December 1, 2016)

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in forest biometry and natural resource measurements at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications from those interested in the biometry, measurement and statistical analysis of forest and rangeland vegetation are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with interest and expertise in areas such as forest biometrics, natural resource measurements, remote sensing, sampling, or a related field with a strong background in statistics and quantitative methods would complement the existing faculty expertise and interests in our department and the Warner College of Natural Resources. We seek someone to develop a nationally recognized, innovative, independent, and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. We expect the incumbent to exhibit leadership in, and passion for, undergraduate and graduate teaching, student mentoring, and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Applicants should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the department, college, and the university.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Forestry Aide - California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (posted December 1, 2016)

THE POSITION Under supervision, as a temporary employee, to do technical level work
in forestry or other related work. Examples of work tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

• General timber harvest plan field work, timber cruising, marking, plot establishment and measurements, forest engineering.
• Recreation management and campground maintenance.
• Seed processing and nursery operations.

Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications listed below and willing to work from 3 to 9 months beginning Spring 2017 are encouraged to apply. We expect to fill approximately 20 positions statewide.

Special Note: Forestry Aide is a seasonal class where only temporary appointments are made. No person may serve in one or more positions in state service under temporary appointment longer than 9 months in any 12 consecutive months. Therefore, all time served in temporary appointments for any state agency (for example, CAL FIRE’s Firefighter I) during the 12 consecutive month period will count towards this 9 month maximum.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: District Ranger - US Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest (posted December 1, 2016)

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 16-R5-OCR-0340DR1213G

POSITION:   District Ranger: GS-0340- 12/13

LOCATION: Mi-Wok Ranger District, Mi-Wuk, CA 

The Beautiful Stanislaus National Forest is looking for an innovative, highly motivated self-starter to join their Forest Leadership Team.  The position is located on the Mi-wok Ranger District in Mi-Wuk Village, CA. This position is being outreached concurrently with USAJobs Open and Continuous announcement, 16-R5-OCR-0340DR1213G. If you are interested in formally applying for this position, please apply through https://www.usajobs.gov under this announcement, and select, “Mi-Wuk Village, California” as the duty station by, January 06, 2017.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Wildland Fire Program Leader - Nebraska Forest Service (posted December 1, 2016)

Application Review Date: 01/09/2017

General Description of Work:

  • Administer and lead the Wildland Fire Protection Program in Nebraska.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide statewide leadership, with partners, in developing, implementing and monitoring all NFS wildland fire protection programs.
  • Coordinate and partner with appropriate government agencies, volunteer fire districts, non-governmental organizations, businesses, University departments and faculty, and other stakeholders to accomplish program objectives and administer partner-based programs.
  • Supervise Wildland Fire Protection unit personnel, including work planning, reporting, and performance evaluations.
  • Manage/oversee the Wildland Fire Protection unit budgets, including Fire Shop, wildland fire academy, and other program budgets. Assist with policy issues, strategic planning, and accomplishment reporting for the NFS.
  • Manage appropriate grant programs, including planning, monitoring, financial tracking, and performance reporting.
  • Initiate and lead wildland fire protection project conception, development, grant writing, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Represent the NFS at appropriate local, state, regional, or national levels and on appropriate committees relative to wildland fire protection.
  • Direct/assist with design and implementation of wildland fire protection educational efforts and initiatives.
  • Cooperate with relevant UNL research and teaching efforts related to wildland fire protection.
  • Occasionally serve as acting director of the NFS in the director’s absence.
  • In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

Contact:

John Duplissis
jduplissis7@unl.edu
402-472-5822

Click here for more information or to apply.

Job: Graduate Assistantship in Fire Ecology - Penn State University (posted December 1, 2016)

Graduate Assistantship in Fire Ecology – Penn State University, Department of Geography (University Park, PA)

Graduate Assistantship On Fuels, Fire Effects, and Fire Ecology in Mid-Atlantic Forests

An assistantship is available on a project that is examining the relationship between social perspectives on prescribed burning and prescribed fire effects on ecosystems. This assistantship will involve analysis of pre and post fire data on fuels and vegetation characteristics and modeling of future vegetation development and fire behavior. The assistantship is available for the academic year and also includes financial support for the summer. Successful applicants should have a BS or MS in a relevant field of study, a strong interest in fire and vegetation ecology, climate change, and natural resources, the ability to work with an interdisciplinary research team including resource managers, and strong writing and communication skills.

For more information contact: Dr. Alan Taylor, Department of Geography, Penn State University aht1@psu.edu (814)865-1509.

