May 2016

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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.







Job: Supervisory Biological Scientist - Interior Alaska FIA Coordinator (re-posted April 26, 2016)

Supervisory Biological Scientist


Interior Alaska Coordinator

See OPM guidelines for wage information:

Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program

Pacific Northwest Research Station, Anchorage Alaska

PLEASE REPLY by May 5, 2016



The US Forest Service is searching for candidates for the Interior Alaska Coordinator position, based at the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory located in Anchorage with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. Alaska is divided into two units, Coastal and Interior.  Although this position could occasionally be involved in the Coastal inventory, the primary focus will be implementation of the FIA inventory in Interior Alaska. Incumbent may be required to carry a firearm for bear protection when in the field, and consequentially is subject to a federal background investigation, as well as pre-hire and random drug testing.

FIA is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources. The Alaska FIA Program conducts forest inventories and forest health monitoring on forestlands of all land ownerships.  FIA installs permanent research plots that are measured on a 10-year cycle.  A wide range of forestry variables are collected on each plot in addition to forest health measurements that include; vegetation, lichens, soils, fuels, and crown measurements.  The inventory data are widely used by forest managers, local and state governments and federal agencies in making policy decisions.

For more information about this opening, click HERE.

Job: Northern New Hampshire Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy (posted April 25, 2016)


The Northern NH Land Steward is responsible for the management of the New Hampshire Chapter’s preserves in the northern portion of the State spanning from the Lakes Region to the Canadian border. This portfolio includes the Chapter’s largest preserves, and some of the most visited, including the 10,000 acre Vickie Bunnell Preserve and the 5,000 acre Green Hills Preserve.


The Northern NH Land Steward has a diverse set of responsibilities, including general preserve stewardship (maintaining trails, kiosks, signs, gates, boundaries), recruiting and working with volunteers, supervising seasonal staff and interns, invasive species control, preserve management planning, maintaining records of land management activities, ensuring compliance with Chapter and organization wide policies and procedures, helping to develop and manage budgets, and leading field trips. S/he also supports the Chapter’s legal monitoring activities.


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 June 1, 2016.

Job: Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Assistant, The Nature Conservancy (posted April 25, 2016)


The Stewardship Assistant assists in the management and restoration of TNC’s Southern Blue Ridge preserves and supports similar efforts on partner lands throughout western North Carolina.


The Stewardship Assistant assists the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager in all aspects of preserve management by managing non-native invasive plants and managing our volunteer base to support such efforts. She/he will help preparation for and implementation of prescribed burning, forest mensuration, monitoring rare plants, conducting wildlife surveys, writing management plans, and other duties as needed. S/he also assists with Grandfather Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects and restoration efforts and participates in prescribed burning on partner lands.

Additionally, the Stewardship Assistant may work up to 40% of their time with US Forest Service under a Cost Share Agreement with the Conservancy. Work may include timber unit layout and design, timber marking and cruising, working with ArcGIS 10.x, forest mensuration, leading work crews, prescribed burning, non-native invasive species treatment, and other duties as assigned.


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 05/06/16.

Job: Michigan Burn Boss, The Nature Conservancy (posted April 25, 2016)


The Michigan Burn Boss directs prescribed fire operations and oversees training and qualifications of crew members at the local level.


The Burn Boss directs prescribed fire operations; coordinates fire suppression activities, and may develop or review Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and Site Fire Management Plans. S/he is responsible for safe and effective fire operations, administers physical fitness testing, trains and organizes crew; conducts annual refresher training, and maintains documentation files for crew member training and qualifications. The Burn Boss evaluates trainees and certifies task books for positions up to RXB2. S/he may perform 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).


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 04/29/16.

Job: Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Assistant Module Leader/Fuels Technician, TNC (posted April 25, 2016)


The Wildland Fire Assistant Module Leader participates in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other 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 with the fire and natural resource management community in areas where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wildland fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate supervisory and leadership skills, the ability to communicate internally and externally to diverse audiences, strength in project planning/development and personnel administration, and a strong understanding of the foundational skills outlined in section 4, pages 2-4, of the Interagency Standards for Wildland Fire Module Operations (PMS-430).


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 May 12, 2016.

