February 2015

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About FRAMES

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

FRAMES is part of a Wildland Fire Science Partnership that includes the University of Idaho and the University of Montana.

The partnership was created to develop and deliver knowledge and decision support tools to policymakers, wildland fire managers, and communities.

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Announcements

WA Rx Fire Council Big Horn Booth Volunteers (posted February 23, 2015)

The Washington Prescribed Fire Council wanted to notify you of an opportunity to attend the Big Horn Show in Spokane for free and help out the WPFC by spreading the message of the important role of prescribed fire in keeping habitats healthy and people safe! It’s a win- win opportunity. You will also receive a free Washington Prescribed Fire Council hat for helping out!

The Big Horn Show is one of the oldest and longest continually operated sports and recreation shows in the US. with over 300 exhibitors and each year they host 28,000 area enthusiasts.

This is a great opportunity to reach a large audience around the NW. Volunteers are asked to sign up for one or more four hour shifts for the WPFC booth at the Big Horn show in Spokane on one or more days March 19-22nd. To sign up for a volunteer shift please visit the google document here.

Job: Northern NH Seasonal Land Steward – The Nature Conservancy, Newmarket, NH (posted February 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Specific duties will, in varying proportion, include: preserve inspections and follow-up actions, monitoring and maintaining hiking trails (i.e. brushing & drainage structure maintenance), property boundary line maintenance, invasive species monitoring and manual control activities, installation & maintenance of preserve signage, stocking and maintaining kiosks, monitoring conservation easements, supporting prescribed fire at the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve and other locations as assigned, assist in leading volunteers, ecological monitoring, equipment maintenance and organization and engaging with the public on our preserves and at our office in a professional, welcoming, and informative manner.
  • The Seasonal Land Steward will be responsible for documenting work accomplished and tracking other information using the Conservancy’s database entry system.
  • The Seasonal Land Steward will be supervised by the Northern New Hampshire Land Steward. The Seasonal Land Steward will also work collaboratively with the Director of Stewardship and Ecological Management as well as other Conservancy stewardship staff and conservation partners.

For additional information and to apply to position number 42889, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 6, 2015.

Job: Conservation Easement Technician – The Nature Conservancy, Waubay, SD (posted February 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position will be based out of the USFWS Waubay Wetland Management District and will be responsible for identifying and establishing contact with private landowners of native prairie for enrollment in perpetual easement programs. The Easement Technician will conduct on-the-ground site evaluations of potential projects to determine program eligibility. The Technician may also assist with occasional USFWS and TNC management activities including prescribed fire, wildlife and vegetative surveys, and prairie restoration. Overall supervision will be provided by TNC with day-to-day direction provided by USFWS personnel.

This is a full-time position with 2 years of funding.

For additional information and to apply to position number 42567, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 10, 2015.

Job: Southeast Texas Preserve Technician – The Nature Conservancy, Silsbee, TX (posted February 18, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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

  • Perform land management treatments to improve native habitat restoration and management.
  • Assists with ecological monitoring, conservation easement monitoring, flora and fauna surveys and exotic species control.
  • Serves on fire management team, assists with preparation and implementation of prescribed fires, responds to wildfires.
  • Maintain preserve infrastructure, vehicles, tools and equipment.

For additional information and to apply to position number 42890, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 4, 2015

2015 IAWF Student Scholarships (posted February 18, 2015)

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2015 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

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

The application period will be open between 18 February 2015 and 27 March 2015. Award winners will be announced by the end of May 2015.

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

Click here to see the guidelines and apply via our online submission system.

2015 Fire Training Exchanges (posted February 18, 2015)

The following Training Exchanges have been announced for 2015. Visit this page for new listings, to get more information, and to register for trainings listed below.