Application information is available here:
http://www.geog.psu.edu/graduate-program-information/future-graduate-students/how-apply

Nominations for 2017 Smokey Bear Awards (posted November 30, 2016)

In the world of wildfire prevention, there is no greater honor than to receive a Smokey Bear award, especially the national Gold Smokey award. These special awards are reserved for people or organizations that provide sustained, outstanding service, with significant program impact, in the wildfire prevention arena. Honorees demonstrate innovation, creativity, commitment, and passion for wildfire prevention.
 
Nominations are due by close of business on Monday, December 12, 2016

Visit the Smokey Bear Award Website for details

Job: Forestry Technician - Pacific Northwest Research Station - Anchorage, AK (posted November 30, 2016)

The Pacific Northwest Research Station’s (PNW) Anchorage Forestry Sciences Laboratory (AFSL) anticipates filling up to ten (10) Alaska Data Collection Crew Member positions with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program based in Anchorage, AK.  The AFSL FIA Data Collection team is divided into three regional units: Coastal Alaska, Interior Alaska, and Pacific Islands.  This position is primarily responsible for data collection operations, serving as a member of a 24 person field crew within the Coastal Alaska unit, but will also provide support as needed for other FIA projects in Interior Alaska, the Pacific Islands, and other regional FIA units.  The incumbent may be required to carry a firearm for bear protection when in the field, and consequently is subject to a federal background investigation, as well as pre-hire and random drug testing.  This is a temporary position generally consisting of 3-6 months of work.  Appointees may be offered to work longer depending on workload and funding, but may not exceed 1039 hours.

To download the full Outreach Notice including the response form, click HERE.

Job: Ecological, Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring District Lead - Great Basin Institute (posted Nov 29, 2016)

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of this program, participants implement the Bureau of Land Management’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western BLM districts. In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

Position Objectives:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting one experienced ecologist to work as a District Lead on a three-person interdisciplinary field team. The overall objective of each team is to perform ecological assessments through the inventory and monitoring of public range lands and riparian systems within the Ely BLM district. Biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators are used in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

General field duties include implementing standard sampling protocols (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring [AIM] Strategy, and Interpreting Indicators for Range Health [IIRH]), walking long distances over uneven terrain, maintaining safety awareness and practices, recording GPS points, taking photo points, backcountry navigation, and data organization. The District Lead will also coordinate with the Nevada AIM Program Coordinator, the Data Specialist, and the BLM Technical Adviser for project planning, field protocol and data QA/QC, team deployment and supervision, equipment organization and maintenance. This is a supervisory position, thus the successful applicant must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and exhibit strong leadership and organizational skills, and safety awareness. Office tasks include reporting on a quarterly basis, data management, data processing and QA/QC, post-processing GPS points, utilizing geoprocessing tools in GIS to create and edit polygons as well as point and line data, and creating reports with GIS maps, pictures, and concise field notes. This position requires advanced GIS skills in ArcGIS 10.x and related mapping software and will play a vital role in facilitating the effective and efficient collection of monitoring data and its delivery. This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all transects are successfully completed during the field season and may require long hours including early mornings and weekends.

Click here for more information or to apply.

Job: AmeriCorps Ecological Field Monitoring Technicians - Great Basin Institute - Nevada (posted November 29, 2016)

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. 

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. 

In some locations, participants will implement the U.S Forest Service (USFS) Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public land with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will apply AIM sampling to help guide proper restoration treatment design and to provide a baseline data set against which restoration treatment effects may be measured.  

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Postdoc in Forest Dynamics - Czech University of Life Sciences - Prague (posted November 29, 2016)

Type of employment: Temporary position – until the end of 2019 (with possibility to extend to permanent position)

Working hours: Full time

First day of employment: summer 2017

Number of positions: 1

City: Prague

Country: Czech Republic

Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences,

Department of Forest Ecology

They are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our team within the Forest Dynamics Lab of the Department of Forest Ecology, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. The project is titled “Disturbance regimes as drivers of structural variability, carbon dynamics and biodiversity at the stand and landscape levels in primary mountain forests in central and eastern Europe.”

Disturbance plays a dominant role in shaping the structure and function of forest ecosystems, but quantification of disturbance effects is typically limited by missing information on a location’s history and a region’s disturbance regime. Their lab uses tree-ring data to reconstruct site histories, providing insight into how forest characteristics recover from disturbances of variable severity. They are particularly interested in linking patterns in the severity and frequencies of disturbance to variation in tree size structure, carbon dynamics and biodiversity.