Joint Fire Science Program Knowledge Exchange Evaluation (re-posted April 25, 2016)

The Joint Fire Science Program requests the participation of both new and continuing respondents (those who have responded to versions of this survey in the past) to help improve the performance of its regional Fire Exchanges, and to better understand fire science information experiences and needs. It is estimated that it will take 10 minutes or less to complete the survey.

Please visit this page for more instructions and to start the survey.

Job: Forestry Technician - Fire Dispatch (posted April 25, 2016)


Assists with the overall execution of activities of the Fire Intelligence Section of the GACC. This involves interpreting fire indices, weather and occurrence patterns for the Area. Maintains Area incident history data. Identifies shortages of critical resources and provides information for determining allocation and priority setting for these critical resources relating to personnel, aircraft, crews, equipment and supplies.

In conjunction with other Predictive Services staff, interprets indices, fuel conditions, current and forecasted weather patterns, and historical fire occurrence levels to develop analysis of wildland fire potential and determine burning conditions of various fuel models to provide fire behavior predictions for fire managers, agency administrators, fire information personnel, and incident commanders. Applicable methods and techniques contain gaps, deviations, or differences that must be critically examined prior to conducting the full project.

Works closely with dispatch and fire management staff to track and monitor commitment and availability of resources, and maintains a system to status and prioritize incidents and resource allocation.

Prepares and conducts written and verbal briefings for agency administrators, fire management staff, multi-agency coordination groups, political representatives, and other specific interest groups.

Provides assistance and support to the intelligence aspects of wildland fire suppression, preparedness, and prescribed fire activities to representative field offices within the Area.

Assists in the review of policy statements and prepares instructional memoranda, information bulletins, manual supplements, handbooks, operational plans and guides pertaining to interagency dispatching and intelligence operations.

Assists in the development of Intelligence Section planning documents, including operating plans, public affairs plans, communication plans and related sections in the Area Mobilization Guide. Provides user training and oversight for the ICS-209, WFDSS, and other reporting programs. May develops plans, contract specifications, and schedules for well-precedence fire management operations.

Visit the USAJobs announcement for more information.

Disturbance Ecology Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (posted April 20, 2016)

The Silviculture and Ecology Lab is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. Research Assistantship position in Disturbance Ecology. The position is located in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Clemson is a land-grant university situated in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina, USA. In addition to the 1,400-acre campus the school has access to 18,000 acres on the University Forests and Farms near Clemson and 16,000 acres of land on the coast on Hobcaw Barony, both devoted to teaching, research, and outreach. Clemson University is recognized as a top 20 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The assistantship will support a student who is interested in conduct his/her dissertation research aimed to understanding disturbances as major drivers of tree species distribution and abundance. Climate and topo-edaphic factors have been long regarded as drivers of forest distribution while the role of disturbances has only been explicitly acknowledged during recent decades. In some regions, however, disturbances could be more important than other ecological factors in regulating tree species distribution and abundance. Yet their role has not been well studied. Our lab has been conducting research on the impact of a wide variety of forest disturbances, including fire, hurricane, drought, ice storm, flood, and biological invasion. These applied research projects have provided us with valuable insights on the role of disturbances in regulating species distribution and abundance. As a result, we would like to develop a Ph.D. project within the following framework, with the purpose to understand disturbances as major drivers of tree species distribution and abundance at multiple spatial scales.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking an outstanding candidate with BS and/or MS in Forestry, Ecology, Botany, Biology, and Environmental Sciences. A past record of referred publication, field research experience, and strong quantitative skill are desirable.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The student will be offered a full assistantship ($20,000/year) plus a tuition waiver. The assistantship is for three years, which is renewable annually based on satisfactory performance. Competitive university/college/department scholarships are available for outstanding candidates, and students working in our lab have had a great track record to obtain these scholarships. Supplementary teaching assistantship may also be available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The position remains open until filled. However, we are targeting a starting date in August 2016 or January 2017.

For application details please visit the announcement page here.

Job: Fire Ecologist - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (posted April 19, 2016)

1 Position will be located at the Wild Rivers Ranger District in Cave Junction, OR and will be responsible for three ranger districts: Wild Rivers, Gold Beach and Powers.

1 Position will be located at the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District in Jacksonville, OR and will be responsible for two ranger districts: Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades.

Submit your letter of interest to by April 29, 2016

Incumbent serves as a Fire Ecologist on a National Forest unit. The incumbent is responsible for collection and analysis of field data, project, and landscape level planning input, and technical assistance needed for reestablishing fire's role in the ecological systems. Carries out studies, field reviews, and provides technical assistance on fire ecology and operations to all disciplines.

