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Job: Kankakee Sands Field Technician - TNC - Morocco, IN (posted Dec 6, 2019)

The Kankakee Sands Field Technician has three core functions: help conduct prescribed fire, control invasive species, and collect/ process native seed.High-quality implementation of each of these tasks is critical to the success of the Kankakee Sands projects. These three functions will account for approximately 94% of the Field Technician’s time. In an average year the Field Technician crew will help put fire on roughly 2,300 acres, spend 3,800 hours treating invasive species, and help harvest or process upwards of 400 pounds of seed.

This position may require irregular work hours and long days, particularly during spring and fall fire seasons. While the position will work primarily on the Kankakee Sands macrosite, there may be infrequent travel requiring overnight stays to other locations.

Deadline: Jan 6, 2020

Job: Conservation Forester - TNC - Tennessee (posted Dec 4, 2019)

The Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a talented conservation-minded forester to help build a rapidly emerging Forest Conservation Program. The forester leads forest management planning and communications with private and public landowners, and implementation of forest inventories, certification and harvesting operations across the Chapter’s Forest Conservation Program. He/She assists with developing and monitoring carbon projects to support the Working Woodlands Program and our future climate resilience strategies. She/he leads operations and management of the Tennessee Chapter’s flagship forest conservation preserve, the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain.

Deadline: Jan 10, 2020

Job: Associate Professor: Director of Rutgers Pinelands Field Station (posted Dec 4, 2019)

The Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station is a biological research station providing easy access to a wide range of ecosystems in the New Jersey Pine Barrens for research projects and field study in university courses. The station hosts a number of graduate students, undergraduate students and affiliated researchers from the Rutgers community as well as from many other universities. The U.S. Forest Service also conducts research at the station. Located in Silas Little Experimental Forest, the station became formally affiliated with the Rutgers University Division of Pinelands Research in 1985. Its facilities include laboratories, a greenhouse and growth chambers, a meeting room, a workshop and a dormitory. A weather station is also located on the property.

Deadline: Jan 24, 2020

Funding: Glacier National Park Conservancy – 2020 Call for the Jerry O’Neal Student Research Fellowship (posted Nov 26, 2019)

The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values.

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper-division undergraduate students at universities and colleges in the CESU Network.

Awards range from $1000-5000.

Applications must be submitted electronically by February 20, 2020.

Deadline: Feb 20, 2020

Job: Rangeland Scientist - TNC - Burns, OR (posted Nov 21, 2019)

The Rangeland Scientist works as a member of a team in Eastern Oregon to advance conservation of shrub-steppe and other rangeland habitats and provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives.  Works with other staff, public and private landowners, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University researchers and others to identify and implement projects that maintain shrub-steppe habitat across SE OR and maintains partnerships that may include people and organizations in other western states. Supervises staff and fosters a collaborative team approach both within The Nature Conservancy and externally with conservation scientists and agency professionals.

Deadline: Dec 30, 2019

General: Washington State Forest Action Plan Survey (posted Nov 21, 2019)

The purpose of this survey is to gather information from stakeholders and members of the public about our priorities for Washington’s forests. The information will be used to inform the development of Washington’s Forest Action Plan. Forest Action Plans are established in each state and set a course for strategic actions that protect, enhance, and conserve forest resources across all-lands. Washington published its first Forest Action Plan in 2010. The updated Forest Action Plan will be completed by June 2020.

Job: Restoration Program Coordinator - TNC - Texas (posted Nov 20, 2019)

The Restoration Program Coordinator facilitates and coordinates several ongoing grassland and forest restoration programs in the upper and mid Texas gulf coast region. The Program Coordinator conducts data collection in area research projects, participates in and helps develop preserve stewardship activities such as invasive species treatments at TNC owned Preserves in order to maintain the system’s integrity and function as a high-quality representation and viable seed source. The Program Coordinator also participates fully in TNC’s fire program, is responsible for maintaining equipment and facilities at the Texas City Prairie Preserve, operating heavy machinery and equipment, and assisting with the coordination of volunteers in restoration and stewardship activities. S/he must be able to secure and maintain Wildland Fire Fighter certification – The Nature Conservancy has adopted the Work Capacity Test (WCT) as the method for assessing fitness for fire qualification.  The person selected for this position is required to pass the arduous WCT within 30 days of starting employment. The Restoration Program Coordinator will work closely with other staff members in the Grasslands Program and statewide Conservation and Science programs.