Feb 15-23 — Klamath River Communities TREX: Weitchpec, CA

Feb 15-28 — North Carolina TREX (application period closed)

Mar 14-29 — Niobrara Valley Preserve TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 20-22 — Firing Operations on Wildland Fires TREX: Johnstown, NE

Mar 16-27 — Loup River TREX: Loup River Valley, NE

Apr 27-May 6 — East River TREX (1st session): eastern South Dakota

May 11-20 — East River TREX (2nd session): eastern South Dakota

Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Air Quality/Health Effects - University of Colorado (posted February 17, 2015)

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist to join a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Public Health to investigate relationships between indoor air quality, forest fires, energy efficiency measures, and health in low-income housing in Colorado.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience evaluating air quality and/or respiratory health effects, will have excellent problem solving skills, and a strong quantitative background. This post-doctoral research associate will play a key role in carrying out the study and analyzing study outcomes, with opportunities to publish research findings and manage a multidisciplinary field team.

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in Environmental Health, Environmental Engineering, Epidemiology, or related degree. Strong field research skills, organization skills, project management skills, and data collection and management experience are required. Familiarity with human subjects research protocols and compliance” is a desired skill. Prior experience in low SES communities is a plus.

Additional skills include GIS, statistical data analysis, survey design and data collection. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. This is a 2-y federally funded project.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, CV and names/contact information for 3 references to Dr. Shelly Miller, email: Shelly.Miller@Colorado.edu.

Job: Vegetation and ES&R Monitoring Technician - Nevada (posted February 17, 2015)

Description:

Working cooperatively with the BLM Winnemucca Di strict Office, GBI is recruiting two to three (2-3) Field Technicians to work cooperatively with BLM staff on post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R), fuels, and weeds projects. The Technicians will work on a number of projects, including a variety of monitoring protocols designed to determine effectiveness of post - fire stabilization and rehabilitation efforts including line - point intercept, canopy gap, and basal gap intercept as detailed in the Monitoring Manual for Grasslands, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems, Volume 1: USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range. The primary duties of this position will be to collect field data and assist in written monitoring summary reports for the ES&R program. There may also be opportunities to aid in the preparation of ES (Emergency Stabilization) and BAR (Burned Area Rehabilitation) plans, including site evaluation, inventory, and GPS/GIS work. Collectively, the team is responsible for data collection, entry and analysis; report writing; project planning and mapping; and other tasks assigned by ESR personnel.

Location:

The BLM Winnemucca District Office (WDO) lies roughly in the northwest part of Nevada, nested in the basin and range province of the western U.S. The WDO is approximately 2.5 hours east of Reno, NV and 2 hours west of Elko, NV on I-80, and 5.5 hours south of Boise, ID on State Highway 95. Elevations range from approximately 4,000 feet to close to 10,000 feet. The District encompasses roughly 11 million acres, of which 7.38 million acres are public lands managed by the BLM.

Compensation & Timeline:

  • Rate of Pay: $15.25/hour
  • Medical and Dental Benefit s
  • Field Per Diem when camping
  • 26-week appointment beginning March 16, 2015, or upon a vailability
  • Full time, 40 hours per week

How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter (include where you found this position posted), their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at agladding@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries please.

Job: Clinical Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire Science, University of Idaho (reposted February 13, 2015)

The Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho invites applications for an academic-year, non-tenure track faculty position in Wildland Fire Science at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. This teaching-intensive position will be integral in the delivery of online courses supporting the College of Natural Resources’ Master in Natural Resources (MyMNR.net). The successful candidate will be expected to have a commitment to quality online teaching at the graduate and upper-division undergraduate levels. The position is approximately 80% teaching and 20% advising and service. Myriad opportunities exist to contribute to, revise, and develop courses related the Department’s undergraduate programs in Fire Ecology and Management, Forest Resources, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Renewable Materials, and our graduate programs.

Closing Date Extended: 2/20/2015

For additional details regarding this position and information on how to apply, click HERE.

