September 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

IAWF - Call for Board of Directors Applications (posted August 31, 2016)

Nominations are now open for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fires' (IAWF) Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2016 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2017. Individuals meeting the requirements listed below may self-nominate.

REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION

  • Must be an "individual" member of the IAWF in good standing. Student, Corporate and Agency members are not eligible.
  • The IAWF Board of Directors is a working Board. We expect that individuals serving the membership in these positions will contribute the time, energy and expertise to serve on committees, participate in eleven (11) conference calls per year and generally assist in furthering the mission of the Association. (Calls are scheduled the last Tuesday every month, except December and generally last about 60 minutes.)
  • Applicants with skills/expertise in Financial Management, Board Governance, and Communication/Journalism/Media (Writing and Editing) are highly encouraged to apply.

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. The IAWF was formed to promote a better understanding of wildland fire, and built on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic natural force is vital for natural resource management, for firefighter safety, and for harmonious interaction between people and their environment. The Association is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire community and providing global linkage for people with shared interest in wildland fire and comprehensive fire management.

  • If your job or other activities will prevent you from dedicating sufficient time to committees and monthly meetings, as mentioned above, you may not suited for the position.
  • Since most of the Board's activities are conducted electronically, applicants need to be comfortable using email, opening and filing attachments to email, using Microsoft Word for very basic tasks such as creating documents, opening documents, filing them, and minor editing.
  • Attending an annual face-to-face Board of Directors meeting is very helpful, but not a requirement. The IAWF at this time is not able to pay travel expenses for Board meetings. The annual meetings are one day and are generally held at one of our conferences.

Use this link to nominate someone.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - TNC - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands, MN (posted August 30, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Tallgrass Apen Parklands landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (Northwestern Minnesota and southern Manitoba, Canada) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months. As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary. This position requires irregular hours and travel on short notice. Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. These are seasonal positions. This is a reposting of "seasonal" position that was recently vacated. It preferred that the candidate start the position ASAP with an end date of November 4, 2016.

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 September 5, 2016.

Association for Fire Ecology's 2016 Certification Program (reposted August 30, 2016)

The deadline to apply for the AFE's Wildland Fire Professional and Wildland Fire Academic Certification Programs has been extended to September 9, 2016.


Visit the AFE website for more information about these certification programs and to apply.

Job: Biological Sciences Technician - NPS - Rapid City, SD (posted August 30, 2016)

The Biological Technicians (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbents visit field sites to collect monitoring data on grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs, (identifying them to the species level) and fuel loads.  The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks.  These positions work 10-hour days and require constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota.  Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation.  The position will spend approximately 10-20% of time performing computer and office work, the majority of which will be done after the field season.  The anticipated field season is May through September, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season. 

To see the full job announcement, click HERE.

Postdoctoral Research in Arctic Ecology and Climate Change – University of Illinois (posted July 7, 2016)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate for newly funded research on shrub functional traits and belowground carbon cycling in the Alaskan tundra. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Jennifer Fraterrigo and Feng Sheng Hu at the University of Illinois as part of a collaborative effort with research partners Drs. Ken Tape and Eugenie Euskirchen at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Responsibilities will include field data collection to characterize plant traits and belowground carbon cycling, sample and data analysis, and writing scientific publications for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue new research directions, and will help manage the lab and interact with graduate and undergraduate students. The initial term of appointment is one year, renewable for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory progress. Salary is competitive and commensurate with previous experience. The expected start date is January 1, 2017.

For additional information regarding this position, click HERE.

Postdoc Position – Department of Forestry - Michigan State University (posted August 30, 2016)

Post-Doctoral Position Announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire in pine barrens restoration (Michigan State University)

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated postdoc for a project investigating the effects of prescribed fire and resulting soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the context of ecosystem restoration. The postdoc will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy Kolka (USDA FS NRS). The position will consist of analyzing data and writing scientific publications, participating in field measurements, and developing funding proposals. Primary responsibilities will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however, the postdoc will be expected to fully engage as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary research team, and to pursue cross-disciplinary data analysis that promotes understanding of ecosystem response to restoration treatments. The majority (75%) of the position will be focused on the development of high-impact manuscripts (requiring independence and collaboration in data analysis, presentation, and scientific writing), and 25% of the position will entail developing independent research related to the overall goals of the project (including developing funding proposals, and developing and implementing novel research related to the existing project). The postdoc will also be expected to contribute to overall project management activities and to mentoring student researchers. Funding is available for two years. The position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate will have: 1) an earned PhD in soil science, ecology, environmental science, biogeochemistry, forestry, or related field by the position start date; 2) demonstrated skill in statistical analysis; 3) excellent writing skills as evidenced by a strong publication record; 4) The ability to work well independently and collaboratively; 5) demonstrated ability to successfully initiate, manage, and complete professional projects. Additional beneficial qualifications include: familiarity with GIS; familiarity with soil heating, fire, process and/or ecosystem models; previous experience conducting field research independently and as a team; previous experience operating analytical laboratory equipment; an exceptional work ethic and professionalism.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Shared housing near Ashland, Wisconsin will be provided during field campaigns.

To Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.msu.edu to position number 3748 before midnight (US Eastern time) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Upload the following required documents as a single PDF: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number), and 4) three samples of professional writing. Incomplete applications will not be considered (however, contact Dr. Miesel at mieselje@msu.edu if your single PDF file size exceeds the allowable upload limit).

Application deadline: September 6, 2016. Desired start date is early January 2017, but earlier or later start dates may be possible if identified in the application cover letter. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Miesel at mieselje@msu.edu.

Job: Conservation Postdoc Associate - Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center - Newton, GA (posted August 30, 2016)

The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position within the Center’s Conservation Program. The candidate should have a Ph.D., or have completed all necessary degree requirements prior to employment, in the subject area of: wildlife/wildlife ecology, forestry/forest ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field.  Applicants should possess an understanding of forest and wildlife monitoring, and a functional knowledge of common land management practices utilized in southeastern forests. Familiarity with the longleaf pine ecosystem, longleaf pine restoration, and prescribed fire is desired.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate should begin no later than December 1, 2016. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three references with contact information by email to: jobs@jonesctr.org, Subject line: CONSERVATION POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE. For specific questions contact Dr. Steve Jack, Conservation Ecologist, or Mr. Brandon Rutledge, Conservation Wildlife Biologist, (229)734-4706 or by email: steve.jack@jonesctr.org, brandon.rutledge@jonesctr.org. The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/E-Verify employer. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To see the entire announcement, click HERE.

Job: Fire and Aviation Management Officer - NPS - Omaha, NE (posted August 29, 2016)

This position serves as the professional authority concerning the Midwest Regions fire/aviation management programs. The incumbent provides technical, scientific and professional program advice to the Regional Director, Associate Regional Director, Park Operations and Education (ARD-POE), Park Superintendents, a wide variety of park staff and fire management personnel within the thirteen states (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) that comprise the Region. Serves as the Regional Fire/Aviation Management Officer and provides a full range of supervision to 9 permanent full time employees working in the Midwest Regional Office or other locations. Provides technical supervision and guidance to six Unit Fire Management Officers and their fire management programs.

To view the complete job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist - University of California, Berkeley (posted August 27, 2016)

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass. This position is a full time, career-track appointment. The general disciplinary focus of this position is the sustainable use of forest and wood resources. Priority issues include life-cycle assessments and carbon cycles of forest products including wood-based bioenergy, efficiency and conservation in forest products and bioenergy technology, and the impacts of utilization on community development, economic, and environmental concerns. The CE Specialist in Forest Products and Biomass will develop and promote methods for efficient and environmentally acceptable utilization of wood resources and woody biomass and analyze the impacts of forest management practices and utilization on the ability of the state to meet its greenhouse gas emission goals.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: President and CEO - NatureServe (posted August 27, 2016)

NatureServe in Arlington, Virginia, has retained Slesinger Management Services to recruit a dynamic, visionary, and innovative leader with experience in biodiversity and conservation to serve as president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

Please click here to see complete job announcement, including application instructions.

Job: Ecologist - USFS - Silver City, NM (posted August 27, 2016)

Gila National Forest

Supervisors Office

Silver City, New Mexico

Ecologist

GS-0408-11 (One Position)

Please respond by August 31, 2016

The Gila National Forest will soon be advertising a vacancy for an Ecologist, GS-0408-11.  The position is a permanent full-time appointment, and will be located at the Supervisor’s Office in Silver City, New Mexico.  The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method and area of consideration for the advertisement (i.e. service-wide, government-wide).  Responses received from this outreach notice will be used to make this determination.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Manager - TNC - Wilmington, NC (posted August 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Manager participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the Onslow Bight with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew staff.

The expected duration of this position is four months, January 2017- April 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 September 20, 2016.

Job: Faculty Tenure -Track Position - Humbolt State University (posted June 20, 2016)

DUTIES:

Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research rec ord. Teaching assignments may include: Applied Natural History & Ecology, Principles of Ecological Restoration, Applied Ecological Restoration, Environmental Methods, Environmental Science and Management Senior Capstone, Freshman Seminar, and Graduate Seminar. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research and scholarship/creative activity; and service to the University, profession and community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system -wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

For a full position description and application instructions visit the full position announcement.

