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Funding: 2023 Joint Fire Science Program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcements (posted Oct 21, 2022)

It's time to apply! The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is soliciting proposals from both government and non-government entities through several formal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements beginning October 21 and remaining open through December 20, 2022 at 5 pm MT. 

Task Statements:

23-1-01 Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award: The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students enrolled at colleges or universities within the US in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work.

23-2-01 Longevity of fuel treatment effectiveness under climate change: The objectives of this task statement are to (1) understand patterns of fuel accumulation, vegetation change, and potential fire behavior following fuel treatments over time and (2) inform the frequency and type of treatments needed to maintain treatment effectiveness.

23-2-02 Fuels treatment effectiveness across landscapes: The objective of this task statement is to inform planning and implementation of landscape fuel treatment strategies that allow for safe and effective management of wildfire to meet protection and resource management objectives.

23-2-03 Pre-fire management actions for reducing post-fire hazards: The objective of this task statement is to gain better understanding of the factors that lead to successful cross-jurisdictional pre-fire planning aimed at reducing the potential for post-fire hazards, through synthesis and evaluation of existing tools and investigations of enabling conditions that foster successful cross-jurisdictional planning and action.

23-2-04 Social and political factors that influence fire suppression and rehabilitation costs: The objective of this task statement is to evaluate understudied factors that influence costs associated with wildfire suppression and immediate post-fire rehabilitation to inform cost models and performance metrics for efficient use of fire suppression and rehabilitation resources.

23-3-01 Regional Science Exchange and Outreach: The objective of this task statement is to solicit proposals to lead and execute a particular regional fire science exchange for a period of two years. The JFSP funds and provides oversight to a national collaborative of 15 regional wildland fire science exchanges: the Fire Science Exchange Network (FSEN). The FSEN provides the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to federal, state, local, tribal, and private stakeholders within ecologically similar regions. The FSEN brings fire, fuel, natural resource, and land managers, practitioners, and scientists together to address regional wildland fire management needs and challenges. PThis solicitation is seeking individual proposals (i.e., each proposal must be specific to one region) for the following six regions of the FSEN: Alaska, Great Basin, Northern Rockies, Oak Woodlands, Northwest and Pacific Islands.

Deadline: Dec 20, 2022

Job: Current and Upcoming Forest Service Job Opportunities (posted Oct 1, 2022)

Check out current and upcoming job opportunities with the USDA Forest Service.

Job: Associate or Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology - University of Idaho - Moscow, ID (posted Sep 30, 2022)

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho is recruiting a tenure-track assistant or associate professor focusing on Fire Ecology and Management in support of the Fire Ecology and Management program, Forestry, and Rangeland Conservation programs, and other undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, and College of Natural Resources. The tenure-track position and faculty member will support University of Idaho’s Land Grant mission with teaching and advising (45%), scholarship (40%), outreach and Extension (10%) and University Service (5%). The faculty member will conduct research related to fire ecology, with an emphasis on the ecological effects of fire, and the implications for long-term health and sustainability of key ecosystem goods and services from fire-prone ecosystems. The faculty member will publish in peer-reviewed journals, present findings to scientists and managers at professional conferences, and actively seek external competitive funding to support this research. The faculty member will work collaboratively within the department, college and university, and with external stakeholders (e.g., government and nongovernmental organizations, other universities, and industries). In these and other ways, the faculty member will develop and maintain a nationally recognized research and outreach program.

Position is open until filled; application review begins October 24, 2022.

Contact Name: Eva Strand
Contact E-mail:

Job: Postdoctoral Science Fellow - Environmental Defense Fund - Flexible Location (posted Dec 6, 2022)

Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a Postdoctoral Science Fellow to conduct research on biosphere-climate feedbacks to the carbon cycle and implications of those feedbacks. The 2-year fellowship can begin immediately. The Cooley Postdoctoral Science Fellow will conduct research on the carbon cycle implications of climate feedbacks on the biosphere. Increasingly we are seeing carbon cycle changes related to increasing wildfires, permafrost thaw, changing biogeochemistry of tropical wetlands, albedo changes, and other shifts across diverse biomes. This destabilization of ecological relationships may undermine emissions planning, can confuse projections of how the biosphere will respond, adds risk to proactive planning for adaptation and change, and will influence how the biosphere figures into climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. The Fellow will help increase EDF’s organizational understanding of how these changing processes, feedbacks, and uncertainties impact net zero emission targets needed to achieve Paris Agreement goals as well as options for mitigating these carbon cycle impacts.

