September 2015

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of all the fallen firefighters. If you are looking for a way to support fallen firefighters' families, one option is through the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.


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New Online Courses:
S495: Geospatial Fire Analysis Self Study online course
S490: Behave Plus/Pre-course Study Material online course

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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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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To see more, please refer to the Upcoming Events page.

Announcements

Fire Ecology Calendar Photo Contest (posted September 4, 2015)

The Association for Fire Ecology is holding a photo contest in conjunction with the Fire Congress. Winning photos will appear in a 12-month 2016 calendar that will be given as a premium at the event.  Entrants whose images are chosen for the calendar will receive additional complimentary calendars.

The submission deadline is September 15th.

For additional information, click HERE.

Job: Research Biological Scientist - FERA Team - Pacific Wildland Fires Sciences Lab, Seattle (posted September 4, 2015)

Vacancy Announcements Research Biological Scientist, GS-401-13/14 - Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team - Pacific Wildland Fires Sciences Laboratory, Seattle WA
 
This position is being announced both MERIT and DEMO.  One position will be filled.
 
 
About the Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab:
The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service.  The Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world.  The 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 station’s programs reflect the changing character of the questions that science is being asked to help answer.
 
The PNW Research Station has approximately 300 permanent and temporary employees in professional, administrative, research, technical, and clerical positions.  There are five program areas, and 11 laboratories that provide research in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  The Station also conducts research nationally and internationally in cooperation with other Forest Service work units, other government agencies, foreign governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations,  and universities in many areas of research.  The work activities of the Station attract considerable interest from Congress, special interest groups, and the public.  The Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory is one of two national Forest Service fire laboratories, and is located in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle, a short distance from the University of Washington.

Job: Conservation Practitioner, The Nature Conservancy, Lexington, KY (posted September 3, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Conservation Practitioner performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs and stewardship activities on TNC owned and managed lands.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Practitioner leads work teams and supervises staff to ensure objective of Conservation Strategic Plans, coordinates community support, and implements preserve management plans. S/he maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and is a core member of the Chapter’s prescribed fire and stewardship teams with frequent overnight travel.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional 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 15, 2015.

Job: Cape Fear Arch Prescribed Fire Crew Manager, The Nature Conservancy, NC (posted September 3, 2015)

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.

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 additional 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 09/27/15.

Job: Cape Fear Arch Prescribed Fire Crew Technician, The Nature Conservancy, NC (posted September 3, 2015)

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician 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 Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Will do project work and other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 additional 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 09/27/15.

Job: Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Manager, The Nature Conservancy, NC (posted September 3, 2015)

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.

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 additional 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 27, 2015.

Job: Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Crew Technician, The Nature Conservancy, NC (posted September 3, 2015)

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician 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 Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Will do project work and other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 additional 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 27, 2015.

Job: Forestry Tech - Fire Specialist - Alaska (posted September 2, 2015)

DUTIES:

As a Fire Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as a firefighter, fireline supervisor, technical specialist or incident commander in suppression of wildfires.
  • Lead up to 50 firefighters as initial attack commander.
  • Serve as technical specialist by performing as Helibase Manager, Staging Area Manager, Strike Team Leader, Logistical Unit Leader, or Plans Unit Leader.
  • Perform a wide variety of project work from fire suppression demonstrations to assisting in prescribed burning.
  • Serve as an instructor during formal and on-the-job training sessions to prepare crews and Fire Specialists.

For more information visit the USA Jobs Announcement.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire - Ochopee, FL (posted September 2, 2015)

DUTIES:

Senior wildland firefighter 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.

For more information visit the USA Jobs Announcement.

Job: Fire Ecologist - Nevada (posted September 3, 2015)

DUTIES:

  • The position serves as the Fire Ecologist and is responsible for providing professional expertise in the management and use of fire and fuels management to sustain healthy and functioning ecosystems. Also serves as a Team Lead for staff such as Fuels Specialists and Fuels Technicians.
  • This requires the ability to collect, analyze and interpret a variety of resource and fire related data, both lead and participate in interdisciplinary fuels management efforts, and coordinate, communicate and cooperate with a wide variety of internal and external interests.
  • A working knowledge and experience in fire ecology, fuels management, fire behavior, fire effects and fire rehabilitation techniques is needed; fuels, air quality and smoke management; fire preparedness and suppression techniques and tactics; and vegetation manipulation and monitoring.
  • Serves as a member of the Fire Management staff and is under the supervision of the Fire Management Officer (FMO) or as delegated by the FMO.
  • Prior wildland firefighting experience and training is required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

For more information about this position visit the USA Jobs Announcement.

The 2014 Proceedings of the Large Wildland Fires Conference now available!

To access the proceedings, click HERE.

Job: Smoky Valley Ranch Rangeland Specialist, The Nature Conservancy, Oakley, KS (posted September 1, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Smoky Valley Ranch is a 17,000 acre custom grazing cattle and bison operation with a goal of being a leader in sound range management. The ranch carries about 500 cow calf pairs and 400 yearlings during a grazing season from March through October, with 100 bison grazing year-round. The Rangeland Specialist participates in property operations, maintenance, management, and has primary responsibility for livestock care. Provides recommendations to the Project Manager regarding grazing rotations, and follows the grazing plan as directed by the Project Manager. Maintains logs on livestock and other operations, and shares information with the Project Manager.