Job: Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Member - TNC - Wilmington, NC (posted August 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in restoration efforts with thinning, planting, and monitoring.
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew members.

The expected duration of this position is four months, January 2017- April 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. 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, they shall 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).

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 September 20, 2016.

Job: Cape Fear Arch Prescribed Fire Crew Member - TNC - Wilmington, NC (posted August 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Coastal Plain Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in restoration efforts with thinning, planting, and monitoring.
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew members.

The expected duration of this position is three months, January 2017-March 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. 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, they shall 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).

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 September 20, 2016.

Job: Smoke Management Program Coordinator - Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (posted August 24, 2016)

Open for Recruitment: August 23, 2016 – Open until further notice

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division is hiring a Smoke Management Program Coordinator to coordinate the statewide smoke management program.

Competitive relocation benefits available!

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop smoke management program (SMP) policy and operational procedures
  • Coordinate the implementation of Idaho’s open burning rules – such as prescribed burning, crop residue burning, residential open burning
  • Provide support to the regional offices through interpretation of state and federal rules, developing statewide rules, policies, and programs related to smoke management
  • Serve as Idaho’s expert representative to MT/ID Airshed Group Executive Board
  • Oversee and support SMP program staff and operations
  • Conduct annual SMP evaluation and reporting
  • Develop, execute, and oversee program to respond to wildfire smoke emergencies
  • Coordinate DEQ multi-team response to emergencies
  • Serve as Idaho liaison to land management and public health agencies
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of DEQs response to smoke emergencies
  • Coordinate reviews and reports on program performance
  • Resolve interstate and regional issues

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

Job: Cape Fear Arch Prescribed Fire Crew Manager - TNC - Wilmington, NC (posted August 24, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Coastal Plain Prescribed Fire Crew Manager participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the Coastal Plain with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew staff.

The expected duration of this position is 3 months, January 2017-March 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 20, 2016.

Job: Researcher 5 - University of Minnesota (posted August 23, 2016)

About the Job
 
 

The University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources and the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station are seeking a Researcher 5 to support forest carbon accounting reporting and research for the United States’ National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The individual will assist a team of scientists and analysts from the USDA Forest Service and University of Minnesota to compile estimates of carbon stocks and stock changes in forest ecosystems for national and international reporting instruments. The position is available immediately and includes two years of funding and health insurance. Future funding is contingent on satisfactory progress and success in securing additional funds.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Oregon Department of Forestry - Astoria (posted August 23, 2016)

There is one permanent, full-time position available in the State Forests division of the Oregon Department of Forestry located in Astoria. This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact Derek Bangs, Jewell Unit Forest Manager, at (503) 359-5451.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Operations and Policy Analyst 3 - Oregon Department of Forestry (posted August 23, 2016)

There is currently one Permanent, full-time job opportunity open with the Oregon Department of Forestry with the State Forests Division located in Salem. This announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact Brian Pew, Deputy Chief for State Forests Division, at (503)945-7213.

This position is in the State Forests Division of the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Division is responsible for the management of approximately 825,000 acres of state-owned forest lands located throughout Oregon. Management of the lands is governed by requirements in the Oregon Constitution, Oregon Revised Statutes, and Oregon Administrative Rules. Examples of management activities include development of policy, preparation of long and short-range management plans for state forests, and carrying out field operations such as timber sales, reforestation, thinning and fertilizing young stands, recreation management, road construction and maintenance and other associated activities.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Postdoc Scholar(s) - Ecosystem Productivity & Change - NAU (posted August 23, 2016)

Job Description

Two postdoctoral researchers are sought to participate in research projects focused on mapping and monitoring ecosystem productivity and change, primarily in North America, incorporating climate, land use and disturbance dynamics. The successful candidates will work closely with the principle investigator and collaborators, incorporating satellite observations in ecosystem models to analyze the influence of environmental change on forest dynamics.

The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to NAU’s satellite remote sensing activities. The position will involve:

Processing multi-sensor imagery, primarily satellite-based but possibly airborne remote sensing, to derive geospatial products characterizing ecosystem properties (e.g. canopy structure, biomass, disturbance severity, regrowth dynamics).

Advancing analyses of ecosystem disturbance and the drivers of forest composition and change through time.