Funding: Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship (posted Dec 1, 2022)

As a lasting contribution to the fire ecology and management community, the Wayne Harrison Memorial Scholarship supports academic and professional growth of students through funding research, management, or education projects related to wildland fire science.

Scholarships up to $2,500 are awarded annually, with applications due March 31 and awarded by May 31 each year. The number of scholarships and amount awarded will be based on the applications received in a given year.

Deadline: Mar 31, 2023

Job: Fire Management Specialist - Suffolk County Water Authority - Oakdale, NY (posted Dec 1, 2022)

The Suffolk County Water Authority is seeking a Fire Management Specialist to perform key roles in managing the comprehensive prescribed fire program operated by the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission for the Central Pine Barrens region. Responsibilities include leading the development and implementation of all aspects of the prescribed fire management program; the supervision and training of prescribed fire crews; conducting fuels, smoke and wildland fire management/mitigation; assisting with public education and outreach and the preparation of prescribed and wildland fire management plans for ecological and fuel management in collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders.

Job: Prescribed Fire Crew Technician - North Carolina State Parks - Troutman, NC (posted Dec 1, 2022)

The North Carolina State Parks Prescribed Fire Crew Technician participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. The Prescribed Fire Crew Technician will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. Will do project work and other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

Deadline: Dec 9, 2022

Job: Integrated Fire Education, Training, and Experience Program Manager - Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation - Arcata, CA (posted Nov 29, 2022)

Humboldt Fire Resilience Institute is seeking a highly motivated program manager to organize and contribute to the CalFire-funded Integrated Fire Education, Training, and Experience program. The selected candidate will lead the coordination of agreements with local partners to develop or assist with implementing education and training courses as part of certificate programs for professionals, students, and community members. The position will be based out of Arcata, California, but may require short-term travel to nearby sites in the region. The selected candidate will work closely with Humboldt Fire Resilience Institute Director, Dr. Jeff Kane.

Applicants are being considered until the position is filled will a flexible start date in Spring 2023. Review of applications will begin on Dec. 15, 2022.

Deadline: Dec 15, 2022
Contact Name: Dr. Jeff Kane
Contact E-mail:

Job: Master’s Graduate Assistantship in Community Fire - Cal Poly Humboldt Department of Forestry, Fire, and Rangeland Management - Arcata, CA (posted Nov 29, 2022)

Dr. Jeff Kane is seeking a highly motivated student interested in joining the Cal Poly Humboldt Fire Lab and the Humboldt Fire Resilience Institute to pursue an MS degree in Forestry, Watershed, and Wildland Sciences at Cal Poly Humboldt. The selected student will be supported by an assistantship to work on a Cal Fire project developing resources (website, pamphlets, briefs) and coordinating workshops and training opportunities related to engaging community members about wildfire related benefits, problems, and solutions in Humboldt County and adjacent regions. The student’s research project is flexible but likely focused around assessing community resilience to prior or future wildfires in northwestern California/southern Oregon. The selected student must be able to work well independently and in a team setting, assist with other on-going projects, and be willing to travel to regional sites in northwestern California/southern Oregon. Successful candidates must reside in or near Arcata, California over the duration of the assistantship.

The first review of applications will begin in early- to mid-January with the desired start date of mid-May/early June 2023.

Contact Name: Dr. Jeff Kane
Contact E-mail:

Funding: 2023 Native American Research Assistantship (posted Nov 29, 2022)

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) and, starting this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), through partnership with The Wildlife Society, are offering research assistantships for Native undergraduate or graduate students as part of the Native American Research Assistantship Program for Summer 2023.

Assistantships are intended for Native students interested in wildlife and forest resource research and management. Students will learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with the USFS and USGS. Applicants should be a member of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, First Nations or a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or have another indigenous identification, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited academic institution.

Pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, forestry or other closely related natural resource discipline is preferred. Students with related associate’s degrees from tribal colleges and universities or other community colleges will also be considered.

Students may have the opportunity to assist in publishing manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals, popular press, and/or present findings at scientific meetings along with USFS R&D and USGS scientists (dependent on travel funding). Students and scientists will integrate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) and expertise held by Tribes and Native communities and western science to sustain and restore ecosystems.