Job: Forest Training Officer - Fire Management (posted April 18, 2016)

The Klamath National Forest will soon fill a Forest Training Officer position in Yreka, California. This notification is being circulated and re-outreached to inform interested applicants of this upcoming opportunity. Please see the following information on this position and apply on the website. Please check USAJobs frequently because the timeframe and availability to apply is a short window. It is expected to come out in May or sooner.


Provides instruction on a variety of topics in fire and aviation safety.

Applies technical methods and procedures related to fire and/or aviation operations and to managing agency programs. Performs a wide variety of limited aviation operations projects incorporating diverse technical knowledge.

Assists in developing Regional and local fire and/or aviation management curriculum, courses, and training materials. Develops course objectives, including instructional and performance objectives; prepares and develops course content and format; plans instructional aids and test measurements or designs them as needed for course and student evaluating; and makes short and long-range updates and changes in the package as necessary to maintain validity and currency.

Serves as a coordinator for Interagency, Regional, and local fire and/or aviation management courses and workshops. Prepares announcements, specific instructional and performance objectives, selects instructors and instructional materials.

Serves in a variety of fire assignments and details as qualified and needed to maintain qualifications and credibility in profession. Makes on-the-job fire suppression and incident management training evaluations by serving as overhead team member on project wildfires and independently viewing fire suppression activities.

For additional information contact: Edward Guzman or by phone, (530) 841-4442.

Job: Forester - Arkansas Agriculture Dept. (posted April 18, 2016)

Education/experience requirements:

  • The equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field.
  • One year of experience in forest management or a related field.
  • Registered forester in accordance with ACA 17-31-301.
  • Pass annual physical standard as a condition of employment.
  • Must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. (Within 60 days of hire date)

Knowledge of:

  • Forest management practices and techniques.
  • Fire prevention and fire suppression theories and methods.
  • Laws and regulations affecting fire control and forest management.
  • Supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Federal and state forestry programs available for forest landowners, communities and fire departments.

Ability to:

  • Plan and coordinate work activities and monitor performance of subordinates.
  • Prepare and make public presentations and conduct forestry training.
  • Collect data, analyze needs assessments, and prepare written forest management recommendations for private and public forest landowners.

Other Requirements:

  • Frequent twenty-four (24) hour on-call duty and frequent exposure to hazardous conditions while fighting fires and marking timber.
  • AFC Residency policy: Forest Rangers and Foresters must live in their area of responsibility or within fifteen road miles of their assigned work center.

For more information visit the announcement pages here and here (PDF).

Job: Forest Ranger I - Arkansas Agriculture Dept. (posted April 18, 2016)

Education/experience requirements:

  • The equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Six months of experience in tractor/truck operation s and maintenance.
  • Must obtain a Commercial Drivers License. (Within 6 0 days of hire date)

Knowledge of:

  • Fire Laws and regulations. (In house training will be provided)
  • Truck and Tractor operations.

Ability to:

  • Perform and coordinate vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Read maps and follow directions.
  • Compile and complete reports.
  • Use GPS, data recorders and other forestry equipment. (In house training will be provided)
  • Communicate orally and in writing.

Other Requirements:

  • AFC Residency policy: Forest Rangers and County Foresters must live in their area of responsibility or within fifteen road miles of their assigned work center
  • Forest Rangers, County Foresters, State Forest Foreman, Forest Technicians, and AFC Investigators must meet physical fitness standards annually
  • Required to meet emergency response time standards during fire season.
  • Frequent exposure to wooded areas and the weather is required.
  • Exposure to smoke, fire, and debris while performing fire suppression duties is required.
  • General Computer Skills preferred.

For more information visit the announcement pages here and here (PDF).