Housing is available for rent for the Smoky Valley Ranch Rangeland Specialist on the ranch and in the nearby community of Russell Springs, but it is not a requirement for this position to live at Smoky Valley Ranch or in Russell Springs. If the Rangeland Specialist chooses to live at Smoky Valley Ranch, please note that this option may be modified by The Nature Conservancy in the future.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Rangeland Specialist coordinates cattle shipping, weaning strategies, mineral supply, and other livestock care with tenants. Recognizes symptoms of illness in cattle and administers medical aid to livestock or consults veterinarian as necessary. (Not responsible for monitoring calving.) When cattle are off the ranch, primary responsibilities are infrastructure maintenance and improvement (fencing, water, corrals, and facilities). Bison herd stewardship responsibilities.

Maintains ranch infrastructure, including roads, water systems, and fences, and is responsible for other general upkeep, such as junk removal. Maintains facilities, tools, and equipment. Keeps vehicles clean and in good working order. Maintains and improves ranch areas visited by the public and donors, including trails, headquarters, residence areas, and perimeter parking lots and signage.

Carries out rangeland and wildlife monitoring and management activities as directed by the Project Manager, including grazing utilization and management of exotic species. Wildlife work includes rangeland management, monitoring, and research related to primary conservation targets: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Assists Project Manager with developing, implementing, and monitoring associated habitat management practices.

Assists with prescribed burns, under the direction of the designated burn boss.

Maintains constructive, positive relationships and liaisons, on behalf of TNC, with staff, neighbors, partners, the community, and visitors to the ranch.

Must have a commitment to ecological resource conservation in the Great Plains, and a willingness to learn about conservation issues and priorities.

Records hours and work performed, and reports information to the Project Manager. Performs other ranch work as directed by the Project Manager, and may occasionally assist Project Manager with off-ranch conservation projects and initiatives, such as rangeland and CRP conservation and management planning, implementation, and monitoring.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional 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 October 28, 2015.

Job: Oak Openings Restorations Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Swanton, OH (posted September 1, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Oak Openings Program Manager, the Oak Openings Restorations Manager performs and participates in operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs across the 1300mi Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan. The position is located in the six county Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio and SE Michigan, one of the most biologically diverse areas of the mid-west. The Oak Openings Restorations Manager will create site restoration and management plans for sites throughout the region. They will manage day-to-day implementation of multiple grant funded restoration projects concurrently and in collaboration with multiple project partners. Position is contingent upon funding with funding currently secured through June 2017. S/he will collaborate with other program staff to obtain funding to maintain and expand capacity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Oak Openings Restorations Manager provides technical leadership and support to a business unit and plans and directs preserve management programs and stewardship. S/he may maintain areas frequented by the visiting public and will be expected to participate in prescribed fire operations, lead invasive species control efforts, perform habitat quality monitoring, maintain tools and equipment, operate heavy machinery and train other staff and partners in these activities. She/he addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies Ecoregional planning teams with information for site portfolios. Specifically S/he supervises seasonal staff in completion of restoration and management activities to protect and restore globally imperiled natural communities including Lake plain wet prairie and oak savanna habitats. S/he will implement strategic plans, coordinate community support, manage contracts and implement preserve management plans. S/he will work closely with the Partnership Specialist to manage the Oak Openings Interagency Restoration Team to implement restoration and management on several thousand acres of private and public lands and may assist other staff in management of TNC owned lands within the Oak Openings region of NW Ohio. The position will manage grant funded projects as part of a broader regional strategy and develop prairie and savanna restoration plans for newly acquired properties. They will work closely with other conservation partners as part of the Green Ribbon Initiative which is a regional conservation partnership dedicated to protection and restoration of the Oak Openings Region.

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 17, 2015.

Job: Wildfire Analyst, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (posted September 1, 2015)

Position

A Wildfire Analyst position (Research Associate II Special) is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Our Organization

CEMML was established in 1992 with the goal of making the latest and most appropriate science available for the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense and other public lands. We are a nonprofit service, outreach, and applied research unit within the CSU Warner College of Natural Resources, and provide services to our Sponsors through the combined efforts of on-campus staff and our employees located at federal work sites around the U.S. and internationally.

Location

Work will be on-site in the city of Fort Collins, population 130,000, which has at various times received recognition as “Best Places to Live” (Money magazine), “Best Places for Business and Career” (Forbes magazine), one of “18 Perfect Towns” (Outside magazine) and “100 Affordable Communities/Best Places to Raise Your Family” (Frommer’s). In addition, Fort Collins has excellent schools, a thriving art scene, eclectic shops and restaurants, hundreds of miles of walking and biking paths, over 300 days of sunshine each year, ready access to Denver’s six professional sports teams, and a wide range of summer and winter outdoor activities.

