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The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) invites you to the 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Antonio, Texas, USA, November 16-20, 2015. This Fire Congress is the sixth in a series that AFE has hosted every third year since 2000, and it offers:
Request for information on training exchanges and agreements (or Memorandums of Understanding/MOUs).
The main focus of this year's WA Rx Fire Council Conference was on establishing more training opportunities for prescribed fire in Washington state. WA Rx will be moving forward with some of the ideas discussed at the conference and there are possibilities for smaller training exchanges for prescribed fire this coming summer (in Western WA) and next spring (in Northeastern WA).
The goal of this outreach is to gauge interest in these events, as well as survey the possible hurdles involved with inter-agency agreements. Please respond to the questions below by July 10th. A summary of the results will be sent out by the end of July. Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your information will help in moveing forward with these exciting opportunities!
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to develop and apply statistical methods to predict the occurrence and duration of severe wildfires in Canada. The researcher will work with fire scientists from NRCan and statisticians at NRCan and at Western University, London, ON, as part of the interdisciplinary “Severe Wildfire Risk Prediction” project.
We seek a statistician or a quantitative environmental scientist with expertise and interest in statistical methods relevant for atmospheric/environmental sciences. The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team in NRCan and at Western University. The expertise of team members includes applied statistical modelling, biometrics, smoothing and generalized additive models, spatial statistics, stochastic processes, survey statistics, survival analysis, climate analyses, and wildfire behavior and occurrence prediction. The successful candidate will focus on the analysis of the influence of weather and other fire danger variables on the occurrence and duration of severe fires and the development of predictive models for such occurrence. Understanding and predicting such “megafires” is an area of intensive current research in the fire science community and important to public safety.
The position requires developing and applying a combination of statistical methods such as spatio-temporal statistics, extreme value analysis, survival analysis, machine learning, and possibly Bayesian methods to estimate the probabilities of climate events under different scenarios. A key focus will be to quantify the uncertainty in the probabilities in light of a wide variety of sources of uncertainty. The researcher will evaluate, extend and implement existing methods and develop new statistical frameworks and methods to predict the occurrence and duration of wildfires in relation to forecasted weather and other explanatory variables. The researcher will work with fire scientists to apply and to weather forecasts and implement them within in a wildfire information system.
How To Apply:
Do you know of a deserving fire for Incident of the Year or a deserving individual or group of individuals deserving of recognition for a job well done? Please take a look at the Southwest Fire Science Consortium nomination forms below! Lightning or human caused fires and varying management strategies (multiple objectives, suppression, prescribed) are eligible for nomination.
We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist to help support and coordinate a recently funded project focused on understating large-scale disturbance dynamics on forest resources in Northern Minnesota. The project will leverage a dense time series of remote sensing data (i.e., Landsat) to: (i) map and attribute disturbances across Minnesota Forests and (ii) characterize the impacts of disturbance dynamics (i.e., type, size, timing, etc.) on multiple forest resources including biomass, wildlife habitat, and water quality, among others.
An awarded PhD in a relevant field is required with experience in forestry, forest ecology, and remote sensing ideal. Applicants must be self-starters with the ability to work independently and problem solve on their own, but also capable of working cooperatively with other researchers and members of the project team. Demonstrated ability to work with Landsat data in the context of time series analysis is required and experience in field data collection is desirable. There will be ample opportunity to publish research results; thus, demonstrated ability to communicate in writing is essential. The position will be supervised by Dr. Michael Falkowski and Dr. Robert Slesak of The Minnesota Forest Resource Council.
Job Announcement Number:15-RG-0454-09-PW
SALARY RANGE: $31,944.00 to $51,437.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, June 22, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0454-05/07
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time - Recent Graduates
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 09
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Elko, NV; 1 vacancy - Wells, NV
Duties are primarily to provide work and training experience to prepare the incumbent for a more advanced rangeland management specialist position (training in: National Forest Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, other legislation, its requirements and application; ecological management including ecological classification, successional stages, site potential/desired plant community, and livestock management principles; appeals; data base use and management; etc,) and secondarily to accomplish the units resource goals and objectives.
