August 2015

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About FRAMES

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

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

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

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Announcements

Job: Deputy Director/Director of Conservation, The Nature Concervancy, 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.

Job: As Needed Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Asheville, NC (posted August 3, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Member participates in wildland fire operations on Nature Conservancy or partner managed lands including ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned in the Southern Blue Ridge.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The As-Needed Burn Crew Member will participate on prescribed burns throughout western North Carolina on a strictly As Needed basis from October 16, 2015 through April 15, 2016.

The Conservancy supports partner efforts on multiple controlled burns each year in which additional staff is requested. This position is meant to help fill the gap of personnel for single or multi-day prescribed fire operations. Staffing needs for this position are currently projected to average 1-2 operational periods bi-weekly. Opportunities for operational periods are at the discretion of the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager or NC Fire Manager. Operational periods will likely be sporadic and clustered by opportune weather conditions, and no guarantee of a minimum number of opportunities is given or implied. As-Needed Burn Crew members will participate on opportunities only as their own schedules will allow, and thus participation on any given opportunity is not required.

The primary responsibility of the As-Needed Burn Crew Member will be to assist in conducting prescribed burns with TNC partners such as state and federal agencies or on TNC preserves. S/he will participate in wildland fire operations which may include fireline construction, suppression, ignition, patrol, mop-up, and monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must have a minimum qualification as a FFT2. Individuals will be representing the Conservancy on partner burns, and must act accordingly.

Individual is expected to provide their own personal protective equipment (nomex pants, nomex shirt, boots, gloves, and hard hat) as outlined by the TNC fire management manual http://www.tncfiremanual.org/require.htm and provide their own transportation to the meet up location near Asheville. TNC will provide fire line pack, fire shelter, radio and harness and will provide transportation to and from the burn unit from the meet up location.

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 August 7, 2015.

Job: Land Management Technician/Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Glyndon, MN

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Land Management Tech (Technican) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape . The Technician must use safety equipment and must maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns. This position requires irregular hours and long days. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is a seasonal position September 8, 2015 through November 1, 2015 ).

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 August 13, 2015.

Job: Fall Preserve Management Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Brown Ranch, ND (posted July 31, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Seasonal Preserve Assistant will conduct various stewardship and ecological monitoring activities on the Brown Ranch and Pigeon Point Preserves in North Dakota. She/he will live at the Brown Ranch but may travel to other North Dakota preserves. The Preserve Assistant’s primary responsibilities will include but may not be limited to: prescribed burning, fence construction, noxious weed control and monitoring control efforts, assisting with the collection of ecological monitoring data, assisting with firebreak preparation, and maintenance of preserve facilities and equipment. The Seasonal Preserve Assistants supervise no staff and are supervised by the Sheyenne Delta Land Steward.

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 August 5, 2015.

Job: Permanent Forester, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab (posted July 31, 2015)

EMPLOYMENT OUTREACH NOTICE

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program - Portland, Oregon

Forester

GS-0460-09/11

The Inventory Reporting and Mapping Team of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program anticipates advertising a Forester position, GS-0460-09/11.  This is a full-time permanent position with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit, one of four FIA Units across the country that comprises the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program. The FIA program is charged with conducting a nationally-consistent strategic annual forest inventory of the United States and its territories. Annual inventory results are widely used by public agencies, private companies and organizations to make informed natural resource decisions and policies. 

The incumbent:

  • Provides technical advice for the collection, compilation, storage, analysis, reporting, and distribution of strategic annual multi-resource forest inventory data.
  • Develops tools and software applications to assist in the compilation and analysis of inventory data. 
  • Provides database technical support in the form of acquisition, management, and distribution of data in Oracle and MS Access environments.
  • Responsible for using GIS software to generate, analyze, and maintain geospatial data as necessary to meet project needs.
  • Collaboratively supplements other employee’s efforts to evaluate FIA data and use the results to inform forest inventory design requirements.
  • Creates new or modifies existing databases that meet specified structural, formatting, and organizational standards.
  • Provides instruction/guidance to both internal employees and external clients regarding implementation of software and/or technology that is pertinent to a given project.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method and area of consideration for the advertisement (e.g. Region-wide, Service-wide, DEMO).  Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to make this determination.

