April 2018

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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.






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Job: Technical Analyst, Fire Ecology - Logan, UT (posted April 19, 2018)

The person hired for this position will serve as the principal fire analyst for the Utah Forest Institute reporting to the Director, Utah Forest Institute. Responsibilities will include:

  • Generating Landsat-derived fire severity maps for fires >40 in the state of Utah.
  • Hiring, training and managing part-time technicians to assist with this work.
  • Managing ancillary data in MySQL databases running on the Amazon.com commercial cloud.
  • Preparing summary statistics and analyses from remote sensing and numeric data.
  • Updating and maintaining the project website.
  • Communicating with forest and fire managers from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and other land managers, as well as technical staff from the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity program.
  • Designing and implementing field sampling (first field season 2019) to calibrate satellite-derived metrics with actual on-the-ground conditions in all Utah forest types.

For more information click here.

Partner Publication: Modeling and Mapping the Probability of High-Severity Fire in the Western US (posted April 19, 2018)

Scientists from the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the University of Montana conducted a study in which observed data were used to produce statistical models describing the probability of high-severity fire as a function of fuel, topography, climate, and fire weather. Observed data from over 2000 fires were used to build individual models for each of 19 ecoregions in the contiguous US. In turn, these statistical models were used to generate "wall-to-wall" maps depicting the probability of high-severity fire, if a fire were to occur.

FRAMES is proud to host the distribution of these gridded maps: https://www.frames.gov/NextGen-FireSeverity

For more information about these products or to read the paper, see:

Parks SA, Holsinger LM, Panunto MH, Jolly WM, Dobrowski SZ, and Dillon GK. 2018. High-severity fire: evaluating its key drivers and mapping its probability across western US forests. Environmental Research Letters. 13: 044037.

Or go to the FRAMES Resource Catalog record.

Job: Central Cascades Field Forester - The Nature Conservancy - Cle Elum, Washington (posted April 18, 2018)

The Field Forester supports forest management operations and implements forest and stream restoration projects across forest holdings managed by The Nature Conservancy in the Central Cascades (45,000 acres) and adjacent public lands. The Field Forester works with staff and partners to restore forest health and stream habitat at a landscape scale while also striving to deliver social and economic benefits to the surrounding community.

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Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award (posted April 17, 2018)

Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work.

These awards are intended to enable graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation to develop information and products useful to managers and decision-makers. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels, or resource management and include means to directly communicate with managers, when applicable, regarding project outcomes.

Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to search the JFSP website (www.firescience.gov) to learn more about the scope of JFSP activities. In addition, proposals must directly address management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas:
  • Fuels management and fire behavior
  • Emissions and air quality
  • Fire effects and post-fire recovery
  • Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
  • Human dimensions of fire

Application Deadline: May 30th, 2018

Job: Pre-Sales Supervisory Forester - Quinault Indian Nation (posted April 13, 2018)

Primary Functions:

  • Supervises staff foresters & technicians in harvest unit planning, layout, and cruising. Includes up to five direct staff reports and occasional oversight of contractors
  • Assists in development of short and long - term timber harvest plans
  • Maintains strong business relationships with local industry and other stakeholders
  • Ensures all harvest proposals comply wi th the QIR’s Forest Management Plan and other Tribal & Federal regulations
  • Validates timber cruises and stumpage appraisals for accuracy
  • Develops & reviews contracts, prospectuses, maps, and other sale -related reports
  • Communicates management objectives to Tribal officials and individual trust landowners
  • Provides input to all forest management activities as a member of the QDNR Interdisciplinary Team

Salary and Benefits: Competitive starting annual salary with full benefit package that includes health insurance, 401k w/match, generous vacation & sick leave, and 14 paid holidays; Optional participation in wildland fire program.

For more information click here.

Job: CFL Land Conservation Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Florida (posted April 12, 2018)


The CFL Land Conservation Steward (Steward) is a staff member of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF) of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. They are part of SAF’s Central Florida Conservation Program team (CFL). SAF is responsible for implementing and managing field conservation work (e.g., wildland fire management, invasive species control, coral/coastal restoration, etc) across Florida and stewardship of the Florida Chapter’s network of preserves. This position’s primary responsibilities are to control and monitor invasive exotic species and participate in prescribed fire management activities as well as assist with all other aspects of preserve management. 


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 10, 2018.