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Job Announcement Number: R2-15-1439780-CL-DEU
SALARY RANGE: $35,609.00 to $51,437.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, June 22, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0303-06/07
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 07
DUTY LOCATION: Sasabe, AZ
The employee serves as a Fire Program Technician for the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, located in Sasabe, Arizona.
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From a June 23, 2015 email from Larry Sutton, Acting Assistant Director, Risk Management
USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management (http://www.fs.fed.us/fire)
"As temperatures soar around the Western U.S., it seems like a good time to dust off the heat index pocket card and redistribute it to the field. I know folks have seen this in the past but it never hurts to refresh. Here in Boise, temperatures will be in the 100s this weekend which is hotter and earlier than usual. As you all know, heat illness is not simply a result of "lack of hydration," and being well hydrated does not by itself prevent heat illness. Maintaining high fitness levels and adequate nutrition are important. On fires or project work, adjusting work/rest may be the most important thing to do, i.e. shading up in the hottest part of the day and cutting back on production. Think about it - the hottest part of the day when the fire is strongest is when we are weakest and most subject to heat illness. Plan tactics, work shifts and rest periods accordingly. Please encourage people to review the information on this card and put it into practice."
F&W Forestry Services, Inc. is hiring a forester/technician. This position’s primary responsibilities will be completing forest inventories, timber marking, collecting GPS field data, logging supervision, reforestation, timber-sale preparations, prescribed burning, and other detailed organizational skills with files and paperwork. Occasional out of town reforestation and/or inventory work will be required.
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
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Tehama, LLC is actively seeking a Wildlife and Natural Resource Program Coordinator for a position at Joint Base Lewis McChord Yakima Training Center.
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The position is on the staff of the State Administrator of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in the Administrative offices in Honolulu, Hawaii. Servers as Program Manager for the Protection Program that is responsible for the implementation of protection protocols for forests and other areas under the management of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. The Protection Program includes all phases of fire prevention, pre-suppression, and suppression for all forest reserves, game management areas, natural area reserves, surrendered lands, threatened and endangered species and unique ecosystems within the Division's jurisdiction.
Establishes monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines, and follows monitoring procedures. Independently identifies grasses, herbs, shrubs and tress to species; records data. Collates and reports live and dead fuel loading, fuel moistures, fire behavior and weather data. Prepares fire behavior monitoring documentation forms for prescribed burns. Prepares field maps and photographs of natural features of the ground. Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer using customized software. Catalogs, labels, and stores plant materials collected during the season. Prepares fuel loading samples. Prepares and submits regular time management reports. Operates four-wheel drive vehicles. Performs other incidental duties as assigned. Will travel throughout a fire management zone encompassing numerous National Park Service units throughout several states in the southeast, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and/or Florida.
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The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway invites applications for a research scientist position in Forest Ecology with an emphasis upon the longleaf pine ecosystem, climate and disturbance effects on this ecosystem, and restoration and management practices critical to its conservation. The position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate Scientist rank depending on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. The candidate should have a Ph.D. and prior post-doctoral or significant publication and grant experience. This is a permanent 12-month salaried position with responsibilities in research (70%) and education/outreach (30%). Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The Center is seeking an individual who can contribute to a field-oriented and multidisciplinary long-term research program investigating ecological forestry and restoration, fire ecology, and forest health in longleaf pine and coastal plain ecosystems. The successful candidate will provide intellectual leadership contributing to ecosystem studies examining how climate change, disturbance regimes, and forest management/silviculture interact to influence forest structure and function. Comparative studies with other frequent-fire forest ecosystems will be encouraged. Several ongoing long-term research projects provide extensive data and collaboration possibilities, as do long-term monitoring data sets. Education and outreach programs focus on training for natural resource professionals and university undergraduate and graduate students. Adjunct or affiliate faculty status at regional universities is expected and facilitated.
