June 2016

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About FRAMES

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

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

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

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Announcements

Job: NWCG Website Manager - Boise, ID (posted June 30, 2016)

Job Summary

This position is located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho. 

Duties

  • Plan, design, develop, maintain, and continuously improve a superior quality and high functioning NWCG website.
  • Establish and implement a coherent and comprehensive system for long term website management.
  • Utilize established industry standard website development and management technologies and platforms to ensure effective website navigation procedures and clear content architecture.
  • Establish and cultivate cooperative working relationships with all pertinent stakeholders, including staff, committee members, executive board members, and the larger wildland fire community.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationship with contracted enterprise unit and hosting agency personnel for website technical and administrative support, developmental services, template and structure design enhancements, software updates, troubleshooting, and other website support services.

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

Closes Tuesday 7/12/2016

Postdoctoral Position - Vegetation Modeling - France (posted June 30, 2016)

The European Space Agency (ESA) CCI (Climate Change Initiative) project aims to generate a number of essential climate variables (ECVs) using satellite sensors. The CCI Fire Project will deliver new burned area time series over the period 2000-2017 using data from the MERIS instrument and other sensors. At the same time, specific burned area data related to “small fires” which are difficult to capture using moderate resolution images, will be developed for Africa based on data from Sentinel-2.

We seek to hire a post-doctoral fellow responsible for using the new ESA CCI fire products in a global biosphere model, and calculating the impact of fires on the carbon balance of ecosystems at regional and global scale. The position will be hired jointly between LSCE (http://www.lsce.ipsl.fr) and CEFE (http://www.cefe.cnrs.fr/fr/) two research institutes from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) located near Paris and at Montpellier, respectively for a total duration of three years.

Scientific activities will cover the benchmarking of the global dynamic vegetation model ORCHIDEE using the new ESA burned area products. The novelty of this work is the focus on the simulation of fire patch distribution and post fire ecosystem resilience, combining burned area and subsequent vegetation productivity indicators (NDVI, LAI). International collaboration within the ESA CCI consortium and with fire scientists in South Africa (S. Archibald), Northern Eurasia and the US (W.M. Hao) is planned.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Forest and Agroforestry Systems Modeler – Colorado State University (posted June 30, 2016)

The Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University seeks to hire a forest/agroforestry systems modeler to work on the integration of the USDA Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) into the USDA/NRCS COMET-Farm entity-level greenhouse gas inventory system.

This position involves working with scientists at Colorado State University, the U.S. Forest Service and elsewhere to update the Forest Service “Green Book” (Smith, J.E. et al. 2006, Methods for calculating forest ecosystem and harvested carbon with standard estimates for forest types of the United States) to reflect new forest management methods and integrate improved forest carbon stock models into the document. Updated data from the effort will be integrated into the Forestry module of the COMET-Farm tool. The position will also involve working with software developers at Colorado State University to develop a method to run the Forest Service Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) model within the COMET-Farm Forestry Module, to implement the large landowner component of the USDA’s entity-level greenhouse gas inventory methods (Eve, M. et al. (Eds). 2014. Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory. USDA Technical Bulletin 1939). The position has the potential to extend here at CSU into additional forestry and wildfire modeling work for the Bioenergy Alliance of the Rockies (BANR).

The successful candidate will have at least a B.S. or B.A. in Forestry, Forest Science, Soil Science, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources Management or a related field. An M.Sc. or M.A. in a related field is desired. Experience with forest inventory methods along with forest stand and biomass modeling using the USFS Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) model is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Visit the announcement page for a full position description.

Job: District/Zone Fire Management Officer - Shasta-Trinity NF (posted June 29, 2016)

Duties:

The DZFMO plans, develops, implements, coordinates, and evaluates an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives. Maintains safety first as the foundation for all aspects of fire and aviation management. Provides administrative supervision to subordinate fire supervisors and staff. Directs a fire management program with a high complexity level. Provides technical input and coordinates the accomplishments of the fire management planning to support the development of the district/zone land management goals and objectives. Incumbent coordinates and administers the district/zone fire and fuels management program, annual and out-year budget, and program of work to assure balance in funding, and recommends changes to supervisor as appropriate. Coordinates complex operations with cooperating agencies on incidents during all phases of the fire, fuels and aviation management planning on the district/zone.

