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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: Washington Office National Fire Desk Detailer (posted January 13, 2017)

The National Fire Desk in the Forest Service National Headquarters is a yearlong operation that requires increased staffing levels during high incident activity or sensitive wildland fire situations.  They are seeking current federal employees with wildland fire experience or background to commit to 14, 21, or 30-day fire assignments in the Washington, DC area for 2017.  This is a great opportunity to serve the wildland fire and emergency response community.

Please submit your Application to Danielle Mounts at drmounts@fs.fed.us by February 27, 2015.

Job: Firefighter Type1/Incident Commander Type 5 - TNC - Birmingham, AL (posted January 13, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Firefighter Type 2/(FFT2) works as part of 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 in January and will end in April. Housing will be provided by US Forest Service.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The FFT 2 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).

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* 01/26/2017*.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Milnor, ND (posted January 13, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

Ideally, the Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Agassiz Beach Ridges landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a landscape-based spring prescribed burn crew (April to June) based out of the Agassiz Beach Ridges (Glyndon, MN) office. From June to November, the PMA will then continue as part of a two-person crew managing nature preserves working out of the Brown Ranch (Milnor, ND) office until the end date of approximately November 3. It may be possible for the right candidate to skip the prescribed burn crew and start employment June 5, 2017 working through November 3, 2017.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader. The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary. This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends. 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.

This is a seasonal position with a start date of April 3, 2017 and end date of November 3, 2017.

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 January 28, 2017.

Job: Grassland Monitoring Field Supervisor - The Nature Conservancy - Clear Lake, SD (posted January 12, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Grassland Science Field Supervisor (GSFS) will work closely with the Lead Prairie Ecologist to lead the field work for two of the chapter’s flagship grassland projects: Adaptive Management (response of prairies to fire and grazing management) and Dakota Skipper Habitat Assessment. The GSFS will also assist with data management, analysis and science communication to enhance the chapter’s grassland science program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The GSFS will be responsible for overseeing and conducting rapid belt transect surveys and Dakota skipper habitat assessments. Over the course of the field season, the GSFS will supervise two other seasonal staff members in completing vegetation surveys at 8 locations across three different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), and the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. The GSFS will be responsible for overseeing the crew, managing data safely and assisting with data clean-up and analysis at the end of the field season. The GSFS will have the ability to assist with other science and planning projects as interest and time allows. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance leadership skills, botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies.

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 January 30, 2017.

Job: Grassland Monitoring Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Clear Lake, SD (posted January 12, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Technician will be part of an exciting long-term adaptive management project to track the response of native prairies to grazing and fire management. The Technician will fill a critical role in helping the chapter to close the adaptive management loop. This position pays $12.00 to $14.00 per hour, depending on experience (plus housing for duration of employment).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Technician will be responsible for conducting rapid belt transect surveys in coordination with other Conservancy staff. Over the course of the summer, each Technician will work with another staff member to complete vegetation surveys at 8 locations across three different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), and the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. Data entry will also be part of the job. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies.

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 January 30, 2017.

Job: Willamette Basin Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Eugene, OR (posted January 12, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Willamette Basin Steward oversees and performs in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of stewardship activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Willamette Basin Steward is primarily responsible the coordination and implementation of stewardship and management activities on Willamette Valley preserves. This includes all aspects of preserve operation, maintenance, planning, monitoring, data management, and ecological restoration, as well as operation of heavy equipment and maintenance of tools & equipment. This person coordinates contracted work teams, volunteers, and community support and engagement activities, and also provides for and monitors public use. S/he works closely with Oregon chapter teams and appropriate stakeholders to develop or advance preserve-related strategies and regional conservation efforts.

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 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on February 3, 2017.

Job: Botanist - Tahoe National Forest (posted January 12, 2017)

The Tahoe National Forest will hire a botany crew for the summer field season of 2017. Temporary Biological Science Technicians are needed for ~six months.

BOTANY CREW : Primary duties are to conduct field surveys for special status plants and treat invasive plants on the American River and Yuba River Ranger Districts. Additional work includes monitoring, restoration, data entry & environmental education. Dormitory-style housing may be available. Up to three positions available, GS-4 to GS-7 (some grades may not be filled). Start date ~April 2017.

BOTANY CREW LEADER (GS-9): Primary duties are to lead botany crew and conduct environmental analysis for small project s on the American River and Yuba River Ranger Districts. Additional work includes project-level botanical technical assistance, monitoring, restoration, data entry & environmental education. One position available. Start date ~April 2017.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Hydrologist - Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest (posted January 12, 2017)

Position duties include:

  • Participates in hydrologic investigations and studies required for planning and design of multi-purpose projects, such as collecting ground water data and analyzing trends; analyzing and interpreting stream flow data.
  • Independently studies water resources data needed to support the Forest’s position during negotiations and litigation. This study includes collecting original data, assembling previously collected records, and analyzing and evaluating all assembled data to determine hydrologic and sediment transport characteristics including quantity, quality, and distribution over time and area. Translates these findings into long range prescriptions or plans for management's use in watershed management a nd/or water yield improvement.
  • Makes hydrologic analysis for cooperative watershed projects authorized under public law. Consults with other resource specialists in assessing the impacts of proposed programs and projects on watershed values.
  • Establishes and maintains an up-to-date inventory of proposed rehabilitation projects by priorities. Serves as project leader. Makes field investigations following fires to appraise damages to the watershed and recommend treatment for rehabilitation of the area. Inspects and evaluates completed watershed rehabilitation projects to determine their effectiveness.
  • Participates in the land management planning process. Provides professional hydrologic input into the development of the Forest plan, which involves gathering data, analyzing data, and making recommendations. Participates as required in the development of environmental assessments or environmental impact statements.

For a full position description visit the announcement page here.

Job: Ecological Field Monitoring Leads (posted January 11, 2017)

Job Description:

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West.

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands.

In some locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public land with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID, Wenatchee, WA) apply AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

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

For a full position description click here.

2017 Sagebrush Ecosystem Program Credit Project Seed-Funding Opportunity (posted January 10, 2017)

The State of Nevada is pleased to announce that funds are available through the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program for projects initiated in 2017 that will enhance and restore high-quality greater sage-grouse habitat on private and public land. The purpose of these funds is two-fold: (1) improve greater sage-grouse habitat in the State of Nevada, and (2) create a supply of "compensatory mitigation credits" to fulfill mitigation needs of future BLM and USFWS permits through the Nevada Conservation Credit System (Credit System).

Funding will support implementation of habitat improvements, including the development of management plans, analyses of habitat quality, and completion of all steps necessary for projects to be ready to sell credits through the Conservation Credit System. Funded projects will establish a mutually beneficial partnership between the project proponent and the State. The State will provide proejct proponents with upfront financial and technical assistance necessary to implement projects that generate credits. Future credit sales will create the opportunity for the project proponent to receive additional payments and for the State to recover the funding provided. Terms of cost recovery will be defined with each project proponent as part of the agreement to receive funds for each funding project.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Prescribed Fire Restoration Ecologist - Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (posted January 9, 2017)

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife seeks applicants for the position of Prescribed Fire Restoration Ecologist (Conservation Biologist IV).

The Prescribed Fire Restoration Ecologist (PFRE) leads MassWildlife’s efforts to restore and manage important wildlife habitats and natural communities through the use of prescribed fire. The PFRE works throughout the state to lead all aspects of MassWildlife’s Prescribed Fire Program (PFP) as a member of the Division’s Biodiversity Initiative, a joint program of the Wildlife and Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Sections that is focused on restoration of rare and declining species. The PFRE will lead prescribed burns, develop appropriate burn plans and prescriptions, supervise and coordinate training, implement monitoring protocols, and help determine ecological priorities. This individual will summarize and report all MassWildlife prescribed fire management activities and results of ecological restoration efforts. He/she will also develop and maintain strong partnerships throughout the fire management and regulatory communities including both public agencies and private conservation organizations. MassWildlife has a successful history of using prescribed fire to achieve ecological management goals, and working in partnership with science and fire management communities.

Download the job announcement HERE.

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Project 2017 Funding Opportunity Notice (re-posted January 9, 2017)

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States.  Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa.  Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See the Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.     

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that 100% of the funds will be used primarily as a stipend for a current undergraduate student intern and not as a supplement for graduate student funding.  All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Central on February 1, 2017 by email tomcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu.  There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

You can access all of the details on the Intern 2017 Webpage.

Job: Prairie Restoration Specialist - The Nature Conservancy - Collegeville, MI (posted January 7, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Prairie Restoration Specialist works with and directs a crew of three Prairie Restoration Interns on a daily basis. This position is based out of the Avon Hills office, located at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. The primary work area is the Ordway-Glacial Lakes Landscape, a prairie and savanna complex with strong conservation ownership in central Minnesota. The time frame for this position will be April to November 2017 and housing is available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prairie Restoration Specialist’s (PRS) primary function is to organize daily logistics, promote crew cohesion, and to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Daily duties will focus on native seed harvest and processing for a 100+ acre prairie restoration. PRS will coordinate efforts of a three-person intern crew daily, and additional volunteers, staff, and cooperators intermittently. The PRS will regularly canvass native prairie sites to prioritize both species and focal areas for seed collection efforts. The PRS may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. Other duties may include invasive species control and vegetation monitoring. The PRS will maintain detailed records using field journals, a database, PC or mobile device.