The successful candidate will have access to a completed database of 20 000 tree cores collected from 1000 forest plots distributed throughout remaining patches of old-growth forest is central and eastern Europe. Plots are distributed in a hierarchical design (i.e. plots nested within stands, within landscapes throughout the Carpathian mountain range). The aim of the design is to partition the effects of disturbance effects at a variety of scales, from local variation among neighboring locations due to smaller-scale gap dynamics to more extreme events impacting entire landscapes.

Desired skills and experience

The selected candidate will be expected to lead projects using available tree-ring data to link tree growth and biomass dynamics to abiotic and biotic factors. Responsibilities will predominantly be data analysis and manuscript preparation. Opportunities to visit some of their impressive field locations will be available, but the candidate is not expected to participate in data collection.

Applicants should have a PhD (at the time of hire) in environmental or related sciences (biology, ecology, geography, forest sciences), and excellent English communication and writing skills on the level of native speaker is essential.

Applications: Please attach a CV listing skills and qualifications, a list of publications and other documents deemed important by the applicant. Applicants should provide a short statement outlining why they believe themselves to be suitable for the above position. Applicants should include contact information for two references, one being the current or most recent employer.

Please send your application to Miroslav Svoboda via e-mail, svobodam@fld.czu.cz


The starting monthly salary will be around 1500 – 2100 EUR, which represents double of the median salary in the Czech Republic. To compare living costs see here: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living. In addition, there is a share increase based on the personal performance.

About the employer
Address: Czech University of Life Science, Faculty of Forestry and Wood
Science, Kamycka 129, Praha 6 Suchdol, 16521, Czech Republic

Department of Forest Ecology

 

Job: Biological Field Technician II - The Nature Conservancy - Camp Shelby, MS (posted November 29, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Nature Conservancy’s Camp Shelby Field Office seeks a Biological Field Technician II works closely with science and conservation staff to research and gather conservation planning data related to at-risk wildlife management at the Camp Shelby Training Site located within the DeSoto National Forest in south Mississippi.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Biological Field Technician II performs field work in remote settings to assist with the development and implementation of long-term life history and population monitoring of the Black Pine snake, Gopher tortoise and other rare and endangered herptofauna projects. Work also includes monitoring breeding activities, head starting and translocation of the Dusky Gopher frog. S/he gathers and synthesizes data related to at-risk species management in order to create conservation activities and implementation plans. S/he works with staff and partners to create conservation plans to identify priorities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 16, 2016.

Job: Remote Sensing Scientist - Pacific Northwest Research Station - Corvallis, OR (posted November 29, 2016)

The Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program anticipates advertising a Remote Sensing Scientist position, GS-0460-13/14 located in Corvallis, Oregon. The purpose of this outreach notice is to identify possible candidates for non-competitive consideration as well as determine the potential applicant pool for this position. This is a full-time permanent position.

To download the entire job announcement and response form, click HERE.

 

Job: Forestry Technician (Research) - Pacific Northwest Research Station (posted November 29, 2016)

The PNW Research Station, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab, may hire 1 - 10 temporary positions as field data collection crew members with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. Positions may be located in Washington, Oregon or California and will be filled based on changes in current workforce. Salary is dependent on location and grade.

To download the complete announcement and response form, click HERE.

Job: Forest Inventory Internship - Pacific Northwest Research Station (posted November 29, 2016)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Resource Monitoring and Assessment
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data Collection

FOREST INVENTORY INTERNSHIP

The Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates filling 9 intern positions for the 2017 field season. These internships will be with the Forest Inventory and Analysis program and selected individuals will work on a small multiple-person field crew, collecting ecological data on forest health and change. Each position will be assigned to one of 9 satellite duty stations in Washington, Oregon, or California. A weekly living allowance, monthly housing allowance, and travel allowance are provided. Health benefits may be included.

Program Overview:
The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forests and other related renewable resources.

Internships with the FIA program are primarily field based, with the field season running between the months of April and October. Field crews composed of 2-3 individuals collect ecological data that include: forest type; stand size and stand age; land-use and ownership; natural and anthropogenic treatments and disturbances; tree attributes; vegetation structure and composition; insects and disease; fuel loading; and various geographical attributes. FIA crews visit remote research sites on foot, often hiking off-trail for considerable distances (>5 miles) in rugged terrain while exposed to adverse environmental conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, sleet, dust, poisonous plants/insects, etc.). Research sites are dispersed over a large geographic area which requires extensive travel (50-80% of the time), camping, and multiday backpacking trips. In addition to data collection, crews are responsible for processing and editing field data as well as writing summaries of field visits.