Exploration of state-of-the-art techniques to derive geophysical properties in permafrost environments, including arctic and boreal ecosystems.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Oak Openings Restoration Assistant - TNC - Swanton, OH (posted August 23, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activitiesin the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activities in the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This may include seed collecting, seed processing and planting, tree removal, mowing, litter clean-ups, prescribed burning, and weed control using herbicide. He/she will be responsible for preparation and maintenance of equipment used in these management activities. This is a full time, short term position (approximately 6 months from starting date) that involves extensive outdoor physical labor in diverse weather conditions and may require working some weekends. The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant is supervised by the Kitty Todd Preserve Manager or the Oak Openings Restoration Manager, does not supervise other staff, but may supervise volunteers. A strong preference will be given to applicants who have previous wildland firefighting training or are willing to complete the training (online) prior to position beginning.

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 September 5, 2016.

New Mobile App for the Forest Service Data Research Archive (posted August 22, 2016)

Research Data Archive (U.S.Forest Service) is your source for high quality, citable research data about forest and grassland ecosystems. We publish and preserve research data created by scientists funded by the U.S. Forest Service (including long-term data from experimental forests and ranges), the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and the Joint Fire Science Program. With this App you can explore data sets documented using the Biological Data Profile metadata standard, with review by the authors and the archive staff.

Android Phone and Tablet Features:

  • Explore more than 150 data sets
  • Check out the geographical location of any data set where its data was originally collected
  • Explore full-text search functionality
  • Export search results as an Excel document and share it via e-mail
  • View the web version of any dataset with a simple click on the "Id" field from data set detail view
  • An Easy Share Action allows you to share data set details via e-mail
  • Send Feedback offered as a menu option

Note: Go to your phone's app store to get the app.

Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Wisconsin (posted August 20, 2016)

Project: Systems biology enabled research on the roles of microbial communities in carbon cycle processes – Determination of the roles of pyrophilous microbes in the breakdown and stabilization of pyrolyzed forms of soil organic matter

Institutions: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Thea Whitman), University of California-Berkeley (Dr. Matthew Traxler and Dr. Tom Bruns), and Joint Genome Institute (Dr. Igor Grigoriev)

We are recruiting one Ph.D. student (UW-Madison) and three postdoctoral researchers (UW-Madison, UC-Berkeley, and the JGI) to work on a DOE-funded multi-institutional project investigating the role of microbes in post-fire soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. Post-fire soil systems have fundamental direct and indirect effects on global C storage. For example, fires result in the transformation of a large pool of C, which persists as dead and partially pyrolyzed material with long residence times and constitutes a significant C pool in fire-prone ecosystems. In addition, fire-induced hydrophobic soil layers, caused by condensation of pyrolyzed waxes and lipids, may increase post-fire erosion and lead to long-term productivity losses. Soil microbes are likely responsible for the cycling of all of these compounds, yet little is currently known about the organisms or metabolic processes involved.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Burn Crew Member - The Nature Conservancy - Southern Pines, NC (posted August 19, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Sandhills Fire Crew Technician participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in restoration efforts with thinning, planting, and monitoring.
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Fire Crew Technician may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing or housing stipend is provided to all crew members.

This position is expected to be 6 months in duration, from November 2016 - May 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. 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, they shall 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).

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 September 14, 2016.

Job: Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Southern Pines, NC (posted August 19, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Sandhills Prescribed Fire Crew Manager (Squad 2) participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.

  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects

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

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the North Carolina Sandhills with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing or a housing stipend is provided to all crew members.

This position is expected to be 6 months in duration, from November 2016 - May 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates and plans day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 September 13, 2016.

Job: Assistant Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Southern Pines, NC (posted August 19, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Sandhills Assistant Prescribed Fire Crew Manager (Squad 1) participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • 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.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Assistant Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the North Carolina Sandhills with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing or a housing stipend is provided to all crew members.

This position is expected to be 6 months in duration, from November 2016 - May 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Assistant Prescribed Fire Crew Manager implements and manages day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Assistant Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 September 14, 2016.

Job: Coastal Forest Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Mobile, AL (posted August 19, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Coastal Forest Land Steward performs preserve operations, interacts with conservation partners, and manages a seasonal squad of 2-3 controlled burn crew members. This position will advance the restoration and management of natural systems and fire-dependent habitats in southwest Alabama and northwest Florida.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Coastal Forest Land Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species, monitors and researches species, maintains tools, equipment, and buildings, posts and maintains preserve boundaries, establishes and maintains trails, operates heavy machinery, coordinates community support, and creates and implements preserve management plans. S/he assists with burn planning, participates in preparing fire lines and implementing controlled burns, supervises seasonal controlled burn crew members, and conducts post-burn monitoring.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, s/he will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and grow professional fire certification credentials. S/he must be willing to work toward becoming RxB2 qualified in the short-term. S/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 wildland 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 position will be based in or near Mobile, Alabama. Periodic work-related travel across Alabama and into neighboring states is required, particularly during fire season.

