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Job: Gravitas Peak Prescribed Fire Module Senior Firefighter - Forest Stewards Guild - Loveland, CO (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Forest Stewards Guild Fire Management Program is hiring for new crewmembers to reduce wildfire risk in northern Colorado! The team is based out of Loveland, CO and will reduce wildfire risk by burning slash piles, thinning forests, and assisting partners on their prescribed fire projects. This is an entry level position and is an excellent opportunity for young people who want to build a career in wildland fire or who are interested in exploring wildland fire as a career.  

The squad is part of Gravitas Peak Prescribed Fire Module, a wildland fire resource dedicated to increasing the pace and scale of prescribed fire. Gravitas Peak is a highly adaptable resource comprised of multiple wildland engines, a fully self-sufficient 10-person module, and appropriate overhead and equipment to implement meaningful fire management projects.

This is an at-will 5-month position, with potential to renew and/or extend. Preferred start date 4 January 2021 with expected end date in May. The average work week is 40 hours, but the schedule may vary.

Interested applicants should review the Module Website and submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references.  This position is open until filled with an initial assessment deadline of 20 December 2020. Please specify your earliest available start date.

Contact Name: Daniel Godwin
Contact E-mail:

Job: Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist - Forest Stewards Guild - Loveland, CO (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Forest Stewards Guild Fire Management Program is hiring an Operations Specialist! The position is based out of Loveland, CO. The immediate assignment will be to serve as the lead in day-to-day operations of a shoulder season squad focused on thinning, pile burning, air curtain burning, and supporting prescribed fire operations in the Cache le Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds. This position will reduce wildfire risk by burning slash piles, thinning forests, and assisting on prescribed fire projects.

The squad is part of Gravitas Peak Prescribed Fire Module, a wildland fire resource dedicated to increasing the pace and scale of prescribed fire. Gravitas Peak is a highly adaptable resource comprised of multiple wildland engines, a fully self-sufficient 10-person module, and appropriate overhead and equipment to implement meaningful fire management projects.

This position is open until filled. Please specify your earliest available start date.

Contact Name: Gabe Donaldson
Contact E-mail:

General: 2021 Southern Region Prescribed Fire Training Needs Survey (posted Jan 14, 2021)

Multiple partners across the South, including the Southern Fire Exchange, are conducting a survey to better understand prescribed fire training needs for both NWCG and non-NWCG training options. Survey data will be used to identify needs and to develop recommendations to address them. The survey can be accessed at All categories of fire stakeholders are encouraged to participate, including practitioners, private landowners, Prescribed Fire Councils, and many others. Please complete the survey by January 26.

Deadline: Jan 26, 2021

Job: Habitat Specialist - Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever - Valley Falls, KS (posted Jan 14, 2021)

Anticipated Start Date: February 2021

This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). The incumbents will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP Field Managers. The position will be located at the Perry Wildlife Area near Valley Falls, Kansas.

Management of upland habitats over the years has consisted of converting croplands and cool season grasses to native warm season grasses and forbs, planting of shrub plots, selective cutting of invading woody vegetation, and prescribed burning to stimulate native warm season grasses and forbs.

Deadline: Jan 27, 2021
Location: Perry Wildlife Area
Address: Perry Wildlife Area, Valley Falls, KS

Job: PhD Student - University of California, Merced Climatology Lab - Merced, CA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

We are looking to support a PhD student (stipend, tuition, health coverage) to work on a NSF project, Managing Future Risk of Increasing Simultaneous Megafires starting as early as summer 2021. This project will involve colleagues at the University of Washington and National Center for Atmospheric Research with expertise in climate science, public policy, and fire ecology. Elements of this work are to understand biophysical influences on fire activity at different scales, particularly related to widespread lightning-ignited fires, and develop convergent approaches for understanding how the confluence of fire suppression and land management approaches can ameliorate future synchronous large fires.

Location: University of California, Merced
Address: University of California, Merced, CA
Contact Name: John Abatzoglou
Contact E-mail:

Job: Postdoc in Cross-Scale Fire Ecophysiology - University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources - Missoula, MT (off campus) (posted Jan 14, 2021)

A one-year postdoctoral position, with the possibility of extension for an additional year depending on performance evaluation and funding, is available to join an interdisciplinary research teaching effort focused on Cross-Scale Fire Ecophysiology.