Support for the position includes a M.S. level, permanent research technician, graduate assistantship support, and internal funds to support research related to the Jones Center core mission. The successful candidate is expected to expand their research, in part, from external funding sources. Relevant collaboration with academic, agency and NGO colleagues is strongly encouraged. Compensation includes 12 months of salary, excellent health care benefits and a 403b retirement program.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however applicants that apply before July 24 will receive first consideration. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three references with contact information by email to: email@example.com, Subject line: FOREST ECOLOGIST. For specific questions contact Dr. Lindsay Boring, Director, or other staff below, (229)734-4706 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. More information about the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center can be found at www.jonesctr.org.
The Land Steward Assistant is a short-term, four month position which will be responsible for aiding Nature Conservancy staff at preserves in northeast Indiana. The Land Steward Assistant will be responsible for invasive species control, native wetland species plantings, tree plantation maintenance, and other preserve maintenance such as boundary posting/gate installation. Participation in controlled burning is possible if the applicant is professionally qualified. Work will require the use and maintenance of chainsaws, brush cutters, sprayers, herbicides, and other equipment. This position requires strenuous field work in a variety of environmental conditions. Lifting and often hiking/walking carrying 25+ pounds will be a routine requirement in this position. A significant amount of time will focus on identifying and treating invasive species.
This is a full-time position with an anticipated employment duration of 4-months.
Optional on-site housing is available at the Douglas Woods preserve near Hamilton, Indiana. These facilities are a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style home, fully furnished with a functioning kitchen. Housing facilities will be shared with an intern and occasional TNC staff.
For additional information regarding and to apply to this position position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 29, 2015.
The incumbent will participate in several multi-year and multi-agency projects evaluating vegetation dynamics within the sagebrush steppe in eastern Washington. This research will synthesize new and historical data to increase our understanding of how these communities are structured, including the effects of military training activities, repeated wildfires, and post-fire rehabilitation actions. The position will provide an outstanding opportunity to apply a variety of field and analytical skills to urgent conservation problems with immediate implications. The incumbent 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.
We seek a highly motivated individual with strong interests in plant community or fire ecology and strong quantitative skills. The successful applicant will be an active member of the University of Washington’s Terrestrial Restoration Ecology lab http://depts.washington.edu/relab/). Applicants must be self-motivated and able to work effectively without close supervision. Most of the research will be analytical and computer-based, though field work is planned in Spring 2017 in south-central Washington state. The climate of central Washington is semi-arid and can be extremely hot; accessing the field sites will require walking several miles a day in such conditions over rugged terrain.
The incumbent will occupy a pivotal position in research collaborations between the University of Washington (Dr. Jonathan Bakker), The Ohio State University (Dr. Matt Davies), the Department of Defense, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Northwest Fire Science Consortium. A previous project involving many of these agencies, and providing initial data analyses, is archived at http://depts.washington.edu/firesale/. Funding for this position has been secured through the Department of Defense Legacy program (https://www.dodlegacy.org/) and the Joint Fire Science Program (www.firescience.gov).
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This position is with the Nebraska Forest Service. Application reviews will begin August 3, 2015. For a full position announcement and instructions on how to apply visit this website.
Description of Work
General: Administer and lead the Wildland Fire Protection Program in Nebraska.
The incumbent in this position serves as the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Central Area Manager in Richfield, Utah. The incumbent manages the Central Area including Juab, Millard, Piute, Sevier and Wayne counties and is responsible for all aspects of program delivery for the Central Area forestry and fire programs.
Example of Duties:
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Why has AFE developed this Certification Program?
This Certification Program is designed to further ecologically-based fire science and management, to formally identify fire careers as vital professions, to set standards for the preparation of future fire professionals, and to document the education, experience, and training qualifications of members of the fire ecology and management profession.
When is the Deadline and how much does it cost?
This year's deadline for application is July 1, 2015. The application cost ranges from $60-150, depending on the certification applied for.
Join the Crowd!
You can join the ranks of some of the profession's most esteemed members. View all of our certified members and their level on our website.
How will becoming AFE Certified help your program and your students?
With the many wildland fire programs to choose from, certified programs should attract more students into their programs. Students who graduate from an AFE Certified program will qualify for an expedited application process to become Certified Wildland Fire Professionals. Recognized programs will be listed on the AFE website, in our newsletter, and in other AFE promotional materials.
When is the Deadline and how much does it cost?