Job: Fire and Fuels Restoration Technician - Nevada (posted April 13, 2016)

The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management to Southern Nevada District Office to bring on a Fire and Fuels Restoration Technician. The Mojave Desert is not a fire adapted ecosystem yet invasive, combustible plant species such as tamarisk and red brome have invaded Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and areas critical to wildlife creating unnatural fire fuel conditions which are destructive. The Fire and Fuels Restoration Technician will work in support of fire and fuel management programs on behalf of the BLM Southern Nevada District Office (SNDO) by assisting the SNDO Fire and Fuels Management team to locate, plan, and implement fuels projects. The short-term goals are to reduce fire risk to the public and fire fighters, and to protect and preserve values at risk, such as habitat, using the best available science, mechanical, chemical means, and occasionally prescribed fire. The long-term goal is to restore native vegetation to its natural state when and where possible, reducing or eliminating fire risk to communities and wildlife habitat. The principle purpose(s) will be to provide technical expertise and field support in planning, managing and implementing fuels treatments within WUI and non-WUI areas with respect to fire and fuel management activities and their effects on Mojave Desert ecosystems.

Visit the announcement page for more information.

Job: Forestry Technician Fire Engine Operator - Shasta-Trinity NF (posted April 13, 2016)

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is seeking a dynamic, innovative self-starter for the Trinity River Management Unit/Weaverville Ranger District. The duty location is Weaverville Ranger Station Engine 343. Weaverville, CA.

If interested in being considered for this position, please send completed outreach form, IQCS master record and resume to Glen Tingley BC-41 by April 29th 2016.


The primary duty for this position is operation of the fire engine module in responding to wildland fires and all-hazard incidents. Drives the engine to fire or incident location and positions in appropriate location in consideration of safety of crew and equipment. Makes initial evaluation of fire situations, determines suppression method to use, including hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use, and application of water. Carries out suppression action. Keeps dispatcher or SFEO informed and requests additional assistance as necessary. Maintains records and prepares reports on crew hours and movement and history of action taken on fires. Determines probable causes of fire and preserves evidence of human-caused fires.

As acting SFEO 40% of the time, the engine operator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the fire engine module, prepares schedules and work plans and sets work priorities. In the absence of SFEO, may serve as initial attack Incident Commander on wildland fires and wildland urban interface/intermix situations occurring on the unit. Identifies and analyzes tactics and strategies employed on these incidents, and revises and/or develops approaches in view of specific incident conditions. May be assigned regardless of geographic location to other fireline supervisory positions.

Provides for crew safety and welfare and implements a training program in compliance with applicable requirements. This may include but is not limited to Incident Command System, fire suppression principles and procedures, fireline construction, hose lay evolutions, maintenance and training in the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. Selectee must also possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License, Class B. This position is a Testing Designated Position under the Department of Transportation/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program.

For more information visit this page (PDF).

Job: Environmental and Forest Sciences – Assistant Professor (posted April 11, 2016)

The University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) invites applications for a full-time (9-month; 100% FTE) tenure-track Assistant Professor (0116) position to begin Autumn 2016. This position, with a focus on Forest Ecosystem Science and Services, is part of a University of Washington/College of the Environment initiative to strengthen its teaching and research capability in the areas of forest ecosystems, renewable energy, and sustainable technologies.

Ideal candidates will integrate forest ecosystem science with perspectives from one or more other disciplines (e.g., forest management, silviculture, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, economics) and appreciate the intersection of basic and applied sciences that characterizes SEFS. A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in forestry, ecology, forest management, silviculture, ecosystem sciences, or a closely related field is required.

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

Call for Proposals - 3rd Southwest Fire Ecology Conference (posted April 8, 2016)

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire and economics
  • Planning for wildfire
  • Smoke management
  • Fire ecology and effects
  • Fire and ecosystem services
  • Ecosystem resilience and climate change
  • Fire management and fire ecology in Mexico
  • Wildfire management and ecological fire use
  • Collaborations and alliances for fire management
  • Communication and education of fire information

Submit proposals using the links below:

Visit the conference page for more general information.

Job: Research Coordinator, Northwest Climate Science Center (posted April 7, 2016)

Are you a Biologist/ Ecologist /Physical Scientist /Hydrologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If so, you are in luck! The Northwest Climate Science Center is hiring a Research Coordinator. The position will be based in Corvallis, Oregon, and is open to all U.S citizens. Get your applications in soon. The announcement will close on April 20th. More details about the position and application process can be found HERE.