Deadline: Dec 17, 2019

Job: Virginia Pinelands Dave Tice Science Technician - TNC - Waverly, VA (posted Nov 20, 2019)

In memory of David A. Tice, a former Board of Trustees member and visionary forester who was instrumental in many of our conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy has created a science and stewardship annual internship program.  This year, the Dave Tice Science Technician will assist with southern pine savannah habitat management, fire management, fire effects monitoring, and preserve stewardship, within TNC’s Virginia Pinelands Program.  Position will be primarily based at Piney Grove Preserve, an exemplary site for pine savanna management and the northernmost population of federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers.

Deadline: Dec 16, 2019

Job: Assistant Professor in Hydrological & Climate Extremes (posted Nov 19, 2019)

The Department of Earth System Science (ESS) at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position focused on the predictive understanding of changing hydrological and climate extremes. These extremes are unusual events that inflict disproportionate damage to ecosystems and society including floods, droughts, heat waves, cold extremes, hurricanes, atmospheric rivers, wildfires, and intense air pollution episodes. Identifying the contribution of climate change to the frequency, intensity and behavior of individual events, as well as the aggregated statistics of multiple events, is a field of science that is increasingly shaping the public’s perception of climate change. We welcome applications from researchers who are using a range of approaches, including observational analysis, dynamical theory, machine learning, statistical modeling, and dynamical and fully coupled Earth system models to study changing hydrological and climate extremes, with an emphasis on creating new knowledge about the basic mechanisms that will enable a predictive understanding of these phenomena and their impacts on human and natural systems. UC Irvine’s ESS department was founded to explore the global environmental changes that occur on human time scales. The department has 24 full time faculty from diverse backgrounds ( The successful applicant will have a strong research agenda, a commitment to excellence in teaching and in promoting diversity and inclusion in a collegial, cross-disciplinary department.

Deadline: Jan 2, 2020
Location: University of California - Irvine

Job: Innovative Restoration Project Manager - TNC - Oregon (posted Nov 18, 2019)

The Innovative Restoration Project Manager (IRPM) uses matrix management to coordinate a complex, six-state restoration strategy addressing the invasive annual grass and wildfire cycle in western sagebrush ecosystems. Working both internally and externally, the IRPM uses strong communication, team building, and organizational skills to ensure the Innovative Restoration team meets timeline goals and achieves strategic outcomes. The IRPM builds strong partnerships with other agencies, organizations, and stakeholders to further development and demonstration of new restoration solutions that improve upon and leverage traditional models. On certain projects, the IRPM serves as a principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.

Deadline: Dec 30, 2019

Job: Yosemite and Sequoia Reserves Director - UC Merced - Wawona, CA (posted Nov 12, 2019)

The Yosemite & Sequoia Reserve Director will be responsible for the leadership, operations, programs, and administration of the Sierra Nevada Research Station (SNRS). SNRS is located at Wawona in Yosemite National Park (often referred to as the Yosemite Field Station) and it is the hub of the Research Station. The Reserve Director will also have responsibility for the Sequoia Field Station (SFS), located at Wolverton in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, and potentially also for the Circle J Ranch, in collaboration with SCICON in Springville, CA. These latter two partnerships are under development and they are not yet official NRS reserves.

The Reserve Director will provide daily management of the Yosemite Field Station, and general oversight of SNRS operations: managing and implementing requests for facilities use, serving as the primary liaison between the field station users, UC Merced, the community, the Park(s), and additional partners.

The Reserve Director will also use advanced concepts in environmental research and facilities management to effectively assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of operational policies for a field station(s). This includes staying current on and implementing best practices and opportunities for running a research station; ensuring that budget targets are met; and keeping use records and preparing annual reports.

The Reserve Director will provide expertise related to field station responsibility, such as wildlife biology, forestry, agriculture, ecosystems research, cultivation, meteorology, oceanography, etc., or technical concepts related to the area of research being conducted at the field stations. They will maintain and enhance research, education, and outreach partnerships and programs, and enhance Research Station facilities and programs through extramural proposals and development activities.

Location: Sierra Nevada Research Station
Address: Wawona, CA

Job: Director of Forest Management - TNC - Birmingham, AL (posted Nov 7, 2019)

The Director of Forest Management establishes the Conservancy as a major leader in forest restoration efforts in Alabama, defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engages local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve, restore and protect natural communities.

Deadline: Dec 18, 2019

General: Prescribed Fire Insurance Survey (posted Nov 5, 2019)

This survey is intended for organizations that either do not currently have prescribed fire insurance or their current liability coverage is not sufficient.