Job: Sycan Marsh Preserve Manager/Stewardship Ecologist-TNC, Silver Lake, OR (posted Feb 11, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Sycan Marsh Preserve Manager oversees the development, implementation, and coordination of restoration activities and management of 30,000 acre Sycan Marsh Preserve in south central Oregon. At Sycan Marsh, s/he will coordinate, grazing, forestry, weed control and fire operations and associated land management activities. Within the Preserve, s/he will provide trainings and represent TNC with partners and the public. In addition and in close consultation with the Sycan Marsh Program Director, the position will have primary responsibility for coordinating activities that promote the effectiveness, efficiency, compliance of the Sycan Marsh Wetlands Reserve program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  •     Oversees management, stewardship and restoration of Sycan Marsh Preserve; works with Sycan Program Director to implement and update conservation action plan.
  •     Synthesizes research to inform conservation priorities, restoration treatments, and environmental risk and benefits
  •     Fosters cross-site learning among private and public land managers and rural communities
  •     Communicates technical information to diverse stakeholder groups to influence conservation practice.
  •     Independently evaluates, selects, and applies scientific methods to collect independent research to inform conservation priorities, develop restoration prescriptions, and evaluate results.
  •     Secures public funding to support conservation actions of Sycan Marsh Preserve.
  •     Delivers conservation tools, biodiversity data, field services and training to Conservancy staff and its partners
  •     Administers and coordinates fieldwork and logistical support for research, project development and monitoring
  •     Helps develop adaptive management plans, develops conceptual models, and identifies and designs ecosystem conservation strategies

HOW TO APPLY

For additional information and to apply to position number 42834, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 2, 2015.

Job: Forest Fire Management Officer: Multiple Locations (posted February 10, 2015)

This is a continuously open vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work.

DUTIES:

Provides administrative supervision to a group of highly skilled subordinate fire program managers and specialists. Provides leadership in the fire safety program in a doctrinal principles based approach. Serves as a member of the Forest Leadership Team, which is responsible for the coordination and development of overall long-range forest planning. Provides technical advice, development of forest land management goals and objectives, including formulation of local policies and objectives. Directs all aspects of the unit’s fire and aviation program. Strategizes and initiates effort to assure program continuity through recruitment, employee development and retention. Performs program oversight by working with the districts, region and other forest program personnel. works with other staff areas to develop integrated work plans, and monitor and review subunit programs.

Coordinates the involvement of fire management input into the development of land management plans and analyses. Review and evaluate fire management plans for technical soundness and adequacy in accordance with regional and national policies.

Directs and supervises all phases of budget management to assure balance in the organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate. May serve as the Contracting Officers Representative (COR) on fire and aviation contracts for the forest. Coordinates, prioritizes and allocates funding for fire facilities, equipment needs and fleet.

Coordinates and negotiates the development of local annual operating plans to implement cooperative fire protection agreements with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies.

Provides advice and counsel to the line officers on the development of strategies and appropriate course of actions for all incidents consistent with direction in the Forest Plan and agency policies.

Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned. Duties listed are at the full performance level.

For a full position listing and application information visit the USA Jobs announcement.

Job: Northern Region Fire Positions (Posted February 10, 2015)

The Northern Rockies Region is looking for a committed, hard working, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 11 National Forests located in Idaho, North Dakota and Montana. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, and prevention. The Fire Hire program is being implemented to streamline the hiring process for permanent fire positions and provide consistent hiring around the Region. This hiring process assists the National Forests in the Northern Rockies Region to fill vacancies in a more efficient and timely manner.

For a full listing of available positions click here.

Apply Now: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Project Funding Awards (posted February 5, 2015)

Plan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire improvement project for the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 2, 2015, and your activity could receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. Monetary support for the project awards and additional outreach efforts was generously provided by State Farm.

Applying for a project funding award is easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. To be eligible applicants need to provide a short overview outlining the project’s details and describing the resulting benefits, along with a description of how, where and who will be implementing the activity on May 2. Applications can be submitted through Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm ET.

After submitting an application participants are encouraged to solicit support for their project from friends, family and neighbors by asking them to vote for their favorite project idea using the “Vote Now” feature on WildfirePrepDay.org and the Firewise Facebook page. An NFPA panel will review applications and select sixty-five project award recipients. A project’s total # of votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the applications selected to receive a funding award. For official rules visit WildfirePrepDay.org. Recipients will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015. 

The number of awards being distributed this year is a 325% increase over those provided in 2014 when twenty projects nationwide were recipients.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. In 2014, individual projects completed on the day covered a wide-range of activities involving from a few people, to large groups and entire homeowner associations. The myriad of grassroots efforts last year included an array of actions that increased risk awareness levels and brought neighbors and stakeholders together to improve an area's preparedness and resiliency; while also making it safer for firefighters to defend homes in a future wildfire.