For more information on this outreach notice visit the announcement page.

Job: Mad Island Marsh Preserve Technician - TNC - Collegeport, TX (posted June 27, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Mad Island Marsh Preserve Technician performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Technician maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock. S/he may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Preserve Technician will open and close the Mad Island Marsh Preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

HOW TO APPLY

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 July 8, 2016.

Job: Strike Team Member - The Nature Conservancy - Makanada, IL (posted June 24, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Conservation Practitioner I participates as a member of the Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team working on high quality State, Federal, and Private lands.

This position is expected to end o/a December 31, 2018.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Practitioner I works mostly outdoors and performs a variety of invasive species control work including Early Detection/Rapid Response, herbicide, mechanical control, and prescribed fire. The CP I utilizes cutting edge technologies to map infestations and track treatment methods.

HOW TO APPLY

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 July 7, 2016.

Northern California WTREX (posted June 24, 2016)

This training is being held from October 17-28. Applications are due July 31. For application information visit this page.

A prescribed fire training exchange that recognizes and reinforces the critical role of women's leadership and perspective in fire management

Key things to know about WTREX:

  • Applications are due July 31, 2016.
  • This year, WTREX will represent a one-time refocusing of the Nor Cal TREX (working in the same locations with Nor Cal TREX burn hosts); new WTREX locations are anticipated for future years.
  • WTREX is an intensive two-week training exchange that combines practical live-fire training with indoor learning and discussion to advance participants’ qualifications and experience in wildland fire operations.
  • WTREX will engage both women and men in building a support network for female fire practitioners working to advance their leadership in wildland fire management.
  • WTREX participants will work together to accomplish much-needed prescribed burning in a variety of fire-adapted ecosystems in northwestern California.
  • Today’s fire problems are so complex that we need to elevate diversity in intellect, talent, and perspective in order to solve them.
  • Managers of federal, tribal, and private lands will serve as hosts, inviting teams of WTREX participants to burn on their land.

Job: Field Ecologist - Illinois (posted June 23, 2016)

V3 Companies’ ecological restoration division performs a wide range of services on wetland properties and natural areas including design, construction/implementation, and long term management. The preferred candidate for the Field Ecologist role will have a background in natural area installation and management and/or agricultural knowledge related to planting and seeding of natural areas. The primary role of this position will be to lead crews and conduct field labor for invasive species control, native plan installations, erosion control installation, select tree removal, and prescribed burns.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Management capability to lead and direct field crews
  • Application of herbicide (hand wicking, backpack spraying, etc.)
  • Manual weed pulling by hand, mowing, weed whipping
  • Native plug installation
  • Brush clearing, tree cutting and general chainsaw work
  • Erosion control installations
  • General field labor
  • Coordination with construction foreman, project managers and ecologists
  • Work hours (average) range from 30-60 hours/week and varies with seasons

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (posted June 23, 2016)

On June 7th, 2016, the Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of another $1 million for wildfire risk reduction projects, through the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRG).

Two types of projects will be considered through this grant program:

  • Fuels treatment projects located in Colorado that reduce the risk of damage to property, infrastructure, water supplies, and other high-valued assets as a result of wildfire and/or limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas.
  • Projects that address unmet needs for capacity at the local level. These grants are designed to provide communities with equipment that will enable them to treat hazardous fuels on state and private lands going forward.

The timeline for this grant cycle is as follows:

  • RFA release – June 7th, 2016
  • Application deadline – August 8th, 2016, 11:59 pm
  • Anticipated award date – September 19th, 2016
  • Project completion deadline – May 31st, 2018

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRG), created under Senate Bill 13- 269, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. Through four grant cycles, the WRRG Program has now awarded nearly $10.8 million in grants to 116 projects across 27 counties throughout the state.