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 January 22, 2017.

Job: Senior Program Planner, Air Quality Program - Lacy, WA (posted January 6, 2017)

Some of the key work activities of the Senior Program Planner position include:

  • Serves as the senior program planner for significant new program activities that involve coordination and liaison with other state agencies, local governments, businesses, environmental groups, and other interested stakeholders.
  • Assignments involve working directly with the Air Quality Program Manager, Deputy Program Manager, and the Program Leadership Team on program strategic direction, program work plan development and alignment of these activities with new and existing federal or state air quality initiatives.
  • Provides legislative coordination for the Program including tracking and analysis of federal and state air quality legislation.
  • Serves as the senior program planner and developer of program performance measures and works with managers in the program to develop, track, monitor and improve program performance. Through this work, ensures appropriate and optimum use of resources.
  • Provides analytical and consultation services to program management or higher level agency management on the application of program resources, program performance, and impact of proposed program activities.
  • Leads process and prepares program strategic plans and program work plans.
  • Assists Program Manager and Deputy Program Manager with special projects and assignments as needed.
  • Writes, reviews, and conducts analysis of state and federal legislation and regulatory development in support of air quality policy efforts.
  • Serves as program or agency representative in internal and external processes involving air quality efforts and goals.

For a full position description and to apply visit the announcement page here.

Job: Assistant Professor, Forest Fire Ecology and Managment - Blacksburg, VA (posted January 4, 2017)

Position Summary:

Recognizing that fire is an important component of the ecology and management of forests, the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track teaching and research appointment in Fire Ecology and Management, with emphasis on forest ecosystems. Specific research foci may vary, but might include ecology, critical ecosystems, carbon cycling, and forest regeneration and dynamics

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Teach undergraduate course(s) in forest fire ecology and management
  • Teach at the graduate level in area of specialty
  • Conduct innovative research that applies concepts of forest fire ecology to land management and sustainability, and results in peer-reviewed publication in high quality journals
  • Support graduate students and research programs with external grants and contracts
  • Advise undergraduate students and supervise graduate students
  • Participate in department and university service
  • Foster diversity and an inclusive atmosphere in the curriculum and department

For a full position description visit the announcement page here.

Job: Assistant Fire Management Officer - Fuels - Florida (posted January 4, 2017)

This position is responsible for preparing and implementing the prescribed fire plans, fire effects monitoring plans, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and hazardous fuels reduction activities that make BICY the most active fuels program in the National Park Service. The Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels) is a critical position in the fire management organization, coordinating the fire management organization’s efforts to maintain this heavily fire-dependent ecosystem.

  • Coordinates local resources to accomplish prescribed burning.
  • Communicates with interdisciplinary and interagency partners to ensure diverse hazardous fuels reduction and resource management objectives are met Preserve-wide.
  • Performs work in fuels management, wildland fire prevention (pre-suppression), and suppression.
  • Gathers statistical data from a variety of sources. Reviews existing guidelines and procedures; develops methodology for current study.
  • Participates in fire management program operations, such as technical or analytical work involving wildland fire suppression and prescribed burning operations.
  • Takes an active role in wildfire management.
  • Supervises GIS specialist, Fire Effects Specialist, and Fuels Specialist.
  • Serve on rotation as Preserve fire Duty Officer.

For more information visit the USAjobs announcement here.

Job: Fire and Restoration Crew Member (As-Needed) - The Nature Conservancy - Wells, ME (posted January 4, 2017)

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.

This is an as-needed, 20 week, temporary position that begins in May 2017 and ends in October 2017 (flexible). The position is based in the Conservancy’s Wells, Maine office with frequent travel to New Hampshire.

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 1, 2017.

Upcoming Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (posted January 4, 2017)

Loup River TREX - Central Nebraska
March 13-25, 2017
Applications are due by January 15, 2017

Niobrara River Valley TREX - Ainsworth, Nebraska
March 18-April 2, 2017
This TREX has a fire observation opportunity planned for non-participants on March 24.

Ashland TREX - Ashland, OR
April 30-May 13, 2017

Central Oregon TREX - Bend, OR
May 1-12, 2017

Chama Peak TREX - northern NM / southern CO
late spring 2017

Luera TREX - south-central NM
May 15-30, 2017

For more information about specific trainings visit this page.

Job: Stewardship Field Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Brunswick, ME (posted January 3, 2017)

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • 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 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 1, 2017.

Job: Southern Maine Land StewardBurn - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 3, 2017)

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.

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 1, 2017.

Job: Prescribed Fire Technician (Burn Crew Member) - The Nature Conservancy - Madison, WI (posted January 3, 2017)

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).

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Will perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
  • Works in a high stress team environment.
  • Works under close supervision.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

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 January 22, 2017.

Job: Burn Crew Member - The Nature Conservancy - Litchfield, MN (posted January 3, 2017)

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.

This is a short-term position from March 28 through May 26, 2017. ?

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member will work on the Prairie Recovery Project in central Minnesota. This position may spend 40% of the time away from their home base. Housing away from the home base will be will be provided by the Conservancy at a bunk house or camp ground facility. Crew members will participate in prescribed fire activities, and other stewardship activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Assist with maintaining TNC preserves and public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) and other protected lands.
  • Assist in fence maintenance, removal, and construction for conservation grazing.
  • Posting and signing of properties.
  • Brush/tree removal with chemical stump treatment.
  • Remove and chemically treat exotic species.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Collect and clean native seeds.
  • Monitor and record data entries for photo and vegetation research monitoring.
  • Other preserve management activities.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Habitat Tech - The Nature Conservancy - Prairie Coteau, SD (posted January 3, 2017)

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 17 to September 8, 2017 (It may be possible to delay start date until May 29 but April 17 is preferred. End date is a bit flexible as well).

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Habitat Technician will travel throughout the Prairie Coteau in north east South Dakota and south west Minnesota participating in land management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  • Assist with maintaining TNC land as well as public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as other protected lands.
  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Seed harvest.
  • Coordination of short-term seasonal staff and communication of assignments between supervisors and seasonal staff.
  • Accurate dissemination of information, record keeping, and daily communication.
  • Assist with fireline construction, preparation for and implementation of prescribed burns and mop-up activities.
  • Use safety equipment and maintain safety conscious attitude at all times.
  • Maintain and install barbed wire and electric fencing for grazing programs
  • Control of exotic species by biocontrol measures or through herbicide application (e.g. Tordon 22K, Krenite S, Roundup, Plateau, 2,4-D) with back-pack and ATV type sprayers, 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.
  • Mow firebreaks and clear trees where necessary for prescribed burn management. Repair and organize burn equipment.
  • Install and maintain preserve boundary signs.
  • Identify observed management needs in and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.
  • Maintain daily journal and work log, summarizing daily work completed.
  • Discuss calendar of proposed activities with supervisor daily.
  • Other preserve management activities as assigned.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Cushing, MN (posted January 3, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeast Minnesota participating in preserve management activities and is based out of Cushing, MN. This position runs March 28 – September 8, 2017. This postion pays $9.00-$14.00 per hour plus housing for duration of employment.

There are similar short-term positions available in MN, SD and ND. Please search by state to find other such positions.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

The Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) participates in preserve management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  • The PFBE PMA will work across central and southeast Minnesota.
  • Assist with leading volunteers, seasonal staff, and interns
  • Assist in directing and interacting with Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns, Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) crews, and private contractors on various projects.
  • Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands.
  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Remove and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Monitor and record data entries for various logs, photo points, and vegetation research monitoring.
  • Post and sign properties.
  • Seed harvest.
  • Other preserve management activities.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader - The Nature Conservancy - Letts, IA (posted January 3, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will start on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. S/he primarily serves as Crew Leader for a 6-person volunteer intern crew from May 22 - August 4, 2017. S/he will also perform and participate in preserve operations and maintenance under the direction of the Eastern Iowa Land Steward. This position will end on Friday, October 20, 2017. Housing will be provided as a requirement of this position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

S/he will assist with preparation of tools, equipment and road gear prior to crew arrival and participate in crew orientation and safety training during the week of May 22nd. Under the direction of the Eastern and Western Land Stewards, the Crew Leader is responsible for overseeing all crew operations, adherence to safety training and guidelines, working with the crew during field activities, and may need to stay onsite to supervise the crew during off hours if needed. This position requires daily outdoor physical labor for extended periods of time in adverse conditions. The crew and crew leader will be responsible for performing stewardship tasks such as: using a chainsaw and other power equipment, building and repairing fence; removing exotic species; monitoring conservation activities, including data collection, input and reporting; assisting with prescribed burns; and maintaining tools and equipment. The intern crew travels throughout the state from May 22nd – August 4th. The crew stays at bunk houses where available but may also camp at State Parks. After the intern program concludes, the Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with tree/brush and invasives removal, prescribed burns, bison roundup and other stewardship activities at the Lower Cedar Project Office and/or Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve as needed.