Job: Natural Resource Intern - Green Diamond Resource Company (posted Nov 5, 2019)

POSITION PURPOSE: To expose candidates to a wide variety of functions within the Company, to include botany, wildlife, fisheries, timber cruising, forest engineering, sales, timberland services, forestry, and operations.Designed to provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of the processes and roles within Green Diamond at multiple locations within the company.

Job: Forester: Timber Sale Preparation - Boise National Forest (posted Nov 1, 2019)

The Boise National Forest will advertiseto fill two (2) GS-0460-7/9 Forester's to serve as projectleaders supervising field crews of permanent seasonal employees for the Boise-Payette Timber Strike Team.

This is a unique group within the Forest Service that provides employees with valuable operational forestry skills. Team members have an opportunity to see how vegetation management is applied across different Forest programs, network with other forestry professionals, and explore landscapes throughout the Intermountain Region.

Contact Name: Patrick (Shaun) O'Connor
Contact E-mail:

Job: Forester - Great Basin Institute with USFS - Sequoia National Forest (posted Nov 1, 2019)

The Great Basin Institute (GBI), in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS), is recruiting a Forester to work cooperatively with USFS and GBI staff to determine, plan and arrange the resources necessary to complete the Eshom Ecological Restoration Project, Phase 1. The project seeks to improve forest health and wildlife habitat by reducing fuels from drought- and beetle-impacted trees on the Hume Lake Ranger District. Approximately 1,000 acres of forest will be treated over the next two years.

The project is funded by the California legislature through Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds.  The program seeks to minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires while promoting carbon sequestration efforts through biomass utilization. The Mule Deer Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation will partner to convert tree material to mulch for use in the agricultural industry.  As part of a larger silvicultural study, the forester will also assist with data collection that will provide the US Forest Service with baseline information to assess ecological restoration measures and changes in forest health over time.


  • Anticipated start date: Fall 2019
  • 12-month appointment with additional 12 months available pending performance


  • Salary: $65,000-$75,000 DOE
  • Housing provided at Hume Ranger District at $8.70 daily (for no less than one month at a time), depending on availability
  • Fully paid health insurance premiums (medical, dental, vision, prescription); dependent coverage available out-of-pocket
  • Paid holidays and personal leave
  • Professional training and certifications may be provided as needed

Deadline: Dec 15, 2019
Location: Hume, CA
Contact Name: Jerry Keir

Job: Great Basin Institute Job Opportunities (posted Nov 1, 2019)

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) expects to have positions available by Spring 2020.

Explore your Public Lands with GBI:

  • Spend the season working outside on a forestry, trail, or habitat restoration hand crew
  • Support forestry, wildlife, and vegetation monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada
  • Learn and serve in National Parks, Forests, and Wilderness Areas
  • Get paid and earn scholarships & college credit
  • Work directly with land management agencies

Contact Name: Sage Bates

Job: Botany and Forest Health Monitoring Internships - Upton, NY (posted Oct 29, 2019)

At Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, NY, interns will interact with SUNY-ESF and BNL researchers as members of research teams resurveying long-term Forest Health Monitoring plots established in 2005/2006 across Long Island. During this 10-week internship (June to mid-August) interns will learn plant identification and field methods in monitoring forest vegetation as they develop their own research projects on various aspects of forest change(e.g., tree regeneration or mortality, change in understory plant communities)that will include data collection, data analysis, and reporting results. A weekly stipend ($500/week) and training will be provided. Free dormitory housing is available for students who live >50 miles from BNL. SUNY-ESF students can register for internship credit via EFB 420 and additional research experience can be pursued via EFB 298, EFB 498, or as an honors thesis.

Location: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Address: Upton, NY

Job: PhD Assistantship - Forest and Fire Ecology (posted Oct 23, 2019)

The University of Montana Wilderness Institute seeks to fill a PhD assistantship to work on a funded project entitled, “Ecosystem Response to Fire in the Wilderness.” This project will measure vegetation and fuels data across sites that burned in the last 40 years in order to assess the potential for fire-caused changes to forest structure and function, including the possibility of conversions to non-forest. This project is a collaboration with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI). The position will be supervised by Dr. Andrew Larson.

The PhD student will: conduct field and remote-sensing based investigations of fire effects in wilderness areas, including publication of results in peer-reviewed journals; work collaboratively with UM faculty, staff, and students, ALWRI researchers, and wilderness managers; and support undergraduate education at UM through occasional service as a teaching assistant, field trip leader, or field course assistant. Six semesters of support are available, with annual renewal based on satisfactory performance.