In the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 16-003, which authorized an additional $1 million for the WRRG Program.

For more information visit this page.

Job: Research Associate - Oregon State University (posted June 23, 2016)

This position conducts research in the study of spatial pattern and predictability of contemporary wildfire ‘refugia’ (unburned patches of burn mosaics) in western North America. This position will be responsible for geospatial and statistical analyses of large datasets, interpretation of model results, and communication of findings in peer reviewed journal and conference presentations. This position will work as part of an existing collaborative effort with research partners Drs. Meg Krawchuk, Sandra Haire, Carol Miller, Jonathan Coop, and Marc-Andre Parisien.

Position Duties:

45% – Data collection, geospatial analyses (e.g., burn severity metrics such as those gleaned from Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity Program (MTBS), fire weather/climate, topography, land management, land cover), and statistical model development (e.g., Classification and Regression Tree (CART), and Generalized Linear Model (GLM) to determine explanatory variables regulating the occurrence of fire refugia (unburned patches) of forest landscapes across western North America, with a focus on topographic/physiognomic predictability.

20% – Interpretation of model outputs in the context of landscape ecology, conservation, and land management. Development of effective data graphics to communicate results in a meaningful format, including to scientists and resource managers.

35% – Preparation of written results into publishable format, and submission to peer reviewed journals. Presentation of results at scientific conferences and/or meetings. Interaction/communication with members of the lab group at OSU and communication with project collaborators.

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Job: Forest & Fire Program - Planning & Partnership Coordinator - TNC - Boulder, CO (posted June 21, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Planning and Partnership Coordinator works with the Colorado Forest Restoration and Fire team to coordinate, manage, and support the implementation of on-the-ground projects to achieve strategic plan objectives.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Planning and Partnership Coordinator provides coordination, management and support to facilitate implementation of on-the-ground projects associated with the Nature Conservancy in Colorado’s Forest Restoration and Fire Program. S/he works with the Program Director, Fire Manager, and the Conservancy’s Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module (Module) to coordinate the execution of these projects with partnering agencies, organizations and individuals. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing/maintaining effective relationships with local, state and federal agencies, other TNC Chapters, non-governmental organizations and private landowners.
  • Working with TNC legal staff, the Program Director, Fire Manager, and Module to develop and maintain agreements and contracts with agencies and other partners ensuring mechanisms are in place for training, mutual aid response, prescribed and wildland fire work and non-fire stewardship projects.
  • Tracking and reporting on-the-ground accomplishments related to the Forest Restoration and Fire Program
  • Managing forestry and fire-related projects in a coordination and/or support role.
  • Supporting the Fire Manager and Module with the development and approval of Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and Site Fire Management Plans. S/he works with the Fire Manager to ensure TNC, Local/State, and Federal guidelines and requirements are understood and met or exceeded.
  • Participating with the Fire Manager and Module to implement prescribed fire projects. S/he infrequently participates with the Module on stewardship projects and/or wildland fire suppression assignments.
  • Providing expertise and support, both internally and externally, to fire planners, burn bosses, forest land managers and other partners and cooperators for the benefit of fire, forest restoration and/or other conservation projects.
  • Keeping abreast of new forestry and fire management techniques and contributing to the incorporation of the most up-to-date science and techniques are incorporated into restoration strategies.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate and work closely with burn bosses, land managers, agency representatives, property owners, scientists and others to develop and implement strategies and meet conservation and fire management objectives.
  • Ability to independently manage a variety of projects and tasks and deliver quality results under deadlines and/or according to specified timelines.

HOW TO APPLY

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 July 10, 2016.

Job: Land Management Technician / Burn Crew Member - TNC - Minnesota (posted June 20, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Land Management Tech (Technican) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape. The Technician must use safety equipment and must maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns. This position requires irregular hours and long days. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is a seasonal position from August 1, 2016 to October 28, 2016).