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 September 2,2016.

Job: Field Crew Leader – Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (posted August 19, 2016)

Gain leadership skills and work outdoors! AmeriCorps Field Crew Leaders (ages 18-25 preferred) lead crews of 4-5 members in natural resource management projects across the Midwest. Typical projects include tree planting, exotic species management, trail construction, stream bank stabilization, prescribed burning, wildland fire fighting and emergency response. Crew Leaders assist with member training and development, perform equipment maintenance and help members improve technical skills. In addition, Leaders serve as liaisons between project hosts and the crew, communicating with hosts to determine project priorities and equipment needs. Crew Leaders also get the chance to work alongside conservation professionals and explore career options within the environmental field.

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

Job: State Forester - Alabama Forestry Commission (posted August 19, 2016)

The  Alabama  Forestry  Commission  (“AFC”)  is  now  accepting  applications  for  the  position  of  State  Forester.  By state law, this position will be filled by appointment of the AFC, with the approval of the Governor. This is a non-merit appointment, and the State Forester will serve at the pleasure of the AFC.

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

Application Deadline: September 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., CST

Job: Natural Resource Worker 2 - WDFW - Okanogan, WA (posted August 18, 2016)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill two (2) full time, career seasonal Natural Resource Worker 2 positions located in the Lands Division of the Wildlife Program in the Okanogan, Washington area. The employment period is March through November, annually.
 
As a member of the Prescribed Fire Team within the Wildlife Program, the incumbent(s) participate in providing statewide fire management implementation services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally this position is a member of a Prescribed (Rx) Burn Team to help implement projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in North Central Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The incumbent(s) 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.
 
Under supervision of the Prescribed Fire Team Leader this position participates in 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.
 
General duties include:  Coordinating with the Prescribed Fire Team Leader, to implement plans for restoration and maintenance of fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat; Conducting burn unit layout, fuels inventory, and implementing restoration projects as a member of the Prescribed Fire Team.

For more information about and to apply to these positions, click HERE.

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - WDFW - Okanogan, WA (posted August 18, 2016)

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.

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

Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Humboldt State University (posted May 24, 2016)

Post-fire vegetation responses: The Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University (HSU; Arcata, CA, USA) is seeking a full-time, 12 month Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of plant and fire ecology. The successful applicant will perform field research in northern California, supervise a field crew, conduct data analyses, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, and maintain lab and equipment organization. The work will focus on characterizing the differences between once and twice burned coniferous forests, specifically using the Sims and Saddle Fires that burned on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. The objectives of the work are to understand how fire, and repeated fire, influence plant communities – including tree, shrub, and herbaceous components. The work being conducted is a collaboration with the US Forest Service (USFS), and is a joint project run by Dr. Erik Jules (HSU) and Dr. Ramona Butz (USFS). Additional field-based projects may be pursued depending on the interest of the candidate and include work on knobcone pine expansion in northern California. In addition, this position could include a teaching component, if the candidate is interested in increasing their experience in the classroom (not required). The candidate should have (1) a PhD in biology, forestry, or a related field; (2) strong field-based skills in plant and/or forest ecology; (3) strong quantitative skills; (4) strong GIS, database, and modeling skills; and (5) an interest in fire ecology. Experience with and/or interest in working with LiDAR data is a plus.

Salary is $40k with benefits. Start date is flexible but ideally the candidate can begin work in or around January of 2017. Applications should be submitted no later than September 1, 2016 as a single pdf to Erik Jules (erik.jules@humboldt.edu) and include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing past research experience and interests, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

Job: Manager of Forest - Quinault Indian Nation (posted August 18, 2016)

Quinault Indian Nation

P.O. Box 189

Taholah, WA 98587

Applications available at:

www.quinaultindiannation.com

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 Driver’s License or able to obtain within first month of employment, able to pass federal background check, able to maintain confidentiality.

Supervisor: D Bingaman

Phone: 360-276-8211 ext. 266

Fax: 360-276-4191

Email applications to: jobs@quinault.org

Job: Forest Monitoring Statistician - USFS - Seattle, WA (posted August 16, 2016)

EMPLOYMENT OUTREACH NOTICE
 
USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station
Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program - Seattle, Washington
 
Statistician
GS-1530-11/12/13
General information:
The Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program anticipates advertising a Statistician position, GS-1530-11/12/13 located in Seattle, Washington.  This is a full-time permanent position with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit, one of four FIA Units across the country that comprises the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

To view the entire notice, including the response form, click HERE.