A positive attitude, the capability to function on a team, the ability to adapt to changing priorities and a sense of adventure are keys to success with the FIA program. Field positions with this program are incredibly challenging yet rewarding.

These positions will be filled through the SCA internship program and can be viewed by searching:
“Forest Inventory” AND sorting by Title at http://www.thesca.org/serve/positions

  • Duration of work: 25 weeks, April 09 – September 30 (start date is not flexible)
  • Application period: 11/23/16 – 01/19/17
  • Weekly Stipend: $260.00
  • Monthly Living Allowance: Dependent upon location
  • Locations: applicants must apply to each location separately.

o WASHINGTON - Twisp, Olympia, Cle Elum
o OREGON – Portland, Grants Pass
o CALIFORNIA – Mt. Shasta, Redding, Chico, Mammoth Lakes

For additional information please contact:
Justin Holgerson
Washington State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503)-808-3131
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

Jane Terzibashian
Oregon State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503)-808-3127
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

Hannah Johnson
Acting California State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503) 808-2035
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

If sending an e-mail, please use “SCA Intern” as the subject line.

Job: Fire Management Officer - Seminole Tribe of Florida (posted November 29, 2016)

Position: Fire Management Officer

Location: BIG CYPRESS

Job Description:

The incumbent in this position is responsible for planning, managing and coordinating wildland fire management program for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Environmental Resources Department on all of its tribal lands. The individual oversees all fire suppression, detection and prevention activities. The incumbent develops wildland fire management plans and corresponding training, and plans and coordinates fire resource mobilization plans in adherence to cooperative agreements concerning wildfire management. Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or related field is required. A minimum of three years (3) of specialized Wildland fire management experience reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; and conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or Wildland fires is required. Prior knowledge of scientific methodologies and techniques for forestry activities is required. Certification as Task Force Leader (TFLD), Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), and Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) are required. Must possess a valid State of Florida Class “D” Driver’s License. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must demonstrate experience utilizing Microsoft software packages. Must have the ability to travel and work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Assistant Professor (Terrestrial Ecology) - Simon Fraser University (posted November 23, 2016)

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Terrestrial Ecology
Simon Fraser University
Position # 116308

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track
(Assistant Professor) position in Terrestrial Ecology. We are most interested in
candidates whose research is at the population level with strong quantitative or
modelling skills. Expertise can be in any group of organisms.

The successful candidate will build a research program that complements and
contributes to our strengths in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and conservation,
behavioural ecology, pest management, and organic evolution. We value
collaborative interactions within and across departments and faculties on campus
and beyond its borders. We expect the successful candidate to contribute to
graduate training, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in ecology and
population dynamics, and participate in our collegial governance model.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University,
located in the greater Vancouver area, is committed to an equity employment
program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and
staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal
Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. Highly
qualified applicants may be considered for a Canada Research Chair:
http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, concise research
statement including how their program would contribute to research strengths at
SFU, and a 1-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. All application
materials should be submitted as a single pdf via an online application form
[http://at.sfu.ca/GIIxHY]. Applications received by December 2 will be given
priority. Short-listed candidates will be contacted in mid-December to have three
letters of recommendation forwarded to us. Departmental contact: Dr. Elizabeth
Elle, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC,
V5A 1S6 [biscchr@sfu.ca].

Graduate Student Opportunity in Assessing Climate-Biosphere Linkages - Boston University (posted November 23, 2016)

Graduate student opening in Fall 2017 to work on a NSF Funded Project – Assessing climate-biosphere linkages using Late Holocene records of climate variability and vegetation dynamics from the Brazilian Amazon and Savanna. Research involves cave monitoring and paleoclimate reconstruction from cave deposits (speleothems) in Brazil to reconstruct records of local moisture variability to complement existing records of regional monsoon intensity. This work is critical in constraining the role of climate in Holocene biome shifts. Graduate support is competitive and includes full stipend and tuition for at least 2 years. Students will work with Dr. Corinne Wong (www.corinneiwong.com) in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Boston College, and utilize a newly renovated state of the art clean laboratory for isotope separation chemistry.
 
The deadline for admission is Jan 10th, 2017. Interested individuals should contact Corinne Wong.

