October 2015

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S495: Geospatial Fire Analysis Self Study online course
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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: Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Van Buren, MO (posted October 1, 2015)


The Burn Crew Member participates in wild land fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned.


The Burn Crew Member travels extensively as part of a six person fire crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at sites throughout Missouri in woodland and grassland fuels. Burn Crew Members will assist with fireline construction, burn unit preparation, and participate in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. Experience on fires may afford Task Book sign-off for some fireline positions. This position also includes routine preserve management activities such as fencing, boundary posting, and brush cutting. This position requires extended periods of outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions with long and irregular hours and cooking and sleeping under rustic conditions. The Prescribed Burn Crew is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice when business requires.


Fore 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 October 9, 2015.

JFSP Program Director Outreach - BLM Vacancy Announcement (posted September 30, 2015)

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) will soon be advertising to fill the JFSP Program Director position (GS 14/15). The vacancy announcement will be posted and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the host agency for this position. The Joint Fire Science Program and the BLM are seeking a broad and diverse pool of qualified candidates. Vacancy announcements will be open to qualified individuals both internal and external to the federal government , and will be posted on USA Jobs. Specific details, e.g., vacancy announcement number and closing date, will be posted and circul ated when known, but th e announcements are expected to open in early October.

The Joint Fire Science Program is an interagency, fire science funding and knowledge exchange program based at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho (www.firescie nce.gov) . This position supervises a small staff and works collaboratively with an interagency Governing Board to determine research priorities, fund the highest quality peer - reviewed science, and implement a national knowledge exchange program.

Major Duties

  1. Manages day - to - day activities of the Joint Fire Science Program , including the program investment strategy, operating plans, budget, contracts and agreements, science exchange activities, databases, website, and su pervision of program staff
  2. Leads de velopment of annual research proposal solicitations (Funding Opportunity Notices), including determination of national science and research needs and priorities in conjunction with the Governing Board , authoring research task statements, organization and c onduct of peer - review for submitted proposals, and develops briefing materials and makes funding recommendati ons to the Governing Board
  3. Serves as primary liaison and support to the JFSP Governing Board, and interprets and implements the research prioriti es determined by the Board
  4. Provides leadership for development and implementation of major science initiatives, such as JFSP lines-of-work and related science plans, and leads and supports collaborative science activities with other science providers
  5. Serves as the primary national point - of - contact and expert on JFSP programs and priorities, and prepares and presents national reports and briefings summarizing program progress, plans, and initiatives


Contact John Cissel (jcissel@blm.gov, 208.387.5349) for further information. Please note that this is an early outreach notice only. Potential applicants are not required to respond to this notice. The opening and closing dates of the vacancy announcements are not known at this time.

Job: Program Specialist, Pacific Northwest Research Station (posted September 30, 2015)

PNW Research Station is seeking to hire a GS-0301-12/13 Program Specialist to work for the Northwest Regional Climate Hub in the near future.  This is a developmental position that has responsibility for developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships, communicating climate change tool availability, use, and applications, coordinating budgets, grants and agreements, and developing and implementing strategies for producing priority outcomes for the Hub. This position will work for Hub Director in Corvallis, Oregon.  Possible duty locations are Corvallis or Portland, Oregon.  First priority will be given to candidates in the Portland or Corvallis commuting areas.
The incumbent:
  • Coordinates and develops Hub relationships with stakeholders including Cooperative Extension, agencies in USDA Service Centers, NRCS State and District Conservationists, and land managers.
  • Maintains liaison with employees of Federal and State governments, local officials, private organizations, and landowners who are affected by, or have a shared interest in, climate adaption and mitigation of forest and agricultural lands, and provides technical assistance on mutual resource problems. 
  • Serves as an expert in and a resource for agricultural producers and other natural resource managers for the services of the Hub.  Provides technical assistance, along with NRCH Director and partners, in one or more of the NRCH programs to enhance technical skills.  Provides assistance to partners in development of annual and long term plans.  Acts for the CCH Director in their absence.
  • Serves as project manager in the administration of grants and cooperative agreements with state and private entities consistent with OMB and agency regulations and policies. 
  • Manages Agency and University partner’s network and serves as liaison between the NRCH and university experiment stations, cooperative extension and other personnel. 
  • Works with university personnel to develop their needs for grants and agreements that achieve the goals of the USDA Regional Climate Hubs in accordance with the President’s Climate Action Plan of June, 2013.
  • Prepares presentations to educate and explain the mission of the Climate Change Hub and the products and services available from the Hub. 
  • Communicates the program mission and vision to diverse audiences through presentations, strategic plans, work plans, and other written and verbal forms of communication. 
  • Assists with the development of briefing materials and updates for Local, Regional and National leadership. 
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 ATTACHED FORM and return with a copy of your resume to Beatrice Van Horne at bvhorne@fs.fed.us by October 15, 2015.  Those desiring further information about the position may inquire via the email listed above.