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 January 31, 2017.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Litchfield, MN (posted January 3, 2017)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeast Minnesota participating in preserve management activities. The Litchfield Prairie Recovery Project (PRP) position will work mostly in central Minnesota between Litchfield and Morris and runs March 21 – October 28, 2016. The Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion (PFBE) PMA will work between central and southeast Minnesota position and is based out of Cushing, MN. The PFBE position runs March 28 – October 27, 2017. This postion pays $9.00-$14.00 per hour plus housing for duration of employment.

There are similar short-term positions available in MN, SD and ND. Please search by state to find other such positions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeast Minnesota participating in preserve management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  • Assist with leading volunteers, seasonal staff, and interns
  • Assist in directing and interacting with Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns, Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) crews, and private contractors on various projects.
  • Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands.
  • Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  • Remove and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Monitor and record data entries for various logs, photo points, and vegetation research monitoring.
  • Post and sign properties.
  • Seed harvest.
  • Other preserve management activities.

All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2.

The PRP PMA position may spend up to 40% of the time away from the home base. Housing away from the home base will be provided by the Conservancy which may be at a bunk house or camp ground facility.

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 January 15, 2017.

Call for Presentation Proposals - Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Workshop (posted December 28, 2016)

The window is open for presentation proposals for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop that will be held in Reno, Nevada from April 25-27. For more information, click HERE.

Job: Paulson Grassland Conservation Fellowship - The Nature Conservancy - Leola, SD (posted December 28, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The ideal candidate will be a college graduate with some experience in conservation (restoration, land management, or related field) and is looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional in the field of conservation by gaining hands-on experience. The Fellow will be provided with opportunities to network with other agencies, attend professional conferences, and work independently. While performing various aspects of conservation land management from planning and budgeting to maintenance and ecological monitoring, the Fellow will practice skills such as: decision-making, problem solving, project management; public speaking; and leadership.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, and some travel on short notice. The Fellow maintains preserve areas, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, and operates heavy machinery. Housing for the Fellow is provided at the Ordway Prairie Preserve Office near Leola, South Dakota and is shared with employees, volunteers, and partners. Transportation from the Ordway Prairie office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is an 18-month position starting April 10, 2017 and ending October 12, 2018. This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours will average around 40 hours per week but may vary from 35 to 50+ with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, assisting with budget development.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
  • Works under minimal supervision; must make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Performs ecological management tasks such as biological monitoring, invasive species control, and prescribed burning.
  • Implements maintenance of buildings, fence/corrals, and equipment.
  • Data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting for research and monitoring projects
  • Assist with interviewing, leading and training work teams.
  • Assist with land management planning
  • Assist with livestock (cattle and bison) management and research
  • Develops outreach, including giving presentations, leading field trips, and developing written materials.
  • May assist finance, philanthropy, and marketing.

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 01/15/2017.

Job: Grassland Conservation Fellowship - The Nature Conservancy - Karlstad, MN (posted December 28, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The ideal candidate will be a college graduate with some experience in conservation (restoration, land management, or related field) and is looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional in the field of conservation by gaining hands-on experience. The Fellow will be provided with opportunities to network with other agencies, attend professional conferences, and work independently. While performing various aspects of conservation land management from planning and budgeting to maintenance and ecological monitoring, the Fellow will practice skills such as: decision-making, problem solving, project management; public speaking; and leadership.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, and some travel on short notice. The Fellow maintains preserve areas, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, and operates heavy machinery. Housing for the Fellow is provided near the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands (TAP) Office in Karlstad, MN and is shared with employees, volunteers, and partners at times. Transportation from the TAP office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This is an 19-month position starting March 27, 2017 and ending November 2, 2018. This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours will average around 40 hours per week but may vary from 35 to 50+ with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, assisting with budget development.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves.
  • Works under minimal supervision; must make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Performs ecological management tasks such as biological monitoring, invasive species control, and prescribed burning.
  • Implements maintenance of buildings, fence/corrals, and equipment.
  • Data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting for research and monitoring projects
  • Assist with interviewing, leading and training work teams.
  • Assist with land management planning.
  • Develops outreach, including giving presentations, leading field trips, and developing written materials.
  • May assist finance, philanthropy, and marketing.

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 01/15/2017.

Job: Burn Crew Tech - The Nature Conservancy - Glyndon, MN (posted December 28, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Technician (BCT) will serve on a crew of 6 to 8 people. The crew travels throughout the Agassiz Beach Ridges (western-central MN) landscape: This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in the landscape. Under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Boss, the BCT will assist with controlled burns. In addition, the BCT will assist with other preserve management tasks. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), temporary position with employment dates for two positions of April 3, 2017– June 2, 2017. Housing is provided.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Technician 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 Burn Crew Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties such as boundary posting, firebreak preparation, fencing, tree clearing, brush cutting, and equipment maintenance when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to position number 44988, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 15, 2017.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Glyndon, MN (posted December 28, 2016)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Agassiz Beach Ridges landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months.

As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader. The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary. This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends. 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. This is a full-time (40 hr/week) seasonal position with a start date of March 27, 2017 and end date of November 10, 2017.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Forest Wildlife Biologist - Shasta-Trinity National Forest (posted December 27, 2016)

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is seeking dynamic, innovative self-starter to join the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This position is located in the Ecosystem Management organization at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest’s Supervisor's Office in Redding, California. If interested in being considered for this position, please send the completed outreach to Lois Shoemaker at lshoemaker@fs.fed.us by January 18, 2016.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Forest Management Crew Leader & Research Assistant - Oregon State University, College of Forestry (posted December 27, 2016)

CREW LEADER (1) AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (3) FOR WILD BEE-FOREST MANAGEMENT STUDY are needed from March-September 2017 for a large-scale study led by Dr. Jim Rivers (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/) and Dr. Sara Galbraith that is assessing how bee communities are affected by wildfire post-fire salvage logging in forested landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Field work will take place in the rugged Klamath Mountains of southern Oregon and will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, hazardous plants), working long days, including some weekends, and navigating through difficult forest terrain in a team setting. Poison oak exposure is near certain. Frequent camping is required and crew members must supply their own camping gear. Primary duties of crew members will consist of trapping wild bees, quantifying bee reproductive output, conducting pollination experiments, quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat, and pinning, identifying, and curating insect specimens. Crew members may additionally assist with related research projects as needed. Pay rate is $10-12/hour for research assistants and $14-16/hour for crew leader based on prior experience. In addition, housing in Corvallis, Oregon will be provided during the position, as well as all food and transportation during camping periods.  Start date for crew leader is 13 March 2017 and 27 March 2017 for research assistants; both positions will end on 1 September 2017 although there is the potential for flexibility on start and end dates.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology or a related field and with a minimum of 2 years of field experience for research assistants (2 field positions = 2 years of field experience) and 3 years of field experience for crew leader. Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with capture and identification of wild bee species, have previous experience sampling wild pollinator communities and identifying native flora. Successful applicants will also be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs) on steep slopes, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions, and a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting. Crew leader applications should also have strong, demonstrated leadership skills and experience communicating effectively in a field setting under challenging conditions.

To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF or MS-Word file that contains (1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length CV or resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone, and mail) of three referees who may be contacted; this document should be emailed to Dr. Sara Galbraith (oregonbeecrew@gmail.com) with “Bee Research Assistant Application 2017” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.

Job: Plant Community Ecologist - Great Basin Institute - Boise, ID (posted December 27, 2016)

Description & Duties:

In cooperation with the BLM Idaho State Office, GBI is recruiting a Plant Community Ecologist to work cooperatively with BLM Resource Managers, a Soil Scientist, and an Ecological Monitoring Field Technician. The Plant Community Ecologist will review and amend Ecological Site Descriptions developed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the project area. ESDs are standardized reports that provide detailed information on the classifications of rangeland and forestland soils and vegetation, and the ability of these designated areas to respond to different management activities or disturbances. This work will be used by BLM Natural Resource Specialists to inform decisions regarding range management and other land management issues of the area. Primary duties include the following:

  • Conduct ecological studies of the vegetation, soil, and environmental characteristics of areas where ecological classifications are produced. These data and their analysis will contribute to the ESD amendments.
  • Review, analyze, and apply previously collected AIM data to ESD amendments.
  • Conduct a scientific literature review on journal articles and published technical references on designated topics in order to prepare summaries for ESDs (e.g. state and transition models, and ecological interpretations).
  • Serve as a specialist for ongoing soil and range inventories by assisting in the design, description and range interpretations of mapping units, including the gathering of range and woodland vegetation data to support these mapping units.
  • Participate in the development of ecological resources for the AIM program that aim at quantitatively evaluating the processes within ecological systems.
  • Interpret ecological site dynamics of the study area.
  • Assist in the evaluation of ecological conditions on BLM Idaho rangelands to meet the desired objectives of management plans.
  • Coordinate with BLM personnel for project planning, field protocol and data QA/QC, team deployment and supervision, equipment organization and maintenance.
  • Assist in field work including maintaining safety awareness and practices, navigating off-trail to sampling sites, and collecting ecological data. During these periods of field work, camping may be required.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Assistant Professor, Environmental and Forest Sciences - University of Washington (posted December 27, 2016)

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (0116) of Forest and Wildland Soils. This is a full-time (9-month, 100% FTE), tenure-track appointment. We seek an applicant with expertise and familiarity with forest and wildland soils, and whose interests will support, build, and complement the goals of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Scientists must have previous interest and experience in the biological components of the soil and to provide field-based teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. This position would support programs and centers in restoration ecology, forest ecology, biogeochemistry, urban horticulture, landscape ecology, resource management, conservation, Northwest Environmental Forum, Sustainable Forestry, the Stand Management Cooperative and other academic and research programs at the University of Washington. The successful applicant will be required to teach a large undergraduate introductory soil class, a graduate soil class in their area of expertise as well as support related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The anticipated start date for this position is Summer 2017.