Two PhD degree options are available: Forest and Conservation Sciences or Systems Ecology.

Location: University of Montana
Contact Name: Andrew Larson
Contact E-mail:

General: IAWF Statement Regarding Climate Change Week at the United Nations, September 23 – 29, 2019 (posted Sep 24, 2019)

Text of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) statement:

Climate change has already had significant consequences in the global wildfire reality, affecting citizens as well as the global wildland fire community. Many key issues of importance to the IAWF - including firefighter and civilian safety, fire management expenses, changing weather patterns, natural role of fire, fire regimes and ecosystem succession, as well as the wildland urban interface - all require recognition of the role of climate change.

Globally, we regularly see new reports about the “worst”, “largest”, “most expensive”, and “deadliest” fires and fire seasons. In 2019 and 2018, striking headlines read “Arctic on Fire” (Sweden, Russia, Greenland, Canada and Alaska), and the most expensive and largest fire years were recorded in 2018 in California and British Columbia, respectively, breaking the previous records set in 2017. The Camp Fire (CA, 2018), Attica Greece (2018), Black Saturday Australia (2009), and Portugal (2017) fires were all ranked amongst the top 11 deadliest fires in the last 100 years.

Under current climate change scenarios, fire regimes will change in terms of increases in burned area, severity, fire season length, frequency, and ignitions from lightning. Many parts of the world have already experienced an increase in record breaking temperatures and recurring droughts that have led to shifts in wildland fire. There is already evidence of climate-driven fire regime change in the Northern Hemisphere upper latitudes with fire risk increasing in non-traditional fire-prone countries. The consequences of human actions are here today, not in some distant future, and these are alarming and, most important, escalating.

The IAWF encourages all countries to emphasize increased international fire training and to implement easier cross-border sharing of professional fire management resources for suppression and prescribed fire opportunities. These will lessen the irrationally heavy burden any single country will have to carry to manage extreme fire seasons. Homes and communities must be better planned and built, so they are increasingly fire resistant and more adapted to natural disasters of all types. Health impacts of fires have long-term consequences, not only those that are immediate from the flames but also those from smoke and toxins, and these must be considered when planning and managing for future wildland fires. Wildfires and smoke do not recognize borders. As the global community tries to manage the new wildfire challenges, it is incumbent on everyone to prepare to support international neighbours in protecting lives and communities from fires and their impacts.

IAWF Vice-President Toddi Steelman recently said in Wildfire magazine (August 2019) that “Recent extreme weather events have catalysed public belief in, and concern about, climate change, and boosted public support for government actions to reduce its harmful impacts. This gives us a window of opportunity when conditions are right to make great strides on climate if we are strategic about it.” This window of opportunity requires people having the knowledge and political will to act now. Our global scientific community needs to publicly share knowledge learned about patterns of extreme wildland fire and weather, as well as how climate change is associated with these patterns. Our global fire management community needs to leverage its credibility to share its experiences about how climate change and its role in extreme weather is playing out in their day to day work environments. Connecting extreme weather events to real on-the-ground consequences can help more people understand how climate impacts are affecting us all.

Funding: Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Program 2020 Request for Proposals (posted Sep 19, 2019)

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

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally. Preference will be given to partnerships that have not yet received funding from the program.

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards. It is expected that 100% of the funds should go to support the undergraduate internship experience (preferably for salary, though a limited amount of funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the project - funds should not be used as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students). All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Central on Monday, December 9, 2019 by email to Jack McGowan-Stinski. There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

Deadline: Dec 9, 2019
Contact Name: Jack McGowan-Stinski
Contact E-mail:

Job: PhD Assistantship in Forest Adaptation - University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources - Burlington, VT (posted Sep 18, 2019)

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a PhD-level graduate student to participate in research examining the effectiveness of restoration, adaptation, and transition management techniques at fostering forest health and productivity in the face of novel climate, insect, and disease threats. This research will assess silvicultural experiments co-developed with stakeholder input with application to both urban and rural forest settings. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in developing management options to promote diverse and productive rural and urban forests despite the stress of climate change and other disturbance agents. The position is available for Summer/Fall 2020 and includes four guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: M.S. in forest ecology, forestry, silviculture, biology or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with other researchers and managers on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (PhD in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2020 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the “Statement of Purpose.”

Deadline: Feb 1, 2020
Location: University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Address: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Contact Name: Dr. Anthony D’Amato
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 802-656-8030

Job: Postdoc Position in Interdisciplinary Analysis of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska - University of Alaska / ACCAP - Fairbanks, AK (posted Sep 18, 2019)

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to:

  • fisheries (including ocean acidification),
  • transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping),
  • infrastructure, mineral,
  • oil & gas resource development,
  • mixed-subsistence economies, and
  • the provision of related climate services.
  • We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.