'Living in the Era of Megafires' - The Wildfire Project (posted August 16, 2016)

Go see the film 'Living in the Era of Megafires' - The Wildfire Project is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg. Locations all over OR and WA.

Postdoctoral – Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (posted August 16, 2016)

Dr. Mike Saunders is seeking a postdoctoral student to both develop new and oversee existing studies on the influence of prescribed fire on ecosystem services in Central Hardwoods Forest. This position would be funded partially through Purdue and through several external sources (including Indiana DNR-Division of Forestry, Joint Sciences Program, USDA Forest Service and US Department of Navy). The Purdue Postdoctoral Scholar in Natural Resources is a 2-year appointment at an annual salary of $47,480 per year plus benefits, and includes a discretionary fund of $5,000 per year for travel, equipment, and other expenses. Start date for the position is negotiable, but should be no later than March 31, 2017.

Specifically, the incumbent will work with Dr. Saunders to design a research project on the fire ecology of oak-dominated forests. This project can be either developed “from scratch” or use several large datasets that have already been collected on temperatures within and effects from several replicates of fall and spring prescribed fires in Indiana. Projects could include development of refined fuel-models for Central Hardwood Forests, impacts on nutrient dynamics, effects on oak regeneration dynamics, and indirect effects on wildlife-mediated ecosystem services (e.g., seed dispersal or pollination). The Scholar would also work with members of the Saunders lab to produce high-impact publications from several existing studies and develop several extension-related products.

The position requires a Ph.D. in forestry or related fields; security restrictions at some field sites limits the position to only U.S. citizens. Preference will be given to candidates with field research experience, strong statistical and database skills, a demonstrated record of publishing – particularly in fire ecology, and experience in grantmanship. Mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will be expected; undergraduate teaching may also be possible while in the position.

If interested, please send your CV and names of two references to Dr. Mike Saunders by September 10, 2016. I will serve as primary mentor for this position, and depending on candidate’s interest, other faculty members may be invited serve as co-mentors. Final application deadline to the Postdoctoral Scholar program is in mid-October. At that time, candidates will need to submit, with their mentor, a 5-6 page proposal outlining their planned research, teaching and extension activities while at Purdue.

Although a bit outdated, more information on the Postdoctoral Scholar program can be found at https://ag.purdue.edu/fnr/Pages/NRPostdocScholars.aspx.

Contact:  Mike R. Saunders, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Purdue University;  Email:  msaunder@purdue.edu;  Phone:  765-430-1440

Postdoctoral Research Wildlife Biologist - USFS - Corvallis, OR (posted August 15, 2016)

This position is in the Pacific Northwest Research Station and resides in the Wildlife Ecology Team within the Ecological Processes and Function Program.  The work will explore the relationships between northern spotted owl population characteristics and habitat conditions.  The incumbent will be responsible for analyzing existing data and developing LiDAR-based distribution models of northern spotted owls in a pre- and post-wildfire landscape.  Additionally, the incumbent will use existing northern spotted owl and barred owl location data, and LiDAR data to quantify fine-scale landscape features associated with spatial partitioning between the two species.  There will also be opportunity to initiate new research to investigate the ecology and habitat relationships of northern spotted owls.  The information gained from these projects will be used to track population and habitat trends and to develop models to predict northern spotted owl population parameters based upon future habitat conditions.  The incumbent will be responsible for transferring research results to various user groups via publications, reports, scientific meetings, symposia, workshops, and training sessions.

For more information, click HERE.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group: Request for Comments (posted August 9, 2016)

The NWCG Fuels Management Committee is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the draft NWCG Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide (PMS 424). The guide is a "decision support tool that illuminates the risk to values associated with the prescribed fire implementation." They encourage prescribed fire plan preparers, prescribed fire practitioners, agency administrators, fire management officers, and other pertinent personnel to respond to this request.

Postdoctoral Research Associate on Climate Change and Plant Invasions (posted August 8, 2016)

Two postdoctoral research associate positions will soon be available, one each in the labs of Dr. Brian Allan at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Luke Flory at the University of Florida, through a SERDP/DoD (www.serdp-estcp.org/) funded project, to explore the potential effects of climate change on plant invasions, fire dynamics, and tick-borne disease risk on military installations in the southeastern United States. The project specifically seeks to address the feedbacks between plant invasions and fire, how climate change may alter these dynamics, and the consequences for human risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases. The two postdoctoral research associates will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the proposed research, including the study design, collection and analysis of data, preparation of manuscripts and reports, and participating in PI meetings and outreach. Both positions are expected to begin in Fall 2017 and are renewable annually for up to three years of postdoctoral support. Salary minimum is $47,476. Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD prior to beginning employment.

