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General: Invitation to Submit to the "Effects of Wildfire on Biodiversity" Special Issue of Fire (posted Jul 7, 2021)

The special issue titled “Effects of Wildfire on Biodiversity” in the journal Fire is open for submissions through October 31.

The goal of this special issue is to compile a set of scientific articles describing how wildfire has impacted diversity in the ecosystem where they occurred. The journal invites articles that present measured or modeled effects of wildfire on diversity across various scales and dimensions of fire regime metrics and biological taxa, including but not limited to:

  • Effects of wildfire on diversity of any taxa in any ecosystem
  • Relationships between fire effects and abiotic factors such as climate
  • Predictions of changes in fire effects as a result of a changing climate
  • Effects of scale in the interpretation of fire effects on biodiversity
  • Consequences of larger burned area for the composition of communities and landscapes
  • Consequences of wildfire on biogeochemistry, such as the global carbon cycle

 

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Deadline: Oct 31, 2021
Contact Name: Dr. Eva K. Strand
Contact E-mail: evas@uidaho.edu

Job: PhD Research Assistantship in Post-Wildfire Impacts on Soils, Hydrology, and Water Quality - University of Idaho - Moscow, ID (posted Oct 18, 2021)

Seeking a highly motivated and qualified student to explore the net short-term impact and longterm recovery on key soil biophysical, hydraulic, and chemical characteristics from high severity wildfires and low severity prescribed bums at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This assessment will be based on extensive field-based burn experiments and soil characterization. This characterization will then be used to parameterize and assess the ability of the WEPPcloud (https://wepp.cloud/weppcloud/) to capture post-fire runoff and erosion response following wildfire. The student will be joining a large research team focused on the development of geospatial decision support tools for pre-fire and post-fire watershed management and close collaboration with the USDA-Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and soil scientists from the USDA-NRCS.

Qualifications: Applicants for the PhD position will have an undergraduate and MS graduate degree in hydrology, water resources, soils, agronomy, environmental chemistry, civil/agricultural engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. The successful candidate will be familiar with field and lab-based experimentation, strong background in soils and hydrology, familiarity with process-based hydrologic modeling preferably WEPP, WEPPcloud, water quality, GIS/remote sensing, and basic statistics. The student is expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills. We highly encourage motivated students eager to gain a deeper understanding wildfire impacts and forest management and are willing to work interactively in team research to apply for this assistantship.

Financial support: The successful candidate will receive tuition support and stipend, and financial support to participate to a relevant conference each year.

Location: The research will be primarily conducted in Moscow, Idaho.

Timeline: Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Starting dates can be flexible but preferable by spring semester or early summer 2022.

To apply: Please send the following materials to Dr. Erin Brooks: Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts, contact info of three references.


Contact Name: Dr. Erin Brooks
Contact E-mail: ebrooks@uidaho.edu

Job: USFS Fire Resistance Forestry Fellowship (posted Sep 24, 2021)

USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory located in Portland, Oregon.

At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service's mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management.

Research Project: The primary focus of the opportunity will be analyzing over 400 forest inventory permanent plots remeasured 1-yr post-wildfire in California and the inland Northwest between 2002 and 2019 to relate observed post-fire conditions to pre-fire forest structure and stand history, controlling for fire weather and topography, to develop empirical, statistically representative evidence and insights into factors that confer resistance to stand-replacing fire across all forests encountered by large fires. This may inform prescription development for the Westside Fire Research Initiative's Fire and Carbon Oriented Forest Management project. The secondary focus will be contributing to the BioSum (Bioregional Inventory Originated Simulation Under Management) analysis framework via collaboration and co-production with Forest Service users to apply BioSum to questions concerning management effectiveness at achieving desired forest conditions and environmental services and the associated operations costs and goods and services produced from the forest; this will help to prioritize BioSum reporting templates that our programming team will use to deliver answers to the most important management questions. Activities include research and publication planning; data exploration and quality assessment; statistical analysis of forest inventory data, fire weather observations and topographic context; GIS overlay analysis of fire growth perimeters to establish plot burn dates; stand projection simulations with management in the Forest Vegetation Simulator; developing scripts to define management and policy relevant BioSum reports; collaborating with BioSum users as they develop their questions and BioSum projects; and writing manuscripts for publication in refereed journals and agency research publications.