This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.

  • Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.
  • Duration: 2 year, term funded
  • Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Open until filled.  

How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include:

  • A description of the candidate’s PhD research,
  • A statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and
  • A description of past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Contact Name: Sarah Trainor
Contact E-mail:

Job: Postdoc Position in Assessing Climate Change Knowledge Co-Production and Boundary Spanning in Alaska - University of Alaska / ACCAP - Fairbanks, AK (posted Sep 18, 2019)

Climate change is occurring more rapidly in the Arctic than any region on Earth. Its impacts are being felt by Indigenous peoples as well as throughout a range of societal sectors, including wildfire management. Recent scholarship suggests that boundary spanning, translational ecology, and the process of knowledge co-production are effective in bridging the gap between science and decision-making and calls for building capacity by developing processes for effective evaluation and for training boundary spanning professionals.

We seek a post-doctoral research fellow to explore one or more of these inter-related research areas of knowledge co-production and boundary spanning assessment related to climate change in Alaska.

  • Actions, processes, and mechanisms for use-inspired science.
  • Metrics of success in knowledge co-production.
  • Scientist and practitioner training in knowledge co-production and boundary spanning.

Requirements: experience and/or demonstrated capacity to contribute in one or more of the following topical areas:

  • Indigenous evaluation, indigenous knowledge, cross-cultural communication
  • Climate change science, application, communication, and knowledge co-production
  • Wildfire science and boundary spanning
  • Mixed-subsistence economies and community development

The post-doctoral research fellow will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team), the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (a member of the Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Exchange Network), and the USDA Pacific Northwest Climate Hub.

  • Desired start date: September 2019
  • Duration: 2 year, term funded
  • Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Open until filled.  

How to apply: please submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor, ACCAP Director with “Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include:

  • A description of the candidate’s PhD research;
  • A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the numbered research areas listed above;
  • A discussion of the candidate’s research interests and experience relevant to one or more of the bulleted topical areas listed above;
  • A brief proposed plan for investigating one or more of the research areas listed above. This should include the data collection and analysis methods with which you are experienced and familiar as well as possible additional methods you have an interest in learning.

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Contact Name: Sarah Trainor
Contact E-mail:

Job: Forest Ecology Researcher - Ohio University (posted Sep 16, 2019)

We are looking for a capable student to join our Forest Ecology research team at the Masters or PhD level.  The student will use radio-labeling methods to explore seed dispersal and the spatial ecology of herbaceous species across a range of scales.  Demographic models will be paired with micro-environmental heterogeneity to compare the roles of disturbance history, animal behavior, physical gradients, and plant life history in shaping species distributions at the population and landscape scale.  In addition to research commitments, students take courses and serve as teaching assistants in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology.  The position is fully funded including tuition waivers.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.2 and an average GRE score above the 60th percentile.  A strong work ethic, quantitative skills, and the ability work independently are essential.  Applicants should be physically fit and capable of field work under less-than-ideal conditions.  Previous field experience is desirable.

Deadline: Jan 15, 2020

Job: Ph.D. Assistantship in Forest Ecology - Utah State University (posted Sep 16, 2019)

The Western Forest Initiative at Utah State University ( seeks to fill a PhD position funded by the T. W. Daniel endowment. The selected student will work in the Lutz lab on research in the three largest annually-surveyed, spatially-explicit forest plots in western North America, located in Yosemite, California (, Wind River, Washington (, and Cedar Breaks, Utah ( Experimental work can be conducted in the T. W. Daniel Experimental Forest near Logan, Utah.

The successful student can conduct research on a variety of topics, for example; spatial relationships among woody plants, forest community resistance and resilience, forest canopy-snow interactions, fuel dynamics, climate-mediated forest change, plant-soil interactions, carbon sequestration, seedling dynamics, understory-overstory interactions, or mechanisms and consequences of tree mortality. The existing dataset is particularly rich in demographic data, including annual tree mortality by cause. There will be considerable opportunity to interact with students, scientists, and academics affiliated with the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (

Deadline: Dec 27, 2019

General: Southwest Fire Science Consortium Incident of the Year Nominations (posted May 17, 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.

Deadline: Dec 10, 2019

Job: State Uplands Forester - WA DNR - Eastern Washington (posted Apr 3, 2019)

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)

Deadline: Dec 31, 2019