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Supervises no staff, but may help plan and direct preserve work groups, including staff or volunteers.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • May work under infrequent supervision.
  • Control of exotic species by biocontrol measures or through herbicide application with back-pack sprayer and wick applicator, mowing, hand cutting with machetes, chainsaws, brush cutters, and other tools.
  • Maintain accurate records and maps of herbicide use, biocontrol releases, mowed areas, and species managed.
  • Assist on prairie reconstruction projects including seed collecting, post seeding mowing management and spot treatment of noxious weed patches.

HOW TO APPLY

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 July 1, 2016.

Postdoctoral Position - Forest Ecosystems and Society - Oregon State University (posted June 20, 2016)

Postdoctoral position studying spatial patterns of contemporary wildfire ‘refugia’ in western North America

The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment for a second year is at the discretion of the Department Head. This position conducts research in the study of spatial pattern and predictability of contemporary wildfire ‘refugia’ (unburned patches of burn mosaics) in western North America. This position will be responsible for geospatial and statistical analyses of large datasets, interpretation of model results, and communication of findings in peer reviewed journal and conference presentations. There is potential to contribute to the fieldwork component of the research program.

This successful candidate will work with Dr. Meg Krawchuk at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon as part of an existing collaborative effort with research partners Dr. Sandra Haire (Haire Laboratory), Dr. Carol Miller (Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute), Dr. Jonathan Coop (Western State Colorado University), and Dr. Marc-André Parisien (Canadian Forest Service), and Dr. Geneva Chong (USGS).

Position duties:

45% – Data collection, geospatial analyses (e.g., burn severity metrics such as those gleaned from Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity Program (MTBS), fire weather/climate, topography, land management, land cover), and statistical model development (e.g., Classification and Regression Tree (CART), and Generalized Linear Model (GLM) to determine explanatory variables regulating the occurrence of fire refugia (unburned patches) of forest landscapes across western North America, with a focus on topographic/physiognomic predictability.20% – Interpretation of model outputs in the context of landscape ecology, conservation, and land management. Development of effective data graphics to communicate results in a meaningful format, including to scientists and resource managers.35% – Preparation of written results into publishable format, and submission to peer reviewed journals. Presentation of results at scientific conferences and/or meetings. Interaction/communication with members of the lab group at OSU and communication with project collaborators.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Fire Ecologist/Forest Community Ecologist – Missouri (posted June 20, 2016)

Duties and Responsibilities:

The principle responsibility of this position is to coordinate and administer a program of scientific research and assessment that fulfills information needs for restoring forest system components in upland forests in Missouri. Under the supervision of a Resource Science Supervisor (Forest Systems Field Station) this Resource Scientist is responsible for:

Research:

Designs, budgets, and conducts management evaluation projects on developing methods for restoring flora in Missouri’s upland forest communities e.g. shortleaf pine, pine/oak, savannah, glade and oak communities. Primary efforts focus on the effects of prescribed burning on all levels of forest/woodland flora. Provides prescribed burning expertise on collaborative projects with regional staff, Resource Science Field Station and Central Office staff, and outside managers and researchers (USFS, TNC, USGS, and universities) to develop and execute research projects. Provides input during research project reviews and actively participates on project review teams for other research. Maintains the capacity to conduct high-quality research and disseminate state-of-the-art information by reading current applicable scientific literature, and attending and participating in scientific meetings.

For more information visit the full position announcement.

Postdoctoral Position - Postdoctoral in Soil Quality - University of Idaho (posted June 20, 2016)

A post-doctoral opportunity is available to study chemical and biological soil quality of wood-based bioenergy feedstock production at University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences. The postdoc will conduct field and laboratory research to determine relative soil microbial activity, nutrient and greenhouse gas fluxes, and sediment loss in poplar energy crops compared to agricultural and managed forests systems. Qualifications include PhD in forest or ecosystem science, microbial ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or related fields; significant field and laboratory research experience; biometric capabilities to analyze, model and synthesize long-term multivariate data sets. Candidates should demonstrate research productivity through a consistent record of peer-reviewed publications. Funding is available for one year. Other potential sources of support depend on qualifications. Find detailed position description and application information under Posting Number: SP000987P at https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/14391. First consideration will be given to those who apply by July 13, 2016. Project information is available at hardwoodbiofuels.org and www.uidaho.edu/cnr/ifc.

