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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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Announcements

Job: Habitat Tech - Prairie Coteau, The Nature Conservancy, SD (posted February 11, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Habitat Technician (HT) be supervised by the Land Steward but will work under the daily direction of the long term Range Technician. The Habitat Technician will be expected to travel individually or with a crew to perform various grazing program and habitat maintenance duties on Nature Conservancy preserves in Eastern South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota. This is a seasonal position from April 11, 2016 to September 7, 2016.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Habitat Technician duties will include daily conversations with supervisor(s) to receive assignments and report on results. Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The Habitat Technician must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks primarily include fence construction and maintenance, vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, identifying management needs for preserves, reporting, and miscellaneous duties as assigned. Duties will also include installation of firebreaks for prescribed fire and prescribed fire implementation as part of a prescribed burn crew. As part of the burn crew the HT will participate in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Habitat Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Occasional overnight or extended periods away from base office may be required. This position is based on a 40 hr work week, but may require irregular hours, long days, and travel on short notice.

Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice. If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.

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 02/15/16.

Job: Fire and Restoration Crew Member (As Needed), The Nature Conservancy (posted February 11, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Fire and Restoration Crew Members are temporary, as needed positions. Hours will fluctuate depending on fire conditions and there will be some weeks where no work is available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire and Restoration Crew members will participate on prescribed fire crews on both Conservancy’s and partner properties in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Field duties may include conducting fireline preparations, fuel reduction, equipment mobilizing, maintenance and repair, supporting prescribed burn operations, and post burn monitoring. Crew members should expect to work with hand tools, pumps, chainsaws, ATV/UTV’s, type six, type seven wildland engines, GPS devices and digital cameras. The crew may be required to work on some weekends. Crew members must be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks and remain flexible with short-notice scheduling adjustments.

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 February 18, 2016.

Job: Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module Lead Firefighter, TNC, Loveland, CO (posted February 11, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Wildland Fire Module Lead Firefighter participates in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, pre/post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships with the fire and natural resource management community in areas where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wildland fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies.

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

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • In the absence of the Module overhead, may act in their place depending on assignments and qualifications.
  • Manages work assignments and supervises assigned personnel during fire and non-fire assignments with minimal direction from supervisors.
  • Assists with module and equipment management and maintains a state of readiness.
  • Serves as a representative of the Module in project planning and preparations with field representatives of partnering agencies, organizations and individuals.
  • Develops and/or reviews burn plans and site fire management plans; ensures that all plans meet applicable Conservancy, state and/or local requirements.
  • Develops and/or reviews non-fire project plans, including tree cutting, trail construction, fencing, erosion repair and other stewardship activities.
  • Coordinates, in partnership with Module Leader, all logistical and other planning requirements needed to set the stage for safe and effective implementation of prescribed burns and other stewardship projects.
  • Obtains all required state/local smoke and burn permits.
  • Maintains all necessary project documentation.
  • Takes the lead in working with designated TNC staff and partners to ensure that all fiscal requirements are met for each project, including detailed cost tracking, and documents are submitted in a timely manner for project billing and cost reimbursement.

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 February 22, 2016.

Job: Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module Crewmember, TNC, Loveland, CO (posted February 11, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Wildland Fire Module Crewmember position serves on a 8-10 person, Interagency Wildland Fire Module that participates in fire and non-fire activities, as directed by a supervisor, burn boss or other command position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module Crew Member participates in wildland and prescribed fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating in fire activities must be qualified as a FFT2. The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, pre & post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Crewmembers may perform other land management duties when conditions are not conducive for prescribed fire.

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 February 22, 2016.

Job: As-Needed Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Baxley, GA (posted February 11, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

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

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The As-Needed Burn Crew Member will participate on prescribed burns located throughout the state of Georgia and possibly Alabama on a strictly As-Needed basis. The Conservancy has multiple burns each year in which additional staff are needed for individual burns. This position is meant to help fill in the gap of required personnel for individual single-day prescribed fire operations. Staffing needs for this position are currently projected to average 1 operational period on a biweekly basis. Opportunities for operational periods are strictly at the discretion of GA-TNC Burn Bosses, will likely be sporadic and clustered by opportune weather conditions, and no guarantee of a minimum number of opportunities is given or implied. As-Needed Burn Crew members will also participate on opportunities only as their own schedules will allow, and thus participation on any given opportunity is not required.

