Job: Job - Fire Scientist & Decision Support Analyst (EMNRD #10116282)



$31.88 - $51.01 Hourly

$66,312 - $106,099 Annually

Posting Details


Why does the job exist?

This position exists to coordinate and administer statewide wildfire modeling and predictive services including wildfire intelligence collection and dissemination, wildfire weather and wildfire behavior forecasting and applications. The position will be the Forestry Division expert in the operation of Wildfire Decision Support System (WFDSS), National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) and will serve as a training instructor for staff and cooperators. The position will represent the State on the New Mexico Fuels Committee and will engage with external partners including the National Weather Service, Southwest Area Predictive Services, Interagency Dispatch Zones, Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of New Mexico to develop and operate models that assist in understanding wildfire behavior and the restoration practices needed for landscape resilience in the changing climate. The position will manage contracts and agreements related to data acquisition and dissemination.

How does it get done?

Coordinate research, collection, cleaning, maintenance and analysis of wildfire weather data, fire behavior data and models, and other fire intelligence data to support the Division's planning and resource allocation for wildfire response, other fire management and cross-boundary fuels reduction.
Interpret results of fire behavior models, identify weather and climate trends and issues, and create accurate and meaningful dashboards providing data visualization to communicate information to EMNRD and Forestry Division Leadership, elected officials and other key stakeholders and decision makers.
Formulate data-based, actionable strategies for wildfire resource allocation including statewide staffing, resource planning, and resource and staff positioning during periods of elevated wildfire activity.
Manage contracts and agreements, including the state contract with Intterra, including state and cooperating agency users, and tools for operations, preplanning, incident management, reporting and analytics.
Serve as the state expert in operation of the Wildfire Decision Support System (WFDSS); analyze state fires using WFDSS.
Create written fire behavior reports on a daily basis as needed during periods of elevated fire danger, discerning near- and long-term weather patterns and correlating diverse sets of information about fuel conditions and soil moisture.
Perform statistical analysis of climatology and fire occurrence in order to identify fire danger breakpoints for District and Division staff.
Support the Resource Protection Bureau and District field offices as needed to assist in fire readiness and response; assist in investigations on incidents of a significant nature.
Provide training and coaching for Forestry Division, volunteer fire departments, cooperators and partners to utilize data for planning, resource allocation, wildfire response and prescribed burning planning and implementation. 
Provide state leadership for modeling and fire science products to advance wildfire and land management in the changing climate.

Who are the customers?

Primary customers are Division staff including the Resource Protection Bureau, six Districts, other state land management agencies, forest landowners, and the public.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following:

*  Master's degree in ecology, meteorology, geographic information systems, or other science or 
    natural resource degree Experience developing fire weather data.
*  Developing data for and modeling strategic.
*  Tactical fire behavior and fire growth projections.
*  Qualifications through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group as a Long-Term Fire Analyst (LTAN) 
   or Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN).  
*  Excellent communication skills including writing, mapping, presentations and public speaking

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or other related field with seven (7) years of experience directly related to position at time of posting. Or related professional certification as determined by the hiring agency. Six (6)or more years of experience in advanced analytics demonstrating strong analytical skills and communication skills.

Post Date

Jan 12, 2024


Jan 12, 2025


Type: Job