Visit WildfirePrepDay.org and check out the promotional templates and materials that can be used to promote activities. There’s even an extensive list of potential project ideas to help get you started, or browse through the 2014 project photo album and get motivated by seeing last year's accomplishments. Start coordinating a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project/event today! 

Job: Preserve Manager/Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy, Lima, MT (posted February 2, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Nature Conservancy Preserve Manager/Land Steward is responsible for stewarding the Centennial Sandhills Preserve and conservation easements across Southwest Montana, supervising multiple crews of seasonal staff, and working collaboratively with landowners and agencies to advance conservation on private and public lands. Activities include conservation easement stewardship, weed management and monitoring, stream and watershed restoration projects, grazing management using electric fences, and prescribed burning. Facilities and equipment maintenance require basic carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, and electric skills. Position offers an exciting opportunity to deliver measurable conservation with a dynamic team of public and private partners.

TO APPLY

For additional information and to apply to position number 42826, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 22, 2015.

Job: Zumwalt Field Assistant - The Nature Conservancy, Enterprise, OR (posted February 2, 2015)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Zumwalt Field Assistant position performs a range of land management activities, primarily involving invasive species control, infrastructure and equipment maintenance, management of public access to the preserves and assistance with other conservation land management projects. This work will include the following functions:

  •     Managing invasive plant species including chemical and mechanical treatments, as well as the use of spatial data and treatment records to track the status of weed control efforts.
  •     Maintaining and performing repairs on preserve infrastructure including dwellings, outbuildings, corrals, fencing, troughs, kiosks, trail markers and signs.
  •     Maintaining and performing repairs on Conservancy equipment including vehicles, ATVs and UTVs, trailers, weed spraying equipment, fire equipment, power tools and hand tools.
  •     Assisting with the management of public access on Conservancy lands, primarily involving administration of public hunting access and patrol for un-authorized uses.
  •     Supervising and directing the efforts of volunteers involved in preserve management projects.
  •     Assisting Zumwalt Project colleagues with implementation and monitoring of a variety of conservation land management efforts which may include: grazing management, timber management, fire management, and native plant establishment.
  •     Complete data entry and administrative office tasks as required.

The Zumwalt Field Assistant may participate in prescribed burns and wildland fire operations, depending on their qualifications. All Conservancy employees participating in wildland fire operations and prescribed burns must meet National Wildfire Coordinating Group qualifications per Nature Conservancy policies.

TO APPLY

For additional information and to apply to position number 42821, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2015.

Job: Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy, Long Pond, PA (posted February 2, 2015)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Burn Crew Manager participates in preparing fire lines; delineates burn units, maintains equipment, pre/post-burn monitoring, and potentially oversees a squad (4-8 Burn Crew Members) during wildland fire operations, and other tasks. May perform other preserve management or other conservation-related 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 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).

TO APPLY

For more information and to apply to position number 42823, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1, 2015.

Job: Assistant/Associate Professor of Fire Ecology, University of Montana (posted January 30, 2015)

Job Description

The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana – Missoula seeks applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Fire Ecology. The Department desires an individual who will develop an externally-funded research program that addresses basic and applied ecological questions in fire-affected ecosystems and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in fire science. The successful candidate will mentor and advise undergraduate students in the Fire Science Minor and Ecological Restoration Major (BS), and graduate students in the Systems Ecology (M.S., Ph.D.), Forestry (M.S., Ph.D.), and/or Resource Conservation (M.S.) programs. A Ph.D. in ecology or a related field is required.

Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed ecological journals. Post-doctoral experience, evidence of successful grant-acquisition, and university-level teaching are preferred. University of Montana is highly committed to building a culturally diverse environment. Women and all minorities are encouraged to apply.

The position will be a full-time, nine-month tenure-track appointment expected to begin fall semester 2015.

Application review begins on February 23, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, click HERE.

Innovative Suppression Recognition - Nominations due February 23, 2015 (posted January 22, 2015)

There is a great deal of decision space that exists within our national fire policy, and once public and firefighter safety is addressed, we as fire professionals, have latitude on suppression strategies. These strategies and how they are employed can potentially have long lasting impacts on the landscape, both beneficial as well as detrimental. The Southwest Fire Science Consortium is looking for examples of fire(s) that were managed in a way that had the long term viability of the impacted landscape in mind during the suppression phase of the fire. Too often, the wildland fire community talks only about the lessons learned from mistakes rather than those learned from successes- so let's talk success.