Job: Fuels Scientist, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Sioux Falls, SD (posted April 5, 2016)

Open Position: Fuels Scientist     Requisition #12046

Requirements: Education: MS in Geography, Forestry or Ecology

Experience: 5+ years

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) is seeking a Scientist to join its talented team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SGT, headquartered in Greenbelt Maryland, is the primary contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for performing work at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center ( near Sioux Falls, SD. (

Job Description

The primary focus of this position is to research and develop methods to make spatial data products that describe the composition and characteristics of wildland surface and canopy fuels for the United States. The successful candidate will participate as a member of the USGS EROS Center’s Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) Team, working with the existing team to research emerging topics in wildland fuels, smoke and emission modeling. The successful candidate would also be working with preliminary vegetation maps to determine how mapped vegetation affect fuels and fire behavior. An advanced understanding of how wildland fire behavior and environmental conditions affect fire behavior is required as well as demonstrated initiative and the ability to self-teach in areas of weakness utilizing available on-the-job training resources. The primary duties associated with this position are processing and analyzing raster data that describe existing vegetation to create data products that depict surface and canopy fuel. Specific duties include:

* Producing spatial products that represent surface and canopy fuels for the United States to support prescribed fire, fuels management, smoke management, and wildland fire planning and smoke management program to ensure compliance with state air quality standards and support decision making and planning

* Identifying important factors that influence development or change fire behavior of sites or landscapes and develop approaches to address issues in a dynamic fire environment or extreme fire behavior

* Investigating, interpreting, and evaluating requirements and developing solutions to increase the validity of LANDFIRE Products

* Developing findings from both basic and applied scientific and technical research for use in technical reports and papers.

* Working in a team environment to help shape, manage and execute projects applying geospatial data and systems to solve and software to geospatial problems

* Providing technical support to support program objectives

* Contributing to the definition, direction, and implementation of the LANDFIRE Program

Required Skills

* Advanced Degree or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, conservation science or other relevant field

* Knowledge of fire ecology and experience with plant community dynamics across the landscape

* An understanding of how ground, surface and aerial fuel types and environmental factors affect wildland fire behavior

* An understanding of the relationship between fire behavior and fires effects

* Good understanding of a wide variety of ecological systems and how they function both naturally and after disturbance

* Computer proficiency with image processing and GIS software (e.g. ERDAS, ArcGIS), relational database systems (RDMS), familiarity with high level programming languages (e.g. Python) a plus

* Ability to perform spatial analysis and validation

* Experience simulating wildfire growth using FARSITE

* Experience simulating wildfire behavior using FlamMap

* Experience modeling wildfire behavior and fire effects using WFDSS (e.g. FSPro)

* Experience as a fire behavior analyst or completed S-495 is a plus

* Familiarity with Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) forest growth simulation models and the Fire and Fuels Extension (FFE)

* Experience with LANDFIRE Total Fuels Change Tool

* Experience with FSim for wildland fire risk assessments

* Strong team player with ability to communicate effectively with technical and scientific staff members, project partners, and customers

* Strong interpersonal communication, technical writing, editing and presentation skills and an advanced knowledge of Microsoft office tools for reporting and documentation of processes and procedures

* Ability to work independently and to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines

* Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills

* Be a strong strategic thinker and problem-solver

* The ability to handle multiple tasks and coordinate effectively with others, working with, a “get-it-done”, no-ego team in a dynamic and agile environment

* Organizing, analyzing, driving findings and recommendations from large amounts of raw data, collected through a number of mechanisms, including remote sensing geospatial and field measurements

* Creative application of available technologies to meet the objectives of large land cover mapping projects

* Ability to collaborate with team members to define and implement quality assurance elements of medium to large land cover mapping projects

If you have questions regarding this posting, please call (605) 594-2574, and share the requisition number for this posting.

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential for facility and system access.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the SGT website ( This position may be filled by a SGT teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.

SGT is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

Call for Workshop Proposals - 2nd International Smoke Symposium (posted April 5, 2016)

The 2nd International Smoke Symposium is seeking Oral presentations, Poster Presentations and Special Sessions on topics including but not limited to:

  • Smoke Chemistry
  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Climate Modeling and Climate Change Impacts
  • Fire Activity, Emissions, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke Exposure (Health Effects)
  • Tools for Smoke Management
  • Communicating Smoke Impacts
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Human Response to Smoke
  • Differences Between Rx Fire & Wildfire in Smoke
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire
  • Wildland Fire Smoke Issues in California

Oral Presentations are 20 minutes in length (including time for Q&A) and will be grouped with presentations of similar topic by the program committee.

Poster Presentations will be presented during a designated session (TBD), presenters are required to be present during the session.