The primary responsibility of the As-Needed Burn Crew Member will be to assist in conducting prescribed burns on key TNC preserves and assist TNC partners such as private land owners, state, and federal agencies. S/he will participate in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2.

Individual is expected to provide their own personal protective equipment as outlined by the TNC fire management manual and to be able provide their own transportation. Carpooling options and some loaner equipment may be available with sufficient pre-notification.

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 February 19, 2016.

2016 IAWF Graduate Scholarships (posted February 11, 2016)

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2016 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community.

The application period will be open between 10 February 2016 and 28 March 2016. Award winners will be announced by the end of May 2016.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student's submitted essay.

Click here to see the guidelines and apply online.

Job: Undergraduate Research Assistant - Forest Restoration and Fire Management (posted February 11, 2016)

An undergraduate research assistant position is available in the Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology laboratory in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (MSU).

The undergraduate research assistant will help complete field work for a forest restoration project conducted in the mixed-conifer forest of the Sierra Nevada region of northern California. The general objective of this project is to determine the effective intensity of mechanical thinning treatments to remove shade tolerant competitor tree species and thereby promote the productivity and health of ponderosa pine and sugar pine. The project will also help limit the risk of large-scale, stand-replacing crown fires in this forest region.

Field work responsibilities will primarily involve examining post-treatment responses of ecophysiological variables (e.g., leaf water potential, stem sap flow, stable carbon isotopes, automatic dendrometers) and micro-environmental variables (e.g., soil moisture and light)

This position will be for about a 4-month period during the summer from May 2016 to August 2016. Work will be on average 40 hrs/week. The salary offered will depend on prior experience.

Qualifications: All junior or senior students currently enrolled in an academic program related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or similarly related natural resource fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess a strong work ethic. A background or strong interest in conducting field-based research is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is preferable. Candidates must be willing and able to travel long distances, camp outdoors on occasion, do physically demanding work, and work in hot or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

Please submit a cover letter and resume, and contact information of two references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit material by March 4, 2016. For additional information or to submit application material, please contact Iris Allen (alleniri@msu.edu).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred candidate qualities include:

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

* A familiarity with wildfire and landscape management modelling programs.

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

* Ability to use Geographic Information Systems software.

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

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

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

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

Job: Cape Fear Arch Burn Crew Member, The Nature Conservancy, Wilmington, NC (posted February 2, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Coastal Plain Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
  • Participates in restoration efforts with thinning, planting, and monitoring.
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the region 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 on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew members.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an administratively determined, short term federal employee).

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 02/12/16.

Job: Cape Fear Arch Burn Crew Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Wilmington, NC (posted February 2, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The NC Coastal Plain Prescribed Fire Crew Manager participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the Coastal Plain 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 on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing is provided to fire crew staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

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 February 12, 2016.

First Edition of the Driptorch Digest (posted January 29, 2016)

Starting in January 2016, The SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group will publish the Driptorch Digest e-newsletter on a monthly basis, following our monthly meeting. Although the content is tailored to those participating in the Work Group, much of it may be of interest to others working in land management and collaborative restoration, particularly those utilizing prescribed fire within fire-adapted systems.

The Driptorch Digest will report on recent projects of the SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group and/or its member organizations, current relevant news stories, articles and online resources of interest, and training, webinar, workshop and conference listings.

To subscribe to the Driptorch Digest visit this page. By subscribing, you will also receive any blog entries posted on the Southeast Prescribed Fire Update.