Deadline: Jan 15, 2023
Contact Name: Jamila Blake
Contact E-mail:

Job: Forestry Program Manager: Resource Management - Nevada Dept Conservation and Natural Resources - Carson City, NV (posted Nov 28, 2022)

Forestry Program Managers plan, coordinate, and oversee activities, services, and staff in major program areas such as resource management, fire management, conservation camp management, support services management, or safety and training management. The incumbent functions as a manager who trains supervise and evaluates the performance of subordinate supervisors; develops policies and procedures; and allocates staff and resources to accomplish goals and objectives.

This position is located in the State Office in Carson City and is responsible for leadership and oversight of all natural resource and conservation activities at the agency including, but not limited to: administration, technical assistance & outreach, as well as coordination of statewide programs in forest, rangeland and watershed resource management, forest health, urban & community forestry, wildfire rehabilitation, wildfire hazard reduction, threatened & endangered species, conservation plant materials, environmental education, climate change mitigation, permitting and compliance, and biomass utilization.  The incumbent provides fiscal, payroll and personnel functions, including staff development & training, represents the Agency in various venues and in public.

The position functions as the endangered species program coordinator, requiring grant administration duties including preparing annual grant solicitations, grant applications, annual reporting, ensuring compliance with state and federal guidelines, budget creation and budget tracking.  The position is expected to work across programs in the Division to ensure that the agency is strategically moving toward agency goals and objectives. This position supports the emergency response mission of the Nevada Division of Forestry, as a State Duty Officer, and may be called to assist with wildland fire suppression and other emergencies as qualified. This position travels regularly in-state and out-of-state via state-owned vehicles or commercial airlines to conduct state business.

Deadline: Dec 13, 2022
Contact Name: Jon M. Terrazas
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 775-684-0116

Job: Forester - Nevada Dept Conservation and Natural Resources - Las Vegas, NV (posted Nov 28, 2022)

Foresters perform professional duties in forestry, natural resource management and conservation, fire prevention and suppression, and related areas. Incumbents possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform advanced-level work and may provide work direction and training to others.

This position is responsible for planning and implementing vegetation and fuel management projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss to communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems in moderate to high wildfire risk priority areas. It will coordinate the implementation of wildfire hazard mitigation and ecosystem restoration through contracting hand crews and equipment from NDF, partnering agencies, and private contractors to manage the surface vegetation utilizing appropriate techniques to manage and maintain healthy forests, rangelands and watersheds.

The position also provides the lead administrative role for the resource program and direction in the southern region, consisting of Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye Counties. The resource program implements primarily rural forestry assistance, forest health, endangered plant protection, forest practice regulations and wildland fire rehabilitation. The position is expected to work across programs in the Division to ensure that the agency is strategically accomplishing strategic goals and objectives.

Project management duties include all aspects of project planning, budget development and management including estimating and tracking budgets and supplies for in-house and contracted activities, preparing contract solicitations, grant applications, overseeing field implementation, reporting, and ensuring compliance with state and federal guidelines.


Contact Name: Jon M. Terrazas
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 775-684-0116

Job: Forest Program Manager, Forest Project Manager and Science Program Manager - The Watershed Center - Longmont or Boulder, CO (posted Nov 23, 2022)

The Watershed Center is growing and we invite you to join us! Since 2004, the Watershed Center has been protecting and restoring watersheds for people and the environment using a collaborative and science-based approach. We pursue our mission across four core programs: Forest, River, Science, and Community.

Through these programs, we respond to the needs of our watersheds and communities. Over time these needs have included mine impacts, river restoration, adaptive management, fish passage, fire recovery, stewardship, outreach, education, monitoring, and forest management, among many others. Today our watersheds are facing increasing risk from wildfires and our communities and stakeholders are asking for science-informed planning and decision-making in how we prioritize projects and manage watersheds.

The Watershed Center is responding to these needs by growing capacity in our Forest and Science Programs. We are by hiring three new positions: Forest Program Manager, Forest Project Manager, and Science Program Manager. To fill these positions we are seeking creative and collaborative individuals who are passionate about science and community, and want to impact positive change in our watersheds!