To view the complete announcement, click HERE.

Job: Stewardship/Burn Crew Tech - The Nature Conservancy - Prairie Coteau, SD (posted December 22, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Stewardship/Burn Crew Technician (SBCT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including: prescribed fire, tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other duties as assigned. SBCT will serve on a crew of 6 to 8 people. The crew travels throughout the Prairie Coteau (north east SD/southwest MN) landscape. This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various preserves in the landscape. Under the direction of a Burn Boss, the SBCT will assist with controlled burns.These are short-term, seasonal positions from April 17, 2017 to June 2, 2017 (7 positions).

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 January 15, 2016.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - TNC - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands, MN (posted December 22, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Preserve Management Assistant will travel within the Tallgrass Apen Parklands landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (Northwestern Minnesota and southern Manitoba, Canada) as part of a landscape-based spring and fall prescribed burn crew as well as part of a multi-person crew managing nature preserves during the summer months. As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary. This position requires irregular hours and travel on short notice. Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.

These are seasonal positions. These three positions will have a start date of April 10, 2017 and end date of September 22, 2017. (a similar longer term position is also available).

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Range Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Prairie Coteau, SD (posted December 22, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Range Technician (RT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including: prescribed fire, tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other duties as assigned. The RT will serve on a burn crew of 6 to 8 people. The crew travels throughout the Prairie Coteau (north east SD/southwest MN) landscape. This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various preserves in the landscape. Under the direction of a Burn Boss, the RT will assist with controlled burns.

The second phase of the position will begin directly after the burn season and will continue through approximately November 30, 2017. During this phase the Range Technician will assist in daily coordination and oversight of the summer land management crew (1 – 2 short-term staff) under the direction of the Land Steward. Duties will include daily conversations with supervisor to receive assignments and efficient and concise communication of assignments to the land management crew. Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The Range 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 South Dakota and Minnesota. The Range Technician must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks primarily include fence construction and maintenance, implementation/management of various grazing systems, vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, identifying management needs for preserves, report writing, and miscellaneous duties as assigned. Duties may also include installation of firebreaks for prescribed fire and prescribed fire implementation. The Range Technician position also may include a variety of outreach activities including meeting with local landowners, assisting with field trips, and leading volunteers. 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.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Preserve Management / Research Technician - The Nature Conservancy - SD (posted December 22, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Technician performs and participates in preserve operations including ecological monitoring, maintenance of facilities and equipment, and land management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Nature Conservancy is seeking to hire up to two highly motivated individuals for Preserve Management/Bison Research Technician positions. The Technicians will work as part of a team as well as independently with minimal supervision. Applicants with a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and desire to learn will be preferred over experience alone. Successful applicants will obtain opportunities to advance their training, skills, and experience with range management, wildlife management, and research practices.

The Technician’s responsibilities will include invasive species control and monitoring; maintenance of preserve facilities, equipment, livestock watering stations, corrals, and fence; firebreak preparation and prescribed burning. The Technician will assist with a variety of research and monitoring projects such as grassland bird surveys, butterfly surveys and vegetation transects. The Technician may be involved in a variety of outreach activities including working with local landowners, assisting with field trips, and may have leadership responsibilities for other staff, volunteers, or interns. The Technicians will assist with projects, such as bison research, conducted in cooperation with partners. Bison research duties may include maintaining records on dominance and breeding activity of bison bulls, collecting fecal samples, weight data, making audio and video recordings, keeping detailed field and summary notes, among others. Technicians will be responsible for carrying out preserve management and research duties independently once trained.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, work on weekends, and some travel on short notice. Shared housing for Technicians will be provided at the Ordway Prairie Preserve Office near Leola, South Dakota. Transportation from the Ordway Prairie office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. This position will start around late May and end in early October depending on availability of applicants and funding. There is some flexibility with start and end dates. Students are encouraged to apply.

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 January 15, 2017.

Great Northern LCC Funding Opportunity (posted December 21, 2016)

The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the FY17 funding opportunity. Proposals targeting the priorities and specific criteria described in the Funding Guidance will be accepted until February 17, 2017 at 6pm MST / 5pm PST. There will be two conference calls for questions about the Funding Guidance:

  • January 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm MST / 1:30 pm PST
  • January 18, 2017 at 10:30 am MST / 9:30 am PST

More information can be found in the FY17 Funding Guidance.

USGS Funding Opportunity (posted December 21, 2016)

This funding opportunity invites Statements of Interest and Proposals for projects to be initiated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Alaska, South Central, and Southwest CSCs.

Only the following may submit (as the lead Principal Investigator) Statements of Interest or Proposals in response to this Funding Opportunity:

  • Institutions that are either Host Institutions or Consortium Members for the requesting DOI Climate Science Center (exceptions are made for projects spanning multiple CSC regions—these should be submitted to all CSCs of interest.).
  • USGS centers, field stations, laboratories, Cooperative Research Units, etc.

Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator (PI) from an eligible institution. Parties from other organizations (Federal, State, Tribal, or other) can participate and receive funds via subaward from the Principal Investigator but the proposal submitter and PI must be from an eligible organization, as described above. Non-eligible applicants are encouraged to establish working partnerships with one of the recognized eligible applicants to seek participation as part of a project lead by a CSC/university consortium member or USGS facility.

If you have submitted an SOI to a previous CSC Funding Opportunity but were not chosen for funding, you will not automatically be considered again for this current funding opportunity. You must resubmit another SOI for this funding opportunity to be considered.

For more information on applying visit the announcement here.

Job: Burn Crew Member - The Nature Conservancy - Van Buren, MO (posted December 21, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

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

The Burn Crew Member 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.

The expected duration of this position is, * February 21, 2017 – April 7, 2017* .

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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. 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.

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 January 27, 2017.

Job: College of Natural Resources Department Head - University of Idaho (posted December 21, 2016)

Position Summary:

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head for the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. This is a full time, 9-month, tenure-track position. An administrative stipend is provided as well as summer salary. The expected start date is July or August 2017.

The University of Idaho has been a leader in forestry and rangeland sciences since 1909. The current department is home to 23 faculty and four undergraduate academic programs in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Renewable Materials, and Fire Ecology and Management. The department faculty also contributes to University-wide academic programs in Environmental Science and Water Resources as well as College-wide Masters, Doctorate, and professional graduate programs. The department has access to unique facilities including the Rangeland Center, the University of Idaho Experimental Forest, the Pitkin Forest Nursery and the Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, the Intermountain Forest Cooperative, and the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative. The USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station supports a laboratory and scientists on campus as well.

The department is a national innovator with faculty having excellence in research, teaching, and stakeholder engagement. It is home to a B.S. Forestry degree, which was one of the first programs to be accredited by the Society of American Foresters in 1935. The department is also home to a B.S. in Fire Ecology and Management, the first such degree of its kind in the country that is accredited by the Association for Fire Ecology. It is also home to a B.S. Renewable Materials and a B.S. Rangeland Ecology and Management, each accredited by national organizations. The college offers a Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctoral degrees across the diverse range of disciplines reflected by broad faculty expertise.

The Department Head provides leadership in the administration of the department and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich academic environment for faculty, students and staff. The Head also manages the department’s budget and endowment funds, administers academic programs and facilities improvements, coordinates curriculum development with the respective program leads, oversees accreditation, and evaluation of all teaching, research, and outreach programs. The Department Head is the lead administrator of department within the College of Natural Resources and reports to the Dean of the College. The Department Head serves on the College’s leadership team and is the primary liaison between the department and stakeholders including alumni, university groups, state and federal agencies, accreditation organizations, the College advisory board, and natural resources industry. The successful candidate is expected to teach one or two classes a year in her/his area of expertise, and recruit and mentor graduate and undergraduate students and pursue a research program. The Department Head is expected to provide leadership in growing enrollment and retention, improve the student experience, and recruiting a diverse student body in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

For more information see the full position description here.