Job: Research Wildlife Biologist - Moscow, ID (posted April 11, 2018)

As a Research Wildlife Biologist within the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Program, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Planning, conducting and directing research related to wildlife, or ecological resources, with application to contemporary science, policy and management needs.
  • Conducting research that is cooperator driven and provides scientific basis for management and policy decision.
  • Serving as subject matter expert in wildlife biology issues and ecological resources, providing leadership and guidance to government and private agencies and university representatives through participation in meetings, conferences and work groups.
  • Disseminating research results via final reports, peer-reviewed print scientific journals, online scientific journals, books, book chapters or other outlets. Making presentations on findings to scientific and conservation organizations.
  • Serving as a graduate faculty member, contributing to both the research, graduate student mentorship and teaching mission of the university.
  • Operates government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.

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Job: Plant Ecology Intern - Denali Park, AK (posted April 11, 2018)

The Plant Ecology Intern will work in one of interior Alaska’s most dramatic landscapes: Denali National Park and Preserve. The intern will be part of the Resource Management team, working closely with the park’s botanists. Duties in this position are diverse. Flexibility, passion for the plant sciences, curiosity of the tenants of natural resource management, and a willingness to perform sometimes very di?cult physical work are a must.

Monitoring work involves surveying long-term vegetation plots and assessing off-road vehicle trail conditions, among other projects. Much of the work will be accomplished on day trips, interspersed with o?ce days, but the intern may participate in one or two extended backpacking trips up to 10 days in length and occasional other trips 1-3 nights in length. O?ce time will be spent assisting with planning field outings, maintaining and organizing field equipment, and entering, managing, and summarizing data. Opportunities to develop educational outreach products are also likely.

This position offers the opportunity to expand plant identification skills, view natural landscapes in transition, and live in one of the least populated areas of the country. On-the-job training in resource management, including multiple vegetation monitoring methods, plant identification, backcountry living, GIS, and GPS will be provided. The long subarctic days allow for superior hiking and backpacking.

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Job: Rangeland Management Crew Supervisor - Elko, NV (posted April 11, 2018)

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting three (3) Rangeland Management Crew Supervisors to lead botanical survey, monitoring, and treatment projects for the forest’s statewide noxious weed control program. The primary duties for this position include coordinating the crew schedule; assisting USFS staff with the logistics of monitoring and treatment projects, overseeing USFS vehicle and UTV preventive maintenance, and managing monitoring and treatment data entry into the Forest Service FACTS database on a bi-weekly basis. The Crew Supervisor will also serve as a mentor to the Field Technicians and is responsible for ensuring that safety and field protocols are followed on a daily basis, and administrative assignments (e.g. completing timesheets and evaluations) are accurate and submitted in a timely manner.

Additional duties include treating noxious weed populations by hand or through chemical application of herbicides, inventorying wilderness and non-wilderness forestlands for noxious weed populations, and mapping treatment areas and plant populations using a hand-held PDR (personal data recorder) and GPS unit. The majority of this work is conducted using UTV and large 4WD spray rigs (trucks) traveling on remote 4WD roads. A multi-week training session including invasive plant and noxious weed identification, herbicide safety (including applicator certification), technical training with PDRs and associated software, UTV and 4WD operation, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the field season.

For more information click here.

Job: Rare Plant Survey Intern - Nevada (posted April 11, 2018)

In cooperation with the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting two Rare Plant Survey Interns to perform botanical surveys within the northeastern region of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Rare plant surveys will be conducted on Forest Service land in the shadow of Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain, and will target high priority fuels treatment units. Survey protocols, supplies, and training will be provided. As part of a three-person team, Interns will work cooperatively with a GBI Rare Plant Survey Lead to accomplish project goals and objectives.

The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. While supporting GBI’s partnership with the Forest Service, this work will provide opportunities to gain experience in performing rare plant surveys, plant specimen collection and preparation, GIS data collection and processing. Rare Plant Survey Interns will also gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing natural resources on public lands.

For more information click here.