Recognition of Innovative Suppression Strategy - Incident of the Year

Do you know of an incident that was handled safely, effectively and practically? One where land managers, incident managers, and crews mitigated wildfire severity through innovative strategies? Please nominate the incident to receive recognition for a job well done! Click here to download the Incident of the Year nomination form now... (*You must first save the form to your computer before completing it.)

Recognition of Innovative Suppression Tactics - Individual or Group

Do you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for safely, effectively and practically mitigating wildfire severity during burnouts or other actions during a wildland fire incident? Nominate a team, unit, crew or individual to receive recognition for a job well done! Click here to download the Recognition of Innovative Suppression Tactics nomination form now... (*You must first save the form to your computer before completing it.)

6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Call for Oral Presentation and Poster Abstracts (posted Jan. 21, 2015)

Call for Submissions are NOW OPEN

Call for:

Plan Ahead!  Event Early bird Registration will open on June 1, 2015

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Sessions, and Presentations:

  •     Fire Ecology
  •     Fire Management
  •     Fire Research
  •     Climate Change
  •     Human Dimensions of Fire
  •     Global/International Fire
  •     Case Studies

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

PhD Student - University of Nebraska (posted January 7, 2015)

Description: A PhD research assistantship is available to study wildfire and landscape ecology at the Pine Ridge Biologically Unique Landscape (BUL) as part of Dr. Dirac Twidwell’s Research Team at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The Pine Ridge BUL is a complex landscape over 150 - km long in northwest Nebraska that consists of a dispersion of multiple grassland - forest alternative states that have been shaped by recurring wildfires over the past five decades. The student will lead empirical and modeling research to characterize spatiotemporal reorganization of ecosystems in the Pine Ridge landscape, with an emphasis on how contemporary management actions have altered the resilience of ponderosa pine forest stands.

This research project offers a number of unique opportunities for highly motivated PhD students:

  1. Findings from this research are expected to serve as the foundation for understanding how various ecosystem services are associated with spatiotemporal dynamics driven by wildfire in the Pine Ridge. Immediate opportunities exist for the student to develop a geospatial database linking long term wildfire - vegetation relationships to (1) big horn sheep landscape use and movement, (2) cheatgrass invasions, and (3) grassland biodiversity.
  2. The Pine Ridge Conservation Planning Committee, consisting of representatives from multiple conservation agencies and academic institutions, are anticipating that the findings from this research will help shape conservation actions. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to build relationships with a diverse group of agency personnel and communicate results in a manner that enhances learning and adaptive management in this landscape.
  3. The successful candidate will be joining a collaborative group of graduate students conducting unique fire experiments throughout the Great Plains. Please explore Dirac Twidwell’s research site for an overview of existing projects (http://agronomy.unl.edu/twidwell).

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, passionate about scientific inquiry, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and publish research in refereed scientific journals. The student will be expected to lead a team of undergraduate technicians to conduct field sampling in remote areas in stressful environments. Excellent GIS skills are required. Familiarity with spatial modeling and other quantitative statistical or mathematical tech niques is also desired.

Position details:

  1. Start date is flexible. May 1, 2015, is preferred but an earlier start date, up to January 1, 2015, can accommodate exceptional applicants.
  2. PhD annual stipend is $24,660.
  3. Term is 3 years .
  4. A full tuition waiver is provided (up to 12 credit hours per semester and 12 credit hours during summer sessions).
  5. Health insurance is provided at a reduced rate.

Applications: Students interested in this position should send a statement of interest with research qualifications and career goals, GRE scores, your most recent transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and a CV that includes the contact information for three references (email is preferred). Review of applications will begin November 21 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Please send applications to Dirac Twidwell (dirac.twidwell@unl.edu) .

Funding Opportunity - Environmental Research and Development (posted November 17, 2014)

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SON) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration — Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response-Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Climate Change-Research that advances DoD’s management of its natural and cultural resources and improves understanding of climate change impacts.
  • Weapons Systems an d Platforms — Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 SONs will be selected through a competitive process. Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations.