The University of Idaho is hiring a full-time, post-doctoral researcher (based in Missoula, MT) to investigate linkages between wildland fire behavior and resulting ecological effects at micro- to macro- biological scales. The goal is to utilize these linkages for improvements to computational fluid dynamic fire models. The post-doctoral researcher will primarily investigate factors influencing thermal tolerance of plant tissue to heating associated with wildland fire. The position is a collaboration between the University of Idaho, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to conduct research on thermal tolerance and dose-dependent responses of plants and aerosolized microbiota that can be incorporated into computational fluid dynamics models to predict fire effects across pedosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere boundaries.

Evaluation of applicants began on December 7, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Location: USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Fire Sciences Laboratory
Address: 5775 US Highway 10 W, Missoula, MT 59808-9361

Job: Restoration Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Bristol, FL (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Restoration Technician is a staff member of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF) of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. SAF is responsible for implementing and managing field conservation work (e.g., wildland fire management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, etc) across Florida and stewardship of the Florida Chapter’s network of preserves. The preserves are part of TNC’s Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI).

The Restoration Technician performs land management and restoration activities in the longleaf pine community and embedded isolated wetlands. They remove exotic species, and conduct rare species monitoring, assist in forestry field data collection, assist with restoration contract management and oversight, and participate in prescribed fire program. They will assist with fleet, equipment and tool maintenance. The Restoration Technician will maintain records using a database or PC.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.

Location: Bristol, FL
Address: Bristol, FL

Job: Wildfire and Landscape Resilience Project Manager - Spatial Informatics Group Natural Assets Laboratory - Santa Barbara, CA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

Spatial Informatics Group - Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) seeks a Wildfire and Landscape Resilience Program Manager to coordinate and support the implementation of a new Regional Wildfire Mitigation Program (RWMP) in the south coast region of Santa Barbara County, California. The successful candidate will have expertise in wildfire recovery and preparedness planning, as well as landscape ecology, to develop a coordinated ecological restoration and fire-safe buffer and “greening” project for wildfire resilience across the region’s wildland-urban interface. The applicant selected will work closely with numerous organizations and wildfire experts, providing advisory services to land managers, scientists, community groups and nonprofits, state and local agencies for this progressive and collaborative program.

Application Deadline: Applications will be continuously reviewed until a suitable candidate is identified. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.

Job: Biological Science Technicians (Forest Ecology) - USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station - Three Rivers, CA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently searching for people interested in summer 2021 Biological Science Technician positions in Forest Ecology.

Duties: Collect field data for long term forest research projects in Sequoia and Yosemite NPs. Measure forest demographics, including mapping and measuring trees and determining cause of death. Collect fuels data. Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, identifying Sierran trees, forest pathology, and mapping trees. Up to 10 positions will be filled. Positions are full-time, start in approximately mid-May, and will last about 4-5 months.

Deadline: Feb 10, 2021
Location: USGS Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station
Address: Three Rivers, CA
Contact Name: Anne Pfaff
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: (559) 730-8948

Job: Stewardship and Outreach Assistant - Okanogan Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy - Okanogan, WA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Nature Conservancy in WA (TNC) and the Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) are looking to recruit a Student Conservation Association (SCA) member with a love of working outside, and willingness to take on multiple kinds of tasks (indoors and out), to support our conservation goals in North Central Washington. North Central WA encompasses a landscape of ponderosa pine forests, sagebrush steppe, salmon-supporting streams and rugged highlands. TNC stewards the Barker Mountain Preserve here, and OLT works with landowners and residents to protect natural areas throughout the region. This position will conduct field stewardship work at Barker Mountain Preserve in coordination with TNC staff and assist with a wide range of tasks for Okanogan Land Trust, who will serve as the local hosts for this internship.

Expected Dates: April 5, 2021 to September 19, 2021

This position will be based in the town of Okanogan but travel throughout the area for field work and community outreach.

Location: Okanogan, WA
Address: Okanogan, WA

Job: Stewardship Crew Project Lead - Mt. Adams Resource Stewards - Glenwood, WA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS) is seeking an exceptionally motivated, creative and team-oriented individual to build on successes and continue growth with our natural resource/forestry stewardship crew program. The successful candidate will work with MARS staff and partners to further develop a high capacity stewardship crew whose functions are integrated with a growing number of field projects for which MARS is responsible. Functions/activities of the crew typically include labor-oriented work, such as fuels reduction, prescribed burn unit prep and support during prescribed burning operations; tree planting; timber stand improvement; invasive/noxious weed control; and fence building; as well as more technical tasks such as stand exams and data gathering support for monitoring plots. MARS continues to explore possibilities for the crew to participate in wildfire suppression activities during emergency situations.

