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Job: Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response Crew Member - Great Basin Institute - Yosemite National Park, CA (posted Apr 5, 2021)

In cooperation with the National Park Service Yosemite National Park (YOSE), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response Crew Member who will work in the Invasive Plant Program at Yosemite National Park. The main duties of this position will be to survey for and treat invasive plants in recently burned areas in Yosemite National Park. The incumbent will work under the direction of a crew lead, and will be supervised by the Invasive Plant Program Manager within the Division of Resource Management and Science in the Branch of Vegetation and Ecological Restoration at Yosemite National Park.

Contract Timeline: 28-week appointment, starting May 10th, 2021 (after successful completion of DOI Background Investigation) to November 18th, 2021


Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Address: Yosemite National Park, CA

Job: Fuels Monitor Technician - Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs - Warm Springs, OR (posted May 7, 2021)

Primary responsibilities of the position are to engage in the preparation and implementation of the fuels treatment, prescribed fire and wildland fire monitoring processes. Work involves activities related to fuels data management and analysis, fuels inventory and monitoring, layout of treatment units and fire suppression, and working as part of a seasonal crew performing fieldwork. This class of work is characterized by the varied nature of assignments and the requirement to apply existing or new fuels/fire management methods and techniques. Utilizes computer software such as Word, Excel, Fuel Character Classification System (FCCS), Firemon/FFI, FVS, and IFTDSS to analyze, manage date collection, and prepare reports. Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire suppression.


Deadline: May 7, 2021
Location: Warm Springs, OR
Address: Warm Springs, OR

Job: Forestry Service Specialist Senior - City of Bremerton Public Works and Utilities - Bremerton, WA (posted Apr 27, 2021)

Under general direction of the Forestry Service Specialist Supervisor operates specialized heavy equipment and performs maintenance and repair work to assure smooth operation of City owned forest lands. Assists in forestry related operations such as road construction, plantation maintenance, water quality issues and biosolids operations, as well as fire suppression.


Deadline: May 5, 2021

Job: Land Management Internship - Archbold Biological Station - Venus, FL (posted May 3, 2021)

June 4, 2021 - October 30, 2021

Ideal for students with undergraduate degrees contemplating land management careers. An internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Land Management Program, led by Kevin Main, and will be an integral part of a team maintaining and restoring seepage slope and wetland ecosystems. The Land Management intern will participate in land management activities on the Reserve section of Archbold Biological station that includes: prescribed fire preparation and implementation, mapping and control of invasive species, creating and editing maps in ArcGIS, and maintaining equipment. This position will be tasked with treating Category I and Category II invasive species using backpack sprayers, hand-held sprayers, and hand pulling.


Deadline: May 5, 2021
Contact Name: Mandy West
Contact E-mail: mwest@archbold-station.org

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: jabatzoglou@ucmerced.edu

Job: Forester - Skagit Conservation District - Mount Vernon, WA (posted Feb 2, 2021)

The position of Forester is to assist cooperators within the Skagit Conservation District in planning and applying resource conservation practices associated with forestry and native vegetation. Funding for this position is subject to availability of state and local government grants and contracts and collection of rates and charges. The person hired for this position is directly responsible to the Executive Director and works under the technical supervision as identified by the Executive Director.


Location: Skagit Conservation District
Address: 2021 East College Way, Suite 203, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Contact Name: Bill Blake
Contact E-mail: bill@skagitcd.org
Contact Phone: 360-428-4313

Job: Forestry Technician - Resilient Forestry, LLC - Seattle, WA (posted Feb 2, 2021)

Resilient Forestry is a growing small business run by two forest ecologists. They work in all aspects of forestry, forest science, and forest management, specializing in ecological forestrestoration work. The business is based in Seattle, but it works across the PNW with small andlarge public and private landowners on a diverse variety of projects.

Resilient Forestry is looking for motivated folks to collect data in forests around Washington and Oregon during the Spring through Fall field season. Full time or part time seasonal positions are available with the potential for permanent appointments. Opportunities to gain GIS and other technical skills in future projects.



Job: Climate-Fire Dynamics Postdoc - Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center - Missoula, MT (posted Feb 3, 2021)

The University of Washington (UW) in partnership with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher as part of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center’s Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral Fellows (CAPF) Program. The CAPF postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Montana but will be supervised and mentored from the NW CASC at the University of Washington. The CAPF scholar will lead regionally focused research projects related to climate-fire dynamics. In addition, the CAPF scholar will collaborate with other CAPF scholars from across the country on national-scale research and synthesis on climate-fire issues. Finally, the CAPF scholar will participate in regular training and professional development opportunities, including training on translational ecology and the co-production of actionable science with natural resource decision-makers, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration across academic disciplines.