Job: Wildland Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire/Fuels, Module Lead) - Vandenberg AFB, CA (posted April 10, 2018)

A Wildland Fire Management Specialist position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The incumbent will be a Module Lead of a seven-person Interagency Wildland Fire Support Module (WSM) for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch. WSM is responsible for executing prescribed fire projects, mechanical fuel treatments, and assisting with wildfire suppression on numerous Air Force installations within the area of responsibility. This is a grassroots project which will require significant coordination and planning initially. The position is located at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

Currently posted until: 04/23/2018

Click here for more information and to apply

Contact: Bill Sprouse

Postdoctoral Researcher - Integrated Forest Systems Modelling - University of British Columbia (posted April 10, 2018)

These positions are placed at the Bioeconomy lab and will be part of an ongoing effort by a team of researchers and the Canadian Forest Service staff to further develop a national-scale integrated forest sector model that integrates forest ecological models (simulating dynamics at the forests) with supply chain and economic models (simulating supply chain activities of the forest sector). These positions are designed to lead either:

1) forest products supply chain modelling:

The post-doctoral fellow hired for this position will be responsible for collaborating with other team members working on projects related to economic or environmental assessment of the forest sector using the integrated national-scale forest sector model to prepare and publish manuscripts within projects timelines. The current projects include quantifying economic impact of 1) Canada’s federal carbon tax and clean fuel standard on Canada’s forest sector, and 2) cumulative effects of wildlife habitat protection and wildfires on the forest sector.

2) Timber supply modelling:

The post-doctoral fellow hired for this position will be responsible for collaborating with other team members working on integrating a national-scale timber supply model developed at the Bioeconomy lab with Spades modelling platform and its hosted ecological modules. Through this integration, the research team will study the economic impact of cumulative effects of wildlife habitat protection and wildfires on the forest sector.

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Job: Cook County Habitat Restoration Intern - Chicago, IL (posted April 10, 2018)

Habitat Restoration Interns play a critical role in the management and restoration in Forest Preserves of Cook County. This internship is being offered by Audubon and is in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to restore ecological health and integrity in prairie, savanna and woodland habitats at various preserves in Cook County. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the growing network of individuals and organizations in the Chicago area that possess a personal commitment to conservation.

The commitment is a full-time, 40 hours per week, seasonal position that runs from June through October. The 40-hour work week requires commitment to Monday through Friday, 7am-3pm schedule with the flexibility to work occasional weekends to support community outreach and stewardship. Interns will report to the Stewardship Coordinator and preference will be given to those who commit to the full length of the internship. The internship is physically rigorous and offers interesting, educational, and challenging work outdoors to individuals who are energetic and motivated.

For more information click here.

Job: Columbia Basin Preserves Manager - The Nature Conservancy - The Dalles, Oregon (posted April 6, 2018)


The Columbia Basin Preserves Manager provides technical leadership and support on high priority conservation lands in north-central Oregon and plans and directs preserve management programs and stewardship.  This entails developing and implementing conservation strategies to address critical threats to natural systems and species, including inventorying and monitoring of sensitive wildlife (breeding birds, raptors and WA ground squirrels), invasive plant management, grassland and shrub-steppe restoration, data management and wildfire mitigation. The Preserve Manager will work with their team to secure public and private support for area projects, as well as grant reporting preparation and submission, and overseeing the budget and contractual obligations tied to grants.  This position maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and works closely with staff, volunteers, and external partners including local, state, and federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and private stakeholders on joint projects aimed towards achieving our ambitious conservations goals.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 7, 2018.

Job: Restoration Science Specialist - The Nature Conservancy - Wyoming (posted April 5, 2018)


The Science Specialist will work with a team of researchers studying ways to increase the success rate of native perennial plant restoration on abandoned mine lands and other sagebrush sites in Wyoming using seed enhancement technologies. The Science Specialist will work with Conservancy staff in Wyoming and Oregon, as well as external partners (e.g., Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Bureau of Land Management, and USDA-Agricultural Research Service) to develop and test seed technologies across environmental gradients in the sagebrush ecosystem. The Science Specialist will lead the design and implementation of experiments in the greenhouse and field; manage laboratory and greenhouse equipment; analyze data; write project reports; maintain communications with project partners; and contribute to educational programs related to this project.


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 3, 2018.

Job: Seasonal Land Stewardship Fellowship (posted April 4, 2018)

Seasonal Land Stewardship Fellows assist with management activities on the Leopold Memorial Reserve. The position is intended to increase the fellow’s field skills, their operational proficiency with applicable equipment, their familiarity with invasive species control options, their comprehension of fire as a management tool, and their understanding of the plant and animal communities in southwest Wisconsin. Seasonal fellows work with the foundation’s land management team as well as senior staff. The foundation’s Stewardship Coordinator will supervise the positions, with field activities primarily supervised by Land Stewardship Associate Fellows.