Forest Program Manager
Review of applications will begin be on-going with priority given to applications received on or before December 1, 2022.

Forest Project Manager
Review of applications will begin be on-going with priority given to applications received on or before January 6, 2023.

Science Program Manager
Review of applications will begin be on-going with priority given to applications received on or before December 16, 2022.

Job: Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Technician - Washington Dept. Fish and Wildlife - Rochester, WA (posted Nov 23, 2022)

This position will create, enhance, and maintain habitat for federal and state endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies and other sensitive prairie/oak fish and wildlife species on the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area. It will assist the Wildlife Area Manager and work with Diversity Division Biologists while contributing to the recovery of Puget lowland prairies, oak woodlands, and the fish and wildlife species that rely on them.

Habitat enhancement duties include implementing vegetation control methods that include mechanical (tractor mowing, brush cutting, walk-behind mowers, chain saw, hand tools), chemical (backpack sprayer, UTV-and/or tractor-mounted boom sprayer, cut stump treatment), and prescribed fire methods.

Preferred experience includes experience implementing restoration techniques including seeding, planting, vegetation control, and prescribed fire.

Deadline: Dec 12, 2022

General: Thinning and Prescribed Fire Treatment in Virtual Reality: Explore and Provide Feedback (posted Nov 15, 2022)

There’s no substitute for seeing a forest with one’s own eyes, but can Virtual Reality provide a similar learning experience? Penn State University and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station recently created a Virtual Reality field tour to help audiences visualize what different types of thinning and prescribed fire treatments look like in an immersive way. The ~21-minute tour uses ultra-high resolution 360-degree imagery shot from ground level to above the tree canopy and visits 12 locations in the ‘Variable Density Thinning’ study on the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest (Stanislaus National Forest, CA). Different thinning strategies are shown, including a ‘High Variability’ treatment designed to produce more of a group and gap structure – the type that was once common in mid-elevation mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada shaped by frequent fire. This is compared with a standard relatively even crown spacing thinning and an unthinned control, all with or without the addition of prescribed fire. The tour app, built using tools for developing computer games, allows users explore each location with their computer mouse while the audio describes the scene.

Before full release, this tour is now being tested. Users are encouraged to fill out an optional short (less than 10 minute) questionnaire. The survey will help the developers evaluate potential usefulness of such technology for conveying concepts about forest structure, thinning, and prescribed fire. Responses from forest managers, fire managers, or policy makers are especially vital and currently underrepresented, but feedback from all audiences useful and welcome.

General: Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Opportunities for Engagement (posted Nov 15, 2022)

The federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission held its first in-person meeting September 14 through 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 50-member commission developed a strategy to address the full suite of issues as required by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through topical workgroups.

Workgroups are charged with exploring a topic, preparing policy recommendations for the full commission to consider, and will meet as needed for several months, parallel to the meetings of the full commission. Workgroups have staggered start and stop dates, allowing members to participate in more than one workgroup and for each workgroup to build on previous efforts.

Cross-cutting themes, including adaptation to climate change and environmental justice, will be woven throughout discussions. Workgroups will also reach out to subject matter experts as needed to help the commission explore topics and recommendations.

Recommendations for wildland fire policy changes on the topics below are welcome and should be provided between the dates provided for the workgroups to properly discuss and consider them.

  • Aviation Strategy
  • Cohesive Strategy
  • Landscapes
  • Communities
  • Post-fire
  • Response Coordination
  • Science, Data, and Technology
  • Public Health and Infrastructure
  • Appropriations
  • Workforce

Job: Texas Range and Wildlife Coordinating Biologist - Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever - Hereford, TX (posted Nov 14, 2022)

The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), 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 Texas Playa Conservation Initiative. Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one-on-one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment, and reporting.  In addition, the incumbent will provide conservation technical guidance, including wildlife habitat enhancement techniques, and conservation program delivery, to private landowners and public organizations within partner identified priority areas, as appropriate. Initiative to meet with landowners/managers and other stakeholders is critical.

Desired Knowledge. Skills and Abilities include knowledge of wildlife ecology, prescribed fire, and grassland, wetland, and early succession habitat management.

Open until filled, anticipated Start Date: December 2022 – January 2023.