Special Sessions are 2 hours each (Six 20 minute presentations or the equivalent). If a Special Session is not accepted, individual abstracts will be considered for Oral Presentations.

The Symposium is being conducted as a Hybrid Event. A hybrid combines in-person and streaming presentations; all plenary and concurrent sessions will be professionally videotaped and will be streamed live. This will allow the remote attendees to interact in real time with the presenters and other remote attendees. We will also be offering a virtual poster session and trade show. Presenters will be required to sign a video release prior to the symposium.

All authors will be invited to submit an extended abstract or full paper for the Symposium Proceedings as well as a Special Issue of a Scientific Journal (TBD).

The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2016.

Authors will be notified on July 15, 2016.

Visit this page to apply.

Job: Environmental Data Manager, University of Idaho (posted March 31, 2016)

Position Summary: Operate within the UI Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) team mainly in support of the NSF EPSCoR Track 1 (“MILES”) project. Ensure that all research data acquired, developed and generated by MILES researchers are securely archived, documented, and made discoverable/accessible to other researchers and the general public. Work collaboratively with the MILES cyberinfrastructure (CI) team to ensure researchers adhere to the MILES Data Management Plan and Data Sharing Policy.

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

The Conservation Alliance Grant Funding Opportunity (posted March 31, 2016)

The Conservation Alliance seeks to protect threatened wild places throughout North America for habitat and recreational values. As a group of outdoor industry companies, Conservation Alliance recognizes its responsibility to help protect the wild lands and waterways.

In support of that goal, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to projects that seek the permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway. View full list of Funding Criteria here.

Get information on how to be nominated and other application procedures here.
The nomination deadline is May 1, 2016.
Proposals are due June 1, 2016.

Job: Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Long Pond, PA (posted March 30, 2016)


The Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a knowledgeable, energetic conservationist for the position of Land Steward. The position, located in the scenic Pocono Mountains in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, offers the opportunity to join the staff of one of the largest, most successful conservation organizations in the world. The Nature Conservancy’s global success can be measured by the protection of 119 million acres in over 35 countries. The Pennsylvania Chapter is known in the Conservancy and beyond as a leader in innovative, effective strategies that benefit both people and nature at a scale that matters. Our past successes include protecting over 80,000 acres of key habitat and helping to restore natural, healthy flows to Pennsylvania’s three great river systems. The Land Steward will play an important role in achieving the Chapter’s goal to protect the lands and waters of Pennsylvania, the region, and the world for future generations.


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* 04/28/16*.

Job: Management Forester - Georgia (posted March 30, 2016)

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Provide technical assistance to landowners in all areas of forest management. Write multiple resource based forest management plans for landowners. Assist with timber sales on state lands. Provide technical assistance to landowners in afforestation and reforestation. Diagnose insect and disease infestations and make recommendations for control. Assess storm damage to forest lands. Develop prescribed burning plans and assist with implementation. Provide assistance with establishing Streamside Management Zones. Present forestry programs to school groups and local government bodies. Assist landowners with cost share programs. Prepare reports, including measuring and computing acreage. Assist landowners in control burns.

For a full position listing visit this page.

Job: Longleaf Forester - Georgia (posted March 30, 2016)

This forester will be specifically assigned to matters involving longleaf pine in southeast Georgia to help coordinate collaborative efforts for restoration of the longleaf pine forest ecosystem. The forester assign ed to this project will foster partnerships in pursuit of the goals and objectives of America's Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative.

The primary objective of the initiative is to provide longleaf advice and forest management planning directly to landowners. The role of the Longleaf Forester will be to meet with private landowners, both large and small, to encourage longleaf reforestation and the use of prescribed fire to manage the longleaf pine ecosystem. In partnership with the NRCS, the Longleaf Forester will work with landowners to encourage forest management plans that will provide cost share funding opportunities from NRCS to establish and maintain longleaf pine.

View the full announcement here.

Job: Fire Application Specialist, Wildland Fire Management RD&A, (posted March 24, 2016)

The Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application (WFM RD&A) Program, within the Rocky Mountain Research Station is looking for a 90-120 day detailer for a Fire Management Specialist position. The detail would start approximately June 15th and run through September 15th. Start and end dates are negotiable. This is an exciting opportunity providing a challenging and rewarding experience that supports science application and integration in wildland fire management for all federal fire management agencies.