Job: Southern Maine Land StewardBurn Crew Leader, The Nature Conservancy, Wells, ME (posted January 25, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Southern Maine Land Steward/Burn Crew Leader helps with all aspects of the Maine Chapter's southern Maine stewardship program and assists with work at Southern Maine preserves. Field work includes prescribed-fire preparation and implementation, trail construction and maintenance, equipment operation (chain saw, brush saw, UTV, ATV, tractor) and maintenance, boundary maintenance, biological monitoring, leading nature walks, interacting with preserve visitors and enforcing preserve policies. The Land Steward may be required to work occasional weekends and will be required to work outdoors in demanding conditions including poor weather. Applicant should be well organized, able to communicate effectively in person and in writing, and willing to perform a variety of tasks. Experience with maps, aerial photos, GPS, GIS, and ability to orient oneself in the field is required. Must be NWCG S-130.90 trained and FFT1 qualified or have a FFT1 Task Book open. Applicants that are FFT2 qualified with a strong desired to pursue a leadership position are also encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Work with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintain signs and map boxes, clear trails, mark boundaries, and maintain trails).
  • Assist with grassland and Pine Barrens management and restoration (prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, fire effects monitoring, and equipment maintenance). Oversee a squad (4-8 burn Crew Members comprised of staff, volunteers or partners) during fire operations, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. Occasional travel to other New England states to assist in fire management as needed.
  • Interact with preserve visitors by providing information, answering questions, and enforcing preserve policies, leading field trips and work groups. Document preserve violations which may include timber trespass, unauthorized vehicle use, camping, boundary encroachment, etc. and work with supervisor to address the violation.
  • Assist with biological monitoring, as needed.
  • Research and acquire information pertinent to the management of southern Maine preserves and assist with updating site management plans and burn plans. Assist with deed research, GIS.PS data collection, and GIS mapping.

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 February 18, 2016.

Job: High Divide Stewardship Crew Leader, The Nature Conservancy, Lima, MT (posted January 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Nature Conservancy Stewardship Crew Leader will lead a crew of Seasonal Land Stewards in southwest Montana on a variety of on-the-ground land stewardship projects including invasive plants, stream restoration, rangeland and fire effects monitoring, and fencing to conserve the priority lands and waters. Position offers a unique opportunity to be involved in a collaborative, science-based, applied conservation program, and to gain experience in a wide variety of land and water issues. The Crew Leader is supervised by the Sandhills Preserve Manager, and works closely with Conservancy staff and other partners to develop and plan projects throughout the field season and over a wide geographic area.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Supervising seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Constructing and maintaining temporary electric fence
  • Herbicide application and integrated weed management
  • Invasive plant mapping and monitoring
  • Community outreach with landowners and agency partners
  • Field data collection for freshwater, rangeland ecology, and adaptive management programs
  • Entering data into MS Excel, MS Access, and ArcGIS
  • Residence in TNC housing in the Centennial Valley is a requirement of this position.
  • Ability to spend multiple nights away at field sites

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 19, 2016.

Job: High Divide Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Lima, MT (posted January 25, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Nature Conservancy High Divide Land Steward works with private and public land managers in southwest Montana on a variety of on-the-ground land stewardship projects including invasive plants, stream restoration, rangeland and fire effects monitoring, and fencing to conserve the priority lands and waters. Position offers a unique opportunity to be involved in a collaborative, science-based, applied conservation program, and to gain experience in a wide variety of land and water issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Constructing and maintaining temporary electric fence
  • Herbicide application and integrated weed management
  • Invasive plant mapping and monitoring
  • Community outreach with landowners and agency partners
  • Field data collection for freshwater, rangeland ecology, and adaptive management programs
  • Entering data into MS Excel, MS Access, and ArcGIS
  • Residence in TNC housing in the Centennial Valley is a requirement of this position.
  • Ability to spend multiple nights away at field sites.

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 February 19, 2016.

Job: Coordinator, Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative (posted January 25, 2016)

The Conservation Practitioner IV develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas.

The Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative is a partnership between the Nature Conservancy, Yakama Nation, US Forest Service, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and WA Department of Natural Resources. This is a full-time, 35- hour per week position for a one-year term, funding dependent. The location is flexible between Yakima or Cle Elum. The mission of the Collaborative is to “improve the ecosystem health and natural functions of the landscape through active restoration projects backed by best science, community input and adaptive management.” The Coordinator will report to the Conservancy's Director of Forest Conservation and Partnerships and work closely with the Chair of the Tapash Collaborative. S/he will manage the Tapash Executive Team, support the Tapash partners, coordinate development and implementation of priority projects, support and guide the growth and development of the Collaboratove, and advance strategic priorities.

For more information visit this page.

Great Basin LCC Funding Opportunity (posted January 25, 2016)

The Great Basin LCC is seeking project pre-proposals for landscape-scale climate-related science and information that address one or more of the eligible activities. A team of reviewers convened by the Great Basin LCC staff will evaluate project pre-proposals. Based on evaluations and potential discussions, the Great Basin LCC will invite a subset of the leads who submitted pre-proposals to submit full proposals. Invited full proposals will be eligible for up to $100,000 for Activities 1-5, and $200,00 for Activity 6 (see section II of the instructions). Invited joint proposals may also be eligible for up to $200,000. Approximately $850,000 in funding is available for up to 15 projects.