The deadline for application for this year is July 1, 2015. Institutional applicants will be notified by December 1, 2015. The application fee for the initial five year certification is $500.
SALARY RANGE: $25,434.00 to $37,121.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Monday, June 1, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0462-03/04
LOCATION: 1 vacancy in Alamo, TX
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The US Forest Service Fire & Aviation Management and USDI Office of Wildland Fire have collaborated to produce the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review Final Report.
As stated in the Executive Summary, "The Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a strategic assessment process conducted every four years to evaluate current wildland fire management community strategies and capabilities against best estimates of the future environment. This report is the third iteration of the QFR, which began in 2005. It is not a formal policy or decision document, but rather a strategic evaluation of the long-range direction of wildland fire management. It looks far into the future to explore potential risks, challenges, and opportunities that may affect our ability to meet our mission. Moreover, it will inform our strategic planning, investments, operational capabilities, and positioning."
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The Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire, and The Nature Conservancy have collaborated on a position statement titled: REDUCE WILDFIRE RISKS or we’ll continue to pay more for fire disasters
The Executive Summary states:
The true cost of wildfires is much higher than the public is aware of, and much higher than currently accounted for by government assessments. These costs have increased significantly in the last decade, impacting taxpayers and multiple levels of government. The cost of wildfires also accrues over time — sometimes as much as a decade after the incident. Investments to mitigate the potential damage to communities and ecosystems from wildfire have not risen to meet these increasing costs.
Recent analysis of the direct, indirect plus long-term post-fire costs of wildfires in the United States, for example, show that the true cost that communities, businesses and governments actually pay can be from two to 30 times the amount of the official estimate of large wildfire costs.
The true costs of wildfires are more than we’re counting. Wildfire disasters are increasing in frequency, scale and economic damage. When considered together, these factors support a fiscal logic for funding cost-effective mitigation activities — so we may manage our wildfire-impacted landscapes and communities before the fires become a disaster.
The entire position statement can be downloaded HERE.
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Fraterrigo in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The postdoc will lead a project spanning the fields of invasion ecology, biogeochemistry and fire ecology to understand how climate, resource availability and forest management influence the population dynamics of invasive species, and their effects on forest plant communities and biogeochemical cycling. The project builds on recent studies indicating that macroclimate and resource availability control invasive species effects on communities and carbon cycling, potentially by modifying plant-microbial-soil and competitive interactions (Craig, M.E., Pearson, S.M., Fraterrigo, J.M., 2015. Grass invasion effects on forest soil carbon depend on landscape-level land-use patterns. Ecology, in press. Fraterrigo, J.M., Wagner, S., Warren, R.J., 2014. Local-scale biotic interactions embedded in macroscale climate drivers suggest Eltonian noise hypothesis distribution patterns for an invasive grass. Ecol. Lett. 17, 1447-1454).
Primary responsibilities will include performing experiments to test hypotheses about regulation of invasion effects by climate and resource availability, quantifying and modeling invasion-fire interactions, and writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The position will be located at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, with field work conducted in southern Illinois and involving collaboration with forest managers. Project funding is available beginning in June 2015 with two years anticipated and a possibility for extension.
Candidates should have a PhD in ecology, strong publication record, and expertise in biogeochemistry and fire ecology. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter including a brief description of your relevant skills and experience to Jennifer Fraterrigo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is selected.
More information on the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is available at http://nres.illinois.edu. Information about the Fraterrigo Lab is available at http://landscape.nres.illinois.edu.
America’s Grasslands Conference: Partnerships for Grasslands Conservation
A conference co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Colorado State University, and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Call for Papers and Posters
Conference Date: September 29-October 1, 2015
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Deadline for Abstracts: June 22, 2015
For a copy of the full call for abstracts, click HERE.
This year's patch burn grazing meeting will be held August 26-27, 2015, in Pratt, KS. This is an open call for abstracts for presentations to take place on August 26. Send proposed presentation title and abstract (less than 450 words) to email@example.com by July 10, 2015.
More details about the meeting will be announced soon.
Closing Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Bell City, LA
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Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN
Plan Ahead! Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015
Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:
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