The purpose of this position is to carry out technical forestry tasks associated with unit goals, goals which contribute to the mission of the Oregon Department of Forestry, as assigned by the Reforestation Unit Forester. Because the Department's highest priority work is a forest fire emergency, this position may be utilized during those emergencies to provide assistance in a variety of ways.
Current Announcements and Jobs
Displaying 1 - 44 of 44
The Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist (Specialist) will lead and/or participate in cooperative efforts with conservation partners to advance an Adaptive Management approach to sagebrush steppe habitats with a goal of increasing conservation outcomes across public and private lands. The Specialist will work with established planning and monitoring methodologies to evaluate efficacy of sage-steppe conservation practices, which may include field-based data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development and delivery of outreach materials. The Specialist will work directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on issues and opportunities related to Rangeland management through a TNC/BLM Assistance Agreement. Working closely with BLM staff, the Specialist will establish and support a Community of Practice network to support the “Land Health” program of work as well as related policies and practices such as Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) in a manner that advances ecosystem restoration and sustainable management. The Specialist will participate in and support collaborative groups such as the SageCon partnership (Oregon’s statewide Sage-grouse conservation collaborative) and SageSHARE (a statewide working group dedicated to creating products for land managers which address complex landscape scale issues). Additional partners may include USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Oregon State University, BLM, USFWS, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and private landowners.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. They seek an early career scientist to conduct ecological research to assess the potential consequences of disturbance in sagebrush landscapes and evaluate the success of landscape restoration actions. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a supportive and experienced team of scientists, taking the lead on one or two publications and contributing to related team publications. The postdoctoral fellow will lead projects that: 1) develop future landscape disturbance scenarios in the Great Basin to assess the resulting risk of cheatgrass invasion; 2) evaluate rates of sagebrush recovery across landscapes following removal and restoration treatments, or 3) Optimize management actions for restoration success and wildlife populations within sagebrush ecosystems. The fellow will also contribute to additional projects such as those quantifying greater sage-grouse responses to disturbances and habitat restoration efforts. The Post Doctoral Fellow will be working under the supervision of Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU), and in cooperation with US Geological Survey collaborators at the Fort Collins Science Center and the Bureau of Land Management. The fellow will be expected to communicate project findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications, reports, and presentations at professional meetings.
The East-West Center Research Program is seeking to hire a Fellow for a one-year position focused on drought and climate variability in the Hawai‘i/Pacific region. The Fellow will lead a knowledge exchange and technical assistance process with identified partners in the Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands region to co-produce site-specific drought statistics and data products to meet the needs of resource managers.
The Fellow will engage in cooperative research that supports activities to build adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands; improve drought resilience and responses of land managers; reduce wildfire risk; protect threatened and endangered species and important natural resources; and incorporate Native Hawaiian knowledge in management of drought in the region. The Fellow will analyze available gridded climate datasets; work with stakeholders to produce outputs to communicate study findings and project milestones; write scholarly reports; plan, organize, and participate in outreach and communication activities; develop proposals for external funding; and seek opportunities for collaboration within the East-West Center and other partner organizations.
We are seeking a motivated and independent postdoc to advance the state of the art in remote sensing and geospatial data integration in the field of ecosystem ecology. The successful candidate will work with the Landsat and Sentinel archive in conjunction with very high resolution drone acquired imagery to investigate how vegetation and topography govern microclimatic variability in post-wildfire landscapes. The objective of this project is to quantify influences on post-disturbance microclimatic variability and its effects on tree seedling survival. The Earth Systems Ecology Lab (www.hurteaulab.org) is an interdisciplinary group of ecosystem ecologists in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. We work collaboratively to tackle a range of question related to global change and forest ecosystems.