If interested, please contact Brian Allan and Luke Flory to discuss skills and expertise relevant to the project. Both Brian and Luke will be attending the Ecological Society of America meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 7-12, and are available to meet with interested candidates. Brian will also be attending the International Congress of Entomology meeting in Orlando, FL, September 25-30, and again will be available to meet with interested candidates. Watch Ecolog and Twitter (@lflory) for information on how to apply later this fall.

Job: Idaho Smoke Management Program Coordinator- Analyst 4 (updated August 5, 2016)

Open for Recruitment: July 13, 2016 – August 17, 2016

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division is hiring a Smoke Management Program Coordinator to coordinate the statewide smoke management program.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop smoke management program (SMP) policy and operational procedures
  • Coordinate the implementation of Idaho’s open burning rules – such as prescribed burning, crop residue burning, residential open burning
  • Provide support to the regional offices through interpretation of state and federal rules, developing statewide rules, policies, and programs related to smoke management
  • Serve as Idaho’s expert representative to MT/ID Airshed Group Executive Board
  • Oversee and support SMP program staff and operations
  • Conduct annual SMP evaluation and reporting
  • Develop, execute, and oversee program to respond to wildfire smoke emergencies
  • Coordinate DEQ multi-team response to emergencies
  • Serve as Idaho liaison to land management and public health agencies
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of DEQs response to smoke emergencies
  • Coordinate reviews and reports on program performance
  • Resolve interstate and regional issues

For more information about this position and to apply click here.

Job: Habitat Specialist - Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever - Valley Falls, KS (posted August 5, 2016)

Overview: This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). The incumbents will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas.  They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP Field Managers. The position will be located at the Perry Wildlife Area near Valley Falls, Kansas.

Application Deadline: September 2, 2016

For more information, click HERE.

WindNinja-Mobile App Now Available (posted August 5, 2016)

The WindNinja computer program is a powerful tool for predicting wind fields in complex terrain, but is inconvenient for field users. To solve this problem, WindNinja-Mobile has been developed so field going personnel can also benefit from these high resolution wind forecasts on their phones and tablets. This tool provides improved capability to identify areas where local winds may either increase fire behavior or not influence fire. This information helps us all to make better fire management decisions.

Learn more at their website here.

Job: Engineering Equipment Operator - McCloud, CA (posted August 2, 2016)

Duties:

The primary purpose of this position is the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fuels reduction activities. Incumbent must have an understanding of veg etation management, erosion control, wildlife habitat, archaeological sites, and silviculture prescriptions.

Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to masticate or pile natural or activity generated fuels. Implements complex silviculture prescriptions to accomplish thinning or site preparation activities. Work accomplished must take into consideration wildlife habitat objectives and visual quality. Completes erosion control activities, stream restoration and meadow restoration activities.

Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to push, pull, pile, or load materials such as sand, gravel, and earth. Clears brush, tree stumps, and rocks while constructing lines for suppression and prescribed fire activities. Adjusts the attachments for proper level, angle, or depth, according to the work to be done and the type of equipment used. Work is generally done on flat or rolling terrain with simple terrain problems.

May perform a full range of duties for fire, roads, timber, silviculture, recreation, wilderness, or research activities.

Is required to have a good degree of mechanical ability and skill to perform preventive maintenance and minor repair of equipment. Transports heavy equipment to job site.

Completes all agency required administrative duties. May provide direction and instruction to personnel assigned to assist.

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

Postdoc Position in Soil Response - Michigan State University (posted July 31, 2016)

Postdoc position announcement: Soil response to prescribed fire in pine barrens restoration (MSU, USDA FS)

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated postdoc for a project investigating the effects of prescribed fire and resulting soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration in the context of ecosystem restoration. The postdoc will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy Kolka (USDA FS NRS). The position will consist of analyzing data and writing scientific publications, participating in field measurements, and developing funding proposals. Primary responsibilities will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however, the postdoc will be expected to fully engage as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary research team, and to pursue cross-disciplinary data analysis that promotes understanding of ecosystem response to restoration treatments. The majority (75%) of the position will be focused on the development of high-impact manuscripts (requiring independence and collaboration in data analysis, presentation, and scientific writing), and 25% of the position will entail developing independent research related to the overall goals of the project (including developing funding proposals, and developing and implementing novel research related to the existing project). The postdoc will also be expected to contribute to overall project management activities and to mentoring student researchers. Funding is available for two years. The position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Emergency Response Team Member - AmeriCorp - St. Louis, MO (posted July 29, 2016)

The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a multi-functional rapid deployment group that has been called out nationally to floods, NASA search and rescue, ice storms, terrorist attacks, tornadoes, wildfires, and hurricanes. When not involved in disaster response or preparedness activities, the ERT assists the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and other natural resource projects.