Job: TNC Director of Conservation Science - Oregon (posted December 21, 2016)

The Director of Conservation Science plays a critical leadership role in using an evidence-based, scientific approach to inspire and guide the conservation and policy strategies of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to ensure positive outcomes for nature and people. To accomplish this, s/he deploys strategic planning skills, uses existing and innovative solutions, establishes collaborative multi-disciplinary partnerships, supervises staff members, and works through matrixed teams to transform how science and conservation is done in Oregon and beyond.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Director of Conservation Science serves as the Oregon Chapter’s lead on science. S/he leads and manages a team of direct reports and coordinates with other scientists in the Chapter and across the Conservancy to set a vision and integrate an evidence-based, scientific approach into the Conservancy’s land, water, oceans and climate applied conservation and policy work. The Director applies existing and cutting-edge solutions to major conservation problems and is responsible for leading collaborative enterprises that delivers results and creates a body of scientific work that transforms how conservation is done for nature and people in Oregon and beyond. S/he conducts scientific investigations as well as empowers the team to do science by providing coordination, oversight and fundraising (as needed). S/he will drive a culture of accountability, ensuring that all science staff are actively and positively contributing to achieving results aligned with chapter priorities.S/he also deploys strategic thinking and planning skills, cultivates partnerships to increase the visibility and impact of our conservation work, and builds support for local, regional, and global conservation efforts.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE:

  • Serves as the thought leader, science convener, and expert to ensure science and planning best practices are applied throughout the Chapter’s conservation work across land, water, oceans and climate.
  • Leads scientific investigations, empowers others to conduct science to support conservation outcomes of Oregon’s strategic plan and catalyzes science that will improve conservation actions and generate new strategies.
  • Supervises the science team and collaborates via matrixed teams of Conservancy staff and other Conservancy chapters to support measurable conservation outcomes, provide evidence to inform conservation priorities, and conducts science to develop new or adapt conservation practices in support of the Chapter’s strategic efforts.
  • S/he is responsible for creating and implementing strategic plans and inform the Chapter’s priorities.
  • Fosters effective and innovative partnerships with federal and state agencies, scientific and academic institutions, conservation groups, citizen scientists, and other public and private organizations engaged in conservation science to develop and implement key projects.
  • Ensures Oregon science is coordinated with global, North America, and other applicable TNC programs to ensure maximum consistency, value and leverage occurs, and contributes to the Chapter through participation on the Conservation Strategy Team and the Leadership Council.
  • Provides scientific expertise to inform the application of Conservation by Design 2.0 across projects including natural, economic, social, and science considerations.
  • Evaluates and synthesizes science and develops tools to facilitate the application of science to decision-making.
  • Provides project consultations and training for internal and external colleagues on conservation science principles.
  • Synthesizes scientific work implemented by the Chapter to determine impact, effectiveness and efficiency of efforts.
  • Drafts grants and secures public funding to implement science projects and assists Oregon’s philanthropy team with implementation of strategies to secure private funds.
  • Deploys excellent project management skills to complete high quality products on-time, within budget, and in compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Travel domestically with evening and weekend hours. May work in variable weather conditions and remote locations.

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

Job: AmeriCorps Education Program Assistant - Boise, ID (posted December 21, 2016)

Project Summary: Develop and deliver environmental education lessons and community programs to Treasure Valley students and community members of all ages and assist with organizational details and logistics involved in delivering these programs. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with teaching and special events, help with special projects, and engage in service and restoration projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Educate multi-age audiences through lessons, community programs and presentations.
  • Develop new curriculum; modify and improve existing lessons; tailor lessons and presentations to different audiences
  • Represent FLC at Community Outreach Events – examples include but are not limited to: Expos and conferences, Parks and Rec and City of Boise outreach events; AmeriCorps special events.
  • Assist in the recruitment, supervision and training of volunteers.
  • Organize and lead summer camps and special programs.
  • Perform some administrative duties related to scheduling and program delivery using tools that will include Microsoft Office, email, PowerPoint etc.
  • Positively and courteously respond to phone and in-person inquiries.
  • Develop and lead service learning and habitat restoration projects with a variety of group types

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Grazing Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Prairie Coteau, SD (posted December 21, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Grazing Technician (GT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including: prescribed fire, tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, and other duties as assigned. The primary role of the grazing technician will be to build, check, maintain, and implement grazing infrastructure on TNC sites. The GT will occasionally serve on a burn crew of 6 to 8 people. The crew travels throughout the Prairie Coteau (north east SD/southwest MN) landscape. This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various preserves in the landscape. The term of the position is April 17, 2017 to June 23, 2016.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Grazing Technician will assist in daily coordination and oversight of the spring grazing program set up under the direction of the Land Steward. Duties will include daily conversations with supervisor to receive assignments and efficient and concise communication of assignments to the land management crew. Personal organization and excellent communication skills are a must for this position. The Grazing 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 South Dakota and Minnesota. The Grazing Technician must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks primarily include fence construction and maintenance, implementation/management of various grazing systems, vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, and miscellaneous duties as assigned. Duties may also include installation of firebreaks for prescribed fire and prescribed fire implementation. The Grazing Technician position also may include a variety of outreach activities including meeting with local landowners, assisting with field trips, and leading volunteers. 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.

Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. 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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Forestry Technician (Research) - Pacific Northwest Research Station (Posted December 21, 2016)

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Monitoring & Assessment Program

Forestry Technician (Research) GS-0462-05/06

General information:

The Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program is advertising seven Forestry Technician positions, GS-0462-05/06. Vacancies may be filled in the following locations: Sedro-Woolley, WA; Twisp, WA; Portland, OR; Grants Pass, OR; Medford, OR, Mount Shasta, CA; or San Bernardino, CA. These are full-time permanent seasonal positions (18/8) with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit, one of four FIA Units across the country that comprise the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

– Interested applicants –

·         The DEMO announcement is open to ALL U.S. citizens

·         The MERIT announcement is open to current permanent Forest Service employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibles, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP eligibles, and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities such as Public Land Corps authority.

The DEMO announcement number is 17-RES-307822DP-DA and will close at midnight (EST) on December 27, 2016

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460266400

The MERIT announcement number is 17-RES-307822FS-DA and will close at midnight (EST) on December 30, 2016

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460210400

For those interested in either of these positions, please apply via USAJobs (www.usajobs.gov) prior to the closing date.  For your application, you may use a resume or any other written format you choose.  Regardless of the format used, your application must contain sufficient information to validate qualifications and specialized experience required for this position.  The specialized experience can be found in the ‘Qualifications Required’ section of the vacancy announcement.  All supporting documentation (including transcripts if using education as an element of basic qualification) must be uploaded as part of the application packet.  Internal/Federal employees are advised to include their most recent SF-50 AND performance appraisal.

Please include in your resume or work history the following information for paid and volunteer work experience especially that which is related to the job you are applying for:

•             Job title, (include series and grade if a Federal job)

•             Main duties and responsibilities

•             Employers' names and addresses

•             Supervisors' names and phone numbers

•             Starting and ending dates (month and year) (for each grade level if a Federal job)

•             Work hours per week

•             Annual salary amounts

For positions held with the Federal government, list each grade held separately, including grade levels for career ladder positions, and provide the following information:

•             Month/year that you held each grade level

•             Main duties and responsibilities performed at that specific grade level.

Read the whole announcement carefully and include required supporting documentation to ensure your application is considered.

U.S. Forest Service 2017 International Seminars and Workshops (posted December 20, 2016)

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs and our partners are pleased to announce ten international seminars opportunities in 2017:
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON FOREST LANDSCAPE RESTORATION (April 19, 2017-May 12, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  January 16, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT (April 24, 2017-May 12, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (May 1, 2017-May 20, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017
NEW * INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON URBAN FORESTRY (June 4, 2017-June 17, 2017)
      *Application Deadline: February 01, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT (June 27, 2017 – July 17, 2017)
       *Application Deadline:  April 01, 2017
INTERNATIONAL FIELD COURSE ON WILDLANDS AND PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT (July 05, 2017-August 05, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  January 31, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON LIVESTOCK GRAZING MANAGEMENT (July 15, 2017-July 30, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT (August 7, 2017- August 21, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  TBD
NEW * MOBILE SEMINAR ON PLANNING AND MANAGING TOURISM IN PROTECTED AREAS (September 07, 2017-September 23, 2017)
     *Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON MINING (October 16, 2017-October 27, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  June 15, 2017
 
Their international seminars promote collaborative approaches to natural resource management and strengthen professional networks spanning the globe.   The participatory, field-based workshops allow participants, who have diverse experience, expertise, perspectives and approaches, the opportunity to engage in meaningful deliberation, dialogue and problem solving. 
 
Mid- and senior-level natural resource managers with their own funding for tuition and international travel expenses are encouraged to apply for these experiential workshops. More information on the seminars, the application process, and tuition fees can be found in the attached program brochure and at http://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/international-programs/training-seminars.
 
If you have any questions related to the seminars, please contact Rima Eid at 202-644-4642 or rimaeid@fs.fed.us.

Job: Green Ribbon Initiative Partnership Specialist - The Nature Conservancy - Ohio (posted December 20, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

This is an exceptional opportunity for a committed conservation professional to help build a local conservation movement in the seven county Oak Openings Region of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The Partnership Specialist coordinates efforts of the Green Ribbon Initiative partnership, develops new relationships, and implements programs that inform, empower and mobilize key constituents to protect and restore habitats characteristic of the Oak Openings region.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Working under the direct supervision of the Oak Openings Program Manager the Partnership Specialist is an integral part of the Oak Openings project team and works with the partners of the Green Ribbon Initiative to revitalize the human and natural communities of the Oak Openings Region. The ideal candidate will proactively translate goals and strategies into action by working with partners to identify obstacles to conservation success and create plans to overcome those obstacles. The Partnership Specialist develops and implements training, community outreach and educational strategies that effectively communicate TNC’s conservation messages and promote community-involvement in conservation efforts. (S)he is accountable for coordinating meetings, workshops, events, developing educational programs, producing publications on behalf of the Green Ribbon Initiative partnership. This may involve serving as a spokesperson for the partnership using a variety of media to promote and increase public awareness and participation in land protection, management and understanding. (S)he establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with NGO’s, private landowners, schools, universities, state and local agencies and corporations providing opportunities for active involvement.