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Evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science Exchange Network (posted April 2, 2018)

Dear Fire Science Personnel and Community Members,

You are invited to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science Exchange Network.

This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Exchange in your region.

Your responses to the questions will be used to help the JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery.

The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past but continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the JFSP Fire Science Exchanges progress toward their goals.

Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential. Please click here or copy and paste the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFLK92X

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Bret Davis (775) 784-6637

This evaluation project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the Fire Science Exchanges across the United States.

Bill Evans, Ph.D., Professor of and Human Development and Education, University of Nevada, Reno (wevans@unr.edu)

Loretta Singletary, Ph.D., Professor-Department of Economics; Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno (singletaryl@unr.edu)

Bret Davis, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno (bretd@unr.edu)

Chris Copp, MA, Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno (christopherjcopp@gmail.com)

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Yakima, WA (posted April 1, 2018)

This position independently plans, prioritizes, coordinates and implements a prescribed burn program for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on wildlife areas of Eastern Washington.

The incumbent will serve as a staff assistant in the Prescribed Burn program in Okanogan, Yakima and Kittitas Counties and have limited supervisory responsibility over other professionals and skilled technicians. The position contributes to/support the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire-dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.

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Job: Stewardship Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Virginia (posted March 29, 2018)


The Stewardship Technician performs land management activities in multiple landscapes across Virginia. This position serves as a key member of an interagency team conducting prescribed fire preparation, implementation and post-burn monitoring. The Stewardship Technician assists with monitoring of Conservancy owned properties and conservation easements. The Stewardship Technician works frequently with volunteers to maintain trails and other public access infrastructure. They may assist with exotic species control and ecological monitoring.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 13, 2018.

Job: SW Oregon Field Technician - The Nature Conservancy (posted March 29, 2018)


The SW Oregon Field Technician will coordinate with partners to implement the multi-party monitoring programs of the Ashland Forest All-Lands Restoration and Applegate Fuel Demonstration forest restoration projects and provide field support for developing projects under the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy. The Technician will also support wetland mitigation performance monitoring and vernal pool habitat restoration at the Conservancy’s Whetstone Savanna Preserve and adjacent Oregon Department of Transportation properties. Monitoring activities will be across disciplines focused on vegetation, water quality, air quality, wildlife, and the effects of thinning and prescribed fire. Data collection and management will be core responsibilities, including collection on a hand-held computer, incorporation into geodatasets, quality assurance, data summaries, and documentation of methods.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on April 24, 2018.

NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Program (posted March 26, 2018)

The NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Program (CWMS) was created in 2017 after discussions with fire service and forestry professionals at the federal, state, and local levels.

The CWMS credential offers professionals whose work involves wildfire hazard mitigation, the ability to demonstrate that they understand hazard mitigation measures, planning and preparedness strategies, public education practices, and wildland fire science. Gain the recognition you deserve as an expert in your field with this specialist certification.

Program goals

  • Recognize and provide evidence of knowledge of hazard mitigation, planning & preparedness, public education, and fire science concepts associated with the wildland/urban interface
  • Enhance professionalism
  • Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
  • Ensure proficiency in the use of NFPA codes and standards
  • Facilitate success for those seeking certification
  • Promote professional development through continuous learning

Program benefits

  • Enhances professional credibility
  • Validates specialized knowledge
  • Increases customer and employer confidence
  • Provides peer recognition

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Job: Ecological Monitoring Field Lead (re-posted March 19, 2018)

The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys.

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) terrestrial and aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. In many locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public lands with the purpose of informing conservation approaches for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID and Wenatchee, WA) will include applying AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to supporting resource management while providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

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Job: Fall Undergraduate Internship in Forest Ecology - New York (posted December 7, 2017)

The TEST Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking for student to join us this fall for a Department of Energy Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). Specifically we are looking for a student interested in establishing long-term forestry inventory plots on site at BNL. These plots will include forests across disturbance gradients associated with fire and insect activity. We will use these plots to establish a baseline for tracking forest dynamics, and to validate our satellite, airborne, and drone based remote sensing approaches.

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