Job: Faculty Tenure -Track Position - Humbolt State University (posted June 20, 2016)

DUTIES:

Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research rec ord. Teaching assignments may include: Applied Natural History & Ecology, Principles of Ecological Restoration, Applied Ecological Restoration, Environmental Methods, Environmental Science and Management Senior Capstone, Freshman Seminar, and Graduate Seminar. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research and scholarship/creative activity; and service to the University, profession and community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system -wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

For a full position description and application instructions visit the full position announcement.

Job: Research Field Technician - University of Missouri (posted June 16, 2016)

University of Missouri in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation is now accepting applications to fill seven (7) research field technician positions working on the woody vegetation study of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Study sites are located in the southeast Missouri Ozarks in Reynolds, Shannon, and Carter Counties. Work includes mapping individual trees > 4.5 in. dbh and all understory woody plants >1m within permanent research plots; by identifying species, measuring diameter, and determining crown class in an oak-hickory-pine forest community. Work is scheduled to begin on September 26, 2016 and conclude mid-March 2017, pending funding approval. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors in cold/wet weather, often in rugged terrain. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in dendrology and/or plant taxonomy. Map reading and orienteering skills are highly desired.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Research Field Crew Leader - University of Missouri (posted June 16, 2016)

University of Missouri in collaboration with Missouri Department of Conservation is now accepting applications to fill one (1) research field crew leader position working on the woody vegetation study of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). Study sites are located in the southeast Missouri Ozarks in Reynolds, Shannon, and Carter Counties. Work includes mapping individual trees > 4.5 in. dbh and all understory woody plants >1m within permanent research plots; by identifying species, measuring diameter, and determining crown class in an oak-hickory-pine forest community. The crew leader will be responsible for training technicians, daily logistics, data management and quality control. The crew leader is scheduled to begin work on September 19, 2016 and conclude mid-March 2017, pending funding approval. Applicants should be willing to work outdoors in cold/wet weather, often in rugged terrain. Experience in dendrology and/or plant taxonomy will be required. Previous experience leading field crews > 2 members will be required. Map reading and orienteering skills are highly desired.

For more information visit the announcement page.

Job: Assistant District Forester - Colorado (posted June 14, 2016)

Under the supervision of the District Forester, these positions will be the lead for one or more of the following program areas: forest agriculture, state parks forest management, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship planning, outreach programs, Firewise, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, forest management, and wildfire mitigation, grant program management, state trust lands, pile burning on state lands, insect and disease. Grant programs these positions will administer include but are not limited to: Colorado Forest Restoration, State & Private Forestry, State Fire Assistance, Community Assistance Funding on Adjacent Lands, and other State and Federal grants. These positons will provide technical assistance to local landowners regarding forest health (insects, disease, and wildfire mitigation) and prepare program related reports. In addition, these positions will also provide assistance to other district staff in additional program areas including forest product sales, local government parks and open space projects, community/HOA assistance, private lands forest management, seasonal crew hiring and oversight, district facilities maintenance, and district equipment management. At times, these positions will develop service agreements with landowners by creating scopes of work, assessing district budgets, resources, and personnel, deciding the technical requirements needed for the agreement, and obtaining appropriate signatures. These positions will lead district work teams, train and mentor district staff members, develop and manage program and project budgets up to $250,000, create detailed work plans, serve as the acting District Forester in the District Foresters absence, and participate on agency committees.