Responsibilities

The Wildfire Analyst will perform as part of a team of wildfire, GIS, and computer programming specialists developing high resolution risk analyses for military installations throughout the United States. The Wildfire Analyst will be required to lead teams of three to five personnel on week long excursions to military installations to collect and/or quality control data used in risk analyses. Farsite simulations are the foundation of the analyses, and the primary goal of the installation visits is to provide quality control for LANDFIRE fuels and canopy data or to create it from scratch. The Wildfire Analyst will be responsible for coordinating logistics with the installation, coordinating travel among the field team who will be coming from multiple locations and agencies, assessing the overall quality of the LANDFIRE data at the installation and making the decision whether to provide quality control for the LANDFIRE data or create fuels and canopy data from scratch, collect wildland urban interface data, collect land use related ignition data, collect fire history data, and ascertain protection priorities as defined by the installation.

The Wildfire Analyst will be responsible for data development, quality control, and transfer into the fire analysis system; running the fire simulation software; post-simulation processing; and analysis of results including measures of burn probability, fire behavior characteristics, difficulty of control, and relationships between ignition sources and fire outcomes. The Wildfire Analyst will manage most aspects of the day to day work required to produce the risk analysis for each installation assigned and will supervise the work of one to five hourly and salaried CEMML employees. The Wildfire Analyst may be tasked with additional duties such as writing fire management plans, custom fuel modeling, weather analysis, and other tasks as appropriate to the successful candidate’s particular skill set and as assigned by the CEMML Wildland Fire Program Manager.

There are opportunities for the Wildfire Analyst to pursue funding for their own projects, whether these are management or research oriented, with the approval of the CEMML Wildland Fire Program Manager.

Physical Requirements

The successful candidate must be able to walk over uneven terrain while carrying up to 20 pounds and work in inclement weather.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a valid driving license.

A B.S. in natural resource management or a closely related field is required. A minimum of 3 years professional experience in wildland fire, natural resources, or a closely related field is required. Strong geographic information systems (GIS) skills are required, including simple mapping and editing of spatial data, both raster and vector.

The successful candidate must have at least one of the following:

  • Fireline experience in multiple fuel types that result in a thorough understanding of how fire behaves in each fuel type.
  • Field experience identifying fire behavior fuel models (e.g. Scott and Burgan’s 40 standard fire behavior fuel models and/or the original 13).
  • Training or experience as a Long Term Fire Behavior Analyst (LTAN) or Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) or demonstrated experience utilizing similar skills.
  • Fuels mitigation planning or prescribed burn planning experience that requires a thorough understanding of fire behavior.

Desirable Qualifications

The desired candidate will have a graduate degree in any science related field and five or more years of professional experience. Fireline experience in any capacity on wild or prescribed fires is especially valuable, the more the better. The desired candidate will have advanced GIS skills (e.g. scripting, remote sensing) as well as experience with one or more of the following programs: Farsite, FlamMap, BehavePlus, Fire Family Plus, Excel or database applications (e.g. Access or similar). The desired candidate should have experience in fire management and/or using LANDFIRE data and/or experience collecting or analyzing forestry or fire data. The desired candidate will have excellent communication and computer skills, demonstrated ability to work with large datasets, and demonstrated ability to work amicably as part of a group/team. Supervisory/leadership experience along with the ability to work independently is highly beneficial.

Background Check

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range $55,000 to $65,000 depending on qualifications. Higher rates are negotiable for very highly qualified candidates. Colorado State University offers a generous benefits package including 24 days of paid vacation leave, tuition credits, excellent health insurance (including vision and dental), and retirement plans with 11% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/. Additionally, CEMML provides professional development and training opportunities for employees.

Application

Prospective candidates should apply online at https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs/. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered. Apply no later than September 13, 2015 for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)

2) Resume

3) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma)

4) References (contact information for professional references, including at least one supervisor) References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at http://www.cemml.colostate.edu.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire - Port Angles, WA (posted September 1, 2015)

DUTIES:

Brief Statement of Duties: Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew. Performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician. Certified in the use of helicopter long lines. Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up. Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records. May on occasion serve as driver or a crew carrier.

Physical Demands: Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces can be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling materials. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

For further information visit the USA jobs announcement page.

Job: Lead Forestry Technician - Tennessee (posted August 28, 2015)

DUTIES:

Incumbent provides fire line leadership and training for Wildland Fire Module crewmembers. Serves as a working leader over 3 or more module crewmembers engaged in wildland fire activities in Park Service units throughout the Southeast Region. May also lead additional technicians and detailers from the host/requesting unit. Leads crew members in all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including unit preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation. Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects and maintains appropriate records, including fire reports. May serve as a Fire Effects Monitor, collecting and evaluating weather, fuels, topography, and fire behavior data for prescribed and wildland fires. Prepares maps, observes and reports smoke dispersion and potential impacts. May serve as Firing Boss, Engine Boss, or as a holding or ignition squadleader on wildland and prescribes fires, as qualified and assigned. Performs tasks to control and extinguish wildfires as needed. Assists in the preparation of burn plans and/or incident action plans. Research fire literature and provide applicable information for fire management programs. Maintains fire equipment such as power tools, ATVs, pumps or engines. Assists in field survey efforts such as archeology, vegetation surveys, and resource inventories and data analysis.