All ERT Corps Members will receive an intensive orientation including: physical conditioning, team building and leadership skills, introduction to disaster services, operations in hazardous environments, supporting people in crisis, risk management approaches, Incident Command System, emergency communications, and basic emergency medical care. For over two decades, AmeriCorps St. Louis has a proven history of providing highly successful programs, partnerships, and trainings, making it a model to other programs around the state and country.

You must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate. Members of the Emergency Response Team must be in excellent physical condition, including being able to pass the pack test; a 3 mile walk with a 45 lbs pack completed in under 45 minutes.

Members must have the ability to function as supportive and dependable teammates, even in times of extreme stress and adversity. A love for the outdoors is a must as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living in community and often sleeping in rustic conditions.

On any given day, an AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Member could:
1. Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
2. Restore Missouri forests, river-ways, and recreation areas
3. Fight forest fires or participate in prescribed burns
4. Use GPS mapping equipment to create guides to Missouri trails
5. Coordinate Volunteers to Assist Disaster Affected communities

Members will serve from September 2016 – August 2017. They will receive a monthly living stipend plus an Education Award after the completion of the program. Health insurance is also provided.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A PDF version of our application can be found on our website, www.americorps-stl.org. Interested applicants can download the application, fill it out, and email it to info@americorps-stl.org. They must also send our reference form (available on our website) to 2 references who should fill the form out and email it to the same address. Applicants can also go to www.americorps.gov and search for our program and fill out an application through the national portal.

Postdoc Opportunity: Fire Modeling - University of British Columbia (posted July 29, 2016)

The University of British Columbia is seeking an excellent postdoctoral fellow to lead the development of a mixed severity fire regime simulation model that will permit forecasting under multi-decadal timescales at regional extents. The intended applications are to integrated land and forest management on a multi-use landscape of roughly 1,000,000  ha in the foothills of southern Alberta, Canada. The work will be conducted as part of multidisciplinary team, integrating data from many sources and disciplines e.g. dendrochronological studies, historical fire maps, remote sensed vegetation and forest management data. The results will ultimately be integrated into a larger spatial simulation modelling framework for western boreal Canada, used  as both a research and development tool and for management applications.

For additional information, click HERE.

Apply for Habitat Restoration Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (posted July 12, 2016)

GOCO is offering $500,000 in available funding for habitat restoration projects focused on improving and restoring Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat. For more information about this grant opportunity, visit the GOCO website


Applications are due on September 23, 2016.

Job: Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology – Utah State University (posted July 29, 2016)

The Department of Wildland Resources is seeking applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure track faculty position in fire ecology and management. We are seeking a scholar dedicated to basic and applied fire science. This is an Assistant Professor position consisting of 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service, to start by August 2017. Application review will begin by September 9, 2016. For more information on the position or how to apply contact search committee chair Jim Lutz, james.lutz@usu.edu, 435-797-0478. All applications must be submitted through the online system at http://jobs.usu.edu/.

For additional information, click HERE.

FEIS Synthesis on the Fire Ecology of Sage-grouse (posted July 9, 2016)

The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) has a new, comprehensive synthesis on the fire ecology of sage-grouse: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/animals/bird/cent/all.html

BpS Review Deadline Extended to October 31 (posted July 20, 2016)

When LANDFIRE reached a recent high mark of 4,000 Biophysical Settings (BpS) review documents downloaded, keeping the momentum going gained importance. To that end, the deadline to submit reviews has been extended from June 30 to October 31.
 
The LANDFIRE BpS review project launched earlier this year in order to engage vegetation ecologists, fire managers and other land management practitioners in an effort to update and improve more than 1,000 BpS descriptions across the country. The review entails reading and commenting on a 4-to-10 page MS-Word document at one’s own setting and pace (we estimate that a review takes less than an hour).

For more information, click HERE.

Input Needed on Draft Fuel Model Guide for Alaska (posted June 9, 2016)

The Fire Behavior and Modeling Group is leading a revision of the 2008 Fuel Model Guide. We hope to finalize the revision in winter 2016-17. They are looking for photos and feedback from people familiar with fire in Alaska and those who have opportunities to observe fire behavior during the 2016 fire season, particularly in Closed Black Spruce and Open Black Spruce forest types. Visit the FMAC page to learn more.

JFSP Funding Opportunity (posted July 15, 2016)

The Joint Fire Science Program will be requesting proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15, 2016 and remaining open through November 17, 2016.

This is an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed in this document so you can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.

If you are looking for any expired announcements or job postings, please refer to the Expired Announcements and Jobs page.

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