Deadline: Feb 28, 2021
Contact Name: Dr. Solomon Dobrowski
Contact Phone: solomon.dobrowski@umontana.edu

Job: Forestry Technician / Forester - Nature's Capital, LLC - Boise, ID (posted Mar 1, 2021)

Nature's Capital, LLC is a small business headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Its mission is to assist clients throughout the Pacific Northwest in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. It is seeking to build a roster of qualified candidates for fulltime temporary forestry positions. Positions may be based in locations other than Boise. Employees in forestry positions will collect and summarizing data on forest stand structure and composition. Work activities will include, for example, making accurate and precise measurements of tree growth attributes (DBH, height, growth increment, age), stand density, and reference point location; determining habitat type; making observations and recording data on habitat indicator species; and environmental factors. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; or interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require experience in back country travel; experience in use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic maps, clinometer, altimeter, hypsometer, basal area factor scope, and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways. Duties may also include assisting with botanical or wildlife surveys.


Contact Name: Steven K. Rust
Contact E-mail: srust@naturescap.com

Job: Public Forestlands Program Associate or Manager - Sustainable Norhtwest - Portland, OR (posted Mar 11, 2021)

Sustainable Norhtwest is hiring to fill a position that will lead initiatves related to federal forest management, forest collaboration, and tribal engagement across Washington and Oregon.


Deadline: Feb 24, 2021
Contact Name: Hannah Meganck

Conference: DOI Wildland Fire Workshop (Online May 18-19): Call for Presenters and Session Facilitators (posted Apr 20, 2021)

The Department of Interior's (DOI's) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) and Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) are organizing the DOI Wildland Fire Workshop, to be held online May 18-19, 2021. This workshop builds on the momentum of Reclamation's Wildfire Research Needs Workshop (led by John Whitler on April 6 and 7, 2021), and is an opportunity for those interested in issues related to wildland fire at Interior to come together for networking, learning, and discussing current issues.

Call for Presenters

The draft agenda includes "lightning rounds" to allow participants to learn about current work going on at Interior. Lightning-round presentations are brief summaries of in-progress work or completed projects. Please use the survey link below to send a brief description of your research by Friday, April 30.

Call for Session Facilitators

The draft agenda also includes two working sessions, where participants will be breaking into several smaller groups to address various aspects of how wildland fire intersects with (1) climate change, and (2) racial equity and disadvantaged communities. If you would be interested in serving as a chairperson or note-taker for any of these groups, please use the survey link below to let the workshop coordinators know by Friday, April 30.


Deadline: Apr 30, 2021

Job: Habitat Specialist - Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever - Huron, SD (posted Apr 20, 2021)

Continuing the function of an ongoing professional service to landowners in the Eastern 1/3 of South Dakota through Habitat Forever/Pheasants Forever. The SD habitat specialist can create an outstanding custom operation creating quality wildlife habitat for years to come (planting warm and cool season grasses, prescribed burning, maintenance mowing, food plots, invasive tree removal, herbicide treatment, and wildlife management plans). The Specialist will identify and post easement properties in NE South Dakota using USDA data. Onsite work will include: equipment transport, site preparation, seed mixing and planting, mechanical weed control, and controlled burning. A willingness to work long hours when needed. Office duties will include: project solicitation, detailed record keeping, time and budget management, promotion and education best habitat practices, Rx burn and habitat management plan writing. Work will evolve eventually to working with private landowners, local Pheasants Forever chapters; other partners will include state natural resource agencies, NRCS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and other local, state and federal agencies. Habitat Specialist will implement the USDA contract to restore easement properties to include easement signage, easement fencing, and prepping land for easement management purposes. The first year of this position will be primarily focused on signage and fencing of easement properties. The habitat building work will slowly be added through the early years.