Job: Natural Resources Specialist, Pacific Northwest Research Station (posted September 28, 2015)

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program - Portland, Oregon

Natural Resources Specialist


The Inventory Reporting and Mapping Team of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program anticipates advertising a Natural Resources Specialist position, GS-0401-12.  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.
  • Facilitates collaborations among multiple teams (Data Collection, Information Management, Reporting, and Research) to ensure timely delivery of forest inventory data to analysts and researchers. 
  • Uses project management procedures to coordinate large, complex projects of regional and national scope.
  • Assists analysts with summarizing most recent inventory information and developing resource reports at state, regional, and national forest levels.
  • Responsible for using GIS software to generate, analyze, and maintain geospatial data as necessary to meet project needs.
  • Responsible for spatial data management and responding to client requests for spatial data or maps. 
  • Works with analysts and researchers to assess needs and identify priorities for special studies and reports.

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 Oct. 12, 2015.  Those desiring further information about the position may inquire via the email listed above.

About the Portland Forestry Sciences Lab:

The Portland Forestry Sciences Lab is located in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a family-friendly city with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities nearby – mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, national forests and parks.  Portland ranks as one the top cities in the U.S. for bicycling.  Commuting by bike is highly encouraged, but there are several alternative transportation options – light rail, bus, car-sharing.

To be considered, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Thank you for your interest in this position

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Job: Technician - Fire, Climate, and Restoration Ecology - Reno NV (posted September 28, 2015)

The Newingham Aridland Ecology Lab is seeking a full-time technician to assist in the collection, management, and analysis of field and laboratory data related to fire, climate change, and restoration studies in the Great Basin and surrounding ecosystems. Studies include examining the effects of climate change and grazing on plant invasions and post-fire-restoration; the effects of post-fire restoration on plant invasions, plant community trajectories, fire regimes, and soil properties; and the long-term recovery of ecosystems to wildfire. This position will work with graduate students and technicians in our research group, as well as interact with scientists and land managers from various universities, state and federal agencies, and NGOs. The individual will need a thorough understanding of research plot establishment, soil and vegetation field sampling techniques, general laboratory techniques, maintaining data loggers and other field equipment, use of GPS and GIS, data handling and statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. Additionally, the individual must have prior supervisory experience, including leading field crews. The incumbent must also be willing to travel to remote field sites and camp in primitive settings sometimes for extended periods.

For more information visit this page.

Job: Longleaf Restoration Technician-NWFL Fire Team Member, TNC, Bristol, FL (posted September 24, 2015)


The Longleaf Restoration Technician-NWFL Fire Team Member performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.


The Restoration Technician participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Prescribed burn assistance
  • Operation of motorized vehicles
  • Exotic species control
  • Biological monitoring
  • Maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
  • Maintains tools, equipment and workspace
  • Opens and closes preserve to the visiting public


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 *10/21/15.

Wildfire Mitigation Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted (posted September 24, 2015)

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards!

Review the criteria and submit a nomination by November 6, 2015. The nomination form is available in the link below.

2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards Nomination Form

Established in 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. 

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are jointly sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

The three categories for the awards include:

• Fire Adapted Communities Fire Service Leadership
• Wildfire Mitigation Innovation
• Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer

These awards are designed to recognize outstanding service in wildfire preparedness and safety across a broad spectrum of activities and among a variety of individuals and organizations. By honoring their achievements, the award sponsors also seek to increase public recognition and awareness of the value of wildfire mitigation efforts. Meet the 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees.

2016 nominations are due November 6, 2015. Contact: Bree Willging, IAFC

Sage Grouse ESA Listing Decision (posted September 23, 2015)

Excerpt from the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary press release, dated Sept. 22, 2015:


Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines federal land management plans and partnerships with states, ranchers, and NGOs avert ESA listing by conserving America’s "Sagebrush Sea."

An unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy is the largest land conservation effort in U.S. history.

Read the entire press release.

Job: Wildland Fire Protection Program Leader, Nebraska Forest Service (posted September 22, 2015)

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.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Firefighter Type 1/Incident Commander Type 5, TNC and USFS, Double Springs, AL (posted September 21, 2015)


The Firefighter Type 1/Incident Commander Type 5 (FFT1/ICT5) oversees a squad of FFT2s in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. This is a short-term, partnership position with US Forest Service to be located at William B. Bankhead National Forest in Double Springs, AL. The position term will begin January 11, 2016, and will end April 15, 2016. Housing will be provided by US Forest Service.


The FFT1/ICT5 participates in prescribed fire management activities including, but not limited to: ignition, holding, mop-up, preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, and post-burn monitoring. May perform other natural resource 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 as necessary. This may include participation in wildland 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 October 12, 2015.

Job: Prescribed Fire Crew Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Brent, GA (posted September 18, 2015)


The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager serves as a part of a seasonal prescribed fire crew that travels extensively throughout central Alabama and NE Georgia. The seasonal prescribed fire crew works with other Conservancy staff in preparation and implementation of prescribed burns at various locations which may be owned by TNC or its public or private partners. The work schedule is weather dependent and may be highly irregular, including weekends. Routine preserve management activities such as trash removal, boundary posting, invasive species management, forest management, ecological monitoring and other stewardship activities may be performed during periods when weather is not suitable for fire management activities. The Conservancy provides crew members with transportation for work-related activities. Housing is provided for crew members. Camping may be required periodically.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager is the crew’s liaison with the fire management staff, and is supervised by the Mountain Longleaf Conservation Coordinator. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager is responsible for supervising three seasonal FFT2 prescribed fire crew members during non-fire activities including: preserve maintenance/management, staging, transportation, and equipment maintenance. She/he may serve as squad boss on prescribed burns as assigned by the burn boss, and may assist on wildland fire operations with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners with prescribed or wildland fire management activities.