In support of the Great Basin LCC, and consistent with Secretarial Order 3289 and other LCC guidance, awards issued pursuant to this announcement will be expected to result in various products or outcomes. The Great Basin LCC reserves the right to make no awards under this announcement. Funding amounts awarded for selected proposals are not explicit; final amounts awarded are at the discretion of the GBLCC.

For more information visit this page.

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

Loup River TREX (NE) - March 14-26

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

Yurok TREX (CA) - April 3-8

Bend TREX (OR) - April 25-May 6

Ashland TREX (OR) - May 9-21

Job: Research Associate, Oregon State University (posted January 19, 2016)

The overarching objective of this study is to quantify the responses of plant community as well as small-bodied mammals and mule deer to multiple restoration scenarios following stand-replacing wildfire in the Phillip W. Schneider wildlife management area. The field site was historically renowned as a critical wintering area for mule deer. Historic overgrazing, expansion of western juniper, loss of understory, and invasion by multiple non-native annual grasses have contributed to significant declines in habitat quality and site occupancy by multiple native wildlife species. Further, a large wildfire in 2014 has presented new challenges to ecosystem restoration as well as has spurred new questions about post-fire ecosystem response. The Research Associate (Post-Doc) will: 1) merge and analyze existing data sets of fire effects on invasive/native species dynamics; 2) lead field and lab efforts for upcoming research phases focused on testing how management alternatives pre-fire (juniper cutting, cessation of grazing) and post-fire (e.g., herbicide, herbaceous and woody seeding, seedling planting) impact ecosystem recovery and wildlife utilization following disturbance; 3) present research results in written and oral formats for scientific and management audiences, and; 4) contribute to pursuing new research questions and funding potentials within the larger project objectives. An ability to work independently and constructively as part of multi-faceted research team is critical.

Full position description and application instructions can be found on the OSU website: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69342 Posting number: 0016932.

Job: Oregon Department of Forestry - Project Manager (posted January 12, 2016)

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is currently seeking a Project Manager to facilitate a collaborative process that will result in a web-based Wildfire Risk Explorer Tool designed to provide immediate on-line access to Wildfire Risk data. The project will begin February, 2016 with an anticipated end date of December 31st, 2018. The ORPIN System can be found at: http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/. If you have any questions with respect to the document, please contact Patricia Morgan (B) (Ph:1 (503) 945-7234). If you have any technical questions, please contact the ORPIN Help Desk at info.orpin@oregon.gov or call 503-373-1774.

Job: Stewardship Field Assistant - The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick, ME (posted January 4, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Stewardship Field Assistant assists with a variety of stewardship and management duties on Conservancy preserves within Maine. Duties include monitoring land, invasives species control, research, updating plans, maintaining equipment, enforcing preserve policies and monitoring visitor use, performing trail, boundary, and sign maintenance, and maintaining cooperative relationships with preserve neighbors, agency partners, the general public, and partner organizations. This is a full-time, 26 week, temporary position that begins in April 2016 and ends in October 2016.

DUTIES:

  • Conducts legal compliance monitoring and drafts compliance reports; enters monitoring data; assists in training volunteers to conduct legal compliance monitoring; works with Preserves Manager to notify parties in the event of a violation; works with Stewardship Program Assistant and Preserves Manager on volunteer mailings.
  • Works with stewardship staff and volunteers to perform preserve maintenance tasks (maintains signs and registration boxes, clear and maintain trails, mark boundaries, invasive species control).
  • Interacts with preserve visitors by providing information, promoting the Conservancy, answering questions, and enforcing preserve policies.
  • Researches and acquires ecological and legal information and field collects natural resource information pertinent to the management of Maine Chapter preserves and conservation easements, and assists with updating preserve management plans.
  • Deals with problems as they arise on preserves (may include timber and other forms of trespass, unauthorized vehicular use, camping, etc.).
  • Assists stewardship staff with ecological monitoring throughout the state.
  • Assists with maintenance of basic equipment such as hand and power tools, chainsaws, outboard boat motors, etc.
  • Participates, when available and as certified, as crew member on controlled burns in Maine.
  • Assists with special projects as needed.

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 11, 2016.

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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