Anticipated Start Date: May 10, 2021


Deadline: Apr 30, 2021

Job: Natural Resource Worker 2 - WDFW Sherman Creek Wildlife Area - Kettle Falls, WA (posted Apr 20, 2021)

Job Duties:

  • Performs general wildlife area infrastructure and habitat restoration maintenance tasks.
  • Maintains/repairs the headquarters facility, compost facility, irrigation system, equipment, fences, roads, trailheads, trails, signs, and gates.
  • Posts signs for public information and recreational use.
  • Safely operates ATVs, tractors, mowers, chainsaws, and basic power and hand tools.
  • Performs regular vehicle maintenance, services, and minor vehicle repairs.
  • Fabricates parts using arc welders and cutting torches.
  • Assists with the implementation of habitat restoration projects including forest thinning and prescribed burning.
  • Conducts weed control activities and maintains the application equipment.
  • Uses backpack sprayers to apply herbicide, as well as mechanical means to remove weeds.
  • Uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to recommend and assist with proper weed control activities.
  • Reads/understands herbicide labels and mixes - uses and stores herbicides properly.
  • Interacts with hunters and fishermen and other recreational users about the wildlife areas, wildlife issues or sightings.

Deadline: Apr 25, 2021

Job: Eastern Washington Community Relations Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Cle Elum, WA (posted Apr 20, 2021)

The Eastern WA Community Relations Manager develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for the Eastern Washington region. This position convenes partners, local governments and other leaders and supports the development of collaborative strategies for the Conservancy’s Dry Forest Health and Community Resilience program. This work will be executed in coordination with local, state and federal partners and programs. This position also engages with local partners in developing and executing integrated land protection and conservation projects.


Deadline: Apr 21, 2021

Job: Forestry Technician (Wildland Fire) - US Fish and Wildlife Service - Multiple locations (posted Apr 9, 2021)

3 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Folkston, GA
  • Sudbury, MA
  • Burbank, WA

Wildland Fire Suppression:

  • Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment, and aircraft.
  • Provides for follow-up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires.
  • Assigns missions to ground and aviation wildland fire suppression resources. Makes efficient and effective use of multiple types of interagency wildland fire suppression resources with varying capabilities. Ensures common communications for interagency resources. Monitors weather and fire behavior, and communicates changes to strategy and tactics. Transfers command to an upper level Incident Management Team as necessary.
  • Provides protection for life, property and resources. Selects strategies and tactics to ensure safe operations for assigned resources. Recognizes potential hazardous situations and provides operational briefings. Initiates contacts with federal, state, and/or local law enforcement personnel as necessary to close roads, evacuate structures, and deal with the public.
  • Coordinates with dispatch office regarding current fire behavior and fire conditions, release of resources, and other logistical considerations.
  • Responsible for the development of incident objectives and strategies and tactics, to provide for safe operations and cost effective incident management.
  • Conducts After Action Reviews and makes adjustments or implements corrective actions.
  • Serves as the lead for local level preparedness reviews. May serve as a subject matter expert for State and national level preparedness reviews.
  • Responsible for ensuring that required documentation is completed and submitted by subordinates. Conducts audits, reviews and approves fire reports completed by others. Initiates cost share agreements for payment of expenses associated with individual incidents.
  • May manage national wildland fire support resources (e.g., lnteragency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized modules).

Non-Suppression Operations:

  • Performs, and supervises employees in a variety of fire management positions such as: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs.
  • Ensures preparedness of wildland fire suppression equipment and personnel. Serves on preparedness review teams.
  • Responsible for fire caches; maintains inventory and accountable property; positions equipment and personnel for the most efficient response; evaluates equipment and personnel needs; and develops and prioritizes equipment and personnel funding requests. May be responsible for subunit caches as appropriate.
  • Conducts field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units, makes recommendations on appropriate treatment techniques for meeting management objectives, drafts prescribed burn plans to meet those objectives and implements approved prescribed burn plans. Performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.
  • Develops and revises interagency annual operating plans, annual budget requests, the fire management plan and operating procedures pertaining to preparedness, wildland fire suppression, and prescribed fire.
  • Assists in wildland fire management planning, coordination and implementation including, but not limited to, fire assistance program coordination, interdisciplinary team participation, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other compliance document preparation, contracting, fire rehabilitation planning, and fire mitigation measures.
  • Provides oversight and management for fire facilities within the zone/area. Assists in managing the budget for facility maintenance, supplies, and equipment. Requests long- and short-term funding for wildland fire facility maintenance and improvements.
  • Coordinates wildland fire and aviation related training courses and serves as a lead instructor for 300-400 level courses at the local, regional and interagency levels. Coordinates wildland fire training needs for unit personnel and submits training nominations. Develops and delivers specific training for unique unit issues.
  • May serve as the unit training officer.
  • Responsible for hiring of seasonal employees, employee onboarding off boarding, and remedial HR actions.
  • Reviews and approves fire reports. Conducts audits of reports entered by subordinates.
  • May serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.
  • May serve as the agency fire management representative at local cooperator meetings in the absence of the Fire Management Office or Assistant Fire Management Officer.