Closing date: open until filled, with a desire for applicant to begin work no later than February 2021.

Location: Glenwood, WA
Address: Glenwood, WA
Contact Name: Jay McLaughlin
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: (509) 637-3701

Job: Postdoc Fellow, Climate and Fire - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK (posted Jan 4, 2021)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, is seeking qualified individuals to work on a research project funded through the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (South Central-CASC). The research aims to understand the nexus of climate change and prescribed fire risk analysis, tolerance, and communication.

Location: Oklahoma State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Address: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Job: Geoscience Future Faculty (GFF) Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowships - Texas A&M University - College Station, TX (posted Jan 4, 2021)

The College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX invites applications for two (2) Geoscience Future Faculty (GFF) Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowships. This competitive fellowship is open to individuals who aspire to develop research programs of their own as faculty members. The College of Geosciences is one of the nation’s most comprehensive Earth-system colleges and is committed to the discovery, advancement and application of knowledge fundamental to understanding our planet and its resources for a sustainable future. The College's disciplinary research and educational excellence are built on cutting-edge analyses and observations, numerical simulations and theoretical studies, and field-based data collection at all spatial and temporal scales.

Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
Location: Texas A&M University
Address: Texas A and M University, College Station, TX
Contact Name: Ishara Casellas Connors
Contact E-mail:

Job: Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - Stanford University - Stanford, CA (posted Dec 16, 2020)

As part of advancing Stanford University’s IDEAL vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University (Stanford Earth) has established the Stanford Earth Postdoctoral Fellows program. This fellowship will support two outstanding scholars in the fields of Earth, energy, and environmental sciences, as well as other emerging fields in this area, whose research and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students will contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion and scientific excellence within the school.

Applications will be considered beginning on December 11, 2020. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by that date for full consideration; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the fellowship positions are filled.

Job: Assistant Professor - Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences - Stanford, CA (posted Dec 16, 2020)

The Stanford University School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth) seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Consistent with Stanford University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAL) vision and commitment to diversity (broadly defined) among its faculty, students, and staff, we especially seek to attract applications from promising scholars with historically underrepresented backgrounds in traditional STEM fields, as well as in emerging areas of Earth, Energy, and Environmental sciences, including research areas that intersect with societal issues. All four Stanford Earth departments are partnering in this search and a successful candidate will be appointed in one of the following:

Earth System Science - We study the world’s air, water, land, and life as an integrated system. As scientists, we unite basic and purpose-driven research to chronicle how the Earth functions, the many ways it is changing, and what the consequences of changes will be for people and other species. We believe that science can improve the world by enabling us to understand, predict, and solve the pressing issues of global environmental change.

Energy Resources Engineering - We train future leaders in the science and engineering of Earth's energy resources. We combine theory, experiments, and computation to understand and influence the global energy resources landscape. We are committed to leading the way to provide the people, methods, and tools for sustainable management of the Earth's energy resources.  

Geological Sciences - We study the properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments and water, using multiple lenses -- stratigraphy, paleobiology, geochemistry, and planetary sciences. Their work informs our understanding of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods. It helps us meet natural resource challenges through environmental and geological engineering, mapping and land use planning, surface and groundwater management, and the exploration and sustainable extraction of energy and minerals. It also helps us answer fundamental questions about the origin, history, and habitability of planets.

Geophysics - We study Earth and planetary processes through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation. At Stanford, our teaching and research focus on understanding systems critical to the future of civilization. We apply expertise to fundamental research sustaining life on Earth, combining underlying science with studies of Earth’s environment and resource needs.

Job: Prescribed Fire Project Coordinator - Audubon Canyon Ranch - Stinson Beach, CA (posted Nov 19, 2020)

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), an innovative North Bay conservation science and education organization, is hiring a full‐time Prescribed Fire Project Coordinator for Fire Forward. The Prescribed Fire Project Coordinator coordinates and conducts site visits with new partners to potential fuels treatment sites around the region, assessing feasibility of such partnerships and collaborations, and maintaining professional and collaborative relations with key partners. The Coordinator reports the outcomes and findings of these visits and provides updates regarding relationship building to the team. They participate in assessment and mapping of burn units, support the drafting of burn plans and smoke management plans, and work closely with on-the-ground partners and landowners in the development of local collaborative efforts and implementation. The Coordinator works with the team to plan, prepare, monitor, and implement prescribed burns. The Coordinator represents Fire Forward and ACR in media, partner, collaborator, and volunteer community relations, and works with ACR staff and with partners from other agencies to plan potential work on ACR preserves and other lands.