The primary role of this detailed position would be to serve as a fully qualified Fire Behavior Specialist to provide analysis support as requested by incidents or units. The Fire Behavior Specialist could be either an FBAN who has completed S495 or an LTAN. In addition, this position may assist with one or more of the following projects: Spatial fire planning, WFDSS help content/documentation, IFTDSS development and documentation, in addition to other duties as assigned.

Primary Duties:

* Provide analysis and interpretation wildland fire risk and decision support information to agency administrators and fire management staff in the field during emerging and ongoing wildfire incidents

* Manage and coordinate on-call fire behavior specialists and provide on-call support for the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)

* Provide assistance to fire managers in the use of risk and fire management decision support applications Visit for more information about the program

For More Information about this detail opportunity:

Mark Hale – Fire Application Specialist Lisa Elenz – WFM RD&A Assistant Program Manager

Office: 1-406-861-4876 Office: 208-387-5658

This detail notice is in effect from March 16, 2016 through March 30, 2016. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the attached form and return it to via email, fax to 208-387-5735, or mail hard copy to:

Leticia Shindelar

U.S. Forest Service

Wildland Fire Management RD&A

3833 South Development Avenue

Boise, ID 83705

Job: Funding opportunities for M.S. student in Communication of Wildfire Science (posted February 10, 2016)

Drs. Travis Paveglio, Eva Strand and Penny Morgan in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho are seeking M.S. applicants for funded work concerning communication and technology transfer of wildland fire science to managers. Students would contribute to the following project goals:

1) Evaluation and synthesis of existing wildfire science communication strategies;

2) Identification of the audiences that would benefit from new wildfire science or technology;

3) Design of systems, templates, and strategies used to communicate with wildland fire science users and other audiences (agency leadership, NGOs, the public, etc.);

4) Obtaining/analyzing managers’ evaluations of existing and potential wildland fire communication efforts or technology transfer methods.

Project members will collaborate closely with Wildland Fire Management Research, Development & Application, an interagency effort to improve wildland fire science.

Preferred candidate qualities include:

* An interest and background in interdisciplinary scholarship. This includes a strong focus on the application of social science and communication to land management.

* A familiarity with wildfire and landscape management modelling programs.

* Professional experience or academic training in wildland fire management or suppression.

* Ability to use Geographic Information Systems software.

This is a flexible opportunity open to traditional graduate students and agency professionals seeking career advancement.

The successful candidate would start in Summer or Fall of 2016, though modifications to this timeline could be made.

The University of Idaho is the Land Grant institution of Idaho, located in the panhandle of northern Idaho. The College of Natural Resources (CNR) has three departments (Natural Resources and Society; Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences; and Fish and Wildlife Sciences). It offers eight undergraduate degree programs, a Masters of Natural Resources (professional degree), a Masters of Science in Natural Resources, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources.

To apply please send the following to Dr. Travis Paveglio at (1) a one-page cover letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a current resume/CV and; (3) a record of college transcripts.

Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) Opportunities (posted January 22, 2016)

Loup River TREX (NE) - March 14-26

Niobrara River Valley TREX (NE) - March 19-27

Yurok TREX (CA) - April 3-8

Bend TREX (OR) - April 25-May 6

Ashland TREX (OR) - May 9-21

New Fire Regime Publications from FEIS (posted December 14, 2015)

Two new fire regime publications—Fire Regime Reports and Fire Regime Syntheses—are now available and spatially searchable in the recently updated user interface for the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS, FEIS staff defined 184 fire regimes by grouping the ~2,500 Biophysical Settings (BpS) models produced by LANDFIRE ( according to similarities in vegetation, modeled fire-return intervals and fire severities, and geographic location. Fire Regime Reports are brief summaries of these models, while Fire Regime Syntheses add comprehensive, thoroughly documented reviews of the scientific literature to information in the Fire Regime Reports. Fire Regime Syntheses provide managers with the best science available on historical fire frequency, spatial pattern, extent, and seasonality; historical ignition sources; and typical patterns of fire intensity and severity. They also provide information on contemporary changes in fuels, especially in relation to their potential to influence fire regimes, and identify regions and plant communities lacking fire history data. Together, these peer-reviewed publications help managers develop plans and make informed decisions about local management of fire and fuels. In the new user interface, they are easy to access using a variety of search criteria, including plant community type and map location, and they are linked to nearly 1,100 FEIS Species Reviews.

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