Contact Name: Thomas Janke, Texas PF/QF – State Coordinator
Contact Phone: (830) 220-9742

Job: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Applied Fire Science and Management - Cal Poly Humboldt - Humboldt, CA (posted Nov 9, 2022)

Cal Poly Humboldt, the Department of Forestry, Fire, and Rangeland Management, and the Fire Resilience Institute invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Applied Fire Science and Management (starting August 2023).

Cal Poly Humboldt is home to the largest undergraduate Forestry and Fire programs in California. The program prides itself on a strong tradition of field-based instruction and hands-on learning of forest, fire, and rangeland science and management. The ideal candidate will have a depth of experience in the application of fire as a management tool and be able to integrate these skills in teaching, service, and research.

Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include a subset of three or four of the following courses: Fire Weather, Fire Behavior and Effects, Applied Fire Use and Policy, Humans and Fire, Fire Capstone, and Fire Internship. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

Successful candidates will be actively involved in implementing the new Applied Fire Science and Management degree program. Candidates will be expected to engage with applied research related to fire science, ecology, management, or policy and to be an active member of the Fire Resilience Institute.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 16, 2022. Early response is encouraged.

Deadline: Dec 16, 2022
Contact Name: Jeff Kane
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: (707) 826-5622

General: Prescribed Fire Implementation and Insurance Survey (posted Nov 8, 2022)

Survey Open: Monday, October 31st - Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 (extended until December 7th)

We need your help understanding capacity and barriers for prescribed burning!

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC) and its partners at Colorado State University, University of Michigan, the Fire Learning Network, and the Watershed Research and Training Center are launching a national survey to gather information about prescribed fire implementation capacity, insurance access and barriers.

Deadline: Dec 7, 2022

Job: Climate Impacts Group Research Scientist - University of Washington - Seattle, WA (posted Nov 1, 2022)

The Research Scientist 3 will work with the Climate Impacts Group (CIG)’s lead scientists to co-produce applied research, synthesize literature, and engage with partners on climate impacts and adaptation for natural systems in the northwestern U.S. The CIG works with decision makers and resource managers on the challenges that they face managing natural resources in a changing climate. As CIG’s project portfolio evolves, the Research Scientist 3 will provide analytical, logistical, and management support for projects in multiple resource areas including, but not limited to, water, ecosystems, wildlife and biodiversity. They will engage with partners at multiple stages in the adaptation process from impacts research and vulnerability assessment to adaptation planning and implementation. They will apply knowledge of co-production methodologies and climate data application to support projects that enable our partners to advance climate resilience of natural systems through capacity building, assessment, planning, and implementation.

Open until filled, priority will be given to applications received by Nov 8th, 2022

Funding: Wildfire Ready Quick Response Research and Data Publication (posted Sep 30, 2022)

Despite advancements, wildfire risk in the U.S. remains severe. In light of the urgent need for more relevant and actionable research on wildfires and fire weather, the Natural Hazards Center (NHC) at the University of Colorado Boulder - with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS) - is issuing a special call for proposals for Wildfire Ready Quick Response Research and Data Publication in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis from June 28, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2022
Contact Name: Jennifer Tobin

Funding: Dear Colleague Letter: Planning Proposals to Catalyze Innovative and Inclusive Wildland Fire Science through Diverse Collaborations (posted Sep 21, 2022)

With this Dear Colleague Letter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is calling for planning proposals focused on catalyzing innovative and inclusive wildland fire science through collaboration among diverse stakeholders and rights holders. A planning proposal is a type of proposal used to support initial conceptualization, planning and collaboration activities that aim to formulate new and sound plans for large-scale projects in current and emerging research areas for future submission to an NSF program.

Deadline: May 31, 2023

Job: Southwest Fire and Fuels Project Manager - Forest Stewards Guild - Santa Fe, NM (posted Aug 25, 2022)

The Fire and Fuels Project Manager will manage and coordinate projects within the Guild’s fire and fuels program in New Mexico, which seeks to find innovative ways to solve the challenging problems related to wildfire through increasing implementation of prescribed fire on private and public land, creating training and education opportunities, increasing collaboration, and creatively filling gaps and broadening the definition of fire management. Projects within this program include the All Hands All Lands Burn Team (AHAL) and the Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Crews, in addition to other existing and upcoming projects across the region.

Application deadline: Rolling deadline until filled.

Contact Name: Sam Berry
Contact E-mail:
Contact Phone: 541-816-6371