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Job: Ecological Restoration Specialist - Nevada (posted June 13, 2016)

This position will involve a variety of tasks directly related to habitat restoration and ecological monitoring. Main duties include:

  • Support the Invasive Plant Management Program (treating invasive terrestrial and aquatic vegetation by hand, mechanically, or through chemical application of herbicides, follow-up monitoring; and providing treatment recommendations to Refuge Management);
  • Re-vegetation of restoration sites with native plants;
  • Map treatment areas and restoration sites with GPS;
  • Participate in control of non-native aquatic species (using minnow traps, gigs, spears, and nets) and handling non-native species;
  • Record data, maintain written records and electronic databases, and compile reports;
  • Assist with updating the Integrated Pest Management Plan;
  • Maintain field equipment and tools;
  • Assist with supervision and direction of volunteers, Great Basin Institute AmeriCorps Interns, and Nevada Conservation Corps crews when working in the Refuge;
  • Support the Bird Monitoring Program (surveys include the Nevada Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Survey, Aquatic Bird Counts, Christmas Bird Count, Mourning Dove Survey, Plover Surveys, and Marsh Bird Survey)

For a full position listing and to apply visit this page.

Job: Environmental Specialist - Air Quality - Arizona (posted June 10, 2016)

The Environmental Specialist - Air Quality is responsible for implementing air quality tasks within the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), including permits, emissions inventories, compliance assistance, and monitoring and providing support with the continued development of the GRIC Tribal Implementation Plan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Collection of annual emission inventory data, logging information into and maintaining database.
  • Provide technical support to the Community and industrial facilities in reviewing proposals from existing and prospective facilities and industries.
  • Interprets air quality control regulations and provides explanation to the public.
  • Assess whether proposed operations, emissions and emission impacts comply with relevant limitations.
  • Identify and analyze relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Establish and maintain on - going cooperation with other reg ulatory agencies. • Draft permit documents and supporting technical memoranda.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the GRIC Tribal Implementation Plan for air quality.
  • Manage deadlines and timeframes for permit - related tasks, such as permit renewals, emission inventory requests, annual invoices, etc.
  • Support maintenance, operation, calibration and data collection of air quality monitoring and meteorological stations , as necessary.
  • Assist with compliance inspections of industrial facilities and businesses within the Community.
  • Deliver and assist with presentations at public meetings, Tribal Committees and Tribal Council.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Job: Environmental Specialist - Climate Change - Arizona (posted June 10, 2016)

This position is responsible for the oversight and management of a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Climate Adaption Grant. This position will develop and implement a comprehensive climate adaptation plan for the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). This position is responsible for coordinating a GRIC stakeholders climate adaption team which will work together to develop a Community - wide climate adaption strategy. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating meetings, trainings, and completion of the GRIC climate adaption plan which will help the Community to successfully plan for and adapt to the effects of climate change.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop and implement a GRIC climate change adaptation planning initiative/strategy; enabling GRIC to analyze and prepare for a rapidly changing desert southwest climate.
  • Responsible for facilitating and coordinating a climate adaption team to ensure completion of a GRIC climate adaption plan.
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing and monitoring budget in accordance with specified grant, scheduling expenditures, and analyzing variances.
  • Develop and submit grant reports/deliverables, and final planning documents.
  • Work with program staff to market, and deliver information relating to climate change to schools, districts and Community members.
  • Pursue additional grant funding to sustain the Community’s climate change efforts.
  • Attend Community, District and departmental meetings as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Input Needed on Draft Fuel Model Guide for Alaska (posted June 9, 2016)

The Fire Behavior and Modeling Group is leading a revision of the 2008 Fuel Model Guide. We hope to finalize the revision in winter 2016-17. They are looking for photos and feedback from people familiar with fire in Alaska and those who have opportunities to observe fire behavior during the 2016 fire season, particularly in Closed Black Spruce and Open Black Spruce forest types. Visit the FMAC page to learn more.