For more information and to apply visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Forester - Colorado State University (posted August 28, 2015)

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision of the District Forester and in combination with the Assistant District Forester at the State Forest, the position will assist other district personnel within the following areas: forest management, outreach, and administration. This Forester will perform program duties under the direction of the District Forester; and is expected to implement program recommendations. This position will assist the District Forester and the Assistant District Forester in supervising seasonal employees. This position is expected to assist district staff with providing service to, educating, and providing outreach to landowners and cooperators/partners through written and verbal communication methods.

Position Duties:

State Lands Management

  • Provide technical assistance and service to state parks, state wildlife areas, state trust lands, and other state owned forested lands.
  • Planning and implementing forest management and fuels treatment projects on state parks and state wildlife areas.

Forest Health

  • Provide technical assistance on state and private lands to include insect and disease monitoring that include site visits, aerial survey, and ground surveys; wildfire hazard mitigation and watershed protection; I&D diagnosis and recommendations.

Forest Stewardship Program

  • Forest management (stewardship) plan development for private landowners; planning, set-up, and administration of forest product sales on private lands; cruising; best management practices (BMPs) implementation to protect water quality;
  • Provide technical assistance to private landowners and local governments);
  • Promote a seedling tree program and provide technical assistance on proper planning, planting and care of seedlings; Manage Colorado’s forest agriculture program;
  • Provide technical assistance on forest insect and diseases; and other associated forest stewardship duties.

Wildfire Mitigation and Fuels Treatment

  • Wildfire mitigation projects; fuels treatment/fuels reduction projects; defensible space;
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) development and implementation;
  • Promote and support the use of prescribed fire; fire prevention.

Urban & Community Forestry

  • Provide technical assistance to urban and rural communities; Support tree boards;
  • Assist communities with long-range forest management planning; street tree inventory; managing the Tree City USA program; Arbor Day support; promoting tree planting and reforestation;
  • Support non-profit community forestry organizations such as the Colorado Tree Coalition

For more information and to apply visit the job announcement.

Nominations for IAWF's Safety Awards (posted August 27, 2015)

The IAWF is now accepting nominations for four IAWF Awards!

They encourage you to gather your information to nominate some very deserving folks out there! They've added two new awards this year. Recipient does not have to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be presented at an upcoming IAWF Conference when possible.

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2015.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Forestry Aid/Technician - Fire (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0462-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Temporary NTE 1040 hrs.

DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies in Brazoria, TX

DUTIES:

  • Serve as a skilled member of a fire or engine crew with responsibility for using a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques in controlling and suppressing fires.
  • Operate a engine for short periods of time.
  • Scout fires and develops data on hazardous areas.
  • Maintain firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Receive and record reports of fires and executes initial attack plans.
  • Assist in dispatching personnel and equipment.
  • Participate in the fire pre-suppression program assisting in recruiting, training, and organizing firefighting crews.

For more information and to apply for this position visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Supervisory Range/Forestry Technician - Fire Engine Captain (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0455-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION: Work Schedule is Full Time - This is a permanent career seasonal position (6-11 1/2 months employment).

DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies in Eureka, NV

DUTIES:

Provides technical and administrative supervision to engine crews. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment, and ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline and directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. May be required to be a fully qualified chain saw operator.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.

Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations. Participates in wildland fire and safety training.

For more information and to apply for this position visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Range Technician - Senior Wildland Firefighter (posted August 27, 2015)

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0455-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION: Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 1/2 months per year).

DUTY LOCATIONS: 2 vacancies in Winnemucca, NV

DUTIES:

Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Drives engine to fire locations; positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations. Personally performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.

For a full position listing and to apply visit the USA jobs announcement.

UI and WSU Receive Grant to Help Communities Prepare for, Recover from Wildfires (posted August 25, 2015)

More than 6,000 fires have burned more than 1 million acres in the Northwest so far in 2015, with experts predicting continuing severe wildfires in coming years. 

To help Northwest communities prepare for the future, University of Idaho and Washington State University researchers are studying ways to increase communities’ ability to withstand and recover from wildfires with the support of a new $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

An interdisciplinary research team will focus on improving models that predict where fires are likely to occur, how severe they will be and whether they are likely to produce post-fire floods and landslides. The team will then create a virtual early warning system to help identify particularly vulnerable communities and ecosystems in the region. 

The researchers will work closely with an advisory team of academic, government and industry stakeholders to help translate the research results into action plans for communities at risk.

The project is led by Crystal Kolden, assistant professor in the UI Department of Geography and a faculty member in the university’s Center for Resilient Communities (CRC). The team includes nine faculty members from UI’s College of Science, College of Natural Resources, College of Art & Architecture and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as four faculty members across three colleges from Washington State University. 

The research is particularly critical in the Northwest, where recent wildfire seasons have broken records thanks to contributing factors such as drought, insect damage to forests and changing human behaviors. 

In 2014, the Carlton Complex near Wenatchee, Washington, became the largest wildfire in recorded history for the state, burning 400 square miles and 300 homes. In 2013, large wildfires near Boise denuded hillsides of vegetation and led to post-fire flood and mudflow events that threatened the Anderson Ranch Reservoir and dam, which store water for agricultural needs in southern Idaho.