Deadline: Apr 16, 2021

Job: Natural Resources Specialist - US Forest Service - Multiple Locations CO, MO, OR, WA, WY (posted Apr 7, 2021)

Summary:

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Current students who are scheduled to graduate within nine months may also apply to these positions. However, these students cannot be appointed until after graduation and the official degree has been awarded and conferred.

Responsibilities:

  • As a trainee, performs duties which are designed to orient the employee in the application of academic theories and basic natural resources principles to a variety of work situations.
  • Assignments may be similar to those assigned to nonprofessional employees, but such tasks are primarily for training purposes, or to relieve higher grade specialists of routine work.
  • Receives formal and on-the-job instructions and training to familiarize functions and operations of the organization and to provide experience in the practical application of natural resources principles, theories, methods, techniques and practices.
  • Inspects recreation sites and assists with the development of a wide range of recreation and trail plans and permits.
  • Participates in the development of environmental assessments and/or impact statements to formulate natural resource management recommendations and/or conclusions.
  • Applies geospatial technology to work performed in support of a natural resource management organization.
  • Collects and analyzes biological data pertaining to natural resources and environmental program activities.
  • Performs assigned phases of fire management, including serving as a member of a fire suppression crew.
  • Participates in assigned phases of unit administration such as budgeting and personnel management.
  • Drafts, reviews, and publishes natural resource plans, reports, compliance documents, evaluations and inspections.

Deadline: Apr 12, 2021

Job: Forestry Technician - US Forest Service - Multiple Locations (posted Apr 7, 2021)

Summary:

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Current students who are scheduled to graduate within nine months may also apply to these positions. However, these students cannot be appointed until after graduation and the official degree has been awarded and conferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources management programs, (i.e., timber and silviculture, recreation, wildlife, range, and fire and fuels management).
  • Completes variety of complex and recurring technical duties individually or as a crew member or leader, in support of the unit's various natural resource management program areas.
  • Uses hand and power tools such as ax, shovel, pulaski, fire rake, injector and/or chainsaw in order to effectively perform duties in fire, timber, recreation and other related forestry areas.
  • Compiles and summarizes the vegetation types obtained from ground surveys including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and range surveys.
  • Makes group and individual contacts in providing forest recreation information and answering questions about recreation management on the unit.
  • Notifies visitors of violations and potential violations.

Deadline: Apr 12, 2021

Job: Student Trainee (Natural Resources) - US Forest Service - Multiple Locations CO, OR (posted Apr 7, 2021)

Summary:

The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. This Student Trainee position will be filled as an Intern appointment. The appointment is indefinite and is expected to last for the duration of the student's academic attendance.

Responsibilities:

  • Receives training in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences.
  • Work assignments are usually clear-cut and designed to provide experience in a variety of activities.
  • On a scheduled basis, following the Pathways Participant Agreement, receives assignments in various Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences functions to gain an understanding of the various program concepts and operations.
  • Develop an understanding of the total mission as well as organizational/functional interrelationships.
  • Develop a foundation for more specialized application of knowledge gained from on-the-job training assignments.
  • Receives formal and on-the-job training in OPM, Department of Agriculture and Forest Service policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Is instructed on the use of personal computers, and file and data management.
  • As training advances and proficiency is demonstrated, work assignment are increasingly more demanding, and are designed to provide experience in a variety of activities.

Deadline: Apr 12, 2021

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: 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 https://biodiversity.ubc.ca/cluster-hire

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: Fire Operations Manager - Lomakatsi Restoration Partnership - Ashland, OR (posted Feb 16, 2021)

Lomakatsi Restoration Project, a non-profit organization based in Ashland, OR, seeks a full-time, highly-experienced wildland and prescribed fire professional to join its leadership team in the newly-created position of Fire Operations Manager (FOM). The FOM will play a key role in operations, including programmatic and administrative aspects. Individuals with extensive career experience in the fields of wildland fire, prescribed fire, forestry, and fuels management are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position open until filled, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.



Job: Student Trainee (Pathways) - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Multiple Locations, USA (posted Feb 23, 2021)

This position is located with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Services, Location Negotiable After Selection.