Emergency Management Institute Mission:
To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
1523 - Training Opportunity - L0102 Science of Disaster Washington DC
1524 - Training Opportunity - L0110 National Emergency Management Basic Academy TtT
1525 - Training Opportunity - L0103 Planning Template - Washington DC Sep 4-5 2019
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) are pleased to announce the release of the 2020 Youth Corps grant cycle with up to $500,000 in funding for outdoor recreation, stewardship, and restoration projects completed by youth corps members. The goal of these funds is to employ youth and young adults (ages 14-25) throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects using the network of youth corps accredited by CYCA.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to following entities eligible to receive GOCO open space and/or local government funds:
- Colorado municipality or county
- Political subdivision of the State of Colorado that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas
- Title 32 special district eligible to receive distributions from the Conservation Trust Fund
- 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas, e.g., land trusts
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking aForest Stewardship EducationAcademic Coordinator I to develop and oversee a forest stewardship education program for private forest landowners to help them manage their forests for resilience from wildfire, insect outbreaks and other disturbances.The academic coordinator willserveas a liaison between UC ANR academics, other forest professional and the general public to provide education on forest restoration, fuels reduction projects, permitting, and grant or cost-share opportunities. The incumbent will supportthe distribution of research-based information through the development of forest stewardship curriculum and the dissemination of information via electronic and in-personformats.
The goal of the Peace Corps Senegal Agroforestry Project is to help individuals and communities to improve the management of natural resources and the environment, ensuring food security in a healthier environment.
To this effect, Volunteers will work to:
- Increase the knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues in youth and adults.
- Increase the capacity of communities to plant and care for trees in order to increase access to nutritious foods, generate income, and restore and protect land.
- Increase the capacity of communities to manage natural resources and the environment in sustainable, healthy, and productive ways.
Two positions are available:
The incumbent plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff to accomplish the work.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Manages forest landscapes, forest and woodland sale planning, forest product sales and administration, reforestation, and forest stand improvements.
- Plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff and other agencies to accomplish the work.
- Conduct project evaluations and develop reports on accomplishments.
- Serves as a Forestry Technician in a Bureau of Land Management office.
- Assists professional Foresters by gathering a variety of resource information.
- Prepares the forestry portion of Resource Management Planning documents.
- Assist's with other planning and environmental clearance documents; researches and drafts segments of those documents; may make limited recommendations relative to management practices.
- Performs timber sale reconnaissance and unit design for proposed timber sale tracts.
- Recognizes variations in timber stand conditions such as species composition, age classes, and silvicultural treatments in order to develop management prescriptions.
- Reads physical characteristics of terrain as they relate to logging systems and road systems
- Conducts 100 percent timber cruises or sample surveys to estimate volumes of timber for timber sales
- Conducts field surveys of timber sale boundaries, roads, and property lines. Uses field notes to plot property lines, read traverses, or timber sale maps.
- Compiles maps of forest and woodland areas, cutover areas, burned areas, and special use
- May be assigned to oversee the work of lower graded employees.
The Kankakee Sands Land Steward leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support, and implementation of preserve management plans. They will maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, remove exotic species, maintain tools and equipment, operate heavy machinery, help implement prescribed fire, collect and process native seed, and open/close the preserve to the visiting public. They will have direct management responsibility for a portion of the preserve and will assist in site-wide management as needed. Participation in the Indiana fire program is an important aspect of this position, and the successful applicant will be expected to perform in a leadership role on prescribed fire. Similarly, this position will be expected to participate in management of on-site grazing programs and will either possess or develop skills related to animal handling, fence maintenance, and herd management.
This position will be located within USDA Service Center in Kenedy, Texas and will provide conservation technical assistance and conservation program delivery to private landowners within their assigned districts and other priority areas as appropriate. The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs such as the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP). Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one on one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Incumbents will provide technical biological assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Work with local chapters of Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings. Assist or coordinate activities and projects with other QF, NRCS, TPWD and Joint Venture staff. These positions will be employees of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by QF & NRCS.
The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a postdoctoral position in modeling of current/future fire activity and current/future vegetation characteristics.
In particular, this project aims to assess data and models of plant moisture content (e.g., live fuel moisture) in different species across California and how those patterns in space and time alter wildfire occurrence and severity patterns. Responsibilities include analysis of biophysical models and data related to soil moisture, plant water relations, historical mapped fire patterns, and projections of future conditions under global change (e.g., climate and land use) scenarios.
This position will involve using statistical and/or machine learning models, processing environmental spatial data from a variety of sources (e.g., remote sensing, GIS) at various scales, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journal articles, and proposal development.
Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent), except the dissertation, in plant ecology, geography or related field at the time of application.
The Forest Steward's Guild is looking to survey organizations that either currently practice prescribed fire or would like to in the future. This will help better understand the insurance market across the country and work with brokers and underwriters to produce a better product. They would like as broad of a sample as possible, spanning all types of fire practitioner backgrounds in order to best understand what is needed!