The project’s interdisciplinary approach speaks to the integrated nature of the research, Kolden said, which is necessary to effectively address the complex issue of wildfires. 

“By improving our understanding of how compounding disturbance factors, such as drought and insects, contribute to wildfire growth and severity; how wildfires translate to post-fire hazards such as floods, landslides and mudflows; and what social factors contribute to community vulnerability to wildfire-induced hazards, we can develop vulnerability maps and early warning systems for the region,” Kolden said. “This will allow us to work with land managers and community planners to develop more holistic mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

Lilian Alessa, a professor in the UI College of Art & Architecture and director of the CRC, said the project reflects a needed shift toward integrated science.

”Our affiliated faculty, like Crystal, exemplify the commitment the CRC has not only to advancing the well-being and vitality of Idaho and her citizens, but also to contributing to actionable science across the nation,” Alessa said.

Alessa is one of the project’s co-principal investigators, along with UI faculty members John Abatzoglou and Jeff Hicke in the Department of Geography. 

Jennifer Adam in WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) is another co-PI and leads the project’s WSU team with support from the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach. Adam is the lead of BioEarth, a modeling platform that will be improved for wildfire. The WSU team also includes Mingliang Liu in VCEA, Jon Yoder in the School of Economic Sciences and Chad Kruger, who is director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Other UI faculty members on the research team include John Anderson in the UI Department of Virtual Technology and Design, Erin Brooks in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Travis Paveglio in Conservation Social Sciences, and Andrew Kliskey and Alistair Smith in Forest, Range and Fire Sciences. 

This project is funded under NSF grant No. 1520873.

New GTR: Strengthening Syntheses on Fire (posted August 24, 2015)

Strengthening Syntheses on Fire: Increasing Their Usefulness for Managers by Jane Kapler Smith

Fire managers rely on syntheses for concise, objective information that they can apply to questions about management. This report describes ways to create more useful syntheses for managers in fire and related natural resources. Based on current literature and interviews with fire professionals, the report focuses especially on ways to develop management implications and present them clearly in a synthesis.

Selected Key Points:

  • A synthesis for fire managers is most likely to be useful when managers, scientists, and science delivery specialists are all involved in planning and producing it.
  • A synthesis is feasible when the information available is sufficient to meet the needs of the managers who will use it.
  • Both amount and type of information help determine the appropriate type of synthesis (qualitative review, systematic review, or meta-analysis).
  • A credible, defensible synthesis examines a well-defined body of information, describes pattern or lack of pattern in the information, identifies knowledge gaps, and describes management implications clearly.
  • Managers must contribute to identifying and explaining management implications.
  • A short, concise synthesis is not necessarily quick and inexpensive to produce.

Registration now open for Northwest Climate Conference (posted August 19, 2015)

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID this November 3-5.

The NW Climate Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Northwest. It is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Restoring the West Conference Call for Posters (posted August 18, 2015)

Call for Posters

The Restoring the West Conference will bring together people from a wide range of disciplines including fire researchers, agency employees, private and public land managers, fire scientists, students, and fire science educators. This poster session provides an excellent opportunity for participants to share the results of their research (ongoing or completed), cooperative efforts between agencies and/or landowners, or information about land management programs. Posters submitted may cover any area of fire ecology, fire management, or other disciplines related to fire. We encourage submissions that highlight the use (successful or not) of fire for land restoration purposes. Posters submitted must include original work of the authors.

Deadlines

Ongoing - September 25: Call for posters
September 25: Poster submissions due to megandettenmaier@gmail.com
October 1: Notification of poster acceptance will be made

The poster session will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

Nominations for IAWF's Board of Directors (posted August 4, 2015)

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, 2015 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2016. Individuals meeting the requirements listed below may self-nominate.

  • 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.

Click here for application/nomination instructions.

Job: Deputy Director/Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO (posted August 3, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter seeks an accomplished conservation leader and proven manager to serve as our Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation to help us achieve our goals of conserving threatened landscapes, preserving forests and freshwater resources and other critical conservation priorities, including sustainable grazing, energy, climate change initiatives and other emerging conservation strategies. The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation serves as the chapter’s chief conservation officer and is responsible for leading, directing, coordinating and overseeing all conservation programs for the chapter. S/he provides the strategic leadership, evaluates program effectiveness and establishes overall conservation priorities to ensure successful and meaningful results are achieved.

The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation is focused on the chapter’s conservation programs, but has additional responsibility and authority to ensure the overall success and effective management of the chapter. As a result, the position works closely with the State Director to provide broader leadership and management on chapter affairs. A broad summary includes:

Staff Management – Manages and coordinates cross-cutting work priorities between the chapter’s employees and across multiple functions. Directly supervises the Chapter’s Conservation Management Team, conservation staff and work teams, including programs associated with forest, fire, water, lands, grazing, climate, energy, and asset management (i.e., preserve/easement management). Helps build a positive, collaborative and results-driven culture.

Setting Goals and Ensuring Results -In conjunction with the State Director and Leadership Team, develops, implements, prioritizes and evaluates annual and multi-year conservation strategies.