The SERDP Core Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects. All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP Thursday, January 8, 2015.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $150,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response and Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas. All SEED proposals are due Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

M.S. Position – University of Texas (posted October 15, 2014)

This position is for a MS-level graduate student to conduct research on fire, larch forests, and carbon dynamics in far northeastern Siberia. The student will join a collaborative team of researchers, including scientists from the University of Texas – Brownsville, Woods Hole Research Center, Colgate University, Northern Arizona University, and Russian Academy of Sciences. The student will spend 4-5 weeks during summers 2015 and 2016 conducting field-based research out of the Northeast Science Station in Cherskii, Russia. Research may include measurements of larch succession within experimental burn plots and across natural burn gradients, quantification of changes in permafrost characteristics following fire, and estimation of carbon pools and fluxes in stands with varying fire histories.

The student will be employed as a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas-Brownsville. The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the UTB Biology Master’s program pursuing the thesis option. This is a unique opportunity to join a young and expanding department located in one of the fastest growing, culturally diverse regions in the nation situated minutes from Padre Island, Laguna Madre, and the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees at the B.S. and M.S. level and is expanding its graduate programs. By fall 2015, UTB will be fully merged with UT Pan Am (UTPA) in Edinburg as UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), with a combined undergraduate enrollment of over 30,000.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology , ecology, or a related field. Successful candidate s must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. Prior experience in fieldwork related to plant and ecosystem ecology is preferred, as are data analysis and scientific writing experience. The applicant must be able and willing to travel internationally and be field capable. A current, valid U.S. driver's license and good driving record is also required.

The GRA will be expected to work 19 hours/week in the laboratory of his/her faculty advisor and participate in outreach events associated with grant-related and departmental activities.The position will begin in spring 2015 and end in fall 2016. The available GRA has $1250 per month stipend ($15,000 annually) and is benefits eligible. The GRA also includes a tuition scholarship of $2,450 per semester for spring and fall 2015 and spring and fall 2016. This should covers tuition and fees for 9 credit hr per semester and includes an out-of-state tuition waiver. All travel to Siberia is covered by the research grant.

Interested applicants should send to Dr. Heather Alexander a copy of their CV or resume, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and letters of recommendations from two referees.

Applications not containing all of these elements will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

MS Graduate Assistantships – University of Idaho (posted October 8, 2014)

Dr. Tara Hudiburg is seeking students to join her newly formed Ecosystem Modeling lab at the University of Idaho in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. The students will assist in ecosystem modeling and field-based research focused on how disturbance and climate affect carbon, water, and nutrient balance in western forests. Previous ecosystem modeling experience is not required, however applicants should have spatial analysis skills, quantitative skills, and be proficient in or interested in becoming proficient in at least one programming language. Previous background in forest ecological processes is a plus. Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential.

Graduate research assistant and teaching assistant funding are available (stipend ~$17,000 -$21,000 per annum and paid tuition). The university is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

For more information, contact Tara Hudiburg (thudiburg@uidaho.edu). To apply please email Tara Hudiburg (thudiburg@uidaho.edu) with a cover letter describing your research interests, goals and relevant experience, a complete CV, college transcripts, GRE scores and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. After the selection, the successful candidates will apply to be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Idaho; detailed information about the application procedure for national and foreign students is available online.

Postdoctoral Fellow - United States Geological Survey - Colorado (posted October 8, 2014)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow at the interface of landscape ecology, ecosystem services, and land-change science. The post-doc will research topics relevant to a project aimed at evaluating the landscape-scale effects of energy development and wildfire on wildlife and ecosystem services.

Funding is for 2 years, subject to renewal for 2 additional years, pending the availability of funds. Remuneration is ~US $74,000/yr, plus benefits. The post-doc will work at the USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Lakewood, CO with the following project co-leads: Jay Diffendorfer, Research Ecologist and Darius Semmens, Research Physical Scientist and collaborators: Ken Bagstad, Research Economist; Steve Garman, Research Ecologist; and Todd Hawbaker, Research Ecologist.