How you can help: take the survey and forward it to practitioners who might want insurance to implement prescribed burns or better prescribed fire insurance coverage than they currently have.
Prescribed fire is vital to ecosystems and is becoming widely regarded as a cost-effective management tool with major benefit. However, even the most carefully planned burn comes with some risk. This is an incredibly large barrier to implementation due to the lack of high-quality liability insurance available. This problem continues to grow as more agencies pull their prescribed fire insurance plans from the market.
The Forest Steward’s Guild has struggled with this exact barrier and has uncovered some currently available options and potential long-term solutions. For more information on the background of this project and FAQs, please visit https://foreststewardsguild.org/prescribed-fire-insurance
The Field Forester works closely with staff, partners, and contractors to restore forest health and stream habitat at a landscape scale in the Central Cascades while also striving to deliver social and economic benefits to the surrounding community. They may also assist, as needed, with forest management on the Conservancy’s or Partner’s forest holdings in the Willapa Bay or the Olympics Rainforest areas where the Conservancy manages approx. 35,000 acres. They work closely with a Washington forest management team to carry out the following essential functions:
Land Management & Forestry
Plan, implement and monitor forest restoration projects on Conservancy and public lands including commercial thinning and pre-commercial thinning, reforestation, fish habitat improvement, fuels reduction and prescribed fire projects, invasive species monitoring and treatment, forest road improvements, road decommissioning, and road maintenance.
- Collect field data on forest stand inventory and stream habitat conditions and may assist external scientific assessments.
- Provide technical input to management plans, harvest prescriptions, road layout and engineering.
- Implement property management activities, such as road, trail, and gate maintenance, garbage removal, and signing.
- Support third-party audits for certification according to the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.
- Support management and reporting for a federal Habitat Conservation Plan covering the Central Cascades Forest.
- Support Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data collection and management.
- Maintain the Conservancy’s equipment, vehicles, and other resources.
- Develop and foster strong community and partner relations.
- Process landowner use agreements and manage public access and recreational use as necessary.
- Support the Washington Forest Manager and forest management team.
Project Management & Administration
- Prepares, administers, and monitors contracts, and tracks spending against approved budgets.
- Provides technical oversight for land management activities.
- Writes proposals and reports progress and results of grant-funded projects.
- Obtains necessary permits for forest management, harvest operations, and road maintenance and abandonment work.
In August the Environmental Protection Agency released guidance on documenting particulate matter or ozone events influenced by prescribed fire or wildland fire.
Nominations are now open for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fires' (IAWF) Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2019 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2020. Individuals meeting the requirements may self-nominate.
The proposal process for new CFLRP projects and extensions for existing ten-year projects will involve two tiers of review. This process applies to new projects as well as projects that have received funding for 10 years and are applying for a one-time extension for the shortest time practicable to complete implementation.
Tier 1 (Pre-Proposal): Applicants provide a brief and high-level description of the proposed CFLRP project or project extension. The Regional Office will evaluate Tier 1 proposals using a common set of criteria and the Regional Forester will decide which projects should proceed with full Tier 2 proposal development.
Tier 2 (Full Proposal): Project extension and new project proposals selected in Tier 1 will proceed with detailed proposal development. These proposals will be reviewed for completeness by the Regional Office, and if they meet all of the CFLRP eligibility criteria, they will be submitted to the CFLRP Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committee for evaluation.
A Postdoctoral position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior across varied wetland fuel complexes. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a one year (12 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds, and a preferred start date no later than January 2020 (negotiable). The selected candidate will be responsible for applying empirical field data (and participating in its collection) to predictive fire behavior models to assess impacts of vegetation transitions and inform land management decisions, and will lead or contribute to product development (reports, publications, presentations) and be provided with opportunities for professional development through workshop/technical meeting/conference attendance and the pursuit of additional research questions when possible. The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks two post-doctoral research fellows to explore:
- Assessing climate change knowledge co-production and boundary spanning in Alaska, and
- Interdisciplinary analysis of economic impacts of climate change in Alaska.
AFE is holding a photo contest in conjunction with the 2019 Fire Congress. Winning photos will be showcased throughout the Fire Congress and in future AFE materials (e.g., websites, publications, displays).
A team of judges will select an overall winner, runner up, and winners in 5 special categories: After the Fire, Animals and Fire, Fire in Motion, Fire Landscapes, People and Fire.