Interested applicants must complete the Outreach Interest Response Form and return to Sharon M. Stanton at sharonMstanton@fs.fed.us by Aug 15, 2015.  Those desiring further information about the position may inquire via the email listed above.

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.

Job: Supervisory Forester - FERA (posted July 22, 2015)

OUTREACH NOTICE

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 North 34th Street, Suite 201; Seattle, WA 98103

Supervisory Forester

GS-0460-11/12

Salary Range: $62,486 to $97,370 depending on qualifications

Please respond by August 17, 2015

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is seeking an exceptional employee for a permanent seasonal (18/8) Supervisory Forester position, GS-0460-11/12. The incumbent will manage field and laboratory research operations for the Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA) team. FERA is an inter-disciplinary team of scientists and professionals with expertise in forestry, combustion physics, and ecology devoted to improved understanding of the effects of fire and associated biophysical phenomenon. This position supports the research programs of six scientists and reports directly to the team leader. The position is located at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (PWFSL) in Seattle, Washington.

We are looking for an individual who:

• Has experience managing crews to collect fuels, forestry, and fire measurements

• Has worked on or around prescribed or wildland fires

• Has strong project management, communication, and organizational skills

• Is a team player with a strong work ethic who enjoys working with diverse groups of people

• Is a self-starter, enjoys a challenge, and is excellent at problem-solving and strategic planning

• Copes well with changing direction, multiple priorities, and a fast-paced work environment

Specifically, the incumbent:

• Manages FERA’s field and laboratory experiment and data collection operations; includes personnel, administrative, and budget management responsibilities

• Helps FERA scientists plan and execute field and laboratory experiments

• Coordinates with partners and collaborators to implement a diverse array of field and laboratory experiments throughout the United States

• Supervises data collection and reduction and insures proper quality assurance and quality control procedures are followed; insures data integrity and archiving

• Assists with FERA science delivery and technology transfer activities

• Participates in FERA team management and strategic planning

• Manages PWFSL fleet resources

Interested applicants should complete the attached form (found HERE) and return it, along with a copy of your resume, to Clint Wright (cwright@fs.fed.us) by August 17, 2015. Those desiring further information about the position may inquire via the email address listed above.

Job: Research Biological Scientist - FERA (posted July 22, 2015)

OUTREACH NOTICE

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory Seattle, WA

Research Biological Scientist

GS-0401-13/14

Salary Range: $89,061 to $136,816 depending on qualifications

Please respond by August 17, 2015

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is seeking an exceptional employee for a permanent Research Biological Scientist position, GS-0401 grade 13/14, to lead the Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA) team. FERA is an interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals with expertise in forestry, combustion physics, and ecology devoted to improved understanding of the effects of fire and associated biophysical phenomenon. The incumbent directs the FERA research program in fire science, and also conducts original research, integrated assessments, and model development to address science and management questions and issues for regional and national stakeholders within the scope of the FERA mission. The major objectives of the scientist’s research involve measuring and modeling fuels, and measuring, modeling, and interpreting the effects of wildland fire on a wide range of processes and functions in ecosystems across the United States. In addition, the scientist leads or collaborates on issues related to wildfire, fire effects, and fuels management, thereby developing a foundation for science-based fire management and policy throughout the United States. The position is located at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle, Washington.