Postdoctoral Position in Remote Sensing - Purdue University (posted November 23, 2016)

Remote sensing of forest canopy influences on ecosystem processes: The Hardiman Lab in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University seeks a highly motivated, well-organized postdoctoral associate with strong remote sensing skills to work on NSF funded interdisciplinary projects (Award #1550639 and Award #1638702). The postdoc will conduct research primarily focused on forest canopy structural influences on ecosystem processes (e.g., carbon cycling, plant invasion). The postdoc will be responsible for analyzing data from a variety of sources including terrestrial, aerial, and satellite remote sensing systems.

Candidates must have a PhD, preferably in forest ecology or a related field. Candidates with a publication record demonstrating experience combining remote sensing methods (Landsat, MODIS, lidar) and ecological field work to address research questions will be especially competitive. In addition to analysis of remote sensing data, this position may require some travel during the field season to collect additional site-level ecological data. Excellent programming and analytical skills in R are highly desirable. The postdoc will assume a leadership role in publishing project results and must have strong written and oral communication skills. Purdue and FNR are committed to increasing diversity and we encourage applications from women and minority scholars.

Review of application materials will begin on December 19, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Salary starts at $48K with benefits. The position is fully funded for two years with an initial appointment of 12 months and the option to extend the appointment based on acceptable annual progress. The person selected for this position will have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of researchers at several institutions including Dr. Songlin Fei at Purdue, Dr. Chris Gough at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Dr. Robert Fahey at University of Connecticut. Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is nationally ranked (7th overall in Forestry and Forest Science and 13th overall in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010 NRC rankings).

For inquiries or to apply, please send a single PDF with a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Dr. Brady Hardiman (bhardima@purdue.edu)Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity employer.

Job: Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Program Director - Great Basin Institute (posted November 23, 2016)

The Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) Program Director for AIM and allied projects located in CA, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY. The overall objective of GBI’s AIM program, which is a sub-program of GBI’s Research Associate (RA) Program, is to provide professional development opportunities and quality land management assistance by producing consistent, landscape-scale monitoring data in support of the BLM’s national strategy for standardized resource monitoring. Sampling sites are predominantly located in sage grouse habitat, on public rangelands, and on riparian systems within designated priority areas. Field crews collect biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE.

Job: Ecological Field Monitoring Leads (multiple locations) - Great Basin Institute (posted November 23, 2016)

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. 

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. In some locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public land with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID, Wenatchee, WA) apply AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring. 

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE.

Job: Forester Resident I - Michigan State University (posted November 23, 2016)

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a full-time Forester to oversee the management of forested property at the Kellogg Experimental Forest, Russ Forest, and other locations. Reporting to the Department Chairperson, the Forester will be responsible for promoting, facilitating and conducting forest research, extension/outreach, and assist with teaching Forestry courses. Responsibilities include planning, supervising and/or implementing site preparation, experimental design, planting and plantation care; application of pesticides; data collection; developing short- and long-term forest management plans; maintaining research records for all experiments, treatments, results, and land-use history; delivering educational presentations to visiting groups at various sites; assisting with and preparing for field-based education for Forestry courses and teaching some classes and labs; supporting the development and management of Forestry extension/outreach activities; assisting with the development of proposals to carry out research, education and extension/outreach; overseeing the maintenance of grounds, buildings, equipment and operations of multiple-use forest research sites; reviewing and monitoring notices, bids and contracts in order to ensure the fulfillment of agreements; supervising regular, part-time and student employees; and other duties as assigned to fulfill research, education and extension missions of the Department of Forestry. The position is based at the Kellogg Experimental Forest in Augusta, Michigan, USA, with regular and scheduled time on the East Lansing, Michigan, campus. Founded in 1902, MSU's Department of Forestry is among the first and most prestigious Forestry programs in the United States, with growing undergraduate enrollment and strong support from over 2,000 alumni.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE.

Job: Manager of Forest - Quinault Indian Nation - Taholah, WA (posted November 22, 2016)

MANAGER OF FOREST – OPEN TILL FILLED

Quinault Indian Nation seeks to employ a Forest Manager to; manage, plan, organize, direct, implement and coordinate the activities for all forestry department programs for the Quinault Nation on the approximate 200,000 acre Quinault Reservation, including timber sales on all trust and tribal lands with an AAC of 47MMBF. The Forest Manager would oversee Forest Development, Wildland and Structure Fire, Road Management, Tribal and Trust Timber Harvest and Technical Support and Planning. The Forest Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations, administration, and implementation of forestry planning, management, and applied research, input to policy development, budget allocation, development of program work plans, and development, review and evaluation of long-term management plans. Collaborates with the Taholah Agency Superintendent and under the direct supervision of the Director of the Quinault Division of Natural Resources. Must have: Bachelor’s degree in forestry, forest management, forest engineering, forest economics, forest science, forest silviculture or related field. Master’s degree desirable. Five years of professional experience, one of which must have been at the senior forester or biologist level or equivalent OR Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or closely related field. Six years of administrative experience in a forestry management program policy-making level or six years of second-line supervisory experience of professional (related) forestry staff including two years of responsibility for developing and implementing forest management policies. WA State Drivers License or able to obtain within first month of employment, able to pass federal background check, able to maintain confidentiality. Supervisor: D Bingaman