The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
The Burn Crew Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. As part of the BCM’s ongoing professional development, they 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).
The Assistant Burn Crew Manager supports coordination of the day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Assistant Burn Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
The Burn Crew Manager coordinates day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Burn Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.
The Restoration Ecologist develops, implements and oversees restoration projects, and insures projects achieve outcomes within appropriate budget and resources.
The Restoration Ecologist at Sierra Streams Institute has a critical role in the community. Projects will include environmental mitigation, woodland, riparian, wetland restoration, stream stabilization and native landscaping. The Restoration Ecologist will be responsible for developing restoration and management plans, managing assessments needed for permitting and creating and implementing watershed restoration projects. This also involves developing partnerships for the projects including with Federal, State, local agencies, tribes, universities, nonprofits and landowners.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Invasive species control
- Native planting
- Riparian stabilization
- Re-vegetation of abandoned mine lands
- Creation and implementation of forest fire reduction balanced with forest health strategies
- Development of re-vegetation plant palettes
- Development of GIS maps of project areas
- Collaboration with the local indigenous tribe to select culturally significant plants for restoration
- Implementation of ecological monitoring assessments at restoration sites
- Hiring and management of contractors for assessments
- Research and development of new techniques/protocols
- Writing of research articles in scientific journals and presentations of work at conferences
- Development of contracts and oversight of consultants and vegetation management crews.
- Analyze data from assessments to inform restoration
- Write regulatory permitting applications and regulatory documentation
- Organize and track project expenditures, budgets, and activities
- Document project milestones and complete grant reporting requirements
- Recruitment of volunteers and organization of volunteer restoration workdays
- Develop projects for grants and write sections of grant proposals
- Partner with education department in the development of citizen science projects
- Teach community members about restoration projects and watershed health.
In collaboration with the Fire Program Manager the position independently plans, prioritizes, coordinates and implements prescribed (RX) burn projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on DFW wildlife lands. This position will serve as a staff assistant in Rx burn program for Eastern Washington Zone and have supervisory responsibility over other professionals and skilled technicians. This position contributes to/supports 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.
As a member of the Prescribed Fire Team within the Wildlife Program, the employee participates in providing statewide fire management implementation services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally this position is a member of a Prescribed (Rx) Fire Burn Team to help implement projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in Eastern Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The employee 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.
Use the link below to take the survey.
Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses. Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of these annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants reseeded because of depleted seed banks. The successful applicant would conduct research that involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sage grouse and other sagebrush fauna.
The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral. Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey Idaho (https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/rock-creek/research).
The PFSM prepares and approves Site Fire Management Plans and Prescribed Burn Unit Plans, modifies or exempts specific fire management guidelines or requirements as defined in the Fire Management Manual, with written justification. See http://www.tncfiremanual.org . The PFSM hires, trains and supervises burn crews; mentors, evaluates and designates Burn Bosses, in writing, with notification to the Fire Management Coordinator; certifies RxB2 task books; and ensures that TNC’s fire guidelines and requirements are met or exceeded. The Fire Manager has the authority to temporarily suspend fire management program operations because of safety concerns or non-compliance with Conservancy standards. The PFSM provides technical and scientific support to Fire Planners and Burn Bosses, reviews proposed contracts for prescribed fire operations, provides comments to TNC legal counsel, and approves qualifications of contractors hired to conduct prescribed burns. The PFSM keeps current on internal and external developments and trends in the field of wild land fire management, builds strong partnerships with public and private partners, and keeps senior leadership in their area informed of fire program activities, needs, risks and accomplishments. This position includes participating in ongoing conservation planning and site design work locally and regionally. The PFSM conducts a vigorous program of land management activities, many of which involve extended periods of physical work in demanding outdoor conditions, as well as routine operation and maintenance of Conservancy vehicles, including trucks with manual transmissions, trailers, ATVs, chain saws, sprayers, and field sampling equipment. This position supervises several short-term employees, including field technicians and fire crew members, as well as extensive interaction and outreach with interagency staff, private partners, and volunteers. Other responsibilities include ecological land management of Conservancy and other priority lands, developing stewardship plans, exotic species control, and assisting with ecological monitoring and research activities.
If you haven't had a chance to submit your oral presentation or fire circle abstract for the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, you still have time to do so! They are extending the deadline to accommodate summer schedules and those in the field. See the link below for details and submit your abstracts no later than Thursday, August 15.