The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional organizational and communication skills and the ability to keep detailed records and possess basic knowledge of habitat restoration practices. (S)he is expected to participate in prescribed fire and other land management activities such as invasive species control as needed necessitating occasional nights away from home.

Specifically, the Partnership Coordinator will directly or indirectly oversee, a private landowner registry, an adopt-a-natural area program and the coordination of the Oak Openings Cooperative Weed Management Area. They will assist other land management staff in establishing management agreements, training partners and establishing contracts. They will ensure that partners are engaged and informed through regular communication and synthesis of information in print, social media and through the Green Ribbon Initiative website (www.oakopenings.org). Position is contingent upon funding with funding currently secured through December 2017. (S)he will collaborate with other program staff to secure additional funding for this position and related strategies identified in TNC’s Oak Openings Conservation Business Plan.

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 January 13, 2017.

Job: USFS District/Zone Fire Management Officer - Sierra NF, North Fork, CA (posted December 15, 2016)

Introduction:

The position is established on a Forest Service Unit. The incumbent serves as a District/Zone Fire Management Officer (DZFMO) in a key fire management position. The DZFMO plans, develops, implements, coordinates, and evaluates an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives. The DZFMO maintains safety first as the foundation for all aspects of fire and aviation management. This position is categorized as a High Complexity District/Zone Fire Management Officer (DZFMO) position that is subject to the Forest Service Fire Program Management (FS-FPM) Standard and Guide, as designated by the W.O. Fire and Aviation Management. The FS-FPM minimum qualification standards (MQS) for this position must be met prior to entrance into the position as a condition of hire. Refer to the Forest Service FS-FPM Standard Position Description Crosswalk for a full description of the MQS.

Job Duties:

Provides administrative supervision to subordinate fire supervisors and staff. Plans work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulties and requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of the employees. Evaluates work performance. Gives advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both technical and administrative matters. Hears and resolves minor complaints from employees, and refers group grievances and more seriously unresolved complaints to supervisor.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Coordinates fuels management plans and activities with other district’s programs and objectives. May participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of land use plans. Develops and maintains long-range project and program plans for the protection and use of forest resources in the area of responsibility.

Develops and implements communication plans which ensures information related to wildland fire, prescribed fire, and fire program components for internal and external audiences is accurate and timely. Coordinates plans of action with affected cooperators and briefs decision makers.

Ensures that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long-term goals. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans. Works with other agencies in the development and delivery of cooperative fire prevention programs and training.

Serves as District Duty Officer/POC, and may serve as Unit Duty Officer during periods of fire activity.

Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, may contact Denise Tolmie, District Ranger at (559) 877-2218 x 3100 (e-mail at dtolmie@fs.fed.us) or visit an announcement page here.

Job: Threat Characterization and Management Program Manager - USFS - OR and WA (posted December 19, 2016)

This is located in the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) serves as a Program Manager for the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW), assigned to the following PNW science program area: Threat Characterization and Management (TCM). The incumbent is responsible for a broad range of management for the program assigned.

The incumbent participates as a member of the Station Leadership Team in the development of science resources policies and programs. This involves major issues such as manpower, budget, priorities of work, and internal and external problems and concerns. The position exercises the full range of managerial responsibilities over the science program. Is responsible for program development, planning, budgeting and management information for identifying work force and organizational needs, target levels, full time equivalents (FTE), program, and Station priorities. Is also responsible for ensuring program expenditures are legal, meet charged-as-worked and congressional intent, remain within budget limits, and work plans reflect actual budget received.

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

Job: USFWS LCC Science Coordinator - Aleutians, Bering Sea, and Western Alaska - Anchorage, AK (posted December 15, 2016)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Monday, December 19, 2016.

As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist (ABSI LCC Science Coordinator or Western Alaska LCC Science Coordinator), you will:

  • Represent the interest of partners in various national meetings associated with landscape conservation initiatives and other national efforts such as landscape conservation issues and sustainable management issues.
  • Serve as a scientific and technical coordinator to support the progressively refining scientific and technical underpinning of landscape conservation strategies and plans for priority areas and natural resources for the assigned geography.
  • Review science proposals for technical completeness; rank proposals appropriately.
  • Lead the development and refinement of landscape conservation plans that integrate biological and social goals and objectives.
  • Serve as a liaison and provide a forum for private, tribal, state, and federal entities in Alaska interested in exchanging ideas, information, and technology; and to actively work together to achieve desired landscape conservation outcomes.

For more information on the duties of this position contact Karen Murphy at (907) 786-3501 regarding Western Alaska LCC area or Aaron Poe at (907) 786-3834 regarding Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC area. Or visit the job announcement page.

Job: Forestry Assistant II - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (posted December 15, 2016)

This is the first working level in the series. Incumbents assist Foresters in performing the most complex technical assignments in resource management and assume lead responsibility over lower level technicians. They may also perform as specialists responsible for a specific segment of a program area, including but not limited to law enforcement. As part of the Department's emergency response team, during fire season incumbents will perform fire control or other emergency duties for which they have been trained at a level of responsibility comparable to the classification of Fire Captain and may occasionally perform such assignments at other times. Rotation in assignments at this level is planned experience for employee development.

Incumbents at this level will be encouraged to pursue formal academic course work and will be enrolled in "Continuing Education for Foresters" as necessary to enhance job performance and career advancement. In addition, persons entering State service at this level will, as necessary, receive in a timely manner and prior to working in emergency assignments, all required training for the class specification.

For a full position description visit the announcement page here.

Job: Fire Management Planning Specialist - Redding, CA (posted December 14, 2016)

Duties:

This position is located in the Fire and Aviation Management organization in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest’s Supervisor's Office and serves as the primary wildland fire planner for the forest. The primary purpose of the position is to provide leadership, coordination, and oversight in wild land fire planning for the forest. The incumbent of this position is responsible for implementing fire planning policies and procedures consistent with national and regional level guidance and coordinating information between regional and local fire planning units, and with other resource specialists. The incumbent is also responsible for managing and applying wildland fire planning processes and procedures using highly specialized analytical and technical tools.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience at the next lowest grade (GS-8 or GS-9) or one year of specialized experience at the equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). Transcripts must be provided if qualifications are based on education above the high school level.

This is a covered secondary position. Ninety (90) days of experience as a primary/rigorous wildland firefighter or equivalent experience outside federal employment is a basic qualification requirement for this position. This positon has been approved for secondary firefighter retirement coverage by USDA under FERS and CSRS.

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

Job: Rangeland Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Center, ND (posted December 14, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Rangeland Technician will conduct various stewardship and ecological monitoring activities. They will be located at Cross Ranch but may travel extensively to other North and South Dakota preserves.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Primary responsibilities will include but may not be limited to: prescribed burning, fence and corral construction, noxious weed control and monitoring control efforts, assisting with the collection of ecological monitoring data, assisting with firebreak preparation, and maintenance of preserve facilities and equipment. This position will also participate in the spring and fall prescribed burning season and must meet the requirements for prescribed burning. The Seasonal Preserve Assistant supervises no staff. This position requires irregular hours 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. This is a seasonal position with a start date of April 17, 2017 and end date of September 15, 2017. (It may be possible to delay start date until May 22 but April 17 is preferred).

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Burn Crew Member - The Nature Conservancy - Center, ND (posted December 14, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Technician (BCT) will serve on a crew of 6 to 8 people. The crew travels throughout the Missouri Coteau (central ND) landscape: This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in the landscape. Under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader, the BCT will assist with controlled burns. In addition, the BCT will assist with preserve management tasks such as boundary posting, firebreak preparation, fencing, tree clearing, brush cutting, and equipment maintenance when conditions are not conducive to burning.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Technician 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 Burn Crew Technician 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 January 15, 2016.

Nominate an Incident of the Year for 2016 (posted December 14, 2016)

Too often, the wildland fire community talks only about the lessons learned from mistakes rather than those learned from successes- so we'd like to focus on success!

If you were directly involved with or observed a fire during which science was effectively used to manage the fire, please make a nomination! Take a look at the new nomination form, re-designed to make it easier and faster to complete. Please share this email and form widely!

The SouthwestFire Science Consortium looks forward to recognizing incident(s) of the year for the third year. Please contact Barb Satink Wolfson with questions.

PhD Graduate Position in Climate, Land Use and Wildlife Research - Reno, NV (posted December 11, 2016)

The Interdisciplinary Climate Research Lab in the Department of Geography (www.unr.edu/geography) at the University of Nevada, Reno, led by Dr. Douglas Boyle and Dr. Scott Bassett, is recruiting a Doctoral student interested in pursuing multi-disciplinary climate research with us and our collaborators at the University of Maine and Desert Research Institute.

The research will focus on the use of downscaled climate models and land use change scenarios to determine potential future impacts on native fauna in the Southern California region. With the limited extent of natural communities near the Southern California coast, need has arisen to better understand the nexis of climate, land use, and species distribution in a non-stationary world. The prospective student will be integrated with a collaborative group of researchers working on a host of climatic topics in arid and semiarid regions of the world. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Scott Bassett.