We are looking for an individual who:

• Is familiar with the issues and challenges associated with conducting fire-related research

• Has experience managing a large, diverse research program

• Has strong strategic planning, project management, communication, and organizational skills

• Is a team player who works well with diverse groups of people to accomplish common goals

Specifically, the incumbent:

• Proposes and conducts original research and analysis in fuels, fire, climate change and/or ecological science individually and in collaboration with FERA scientists and other colleagues

• Develops models, tools, and other science products to support effective fire and fuel management

• Provides science leadership for national, station, and team fire research priorities on an annual and multi-year basis

• Directs projects funded by the National Fire Plan, Joint Fire Science Program, and others

• Plans, prioritizes and leads FERA’s efforts to conduct high-quality research on a range of topics in fire, fuel, ecological, and climate change science

• Manages FERA personnel, administrative, and budget functions, including grants and agreements

Interested applicants should complete the attached form (found HERE) and return it, along with a copy of their resume, to Maureen Hyzer (mhyzer@fs.fed.us) by August 17, 2015. Those desiring further information about the position may inquire via the email address listed above.

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.

AFE Gender Survey (posted July 14, 2015)

You are invited to participate in a survey being conducted as part of a proactive effort to identify and solve issues of gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the wildland fire community.

The survey results will become part of a position paper that AFE is developing to assess the occurrence of gender discrimination and sexual harassment throughout the field of wildland fire management, education, and research at the global scale. Both women and men are strongly encouraged to complete the survey in order to obtain a balanced gender view. The results will also help shape the conference's opening plenary discussion, which will include invited speakers who will discuss this topic in detail. View the AFE Gender Survey 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.

TO APPLY: Visit the USA jobs announcement.

Job: Research Ecologist - Athens, GA (posted July 2, 2015)

DUTIES:

Performing state of the art analyses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of disturbance and effects ecological systems. A major focus of the expected research program will be aimed at understanding the spatial dynamics of fire, fuels and fire effects on ecological processes. The candidate will be expected to develop a research program that exploits spatially explicit models such as cellular automata and other approaches, as well as expanding/improving existing models, such as LANDIS-II (Landscape Disturbance and Succession), in order to study ecological dynamics at multiple scales. The scientist must have a deep knowledge of the ecology of fire in fire dependent ecosystems such as longleaf pine and other coniferous forests. The candidate will be expected to develop, manage and analyze spatial data, especially those derived from thermal imagery, LiDAR and photogrammetry as well as creating and utilizing models in a computer programming environment, e.g., using Python, R, or MATLAB. The scientist will also develop a program that focuses on understanding disturbance mechanisms/processes and their effects on forest ecosystems, the impacts of multiple disturbances and feedback mechanisms, and develop strategies for reducing vulnerability of forests to severe disturbance events and climate change/variability. The scientist will be expected to develop her/his own research topics within the charter of the Center, pursue extramural funding and develop national/international collaborations to support these efforts. The scientist exercises the full range of supervisory responsibilities for permanent, term, and/or temporary employees, including student workers.

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

Job: Wildland Fire Protection Program Leader (posted June 15, 2015)

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.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide statewide leadership, with partners, in developing, implementing and monitoring all wildland fire protection programs.
  • Coordinate with appropriate government agencies, volunteer fire districts, non-governmental organizations, businesses and other stakeholders to accomplish program objectives and administer partner-based programs.
  • Supervise Wildland Fire Protection unit personnel, including work planning, reporting, and performance evaluations.
  • Manage/oversee the Wildland Fire Protection unit budgets, including Fire Shop, wildland fire academy, and other program budgets.
  • Assist with policy issues, strategic planning, and accomplishment reporting for the NFS.
  • Manage appropriate grant programs, including planning, monitoring, financial tracking, and performance reporting. Initiate and lead wildland fire protection project conception, development, grant writing, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Represent the NFS at appropriate local, state, regional, or national levels and on appropriate committees relative to wildland fire protection.
  • Direct/assist with design and implementation of wildland fire protection educational efforts and initiatives.
  • Cooperate with relevant UNL research and teaching efforts related to wildland fire protection.
  • Occasionally serve as acting director of the NFS in the director’s absence. Other duties as assigned.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire (posted May 22, 2015)

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

DUTIES:

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

For more information and to apply please visit the usajobs announcement.

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

Closing Date: April 24, 2015

Location: Bell City, LA

Duties:

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

Visit the USAjobs announcement for more information and to apply

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

Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN

Call for:

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

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:

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

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

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