Learning Objectives: Learning objectives for the project include advancing the participant's exposure to policy relevant, hypothesis based research and technology development centered on the management of forests and natural resources. The participant will enhance their capabilities for formulating practical research questions and designing research that promotes understanding of 1) how forest conditions and management and disturbance legacies impact fire resistance and carbon outcomes; 2) how prospective management may effectively promote fire resistance and other goals; 3) key inventory-informed strategic questions that national forest managers seek to have addressed. Participant will also gain experience with analyzing and modeling inventory data, implementing silvicultural prescriptions in a stand projection model, and sharing information developed through this analysis with a cadre of co-producers and clients engaged with this project as well as larger management, professional and scientific communities via presentations and publication of findings in journals, reports and electronically delivered visualizations.

Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Jeremy Fried (jeremy.s.fried@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.


Deadline: Nov 11, 2021

Job: Fuels Resource Assistant - Great Basin Institute - Dunlap, CA (posted Sep 21, 2021)

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District (Dunlap, CA), is recruiting a Fuels Resource Assistant (RA) to perform a variety of Fuels related tasks and support various aspects of NEPA completed Fuels projects. RA duties and projects will be focused on completing burn plans, and strategically planning for the implementation of four (4) District Fuels projects that will use a combination GBI and other Fuels crews. Additional RA duties include providing analysis for projects that still need to have National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis completed, as well as identifying out-year fuels projects (maps, initial purpose and need/proposed action statements) to put on 5-year Program of Work (POW) & NEPA schedules. The RA will have the opportunity to collaborate with both personnel from the Hume Lake Ranger District Office and the Forest Supervisor’s office to coordinate these projects.

This position is supported through the Forest Service’s Resource Assistants Program (RAP). RAP participants who successful complete their appointment will receive a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) certificate. The DHA certificate allows the individual to be appointed into a permanent Forest Service position, ideally related to the focus of their RAP appointment and with the Forest that hosted the participant.



Job: Forest Conservation Program Manager, Watershed Science - South Yuba River Citizens League - Nevada City, CA (posted Sep 13, 2021)

The Forest Conservation Program Manager leads and envisions South Yuba River Citizens League's (SYRCL) forest conservation work throughout the Yuba River watershed. SYRCL's forest health work accelerated beginning in 2019 and continues to grow considerably. The program aims to 1) improve forest health and forest resiliency throughout the watershed 2) engage diverse stakeholders throughout the Yuba River watershed to promote and implement forest health projects, 3) partner with local educational institutions for workforce development opportunities and 4) raise funds to continue collaborative planning efforts and on-the-ground project implementation.

Responsibilities include engaging in project planning, including selection of treatment types (prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, hand thinning, non-commercial and pre-commercial thinning, etc.) and intensity.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This position is open until filled.



Job: Assistant/Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change - Utah State University, Department of Environment and Society - Moab, UT (posted Sep 13, 2021)

The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant or Associate Professor with expertise in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change. We particularly welcome applications from scholars whose research focuses on social, cultural, historical, or ecological issues impacting public and/or tribal lands in the Southwest United States. This tenure-track, full-time (nine-month) position is based at the USU campus in Moab, a thriving tourism-oriented community in southeast Utah and a federal agency hub adjacent to National Park, National Forest, BLM and Tribal lands. The relative emphasis for the position is 50% teaching, 40% research, and 10% service. The position starts August 01, 2022.


Contact Name: Dr. Wayne Freimund
Contact E-mail: wayne.freimund@usu.edu

Job: Senior Ecologist and Stewardship Manager - Sonoma Land Trust - Santa Rosa, CA (posted Sep 10, 2021)

The Senior Ecologist will lead the Sonoma Land Trust's (SLT) important work addressing the challenges of climate change in Sonoma Valley and throughout the county. They will lead SLT's work on nature-based solutions that bolster the resilience of our natural and human communities, focusing on wildfires, wildlife corridors and natural lands management.