Click here for: QIN application

Email applications to:
jobs@quinault.org

 

Job: Forester - USDA Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest (posted November 22, 2016)

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is seeking a dynamic, innovative self-starter to join the South-Fork Management Unit. The duty location is South Fork Management Unit, Hayfork, CA. If interested in being considered for this position, please send completed outreach form and resume to Randi B. Paris at email rbparis@fs.fed.us by December 21, 2016.

To view the entire job notice, including the outreach form, click HERE.

Job: Preserve Steward, Invasive Species - The Nature Conservance - Kissimmee, FL (posted November 18, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Steward controls and monitors invasive exotic species and assist with all other aspects of preserve management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Steward will work as part of the invasive species team and perform invasive species control and monitoring. S/he will also perform other land management activities and participate on prescribes fires. S/he may assist in equipment, facilities and tool repair and maintenance. The Preserve Steward will open and closes preserve to the visiting public and interacts with visitors politely and informatively. The Preserve Steward will perform other land management tasks as requested. S/he may be required to work occasional Saturdays and/or Sundays. S/he will live onsite.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 31, 2016.

Job: Clymer Meadow Preserve Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Celeste, TX (posted November 18, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Clymer Meadow Preserve Technician primarily participates in preserve operations, maintenance, restoration management, and research but is also an active member of the state-wide prescribed fire team. This position will require travel for extended periods and at various times of the year.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Operates and maintains in good working order preserve and prescribed fire related tools, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Assists with management of nearby preserves and Lennox Woods Preserves on prairie and forest management and restoration.
  • Assists with maintenance and activities associated with seed grow out facility, seed harvesting, and field preparation for restoration.
  • Provides periodic assistance at other preserves across the state and provides regular assistance to the Conservancy’s state prescribed fire program (requires willingness to travel for extended periods during burning operations up to a week or more at one time).
  • Assists with planning, ground-based preparations, and implementation of prescribed burning on Conservancy preserves, public lands, and private lands as required.
  • Maintains office grounds office lodging, and shop areas and barn.
  • Assists with exotic species control/removal and follow-up biological monitoring
  • Assist Preserve staff with oversight of cattle grazing program, if applicable
  • Opens and closes preserve to the visiting public as required.
  • Participates in open preserve days and field work days as necessary.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 8, 2016.

Job: Eastern NY Preserve Stewardship Coordinator - The Nature Conservancy - New York (posted November 18, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator plays a critical role in managing our 6,000+ acre Eastern NY preserve portfolio with the goal of enhancing the ability of these places to connect people with nature and protecting important ecological resources. The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator implements a range of preserve management activities and enhances our flagship preserve network to raise the profile of TNC’s broader conservation work. The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator also strategically builds our volunteer and outreach capacity and works as part of the eastern NY ecological management team on other priority conservation projects as needed, including ecological restoration, fire and land management and research/monitoring activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for general management of the suite of preserves within a defined geography in eastern NY. This includes basic maintenance of preserve infrastructure (trails, parking lots, kiosks, etc.) and identifying and supporting the Conservancy’s legal interests in our properties by maintaining boundaries, conducting property inspections and addressing property violations. Our preserves are often the first point of contact between people and The Nature Conservancy, and the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator works proactively to establish positive interactions between the Conservancy and preserve users, neighbors, local communities and other stakeholders.

To accomplish this, the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator works closely with Conservancy colleagues from a variety of functional areas, including legal, operations, communications and fundraising. In addition, the Preserve Stewardship Coordinator recruits and supervises volunteers, interns, seasonal staff, and contractors, manages the Conservancy’s LEAF program interns, leads workdays for staff and other groups, and conducts outreach and educational activities in support of stewardship and programmatic priorities. The Stewardship Coordinator may also assist with other ecological restoration, land management and research/monitoring activities on both Conservancy and partner land.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. December 23, 2016.