Applicants with scientific backgrounds in climate, geography, planning or ecology and an interest in computer modeling and interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply.

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

Community Forest Program Applications (posted December 11, 2016)

The Community Forest Program (CFP) protects forests that are important for people and the places they call home. Community forests provide many benefits such as places to recreate and enjoy nature; they protect habitat, water quality and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

Applications Now Being Accepted:

The Forest Service published a request for applications for the Community Forest Program in the Federal Register on October 20, 2016. Applications are due to the State Forester or the appropriate Tribal official by January 13, 2017.

Proposed Administration funding for community forest project is $2 million for fiscal year 2017. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000.

Click here for more information or to apply.

Job: Field Technician - Yosemite National Park (posted December 9, 2016)

The Western Forest Initiative is hiring three field technicians for summer of 2017.

Forest Demography and Fire Effects: These positions will primarily involve the establishment of spatially-explicit forest plots in Yosemite National Park. The crew will navigate to areas within or near the footprint of the Rim Fire of 2013 (wilderness and non-wilderness) and then identify, measure, and map trees and snags in ¼ ha plots. The crew will receive training in mapping and demography in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot and will work with investigators from Utah State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Montana on this Joint Fire Science Program funded project.

Duration: Late-May through mid-August, with the possibility for some staff to extend the season. The work schedule is four, ten-hour days per week. Because we don’t work under inclement conditions, the crew will need to be flexible.

Qualifications: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems, to work both independently and in teams of two or three, and to work with students and volunteers. Work will involve moving through rough terrain carrying delicate and expensive equipment, as well as carrying up to 15 kg of additional gear. Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with outdoor living. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and good driving history. Applicants need a Wilderness First Aid certification (Wilderness First Responder preferred) valid for the season.

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Internship: Youth and Pathway's Program (posted December 8, 2016)

Intern with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and expand your knowledge and networking possibilities in conservation of agriculture, rangeland, water resources and forestry management, cultural awareness, land management skills, and to raise awareness of the functions and values for climate resilience.

These programs successfully leverage resources and alliances with academia, other Federal agencies, and tribal nations to increase the number of qualified entry-level students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers across Indian country.

For more information click here.

Job: Forestry Technician - Timber Sale Prep - Oregon (posted December 8, 2016)

This position serves as a forestry technician with responsibilities for harvest unit layout, assessing logging feasibility, performing unit boundary traverses, conducting timber cruises, assisting the advanced cruiser in managing cruise data, selecting and marking trees to be harvested or left uncut, managing GPS data, and preparing field maps. The incumbent will also perform other resource or fire duties as qualified and assigned.

This permanent, seasonal position serves in a zoned capacity across the west side of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The zone includes the Klamath, Chiloquin, and Chemult Ranger Districts. The duty station is Chiloquin, OR.

PLEASE NOTE: 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., target grade or multi-grade and forest-wide, service-wide, region-wide, government-wide, or DEMO). Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to make this determination, and also to determine the duty station.

Job: Biological Science Technician - Corvallis, OR (posted December 5, 2016)

DUTIES (specific): Technicians will work on a project to investigate the ecological impacts of fuel reduction treatments in the intermountain sagebrush steppe and western juniper woodlands. To find out more about the project go to (www.sagestep.org). Technician may also work on several other USGS-BRD projects identifying strategies to control the dominance of cheatgrass and other weeds on Great Basin rangelands, restoring native species, and increasing biodiversity. Technicians will also work on a project quantifying the above ground and below ground carbon levels within the Great Basin. As well as a project looking at the effectiveness of the weed suppressive bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens, strain D7 (P.f. D7) in controlling cheatgrass.

Major Duties Include:

  • Identifying plants to species (up to 250 different species)
  • Monitoring native grasses, forbs, and shrub germination and density
  • Performing various vegetation cover and fuel load sampling techniques
  • Collection of GPS and photo points
  • Driving on poor and sometime muddy roads
  • Collection of soil cores and plant samples
  • Accurately recording data
  • Processing plant samples and soil cores in the laboratory
  • Data entry

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Job: Field Ecology - Beetle Taxonomy Internship (posted December 4, 2016)

Intern’s primary focus will be to learn to identify carabid beetles and develop a location-specific dichotomous and photographic key. Intern will also spend time in the field assisting with Beetle Abundance and Diversity protocol and in the laboratory processing samples. Given the bi-weekly beetle sampling this internship will have a regular 2-week pattern.

Field Component (1 day): Intern will accompany Field Technicians to field sites and assist with beetle collections from pitfall traps.

Laboratory Component (2-5 days): Intern will process the field collected beetles in the laboratory (e.g., ethanol washes, sorting bycatch, sorting and pooling beetles). This will include familiarizing themselves with the carabid beetle teaching collection and identification of beetles using dichotomous keys.

Dichotomous Key Component (4-5 days): Following familiarity of carabid species, the intern will photograph beetles, including key characteristics, and develop a location-specific photographic dichotomous key(s) based on multiple existing sources.

For more information click here.

Job: Ecology and Remote Sensing - Foliar Chemistry Internship (posted December 4, 2016)

The chemical composition of canopy foliage mediates key ecosystem processes including productivity, herbivory and nutrient export. However, temporally and spatially extensive datasets that can reveal change in canopy foliar traits in response to environmental drivers are scarce. Advances in hyperspectral remote sensing have greatly enhanced our ability to measure canopy reflectance over large areas, and a better understanding of links between observed reflectance and measured foliar parameters will improve our ability to map unsampled regions and predict foliar chemical change over time.

In 2016, three linked ground-aerial campaigns were conducted across NEON, with airborne reflectance and canopy physio-chemical data both collected. The foliar analysis intern will use these data to investigate linkages between remotely sensed data products and foliar biophysical parameters across diverse ecosystems.

Essential Duties:

  • Summarize and explore site-level and cross-site patterns of foliar physio-chemical properties. Statistically analyze uncertainty for different vegetation types and locations.
  • Use foliar physio-chemical data in conjunction with hyperspectral remote sensing measurements to generate models linking spectral data and measured foliar traits. Validate models using a subset of the data.
  • Generate maps of foliar traits using NEON airborne data to scale up.
  • If time allows, compare outputs from models to standard vegetation indices and assess how they compare.

For more information click here.

Job: Dean - College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and Director - Maine (posted December 4, 2016)

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture (NSFA), and Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station (MAFES).

The Dean is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean/Director provides leadership for the College and the Station and fosters excellence in teaching, research, and service to the state. Responsibilities include oversight of fiscal, strategic, academic, research, public service, personnel matters and implementing the college’s commitment to diversity. The Dean also represents the College, MAFES, and the University to external agencies, constituents, and legislative delegations at the local, state, and federal levels. The Dean/Director actively participates in the University’s fundraising initiatives and partners with the Executive Director of Cooperative Extension to meet the discovery and educational outreach needs of Maine through Land and Sea Grant efforts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Promote and support NSFA and MAFES teaching, research, and public service missions.
  • Management of fiscal, human, and facility resources of NSFA and MAFES.
  • Lead college’s fund-raising operations.
  • Work collaboratively with the other college deans and the university’s senior leadership to advance UMaine’s strategic initiatives.
  • Work successfully with external advisory groups such as the University of Maine Board of Agriculture, Cooperative Forest Research Unit Advisory Committee and others.
  • Represent the university to Maine’s agricultural, marine science, forestry, and health care communities.

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

Job: USDA Forest Service Research Forester - Olympia, WA (posted December 4, 2016)

The US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates advertising a Research Forester position, GS-0460-12 in the Genetic and Silvicultural Foundations for Management Team in Olympia, WA. The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service. The USDA Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world. Scientific information produced by the Station has application on public, private, and tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Oregon and Washington) and elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world.

The scientist’s research will focus on developing and modeling the effects of resource management alternatives that provide for desired goods and properly functioning forest ecosystem services. The scientist will: 1) develop a critical understanding of tree and stand development, 2) develop management options and strategies that maintain or enhance key ecological processes for desired conditions, goods and services, and long-term productivity of forest ecosystems, and 3) model tree and stand responses to physical and biological factors such as climate, soils, and stand characteristics. The majority of the scientist’s work will be focused on Pacific Northwest forest types west of the Cascade crest in Oregon and Washington, and in southern Alaska.

For a full position description and to apply visit the announcement page here.

Internship: Conservation and Land Management (posted December 4, 2016)

Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.Applications are due January 15th but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis – the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions!

For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.clminternship.org

Job: Temporary Wildland Firefighters - Shasta-Trinity National Forest (posted December 2, 2016)

Temporary (1039) Wildland Firefighter

2017 Outreach and Job Announcements

Forestry Aids and Forestry Technicians

GS-0462-03/04/05

Vacancy Announcements Open on USAJOBS (1/09/17-1/13/17)

Applicants interested in Temporary Wildland Firefighter positions on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest should contact module leaders listed below for the specific Duty Locations they would be interested in. Potential candidates should have their applications ready because there will only be 5 days to apply within USAJOBS.

Wildland firefighters work in a variety of specialized positions, including fire engine crews, fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, patrol and prevention technicians and fire lookout positions. Crews often travel throughout California and other areas across the country performing fire suppression and other incident activities. The actual job title for wildland firefighter positions are “Forestry Aid and Forestry Technician”.