Deputy State Director role: - Ensures coordination and alignment of resources and priorities among all work teams and functions in the chapter beyond conservation. Manages and directs the Conservation Management Team to resolve all conservation-related matters.

Support State Director –Provides close support to and maintains excellent communication to the State Director and other Leadership Team members on a wide variety operational and strategic issues, opportunities and challenges.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Deputy State Director/ Director of Conservation is a member of the Colorado Chapter Leadership Team. S/he has primary responsibility for establishing the overall conservation priorities of the Chapter and will oversee the development and implementation of specific strategies and initiatives designed to achieve those priorities. More specifically, s/he will have overall responsibility for developing strategy, implementing work plans, evaluating outcomes and adjusting priorities to ensure successful short-range, intermediate and long-lasting results. Directly supervises conservation staff and work teams, including programs associated with forest, fire, water, lands, grazing, climate, energy, and asset management teams. A key role will be the evaluation and development of innovative strategies, often in cooperation with multiple partners, to address conservation threats at multiple scales ranging from demonstration sites to large landscapes. Works with the Leadership Team to coordinate on cross-cutting work priorities between the chapter’s employees and across multiple functions.

S/he will establish partnerships and cooperative working relationships with a wide range of entities and partners to accomplish the Chapter’s conservation priorities. S/he must cultivate cooperative working partnerships with staff, chapter Board of Trustees, volunteers, citizens, corporations, educational institutions, government and private agencies and other conservation partners. S/he will be responsible for leading the Chapter’s Conservation Management Team, including setting work priorities, resolving issues and concerns, ensuring alignment of staff resources across conservation strategies, identifying new and/or revising conservation strategies and coordinating with the Chapter’s Leadership Team.

S/he is focused on the chapter’s conservation programs but has additional responsibility and authority to ensure the overall success of the chapter. As a result, the position works closely with the State Director to provide broader leadership and management on chapter affairs and respond to opportunities and challenges.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional 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, 2015.

Post Doctorate - Michigan State University (posted July 31, 2015)

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher for a project investigating soil heating processes and the effects of soil heating on soil carbon, nutrients, seedbanks and hardwood regeneration. The researcher will be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (MSU) and Dr. Randy Kolka (USDA FS NRS) and will be responsible for coordinating, planning and conducting the field and laboratory components of the project, with assistance from field and laboratory technicians. Primary responsibilities will be focused on soil carbon and nutrient response to heating, however, opportunity will exist to participate in seedbank response, vegetation response, and/or soil heat flux modeling depending on interest. The post-doctoral researcher will be an integral member of an active research team and will be expected to develop independent research related to the overall goals of the project, to actively participate in publishing and proposal writing, and to contribute to mentoring student researchers involved in the project. The position will begin as a one-year appointment, with extension available to 2.5 years depending on satisfactory performance.

Click HERE for full position description, or contact Dr. Jessica Miesel.

Funded Master’s Opportunity – The Ohio State University (posted July 29, 2015)

SUPERVISOR: Dr. G. Matt Davies
LOCATION: The Ohio State University, Columbus
DURATION: Negotiable; beginning as early as September 1, 2015, and extending as late as September 30, 2018.

Summary of Position:
Dr. Davis is accepting applications for a Master’s student to participate in a project evaluating vegetation dynamics within the sagebrush steppe in eastern Washington. The position is fully funded for two years, includes an annual stipend plus tuition and fees and involves collaboration with researchers at the University of Washington. The successful student will also work with managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The research aims to synthesize new and historical data to increase our understanding of how these communities respond to repeated wildfires and post-fire rehabilitation actions. The position will involve several months fieldwork in eastern Washington as well as the opportunity to develop analytical skills relevant to urgent conservation problems. The student will be expected to work closely with research collaborators to produce solid analyses and clear reports with succinct recommendations for land managers. In addition, they will produce compelling scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Whilst contributing to the overall success of our Joint Fire Science Program funded study, the student will have freedom to develop their own, relevant research questions.

For a complete description of the opening and information on applying, click HERE.

SERNW Regional Conference Call for Proposals, Symposia, and Presentations (posted July 27, 2015)

The 2016 SERNW Regional Conference on ecological restoration will bring together scientists, restoration professionals, and government agencies involved in the practice and science of ecological restoration and management in the Cascadia Bioregion.

For a full listing of application information and requirements visit the conference webpage here.

Notice of Intent - JFSP Funding Opportunity (posted July 17, 2015)

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) intends to request proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately September 15, 2014 and remaining open through November 13, 2015. The intent of this notice is to provide an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed below so that investigators can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.

Investigators should recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September, 2015, and that final topic selection is likely to differ from that posted here. One or more topics could be dropped or added, and the specific focus of individual topics may be altered. Investigators should recognize this uncertainty and not invest substantial time or resources working on proposals until the FONs are formally posted.

Investigators should not contact the JFSP Program Office or Governing Board seeking further information on these topics. No further information will be released until the FONs are formally posted.