Job: Southeastern Coastal Plain Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Wilmington, NC (posted June 2, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Southeastern Coastal Plain Land Steward will manage and enhance conservation projects in the southern coastal plain of North Carolina. This position will advance the restoration and management of longleaf pine habitats in the Onslow Bight and Cape Fear Arch regions of North Carolina. The position close date is July 1, 2016.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Southeastern Coastal Plain Land Steward will assist with the responsibility for the stewardship of TNC land interests in the coastal plain of North Carolina including fee and easement lands. S/he will assume roles in land management and restoration projects on TNC lands and with partner organizations. Specific duties will include but are not limited to managing projects, developing and administrating contracts for habitat management, planning and implementing prescribed fire, creating and implementing management plans, assisting in coordination and management of TNC interns, fire staff, and volunteers, monitoring conservation easement and fee lands, and other general land steward activities. S/he promotes community support and maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages to completion.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, s/he will be responsible for keeping abreast of new techniques for prescribed burning and project management. S/he will maintain fire line certification with the ability to pass the annual physical fitness requirements.

The Southeastern Coastal Plain Land Steward works out of the Wilmington, NC satellite office and is supervised by the Coastal Fire and Restoration Manager.

HOW TO APPLY

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 30, 2016.

Job: Assistant Professor in Wildland Fire, University of Alberta (posted June 1, 2016)

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences - Department of Renewable Resources

Competition No.  -      A108229470

Closing Date  -            Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Renewable Resources seeks an Assistant Professor (tenure track) for a teaching/research position focused on wildland fire ecology, management, behaviour or operations research.  The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences emphasizes excellence in teaching and encourages innovative pedagogical approaches, including distance delivery and blended learning. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in fire management, forest ecology, or related fields. The successful applicant is expected to develop a nationally competitive, externally funded research program that creates and sustains collaborative relationships with fire scientists and managers at the provincial and federal governments through the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, https://www.ualberta.ca/~wcwfs/. The candidate’s research should complement the existing research strengths of the Department in forest ecology, forest protection and sustainable forest management.

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

Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Humboldt State University (posted May 24, 2016)

Post-fire vegetation responses: The Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University (HSU; Arcata, CA, USA) is seeking a full-time, 12 month Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of plant and fire ecology. The successful applicant will perform field research in northern California, supervise a field crew, conduct data analyses, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, and maintain lab and equipment organization. The work will focus on characterizing the differences between once and twice burned coniferous forests, specifically using the Sims and Saddle Fires that burned on the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. The objectives of the work are to understand how fire, and repeated fire, influence plant communities – including tree, shrub, and herbaceous components. The work being conducted is a collaboration with the US Forest Service (USFS), and is a joint project run by Dr. Erik Jules (HSU) and Dr. Ramona Butz (USFS). Additional field-based projects may be pursued depending on the interest of the candidate and include work on knobcone pine expansion in northern California. In addition, this position could include a teaching component, if the candidate is interested in increasing their experience in the classroom (not required). The candidate should have (1) a PhD in biology, forestry, or a related field; (2) strong field-based skills in plant and/or forest ecology; (3) strong quantitative skills; (4) strong GIS, database, and modeling skills; and (5) an interest in fire ecology. Experience with and/or interest in working with LiDAR data is a plus.

Salary is $40k with benefits. Start date is flexible but ideally the candidate can begin work in or around January of 2017. Applications should be submitted no later than September 1, 2016 as a single pdf to Erik Jules (erik.jules@humboldt.edu) and include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing past research experience and interests, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

Wildfire Decision Support Training Opportunities (posted May 23, 2016)

The Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, & Application (WFM RD&A) program is providing opportunities for individuals to gain and improve skills in large fire decision support, fire behavior analysis, and in Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Selected individuals will assist the WFM RD&A by supporting incidents at the National Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) Decision Support Centers.

There are two on the job training opportunities available:

  • Call When Needed opportunities, which supplement regular staff as necessary. Support lasts a few hours to two shifts.
  • Mentee opportunities, which are 14 day (or longer) commitments where individuals are integrated into the RD&A staff.

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JFSP Funded Projects - 2016 (posted May 6, 2016)

For a list of all projects funded by the JFSP for fiscal year 2016 click here (PDF).

Job: Clemson University 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.

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, www.feis-crs.org/feis). FEIS staff defined 184 fire regimes by grouping the ~2,500 Biophysical Settings (BpS) models produced by LANDFIRE (www.landfire.gov/fireregime.php) 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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