Contact Name: Julia Clothier
Contact E-mail:

Job: Assistant Professor of Conservation and Restoration Science - University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (posted Nov 9, 2020)

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, seeks applicants for five tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the thematic area of restoring and protecting global biodiversity. The Faculty of Science, together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems, is sponsoring this unique cluster hire, which builds on existing excellence in this area at UBC. These new hires will join an interdisciplinary research and scholarship team focused on solutions-oriented approaches to biodiversity loss, and its connection to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. For further information see

As part of the cluster, we seek a Conservation and Restoration Scientist to be jointly appointed in the Departments of Botany, and Forest & Conservation Sciences, with opportunities for strong interaction with UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Biodiversity Research Centre. The Conservation and Restoration Scientist will conduct research broadly investigating how to conserve and protect biodiversity, and restore functioning ecosystems in a changing world. Applicants should have an interest in integrating fundamental research on restoring biodiversity, ecosystem functions or adaptive capacity, with applied research on conservation and restoration strategies that involve engagement with communities, industry or governments. Their expertise will be in ecology (including applied ecology), conservation, evolutionary biology, forestry, geography, or related disciplines. We encourage applicants who use a range of empirical or theoretical approaches, applying them to real-world problems from local to global scales, in terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and working in plant, animal or fungal systems.

Deadline: Mar 31, 2021
Location: University of British Columbia
Address: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Job: Assistant Professor in Wildland Fire Modeling - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK (posted Nov 9, 2020)

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time, eleven-month, tenure-track position (75% Research and 25% Teaching) in fire modeling. The department is seeking a candidate to contribute to research related to understanding wildland fire behavior and risk in Oklahoma and the United States. Application and/or development of models to understand fire behavior at multiple spatial scales is required. Possible outcomes of research include improved management of fuels and smoke with prescribed fire, reduction of wildfire risk and mitigation of its effects to infrastructure, reduced impacts of smoke on human health, and improved ecosystem function. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with multidisciplinary faculty in natural resources, climatology, social science, and engineering to meet the needs of diverse stakeholder groups.

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2020, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  The position will be filled by June 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as an outstanding candidate is available.

Location: Oklahoma State University
Address: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Job: Forestry Technician - US Forest Service - multiple vacancies in Oregon, Washington and Idaho (posted Oct 22, 2020)

These positions are located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 and located on a Forest Service unit. The primary purpose of these positions is to perform a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of various Natural Resource programs. The specific duties for the positions will vary based on the program of the unit.

This announcement may be used to fill positions with a seasonal work schedule where full-time work is guaranteed for 13, 18, or 20 pay periods and when not working, you will be placed in non-pay/non-duty status.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found on the Forest Service website.

The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level:

  • Performs as a Certified Timber Marker.
  • Prepares, develop, and executes timber cruises and sample surveys to develop resource information and estimate quality and quantity of timber for purpose of appraisal, sales administration, management planning, and logging plans.
  • Performs wildland firefighting and prescribed fire duties as qualified and assigned.
  • Assists in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites.
  • Performs complex tasks in support of the vegetation management program and project plans. Prepares and analyzes plant samples.

Deadline: Mar 5, 2021

General: Fire Management Board - COVID 19 Information (posted Jul 1, 2020)

On April 6, 2020, the Fire Management Board (FMB) established the Wildland Fire Medical and Public Health Advisory Team (MPHAT) to address medical and health-related issues specific to the interagency administration of mission critical wildland fire management functions under a COVID-19 modified operating posture.  The COVID-19 MPHAT is tasked with providing medical and public health expertise, advice, coordination, and collaboration with external subject matter experts and developing protocols and practices for all aspects of COVID-19 planning, prevention, and mitigation for wildland fire operations.  Guidance found on this page has been issued via FMB Memorandum. They may be updated as appropriate and necessary to respond to the evolving situations and work conditions surrounding COVID-19.

General: COVID-19 and Fire Season 2020: Discussion Forum at the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (posted Apr 16, 2020)

With multiple agencies/entities, groups and task forces all working to find solutions for operational concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a space to share information is apparent. This forum serves as a platform to ask questions, as well as to share ideas, information, and solutions.