Abstracts for poster presentations and attached meetings will be accepted until August 30, with no extensions.
What is mentoring?
The first mentioning of the word “mentor” goes back to an ancient Greek story about a young child called Telemachus who grew under the supervision of an old trusted friend of his father’s named Mentor. Since then, the name of this character started being used as a common term for “trusted tutor”.
Today, we use the word “mentor” for anyone who makes a positive, guiding influence on another person’s life. ‘Mentoring’ is the process of direct transfer of experience and knowledge from one person to another.
The IAWF will have an open period for applications two times per year. After the applications are received and reviewed, we will match the mentors and mentees based on interests and geographic location. IAWF encourages both face to face mentoring and online remote mentoring, depending on the location of the participants. Both parties will need to mutually commit to six months. We will provide you with resources, i.e. checklists, agreements, suggestions, etc.
If you manage prescribed burns on Longleaf Pine units, we would appreciate your insights into the factors that influence burning practices.
We, myself and colleagues at the University of South Carolina, will use your responses to better understand the combinations of decision-making criteria and constraints to the use of prescribed burning in LLP management and concerns about future pressures on the use of fire across the LLP range. We will share the report with the Southern Fire Exchange, Tall Timbers Research Center, SERPASS and others interested in forest management. This survey is less than 10 minutes long and all responses are anonymous.
The complexity and importance of wildland fire science, management, and decision-making is at an all-time high across our nation and worldwide. To meet current and future challenges of workforce development, analysis, and sound decision-making, the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has developed a process for recognizing academic programs which prepare future fire professionals. Our overarching goal is to support fire ecology and ecologically-based fire management while advancing fire science and its application.
With the many wildland fire programs across the nation, certified programs should attract more students into their programs. Graduating students from and AFE Certified program will qualify for an expedited application process to become an AFE Certified Wildland Fire Manager, Ecologist, or Professional. Recognized programs will also be listed on the AFE website, in our newsletter, and in other AFE promotional materials.
Recognized levels Programs can be Certified (good for 5 years) or Candidate (review and update within 3 to 6 years). Each program will get clear feedback from AFE about ways to strengthen their program to meet the goals of certification.
The application fee for the initial five year certification is $500, with a re-certification fee of $500 required for continued five year recognition.
The Association of Fire Ecology's Wildland Fire Professional Certification Program is designed to further ecologically-based fire science and management. The complexity and importance of fire science and management is increasing worldwide. To meet the increasing demands for effective analysis, decision-making, and workforce development in a the changing fire landscape, the Education Committee of the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has developed a Professional Certification Program for fire ecologists, managers, and technicians. The goals of the program are to formally identify fire careers as vital professions, to set standards for the preparation of future fire professionals, and to document the education, experience, and training qualifications of members of the fire ecology and management profession.
We hope that this strengthens the recognition and support for ecologically-based fire science and management. We wish to recognize and advance sound, effective ecological application of fire through two unique programs developed by the Education Committee of the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE).
- Certification of individuals as Wildland Fire Professionals, reflecting their education, training and experience, and
- Certification of university education programs through our Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification (see our website for more information about this program).
AFE offers two Initial Certifications for those starting out in their wildland fire careers, and two Certification Pathways, for Fire Managers and Fire Ecologists & Scientists.
The National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office is hiring a remote sensing specialist for a 1 year internship starting Fall 2019. The participant will assist with various fix-wing mounted structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry projects.
The California Fish and Game Journal is looking for submissions around their next special issue: “Effects of Fire on California’s Natural Resources.” The issue will focus on how fire or fire-related management activities may impact, positively or negatively, the state’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources.
The Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking a group of career-focused women and other individuals to become temporary seasonal employees and/or on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. Seasonal and on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer. This experience can help open avenues to future employment and career advancement in the Fire Service. If selected for this development program, the first assignment will be to participate and complete the Women in Fire Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will provide comprehensive Wildland Fire Training and orientation. Upon successfully completing this training, each participant will be certified for wildland firefighting.