We are particularly interested in candidates who ca n apply landscape ecology concepts and methods to assess the responses of species, ecological communities, and ecosystem services to habitat loss and fragmentation, and who can portray assessment results to a broad audience, including land managers and non-scientists. Candidates will support the project by developing statistical approaches, geospatial analyses, and/or simulation models to link land transformation caused by energy development and wildfire to changes in ecosystem services, individual species, and ecological communities. Changes in the provision of ecosystem services will be modeled using the ARIES platform. The research will also require developing methods to understand and summarize patterns that emerge in complex spatial and temporal datasets, including the measurement and visualization of uncertainty across space and time.

Candidates should have a strong interest in, and evidence of, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting research results at national and international meetings. Initially, this project will investigate the role of energy development and wildfire on ecosystem services in southwest Wyoming, where existing research and geospatial data are extensive (http://www.wlci.gov/). The candidate will have latitude to pursue novel approaches and work with a broad set of researchers across fields of geology, economics, ecology, and biophysical modeling.

Applicants will ideally have experience in any of the following: landscape ecology, geography, land-change science, ecosystem services, or conservation biology. Furthermore, skills in geospatial analyses using GIS, strong statistical skills, and a proven record of publications are necessary. Coding expertise is not required, but exposure to and the use of R, Python, Java and/or C++, is desirable. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Please send your application via email, subject line “Landscape Ecology Post-doc” to dsemmens@usgs.gov. Applicants must have received their doctoral or equivalent graduate degree within the past five years. The degree must be in hand by the selectees starting date. Any questions should be directed to: Darius Semmens, dsemmens@usgs.gov, 303-578-6966, or Jay Diffendorfer, jediffendorfer@usgs.gov, 303-236- 5369

Graduate Opportunities - University of Alberta (posted Sept. 30, 2014)

Graduate opportunities – Interactions between fire and permafrost on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry.

The Taiga Plains Research Network is looking for a number of motivated graduate students (MSc or PhD) to work on complementary projects on the interaction between wildfire and permafrost on peatland hydrology, soil thermal regimes and biogeochemistry. Permafrost thaw is currently affecting large areas of peatlands in boreal western Canada, a region which also experienced an exceptional fire season in 2014 – which is in agreement with projections of future fire regimes. In order to improve our understanding of the influence of peatlands on water resources, water quality and climate change feedback mechanisms through greenhouse gases, it is thus important to consider interactions between fire and permafrost thaw. The following positions are currently available at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, supervised by Dr. David Olefeldt at the department of Renewable Resources:

http://www.rr.ualberta.ca/
https://ales-ssl.ales.ualberta.ca/GradPositions/?SearchResult-orderBy=Supervisor-asc

1. Effects of fire on permafrost stability in peatlands – a chronosequence approach

Project description: Both hydrology and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands is strongly affected by permafrost conditions. It is known from peat archives that peatland fires, common in western Canada, has the potential to trigger permafrost thaw – but it is not known which mechanisms that are responsible, what time frames that are involved or what the resulting rates of thaw are (both vertical and lateral). These questions may be addressed though a chronosequence approach, where permafrost condition s and soil thermal regimes in several nearby peatland sites are studied – but where sites differ in their time since fire (1 - >50 years). There is potential to combine field work with GIS approaches. Field work will be carried out in the vicinity of Fort Simpson, in the Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license. GIS experience an advantage.

2. Carbon cycling in permafrost peatlands after fire

Project description: I am seeking a motivated student with interests in soil science and greenhouse gas exchange between land and atmosphere. Work will focus on soil respiration, with work done both in field and lab experiments, and potentially linked to isotope work. The central question is whether wildfire triggers the mineralization and release of carbon previously stored inert in frozen peat layers. Field work would be located in recently burned peatlands in southern Northwest Territories.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations.

3. Export and fate of terrestrial DOC in peatland catchments

Project description: Export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from peatlands is an important component of terrestrial ecosystem carbon balances. Exported DOC is also a main source of energy in downstream aquatic ecosystems, where it may be mineralized and released to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. Both fire and permafrost thaw may affect both the quantity and quality of DOC exported from peatlands (including export of black carbon associated with soil combustion during fire), with cascading effects on downstream aquatic carbon cycling. Research will be conducted in the southern Northwest Territories, in streams and lakes of a peatland region with discontinuous permafrost and several recent fires.