Pay scales and availability of government provided housing will vary by geographic locations. Firefighters are paid an hourly rate and can earn overtime at 1.5 (time and a half) of their normal pay rate and hazardous duty pay at an extra 25% in some circumstances. Housing/Barracks may be available at a nominal cost to employees. Firefighters provide their own subsistence while at their home duty locations. The Forest Service pays living expenses when on a fire assignment or project assignments away from home duty locations. Tour of Duty is generally a 5 day work week of 40 base hours, with 2 days off. Scheduled days off are often cancelled due to emergency assignments. As a condition of hire, selectees must be able to meet the arduous fitness level and complete a Work Capacity Test consisting of a 3 mile hike within 45 minutes carrying a 45 pound pack. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All GS-5 and Exclusive Use Helitack GS-4 positions require a minimum of 90 days of Wildland firefighting experience.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Assistant Professor of Forest Biometry - Colorado State University (posted December 1, 2016)

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in forest biometry and natural resource measurements at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications from those interested in the biometry, measurement and statistical analysis of forest and rangeland vegetation are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with interest and expertise in areas such as forest biometrics, natural resource measurements, remote sensing, sampling, or a related field with a strong background in statistics and quantitative methods would complement the existing faculty expertise and interests in our department and the Warner College of Natural Resources. We seek someone to develop a nationally recognized, innovative, independent, and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. We expect the incumbent to exhibit leadership in, and passion for, undergraduate and graduate teaching, student mentoring, and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Applicants should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the department, college, and the university.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: McCloud River Preserve Associate - The Nature Conservancy - McCloud, CA (posted December 1, 2016)

POSITION SUMMARY

The McCloud River Preserve Associate performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. The McCloud River is one of California's aquatic jewels and an angler’s paradise. Located near the top of California, north of the Sierra Nevada and at the southern end of the Cascade Range, the McCloud snakes its way down a scenic canyon beneath the rugged slopes of 14,000-foot Mount Shasta. The preserve offers three miles of hiking trails and a self-guided nature walk popular with hikers, birdwatchers, and wildflower enthusiasts. This position is seasonal from April through October and requires on-site residence in Nature Conservancy housing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Associate maintains the McCloud River preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring. S/he may assist in prescribed burns and maintain tools, equipment and land. The Preserve Associate will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a PC database. Knowledge of freshwater fisheries and angling are useful.

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 January 15, 2017.

Job: Forest Inventory Internship - Pacific Northwest Research Station (posted November 29, 2016)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Resource Monitoring and Assessment
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data Collection

FOREST INVENTORY INTERNSHIP

The Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates filling 9 intern positions for the 2017 field season. These internships will be with the Forest Inventory and Analysis program and selected individuals will work on a small multiple-person field crew, collecting ecological data on forest health and change. Each position will be assigned to one of 9 satellite duty stations in Washington, Oregon, or California. A weekly living allowance, monthly housing allowance, and travel allowance are provided. Health benefits may be included.

Program Overview:
The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forests and other related renewable resources.

Internships with the FIA program are primarily field based, with the field season running between the months of April and October. Field crews composed of 2-3 individuals collect ecological data that include: forest type; stand size and stand age; land-use and ownership; natural and anthropogenic treatments and disturbances; tree attributes; vegetation structure and composition; insects and disease; fuel loading; and various geographical attributes. FIA crews visit remote research sites on foot, often hiking off-trail for considerable distances (>5 miles) in rugged terrain while exposed to adverse environmental conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, sleet, dust, poisonous plants/insects, etc.). Research sites are dispersed over a large geographic area which requires extensive travel (50-80% of the time), camping, and multiday backpacking trips. In addition to data collection, crews are responsible for processing and editing field data as well as writing summaries of field visits.

A positive attitude, the capability to function on a team, the ability to adapt to changing priorities and a sense of adventure are keys to success with the FIA program. Field positions with this program are incredibly challenging yet rewarding.

These positions will be filled through the SCA internship program and can be viewed by searching:
“Forest Inventory” AND sorting by Title at http://www.thesca.org/serve/positions

  • Duration of work: 25 weeks, April 09 – September 30 (start date is not flexible)
  • Application period: 11/23/16 – 01/19/17
  • Weekly Stipend: $260.00
  • Monthly Living Allowance: Dependent upon location
  • Locations: applicants must apply to each location separately.

o WASHINGTON - Twisp, Olympia, Cle Elum
o OREGON – Portland, Grants Pass
o CALIFORNIA – Mt. Shasta, Redding, Chico, Mammoth Lakes

For additional information please contact:
Justin Holgerson
Washington State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503)-808-3131
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

Jane Terzibashian
Oregon State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503)-808-3127
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

Hannah Johnson
Acting California State Coordinator
Pacific Northwest Research Station
(503) 808-2035
pnw_fia_outreach@fs.fed.us

If sending an e-mail, please use “SCA Intern” as the subject line.

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - WDFW - Okanogan, WA (posted November 11, 2016)

Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Full-time, Permanent)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent Natural Resource Specialist 2 position located in the Lands Division of the Wildlife Program.  The duty station is in the Okanogan Area, Washington.    

As a designated expert within the Wildlife Program this position assists the Fire Management Specialist in providing fire management and consultative services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally, the incumbent will help develop, implement and lead a prescribed (Rx) burn program for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in North Central Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The incumbent supports/contributes to the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.    

The incumbent assists the Fire Management Specialist in developing, prioritizing, coordinating and implementing plans to restore and maintain fire dependent fish and wildlife on wildlife areas primarily in Okanogan County but may include any region statewide which include more 200,000 acres of forest including numerous fire dependent, e.g., dry forest and fire maintained prairies and steppe.

Duties

Job knowledge (to perform the essential activities of this position, the employee must know or understand the following): Fire ecology; fire effects and by-products and their ecosystem actions; fire weather; fuel types; fuel conditions; fuels assessment; smoke management; NWCG standards; knowledge of tools and techniques used to prepare for and implement Rx burns; Working knowledge of management and supervision of fire line hand crews and/or prescribed fire hand crews.

General duties include:  Coordinating with the Fire Management Specialist, Wildlife Area Managers, Wildlife Biologists and Foresters to develop plans for restoration and maintenance of fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat. Conducting burn unit layout, fuels inventory, writing burn plans, obtaining necessary permits and implementing Inventorying forests and developing wildlife area specific forest management plans, developing statewide management strategies to ensure that high risk areas are given priority.  Developing and implementing restoration projects. Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies, and supervising the Prescribed Burn Team.

To view the entire job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Fire Effects Monitor - National Park Service - Big Bend National Park, TX (posted November 9, 2016)

Duties

A Fire Effects Monitor (GS-05 Biological Science Technician) establishes monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and directions. Monitors plots and makes field observation of resource conditions. Prepares fire behavior monitoring documentation on forms for prescribed burns. Identifies grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees to species. Catalogs, labels and stores plant materials collected during the season. Prepares field maps and photographs from the ground. Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

To see the full job announcement, click HERE.

National Park Service Helicopter Training Academy - Program (posted October 24, 2015)

Now accepting applications for the Summer of 2017!

Mission Statement

The Grand Canyon Flight Crew provides safe and practical training opportunities for helicopter managers and helicopter crew members from all agencies to ascertain or increase their aviation knowledge and experience in a professional and educational atmosphere.

History

In the spring of 2000, the Helicopter Training Academy was born with 13 students. The students were used to meet the minimum staffing levels needed to keep up with the variety of missions and daily workloads here in the Park and the surrounding areas like the Kaibab National Forest. Within the first year of its creation, the Academy illustrated why there was such a necessity for interagency helicopter training.

The Academy has been managed by several members from Grand Canyon Flight Crew throughout the years. Crew members have each brought new training topics, instructional methods, and ideas. Coupled with feedback from each HTA student, it has lead to the current program which includes workbooks, didactic trainings, practical field opportunities, and sometimes, more unique missions like long line utility work throughout the Park, inner canyon medevacs, or relocating threatened or endangered species to a new habitat.

The 2016 fire season at the Grand Canyon National Park saw in increase in managed and suppression wildfires. Through the Academy we continued to provide students with the opportunity to work on advancing qualifications and position task books during the fire season. We taught 18 students formally and took additional trainees while on the road to the Northern Rockies. Students and trainees performed a variety of operations such as medical emergencies, wildland fires, and continuous project work associated with the Park’s maintenance plans. All the students performed well and gained valuable experience in aviation and helicopter operations.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Wildland Fire Module - National Park Service - Tuscon, AZ (posted October 18, 2016)

The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (Saguaro National Park) may be looking to hire one - two individuals to assist with the 2017 wildland fire season. This position requires extensive travel throughout the season (April - September.) Employees should expect to be away from home for two - three weeks at a time, camping, cooking and working in remote locations with few amenities. Work includes but is not limited to wildfire suppression and monitoring, prescribed fire prep and implementation, and hazardous fuels assessment and reduction.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Forestry Technician) is a skilled wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module. May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

A Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Forestry Technician) is a senior wildland firefighter on a Wildland Fire Module performing all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

To see the full job announcement, click HERE.

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