Note that there will likely be at least four separate FONs. Potential topics directly and indirectly support the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy ('Cohesive Strategy'):

  • Restore and maintain resilient landscapes
  • Create fire-adapted communities.
  • Safe and effective wildfire response

FON 1 - Primary

A. Implications of changing ecosystems – selected regions

Evidence is abundant that ecosystems are shifting due to climate change, invasive species, and changing disturbance regimes and land use. The JFSP Governing Board is interested in proposals that broadly describe potential future fire regimes and their implications for fire and fuels management. This task will focus on interdisciplinary proposals that evaluate alternative future scenarios of ecosystem change and estimate indicators of fuel, fire regime, and fire effects on a regional basis.

This task will consist of two related components. The first component is a science assessment, which could include either research aimed at producing new knowledge, or a synthesis of existing knowledge. The second component is an integration and interpretation of this information in some form of operational scenario analysis depicting possible management options and their implications. Proposals must include both components. Investigators are highly encouraged to include fire, fuels, land, or resource managers on their team.

Note: the regions tentatively identified for proposals are the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Northern Rockies, and Southeast US. There has not yet been a final determination, however.

B. Social, organizational and institutional barriers to implementing prescribed fire

It is widely recognized that the number of acres subject to prescribed fire has not kept pace with the demand of burning needed to meet resource management objectives. JFSP is interested in research that identifies the significant barriers (e.g. social, organizational, and regulatory) that limit successful implementation of planned prescribed fire treatments;, how barriers vary by factors such as region and agency; and successful strategies for overcoming identified barriers.

C. Restoration of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin - operational applications

JFSP is interested in research about the effectiveness of vegetation treatments intended to protect or restore the diversity and productivity of sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin. This work will be in direct support to Department of Interior Secretarial Order # 3336.

Research questions will likely focus on two topics:

  • Treatment options that increase the resilience and resistance of sagebrush stands prone to invasion of annual grasses, or with an existing understory of invasive annuals
  • Treatment options to improve post-fire re-establishment of sagebrush and other desirable plants

D. Fire effects on tree mortality

Empirical models that predict mortality of trees from prescribed fire and wildfire are widely used for many purposes, but existing models were developed using data from a small number of tree species and a narrow range of conditions. JFSP intends to seek research on fire-induced tree mortality that will lead to predictive models that apply to a wider range of tree species, sizes, and fire conditions common in the United States.

E. Implications of managed-perimeter and burn-out wildfire response strategies

Anecdotally, it appears that wildfire response strategies employing some form of managed perimeters with interior burn-outs (“box and burn”) are being used with increasing frequency. Multiple contributing factors may be at play, including actions taken to implement the 2009 wildfire policy guidance, air quality concerns over long-duration events, and firefighter safety. JFSP is interested in research investigating the effectiveness and effects of wildfire response strategies using managed perimeters with interior burn-outs. Research of interest includes a better understanding of the conditions favoring or dis-favoring the use of these strategies; the effects of these strategies on fire extent and severity; the effects on smoke concentration and duration; and the factors influencing the success of these strategies.

F. Post-fire landscape management

Observations suggest that some re-burns in recent (G. Regional needs

JFSP intends to solicit proposals to address regional management needs identified by three members of the Fire Science Exchange Network. Studies must be conducted within the defined boundaries of each participating Fire Science Exchange (see http://www.firescience.gov/JFSP_exchanges.cfm). Investigators will be expected to work with the participating Fire Science Exchange to assure research meets manager needs and has robust science exchange activities.

Proposals will be limited to a maximum of $200,000. JFSP expects to fund no more than two proposals per region.

Regional needs – Oak Woodlands & Forest Fire Consortium

Forest management practices that include prescribed burning have been increasingly used in recent decades throughout the Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium region to accomplish multiple objectives. Yet, little research has been conducted on the effects of prescribed fire on timber products (e.g., lumber grades, volumes) and subsequent economic value of forest stands. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals for field-based studies on the effects of prescribed fire on timber products in the region of the Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium.

Regional needs – Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

Research over the past 15 years has revealed the critical role of fire in most Appalachian ecosystems, yet many challenges remain in implementing prescribed fire. Most fires are conducted in mid- to late winter, yet research has shown that few objectives can be met with a single winter fire. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals for field-based studies that examine the effects of prescribed fires in different seasons on short-term management objectives related to fuels and vegetation in the region of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists.

Regional needs – Southern Fire Exchange

Despite an extensive research and modeling base for understanding and predicting air quality impacts of prescribed burning in the South, many questions still surround the actual contributions of prescribed fire to smoke emissions. The Joint Fire Science Program intends to solicit proposals to use existing data from a network of air quality monitors throughout the South to determine the effects of prescribed fire and wildfire on particulate matter and ozone levels and how this compares to modeled smoke emissions.

FON 2 - Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE)

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), in partnership with the DOD Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), has initiated planning for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE). This experiment is being designed as a large-scale field campaign to develop novel measurement techniques and provide critical observational data necessary to evaluate and advance operationally used fire and smoke modelling systems and their underlying scientific models.

Because the intended scope and scale of this effort is beyond the capability of JFSP to effectively implement independently, a collaborative multi-agency approach is planned. Additional partnerships are being formed with NOAA, NASA, Forest Service, and EPA, including formation of an inter-agency FASMEE Coordination Committee

The JFSP fall 2015 FON will include an open solicitation for proposals to participate in FASMEE. The FON will have multiple task statements organized by research disciplines (e.g. meteorology, fuel, fire dynamics, emissions, plume dynamics, transport, and photochemistry). Final determination of these tasks will not occur until the FON are posted.