Job: NW Georgia Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Rome, GA (posted November 15, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Manager oversees a squad (3-8 Burn Crew Members) in wild land fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The NW Georgia Burn Crew Manager oversees 3 novice Burn Crew Members in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. She/he will supervise and manage a seasonal prescribed burn crew on a daily basis that will be used to conduct prescribed burns primarily in northwestern Georgia. The crew will work in other areas of Georgia and potentially in Alabama. The primary responsibility of the crew will be to conduct prescribed burns with key TNC partners such the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service on the Chattahoochee and Talladega Forests. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, she/he will work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee). The crew will be based on TNC-owned and/or TNC-leased property in the Marion County, Georgia area. To maximize the effectiveness of the crew and add to and provide a general security presence for TNC’s equipment, the Burn Crew Manager must live on site with the Burn Crew Boss (or other command position) and the Burn Crew Members.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about or to apply to this position, click HERE. number 44820, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 12/14/2016.

Job: Ecological Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Program Coordinator - Elko, NV (posted November 14, 2016)

Great Basin Institute

Job Description

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of this program, participants implement the Bureau of Land Management’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western BLM districts. In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - WDFW - Okanogan, WA (posted November 11, 2016)

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Full-time, Permanent)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent Natural Resource Specialist 2 position located in the Lands Division of the Wildlife Program.  The duty station is in the Okanogan Area, Washington.    

As a designated expert within the Wildlife Program this position assists the Fire Management Specialist in providing fire management and consultative services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally, the incumbent will help develop, implement and lead a prescribed (Rx) burn program for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in North Central Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The incumbent supports/contributes to the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.    

The incumbent assists the Fire Management Specialist in developing, prioritizing, coordinating and implementing plans to restore and maintain fire dependent fish and wildlife on wildlife areas primarily in Okanogan County but may include any region statewide which include more 200,000 acres of forest including numerous fire dependent, e.g., dry forest and fire maintained prairies and steppe.

Duties

Job knowledge (to perform the essential activities of this position, the employee must know or understand the following): Fire ecology; fire effects and by-products and their ecosystem actions; fire weather; fuel types; fuel conditions; fuels assessment; smoke management; NWCG standards; knowledge of tools and techniques used to prepare for and implement Rx burns; Working knowledge of management and supervision of fire line hand crews and/or prescribed fire hand crews.

General duties include:  Coordinating with the Fire Management Specialist, Wildlife Area Managers, Wildlife Biologists and Foresters to develop plans for restoration and maintenance of fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat. Conducting burn unit layout, fuels inventory, writing burn plans, obtaining necessary permits and implementing Inventorying forests and developing wildlife area specific forest management plans, developing statewide management strategies to ensure that high risk areas are given priority.  Developing and implementing restoration projects. Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies, and supervising the Prescribed Burn Team.

To view the entire job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Fire Effects Monitor - National Park Service - Big Bend National Park, TX (posted November 9, 2016)

Duties

A Fire Effects Monitor (GS-05 Biological Science Technician) establishes monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and directions. Monitors plots and makes field observation of resource conditions. Prepares fire behavior monitoring documentation on forms for prescribed burns. Identifies grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees to species. Catalogs, labels and stores plant materials collected during the season. Prepares field maps and photographs from the ground. Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

To see the full job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Emission Inventory Specialist - Washington Dept. of Ecolgoy - Lacey, WA (posted November 2, 2016)

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill an Emission Inventory Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position. The position will be located in their Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

Responsibilities of the Emission Inventory Specialist position include: participating in technical efforts to improve the emission inventories, researching scientific literature for the latest developments in emission inventory methodology associated with, among other things, ozone formation and fine particulate, assisting the regulated community with point source emissions reporting, and helping to ensure the availability of state of the art emission inventories for use by regulatory agencies for such things as complex regional air quality models which are crucial to successful air quality management.

For additional information and to apply, click HERE.

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Project 2017 Funding Opportunity Notice (posted October 31, 2016)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States.  Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa.  Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See the Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.     

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that 100% of the funds will be used primarily as a stipend for a current undergraduate student intern and not as a supplement for graduate student funding.  All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Central on February 1, 2017 by email tomcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu.  There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

You can access all of the details on the Intern 2017 Webpage.

National Park Service Helicopter Training Academy - Program (posted October 24, 2015)

Now accepting applications for the Summer of 2017!

Mission Statement

The Grand Canyon Flight Crew provides safe and practical training opportunities for helicopter managers and helicopter crew members from all agencies to ascertain or increase their aviation knowledge and experience in a professional and educational atmosphere.