This is a full-time, short-term position with anticipated start date of January 11, 2016, and duration of less than 6 months.


The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of three seasonal FFT2 prescribed fire crew members and participates in wildland fire operations, which include: ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. She/he will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. She/he may perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to fire management 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 October 14, 2015.

2016 JFSP Research Funding Opportunity Solicitation is Now Open (posted September 16, 2015)

Open:   September 11, 2015

Closes:  November 13, 2015 (Friday at 5 PM Mountain Standard Time)

 The primary funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0016-0001) includes the following 8 task statements:

1.      Implications of changing ecosystems in selected regions
2.      Social and regulatory barriers and facilitators to implementing prescribed fire
3.      Maintenance and restoration of sagebrush habitat in the Great Basin
4.      Effects of fire on tree mortality
5.      Post-fire landscape management
6.      Regional needs - Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientist: Season of prescribed burning to  reach management objectives
7.      Regional needs - Oak Woodlands and Forests Fire Consortium: Prescribed fire effects on wood products
8.      Regional needs - Southern Fire Exchange: Prescribed fire smoke emissions

The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award primary funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0016-0002) includes the following task statement and must directly relate to the mission and goals of JFSP by addressing one of the following topics:

·         Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime)
·         Post-fire recovery (e.g., effects of burn severity, treatment effectiveness)
·         Smoke or emissions assessments
·         Fire weather
·         Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science,  public perceptions, fire-adapted communities)

Proposals on other GRIN topics will not be reviewed.

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is interested in sponsoring projects that explore and better define the concept of resilient landscapes, especially considering changing climates. This funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0016-0003) includes one task statement.

         New Science Initiative - Ecological and social dimensions of resilient landscapes
The Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) is to provide observational data necessary to evaluate and advance operationally used fire and smoke modeling systems and their underlying scientific understanding.  This funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0016-0004) includes the following 5 task statements:

1.         Fuels and consumption
2.         Fire behavior and energy
3.         Plume development and meteorology
4.         Smoke emissions, chemistry, and transport
5.         Modeling leads

Visit http://www.firescience.gov and look for Funding Opportunity Notices (FONS) in the upper left rotating panels. Click on View and apply.

For an in-depth examination of both the primary and GRIN funding opportunities, please go to: http://www.firescience.gov/JFSP_funding_announcements.cfm

Administrative questions should be addressed to Becky Jenison (208) 387 5958 (bjenison@blm.gov).
Task statement questions should be addressed to John Cissel at (208) 387 5349 (jcissel@blm.gov) or Ed Brunson at (208) 387 5975 (ebrunson@blm.gov).

Call for Presentation Proposals - 5th Int'l Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference (posted September 16, 2015)

The Call for Presentation Proposals is now open for the 5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference. The conference is being held concurrently in Portland, Oregon, USA and Melbourne, VIC, Australia the week of April 11-15, 2016.

Be part of this leading international Wildland Fire Conference and present your latest results to Wildland Fire Professionals from around the globe.

There will be a separate program for each venue but some sessions will overlap, providing the opportunity for some live presentations across both venues. The joint conference proceedings from both Portland and Melbourne will be published by the International Association of Wildfire.

All presentation proposals must be submitted using the online abstract system. There are separate submission systems for each location, please select carefully to submit your presentation proposal to the conference location you will be attending: Portland, Oregon or Melbourne, Australia.


Fires of Change Art Exhibition (posted September 9, 2015)

September 5 - October 31, 2015
Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, Arizona
Fires of Change is a Joint Fire Science Program and NEA funded art exhibition. The exhibition will explore, through the eyes of artists, the increase in severity, size and number of wildfires in the Southwest and their impact on the landscape.

NOTE: The Fires of Change Keynote Speaker has changed from what is listed in the Flagstaff Festival of Science program: Internationally recognized fire historian, Stephen Pyne, will now give the Fires of Change keynote presentation on September 24th at the Coconino Center for the Arts, titled: Untamed Art: The Story of the World's Most Famous Fire Painting.

September 19- Public Reception
September 20- Artist and Scientist presentations
September 22- Curator (Shawn Skabelund) and Scientist (Pete Fulé) presentations
September 24- Stephen Pyne, Keynote Presentation

The 2014 Proceedings of the Large Wildland Fires Conference now available! (posted September 1, 2015)

To access the proceedings, click HERE.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 28, 2015.

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

The IAWF is now accepting nominations for four IAWF Awards!

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

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2015.

For more information, click HERE.

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

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

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0462-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Temporary NTE 1040 hrs.

DUTY LOCATIONS: 3 vacancies in Brazoria, TX


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

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

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.

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


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


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.

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