Summer work locations and duties vary and are designed to provide hands on experience and training.

Successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program, students may be non-competitively placed into career-conditional positions within the BIA.

The first cut-off date for referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 2/24/2021.

Internship work assignment opportunities are based on BIA needs. Under this announcement, real estate services, land titles and records, minerals and energy, and forestry management programs will be given priority consideration. However, selections may be made for other program areas, including for the following targeted positions:

  • Environmental
  • Archeology
  • Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences
  • Cartographic
  • Rangeland or Agriculture Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Accounting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Legal Instruments Examining
  • Realty
  • Irrigation System Operation
  • Hydrology

Deadline: Feb 24, 2021

Job: Prescribed Fire Technician - Ecostudies Institute - Olympia, WA (posted Mar 11, 2021)

The Prescribed Fire Technician will work with a team in the maintenance and restoration of prairie sites in the South Puget Sound region of Washington, with a focus on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  This position will primarily support our cooperative prescribed fire program with burn unit preparations, equipment maintenance and rehabilitation and prescribed fire operations. Prescribed fire skills are desirable, but not required for this position. This position may also support wildfire operations on base for training or monitoring purposes. Other duties may include participation in our habitat restoration and invasive species management at JBLM and in the region.


Deadline: Mar 19, 2021

Conference: Call for Wildland Fire Papers - 2021 Society of American Foresters National Convention (posted Mar 4, 2021)

The SAF D4 Wildland Fire Working Group would like to solicit papers and presentations as part of the 2021 Society of American Foresters National Convention, Topic: Forests For All. November 3-7th, 2021 in Sacramento, CA. Details are below and feel free to contact Bradley Shoemaker with any questions.

Abstract submissions for the 2021 SAF National Convention will open February 1 and close March 31. Working groups are encouraged to organize sessions and/or panel discussions that contribute to the science content of the concurrent program. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about this, but have outlined below the general process that you'll need to follow. If you are organizing a session or panel, it's helpful if you let me know so we can keep better track of what to expect.

Your abstract matters! It is the only thing reviewers will see. You know your topic inside and out, but the reviewer doesn’t. Take time and care when writing your abstract - and encourage any presenters in an organized session to do the same. All submissions must pass review to be included in the program. The abstract submission form and review process has changed from recent years, so it's important to answer all required questions on the form intentionally.

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR AN ORGANIZED SESSION(S) with a group of invited speakers, where each speaker will be making a presentation. (These may also be science flashes.)

First, submit an abstract for the organized session proposal itself.
1) Select ‘organized session proposal’ as the abstract type.
2) Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
3) Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
4) Enter the title of the session.
5) Provide the following information in the "Full Abstract" text box:
      This is a session proposed by X Working Group or name of individual.
      Speakers will discuss XXXX. We are requesting X 90-minute sessions.
      The speakers are: A - title or topic of the talk, B - title or topic of the talk, C - title or topic of the talk, etc.
6) Select "Yes" for "Is your presentation part of an organized panel/session?"
7) Provide the name of the Working Group lead or the coordinator name in the coordinator box.
8) Re-enter the panel/session title in the Session Title box.

Each speaker must then submit his/her/their own abstract by the March 31st deadline to the same track, theme, and technical focus area, selecting ‘presentation’ or ‘science flash’ as appropriate for the abstract type, and filling in the title of the talk, description, and full abstract.
In addition, enter:
      The title of the session in the Session Title box. (Preferably the same one as you submitted.)
      The session leader’s name in the Working Group or Lead Coordinator box. (Preferably the same one you submitted.)

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION, where speakers will not be making formal presentations – i.e., the group of speakers will have a discussion on the topic based on questions posed by the moderator or audience.

Submit an abstract for the panel.
1) Select ‘panel discussion’ as the abstract type.
2) Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
3) Answer the Funding Sources and Financial Disclosures questions as appropriate.
4) Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
5) Enter the title of the panel/session.
6) Provide the following information in the "Full Abstract" text box:
      Describe what the panel will discuss
      The speakers are: A - name, organization; B - name, organization; C - name, organization, etc.
      This session is sponsored by the X Working Group. (optional)
7) Select "Yes" for "Is your presentation part of an organized panel/session?"
8) Provide the name of the Working Group lead or the coordinator name in the coordinator box.

WGs are of course welcome to submit proposals for professional development seminars or workshops as well as for organized sessions or panel discussions.


Deadline: Mar 31, 2021
Contact Name: Bradley Shoemaker

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.