History

In the spring of 2000, the Helicopter Training Academy was born with 13 students. The students were used to meet the minimum staffing levels needed to keep up with the variety of missions and daily workloads here in the Park and the surrounding areas like the Kaibab National Forest. Within the first year of its creation, the Academy illustrated why there was such a necessity for interagency helicopter training.

The Academy has been managed by several members from Grand Canyon Flight Crew throughout the years. Crew members have each brought new training topics, instructional methods, and ideas. Coupled with feedback from each HTA student, it has lead to the current program which includes workbooks, didactic trainings, practical field opportunities, and sometimes, more unique missions like long line utility work throughout the Park, inner canyon medevacs, or relocating threatened or endangered species to a new habitat.

The 2016 fire season at the Grand Canyon National Park saw in increase in managed and suppression wildfires. Through the Academy we continued to provide students with the opportunity to work on advancing qualifications and position task books during the fire season. We taught 18 students formally and took additional trainees while on the road to the Northern Rockies. Students and trainees performed a variety of operations such as medical emergencies, wildland fires, and continuous project work associated with the Park’s maintenance plans. All the students performed well and gained valuable experience in aviation and helicopter operations.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Plant Community Ecologist - Great Basin Institute - Boise, ID (posted October 19, 2016)

The ecological monitoring program is a component of the Great Basin Institute's well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on conservation and management of natural and cultural resources in the Intermountain West. As an element of our ecological monitoring program, the Plant Community Ecologist will assist in refining Ecological Site Description (ESD) resources – a critical component to the Bureau of Land Management’s national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy in Idaho. The AIM strategy is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and monitoring data at multiple scales across the Western BLM districts with the purpose of informing multiple-use management. In accordance with this strategy and through a partnership with the BLM, GBI’s ecological monitoring program is dedicated to providing excellent professional development opportunities for natural resource professionals.

To learn more about and to apply to this position, click HERE.

Postdoctoral Scientist - Yale, Southwest Biological Science Center - Flagstaff, AZ (posted October 19, 2016)

William Lauenroth is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to examine plant community dynamics in sagebrush ecosystems. The project uses ecological simulation models (water balance and individual plant models) to characterize sagebrush plant community responses to altered disturbance regimes and climate conditions across the range of sagebrush in western North America. This position will be a part of collaborative research involving Yale University, the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (Flagstaff, AZ) and the University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland). The successful candidate will work in William Lauenroth’s lab at Yale University. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, ecosystem ecology, soil science, hydrology, or a closely related field, as well as a strong work ethic, demonstrated quantitative capabilities, a record of publication and leadership, and a proven ability to work independently. A strong quantitative and programming background, interest in and/or experience with ecological simulation models, and familiarity with R, are essential.

To apply send a a cover letter describing your interest in this position, a description of your experience with R, and a CV with names and addresses of 3 references to William.Lauenroth@Yale.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to William Lauenroth (William.Lauenroth@Yale.edu).

Job: Wildland Fire Module - National Park Service - Tuscon, AZ (posted October 18, 2016)

The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (Saguaro National Park) may be looking to hire one - two individuals to assist with the 2017 wildland fire season. This position requires extensive travel throughout the season (April - September.) Employees should expect to be away from home for two - three weeks at a time, camping, cooking and working in remote locations with few amenities. Work includes but is not limited to wildfire suppression and monitoring, prescribed fire prep and implementation, and hazardous fuels assessment and reduction.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

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Southwest Fire Science Consortium Student Board Member Position (posted October 10, 2016)

Are you interested in becoming a board member for the Southwest Fire Science Consortium? They are now accepting applications for a student board member position. Graduate students or upper level undergraduate students with an interest in fire science preferred. Please discuss with your academic adviser or graduate committee before applying.

Board member commitments include, but are not limited to: participation in monthly conference calls, subcommittee work, and attending events when possible...

Benefits include, but are not limited to: input into what products/events are funded, networking with fire professionals across the Southwest.

If you are interested, please send 1) your name, 2) complete contact information, 3) institution name/program/year, 4) a brief (100 words) letter of support from your academic adviser or committee chair, 5) a description (200 words or less) of "why I want to be a board member for the SWFSC" to: swfireconsortium@gmail.com by December 5, 2016.

FEIS Synthesis on the fire regimes of northern Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine communities (re-posted October 6, 2016)

Check out the new, comprehensive fire regime synthesis developed by the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS): Fire regimes of northern Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine communities.

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