The intent of the Boot Camp is to deliver basic firefighting training and an introduction to fire culture. Individuals completing this training will be provided opportunities to apply for seasonal employment and will be positioned to apply for seasonal and Casual Hires with the Fire Service immediately following this training. The plan for this year’s Boot Camp is to spend two weekends in October at a remote duty station on the Vale District. At this duty station participants will learn basics about physical fitness, dietary needs, basic outdoor camping and field skills, along with firefighter training. Training will be held October 11-13 and October 18-20, 2019, in eastern Oregon. To receive a certificate, you must attend both weekend sessions and complete all required training.
Application Deadline: September 6, 2019
Selection/Notification: September 13, 2019
Think about fires during which science is effectively used in the decision-making process... and let's recognize them!
Below is the nomination text. We are early in the season, so please consider this while you work fire this season!
There is a great deal of decision space when managing wildland fires, and once public and firefighter safety is addressed, land managers and fire professionals have latitude when applying wildfire management strategies and tactics. The way those strategies and tactics are employed can have lasting impacts on the landscape both beneficial (e.g., reduced fire severity) as well as detrimental (e.g., increased erosion). With continued use and emphasis on managing wildfires for multiple objectives, there is an opportunity to learn and educate ourselves and others on effective ways to enhance the resource benefits of wildfires. Fire science continues to provide us with an understanding of the role fire plays on our landscapes. Every year research studies provide the fire community with new knowledge that managers and practitioners can use when making management decisions (e.g., see van Mantgem et al. 2016). The Southwest Fire Science Consortium is looking for examples of wildfire management that attempted to enhance resource benefits and that were guided by fire science knowledge. For example, given safety and suppression objectives, do you know of a 2019 incident where specific actions were taken to identify and achieve resource benefits? Examples can come from full suppression fires or those managed to meet multiple objectives. Please nominate the incident so we can learn more about these actions and decisions and recognize these efforts. Too often, the wildland fire community talks only about lessons learned from mistakes rather than those learned from successes ‐ so let’s talk success, fire use, and fire science. Nominations will be evaluated on fire outcomes and how the following factors were considered by fire managers, crews, and land managers during the wildland fire incident. We trust that safety was the overriding objective.
- Follow instructions issued in a timber cruise plan.
- Conduct sample measurements of forest stands to estimate the amount of standing timber.
- Use standard forest measurement tools such as diameter tape, tree calipers, clinometer, angle gauge, prism, compass, and increment borer.
- Determine area of timber resources by traversing harvest unit boundaries and road locations.
- Assess quality and determine defects in timber.
- Complete assigned resource management support tasks within established deadlines.
- Prepare, process, and interpret reports of timber cruise data using a computerized system.
- Apply silvicultural prescriptions and marking guides to designate harvest timber.
The Northeast Region of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is currently recruiting for four Non-Perm, State Uplands Foresters (Natural Resources Specialist 1) to join our team of Silviculture Foresters.
Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about natural resource forester opportunities in Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have good practical field skills with a proven ability for working in a small team, then this is the job for you.
These positions will assist the Silviculture Foresters in implementing sound ecological forest management that generates revenue while improving forest health and habitat. Position responsibilities include assisting in the layout of timber sales. This work includes, locating and marking timber sale unit boundaries, tree marking, GPS mapping, locating and delineating riparian buffers or other sensitive areas, road layout, cruising, and developing detailed summary reports. Additional silvicultural duties include conducting stand surveys, preparing and administering pre-commercial thinning, tree planting and fuels reduction contracts under the agency's forest health program. In addition, this position will assess the health of stands and recommend silvicultural prescriptions and harvest strategies.
We have opportunities available in the following locations:
- Arcadia (Deer Park, WA)
- North Columbia (Colville, WA)
- South Okanogan (Omak, WA)
- Highlands (Loomis, WA)
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has been awarded the privilege of administering the distribution of the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) TREE grant, which is designed to help graduate students travel to present at conferences, symposia, and workshops related to wildland fire science and management.
All registered graduate students in good academic standing in a field related to wildland fire science, ecology, or management in the U.S. are eligible to apply for grants. Depending on costs and the number of applicants, grants may fund all or a portion of estimated travel expenses including transportation, lodging, registration fees, and presentation preparation costs, where applicable. Funds cannot be used for food and incidentals, student stipends, direct research costs, or faculty research/administration costs. Grants will be paid as reimbursements for submitted receipts.
Grants are limited and competitively awarded, and can only be awarded to current graduate students in the U.S. who are presenting the results of their fire-related research. This grant is for students without other Joint Fire Science Program support.