The proposals will contain two major components:

  • A proposal to combine observational experimental techniques with model sensitivity simulations to develop a rigorous experimental design for the field measurements
  • A pre-proposal to conduct field measurements and model evaluation analyses as part of the field experiment in 2018-2020

Requirements for both components will be detailed in a draft measurement and analysis specifications document currently in preparation.

Review, selection, and funding of selected proposals will be on an expedited schedule to ensure the necessary model sensitivity analyses can occur in 2016.

Investigators included in selected pre-proposals will be invited to work with the FASMEE leadership team to develop a detailed study plan to be completed by March 31, 2017. Final funding decisions for implementation of FASMEE will be made based on the final study plan.

The FASMEE field campaign will likely be conducted on four to eight large operational prescribed fires targeting heavier fuel loads and high intensity fire in forested sites in the western United States and lesser fuel loads and lower intensity fires in the southeastern United States. Agencies to host the project and candidate sites in the United States and Canada are currently under review. Treatments are planned for ignition in 2018-2020.

Individuals potentially interested in being investigators are invited to submit their name, research interests, and contact information via a template available at the FASMEE website (http://FASMEE.net). This information will be used by the FASMEE Leadership Team to gauge the scientific community’s interest in participation in the FASMEE project, guide the scientific goals of the project, and determine areas of potential collaboration. Completed templates should be sent to rottmar@fs.fed.us. Completed templates received prior to August 15, 2015 may help inform the final task statements to be posted in September.

Descriptive materials will be placed on the FASMEE website as they are completed.

FON 3 - New Science Initiative – Ecological and social dimensions of resilient landscapes

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring projects that explore and better define the concept of resilient landscapes. Proposals can include a wide variety of approaches to stimulate new and creative thinking regarding the concept, definition, management, and measurement of resilient landscapes. Investigators are encouraged to work in collaborative cross-disciplinary teams, including both ecological and social scientists. Proposals should directly involve fire and fuels managers in the proposed research, and demonstrate how the proposed activities will advance innovative thinking that enhances fire, fuels and resource managers’ abilities to achieve more resilient landscapes.

FON 4 - Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award

In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) will likely continue the Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) program for current MS and PhD. students in the fields of wildland fire and related disciplines. JFSP recognizes that graduate students of today are the managers, scientists, and leaders of tomorrow. These awards allow graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation, and to build skills needed for independent inquiry.

Proposals must describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation that has been approved by the graduate student’s advisory committee. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered, and must address management questions related to climate change, fire behavior, fire effects, fuel treatments, smoke or emissions, fire weather, or social issues and fire.

Note: the specific topics eligible for GRIN proposals may change.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (posted July 17, 2015)

On June 29, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of another $1 million for wildfire risk reduction projects, through the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRG), created under Senate Bill 269 and passed in 2013 by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. The fourth round of competitive grants was just opened, with an application deadline of August 28, 2015.

Two types of projects will be considered through this grant program:

  • Fuels treatment projects located in Colorado that reduce the risk of damage to property, infrastructure, water supplies, and other high-valued assets as a result of wildfire and/or limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas.
  • Projects that address unmet needs for capacity at the local level. These grants are designed to provide communities with equipment that will enable them to treat hazardous fuels on state and private lands going forward.

The timeline for this grant cycle is as follows:

  • RFA release – June 29, 2015
  • Application deadline – August 28, 2015, 11:59 pm
  • Anticipated award date – Oct 15, 2015
  • Project completion deadline – Within 24 months of receiving award

For more information and to apply visit the website here.

Job: Fire Management Specialist (posted July 10, 2015)

LOCATIONS:

Clarksville, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Mount Ida, AR
Russellville, AR
Flagstaff, AZ

DUTIES:

Provides professional expertise in the development and implementation of multiple resource objectives. Develops fuels treatment alternatives adhering to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Evaluates individual fuels treatments, effectiveness of the overall program and makes recommendations for improvement. Responsible for the smoke management program to ensure compliance; coordinates with air quality officials in the development of operational procedures and reporting requirements.

Coordinates and develops interagency fuels strategies. Maintains awareness of technological developments in wildland fire science, collects information through a variety of methods, including field surveys, remains informed of state of the art computer modeling software and scientific methods that support fuels treatment planning. Participates in the development, review and modification of fire management plans. Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team planning, developing, and implementing land management plans, compliance documents, and agreements.

Provides information to enhance, restore and protects ecosystem; and integrates vegetation management project designs. Reviews interagency environmental documents, prescribed fire plans and wildland fire use plans to ensure all interface areas are covered. Implements and administers prescribed fire activities, wildland fire use, and fuels management activities. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects; and identifies potential problems. Designs and implements fuels management surveys to document types of hazardous fuels; and prioritize prescribed fire and fuels management projects. Ensures welfare and safety in all aspects of project implementation and identifies training needs in fire and fuels management.

Performs fiscal analysis, formulates the annual fuels management budget, and tracks program expenditures.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

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