Qualifications: BSc or MSc in biology, chemistry, physical geography or related field. Willingness to work in remote locations. Driver’s license.

How to apply: Please send a letter of interest to olefeldt@ualberta.ca. Include resume describing your skills end education, transcripts and names of three referees.

Funding is available through a combination of stipends and TAships, and there is funding for research and conference travel. Starting dates are flexible, either January, May or September 2015.

Ph.D. Assistantship in Forest Ecology and Entomology at the University of Georgia (posted Sept. 22, 2014)

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resource s at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students for a Ph.D. Assistantship starting in Spring/Summer 2015. This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal Gandhi (Warnell School of Forestry) and Dr. Lindsay Boring (Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center). This project focuses on the effects of fire suppression and fire reintroduction on bark beetle communities in mature longleaf pine forests in coastal plains of southwestern Georgia. The ideal candidate would possess both field and laboratory experience related to ecology, a strong statistical background, and an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research. A Master s Degree in a related field, especially in forest ecology and entomology is a prerequisite for the position. As a part of the graduate program, extensive fieldwork in southwestern Georgia will be required.

The Forest Entomology Laboratory at the University of Georgia is a dynamic group that works on a broad range of ecological issues, forest insect species, and ecosystems across the country. The mission of the Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center is to provide excellence in natural resource management and conservation of southeastern coastal plain ecosystems. Further training in forest ecology and entomology will be provided. A competitive Ph.D. assistantship for 3-4 years along with full tuition waiver is available. Interested students should submit a statement of interest, current CV along with contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Kamal Gandhi.

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is the oldest forestry school in the South, has > 70 faculty working in diverse fields, and provides exemplary training of students in the fields of forest ry, ecology, and conservation biology. The School is housed in a four-building complex on campus, and has >23,000 acre s in the state for research, teaching, and service activities. The University of Georgia is a 'land-grant and sea-grant university, and is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education'. Its motto is: 'to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things'. The University of Georgia is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Graduate Research Assistantships in Fire Ecology at Virginia Tech (posted Sept. 22, 2014)

Recruitment for two graduate students (one M.S. and one Ph.D.) to work in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech beginning either spring 2015 or summer 2015. The students will have some flexibility in specific topics, but the general research areas will fall in to one of these three general areas of fire and forest ecology:

1) Mechanisms of altered flammability in eastern US woodlands and forests- this lab has been focused on laboratory-scale flammability of a diversity of species from North America. The current work focuses on understanding differential moisture and litterfall relationships and evaluating the lab-based findings in the wild. Interests are focused on oak-hickory ecosystems in north Mississippi and SW Virginia and longleaf pine-oak ecosystems across the southeastern US.

2) Patterns of oak recovery across wildfire severity gradients- this project is working on understanding the pathways of California black oak following wildfires in 2002 and a re-burn in 2012 in the southern Cascades of northern California. Current work is evaluating survival of remnant oaks and tracking the effects of multiple fires on oak community composition and structure.

3) On-going work on the fire ecology of American chestnut, ecology of upland oaks in fire-prone ecosystems, post-fire tree mortality, fire-disease-insect interactions, the ecological consequences of fuels treatments (mostly mastication and prescribed fire) and others that could be pursued.

Strong applicants will be creative, have a competitive GPA, GRE scores, and have substantial research experience, in the field and/or laboratory. Applicants for the Ph.D. position will have a strong research background with publications and substantial statistical and/or modeling experience. Education and training in fire ecology, a lack of fear of statistics, and great passion for your work will all help. In your email to me (mvarner@vt.edu), please include your research interests, a resume/CV with relevant scores, a writing example, and contact information for two references who can speak to your potential as a productive scholar.

Both positions have competitive stipends, tuition waivers, computing, and travel funding. Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, an awesome college town in the Appalachian Mountains with a pleasant climate and vibrant community. The Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation is consistently ranked among the world’s most outstanding forestry programs. Related departments across Virginia Tech have related expertise in ecology, meteorology, materials flammability, and modeling.

Send material or direct questions:
J. Morgan Varner
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation Virginia Tech
Email: mvarner@vt.edu
Tel. 540-231-4855

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