The successful candidate will drive key conservation strategy decisions using the latest science, as well as identifying areas of future applied science research that SLT will need to advance biodiversity and climate resilience in Sonoma County. Over time, the position will be central to growing SLT's ecological science resources and staffing, and leading the development and implementation of science and nature-based solutions for the protection and enhancement of essential ecosystem functioning in Sonoma County.



Job: Frontline Community Climate Resilience Scientist - Climate Impacts Group - Seattle, WA (posted Aug 18, 2021)

The University of Washington College of the Environment Climate Impacts Group (CIG) seeks a full-time Frontline Community Climate Resilience Scientist to provide thought leadership and coordination across the academic and community-facing partners of a climate justice focused research collaborative. The Frontline Community Climate Resilience Scientist will have a unique opportunity to advance the theory and practice of climate services provision to frontline communities, working collaboratively with Native American tribes, rural communities and communities of color. In addition to playing a key role in the CIG’s flagship climate justice research program, the Frontline Community Climate Resilience Scientist will join the other Principal Investigators at the CIG in the coproduction of climate impacts and adaptation science, participating at a strategic level within the CIG and pursuing other research opportunities related to environmental and climate justice.



Job: Call-When-Needed Wildland Fire Training Instructor - The Ember Alliance - Loveland, CO (posted Aug 6, 2021)

The successful candidate will have strong experience in conducting wildland fire training events (with a particular focus on 100-200-level courses and saw training), extensive prescribed fire and wildland fire experience, strong communication skills, and a clear commitment to working with diverse populations. They will work under direction of the Assistant Director of Training to:

  • Assist with implementation of training events for TEA, partner organizations (state, federal, non-profit, youth corps, Department of Defense lands, etc.)
  • Implement blended curriculum including virtually (instructor led online) and experientially (hands-on)
  • Teach ‘non-traditional’ soft skills during NWCG courses (e.g. self-care/stress management, conflict resolution, anti-bullying, active bystander, etc.)
  • Train underserved and underrepresented populations (POC, women, landowners, Department of Defense, etc.)
  • Build skills and confidence for fire practitioners from all backgrounds and experience levels in an inclusive and supportive learning environment
  • Manage work assignments with minimal direction from supervisors
  • May oversee staff, volunteers, and individuals or crews from other agencies or organizations when serving in a leadership role during training
  • Occasionally engage in prescribed fire operations and/or support a prescribed fire IMT during Training Events
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, including a commitment to principles of Duty, Integrity and Respect. Actively participate in creating a kind, safe and healthy work environment which encourages the diversity, equity and inclusion of all people.


Job: Natural Resource Technician 2 - Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Okanogan, WA (posted Jul 15, 2021)

The Natural Resource Technician 2 provides field support on the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area located in Okanogan County. Under the direction of the Wildlife Area Assistant Manager maintains the facility and structures, uses and maintains equipment, and implements projects to maintain or improve habitats, species, or recreation on the wildlife area. The primary management objectives on the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area are protection and enhancement of shrub-steppe, forest and riparian habitat, and management of recreational use. Other duties as assigned may include participation in fire suppression activities and structure protection on the wildlife area complex during a wildfire event and participation in prescribed fire projects on the wildlife area.



Job: Wildland Fire Operations Specialist - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Fort Apache Agency, Whiteriver, AZ (posted Jun 25, 2021)

This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Fort Apache Agency in Whiteriver, Arizona. The incumbent will plan, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate an integrated wildland fire management program to achieve resource management objectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in coordinating and directing the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.
  • Analyze current fire management plans and make recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.
  • Provide oversight, coordinate, and initiate all fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives.
  • Brief internal and external managers on issues related to wildland fire, prescribed fire, and fire program activities; and develop and coordinate plans of action with interagency cooperators.
  • Conduct field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units.
  • Prepare and implement prescribed burn plans to meet management objectives, and performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.

Contact Name: Tim Burden
Contact E-mail: timothy.burden@bia.gov