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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: julia.clothier@egret.org

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: 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: jay@mtadamsstewards.org
Contact Phone: (509) 637-3701

Job: Forestry Field Assistants - University of Washington - Seattle, WA (posted Feb 16, 2021)

The Harvey Lab at the University of Washington is hiring 7-9 field assistants to work on research projects in forests of the western Cascades during summer 2021. Field assistants will be involved in one or more research projects, which are collaborations between the Harvey Lab, the Washington DNR, Tulalip Tribes, UW Climate Impacts Group, US Forest Service and National Park Service:

  • Post-fire vegetation measurements in recently burned forests across the Western WA and OR Cascades (North Cascades National Park, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie, Gifford Pinchot, Willamette, and Mt Hood National Forests)
  • Measuringlong-term old-growth forest plots in Wind River Experimental Forest (near Carson, WA)

Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
Contact Name: Liliana Rangel-Parra
Contact E-mail: lkrp@uw.edu

Job: Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Prescribed Fire Unit Manager) - Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Okanogan, WA (posted Feb 2, 2021)

This position will independently plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement forest eco-system programs and land development assignments in a geographic area designed to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish and wildlife habitat,   provide recreational opportunities, promote a healthy economy while protecting community character, and build an effective organizational structure. The incumbent will lead other professional and skilled technicians and supervise seasonal crews.
In collaboration with the Rx Fire Program Manager, the position independently plans, prioritizes, coordinates and implements prescribed (Rx) burn projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on DFW wildlife lands. This position will serve in the Rx burn program for Eastern Washington North Central Unit and has supervisory responsibility over other professionals and skilled technicians. This position contributes to/supports the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire.

Deadline: Feb 21, 2021

Funding: Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship - Glacier National Park Conservancy (posted Feb 11, 2021)

The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resource issues and how these intersect with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following: 1) natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change; 2) cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology; 3) social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources.

Eligibility: Graduate students (a student who has been accepted into, but not yet started their grad program may apply only if a support letter from a faculty advisor is provided stating that the student has been accepted into a graduate program under their supervision) or superior upper division undergraduate students (3.5 GPA or above) in fields applicable to understanding and management of Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The fellowship is available to students at universities in the CESU Network.

Deadline: Feb 17, 2021
Contact Name: Lisa Gerloff
Contact E-mail: lisa.gerloff@umontana.edu
Contact Phone: 406-243-6936

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: ahpfaff@usgs.gov
Contact Phone: (559) 730-8948

Job: Natural Resource Specialist (Prescribed Fire) - Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Yakima, WA (posted Feb 2, 2021)

This position supports WDFW’s mission by coordinating and/or performing professional and skilled fire regime restoration efforts while supervising a professional prescribed burn team of one Natural Resource Specialist 1 and six Natural Resource Technician 2 positions. The prescribed fire crew is to perform specialized assignments in the application of Rx fire to achieve resource management objectives. This position directly supports fire dependent dry forest and rangelands wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance through safe fuels reduction, reconfiguration and implementation of prescribed burns on Department of Fish and Wildlife owned and managed lands.

In collaboration with the Rx Fire Unit Manager, the position independently plans, prioritizes, coordinates and implements prescribed (Rx) burn projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on DFW wildlife lands. This position will serve as a Burn team supervisor for South Central Washington Zone and has supervisory responsibility over other professionals and skilled technicians. This position contributes to/supports the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.


Deadline: Feb 7, 2021

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: icasellasconnors@tamu.edu

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: daniel@forestguild.org

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: gabriel@forestguild.org

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: 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

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 go.ncsu.edu/fire_training_survey. 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: Fire Ecology PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ (posted Jan 14, 2021)

Northern Arizona University School of Forestry seeks to fill one PhD position funded through a Teaching Assistantship. This position will focus on spatial patterns of wildfire disturbance related to forest dynamics, post-fire recovery, and biodiversity conservation in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. The PhD student will participate in and conduct investigations to quantify impacts of fire severity, fire frequency (e.g., short interval repeat fires), time since fire, and patch size and isolationon forest structure, composition, and regeneration dynamics.

The position start date is Fall 2021.

Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
Location: Northern Arizona University
Address: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Job: USFWS Directorate Fellows Program - multiple locations (posted Dec 7, 2020)

The Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service goal is to promote and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce that thrives in an environment accessible to all and free of employment discrimination. DFP provides an opportunity for interested students from all diverse backgrounds, including women, minorities, and other underrepresented populations to gain valuable experience leading to a career in conservation.

Program Details:

  • 11-week paid summer position
  • 1-week orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center
  • Direct Hire Authority eligible after completing program requirements
  • Many locations nationally
  • Travel funding provided
  • Housing may be available
  • 100+ fellowship opportunities nationwide

The application deadline is January 15th, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the application period may close before the deadline if a sufficient number of applications are received. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration.

Deadline: Jan 15, 2021

Job: Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist - Watershed Research and Training Center - Hayfork, CA (posted Jan 14, 2021)

The Watershed Research and Training Center (WRTC) is seeking a ​Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist​ tocontinue the development and management of our innovative work in cooperative prescribed fire planning, capacitybuilding, and implementation in Trinity County, California.  ​Major responsibilities will include burn planning, riskmanagement, coordinating training opportunities, working with WRTC’s fuels crew on burn unit preparations,leading cooperative burns, and fostering partnerships.

Deadline: Jan 15, 2021
Contact Name: Miller Bailey
Contact Phone: 619-358-3903

Job: Pikyav Field Institute Program Manager - Karuk Tribe Dept. of Natural Resources - Orleans, CA (posted Jan 4, 2021)

The Pikyav Field Institute Program Manager shall provide strategic leadership and direction for all divisions of the Pikyav Field Institute Program. This position shall serve in a program management and oversight capacity for the Department’s Pikyav Field Institute programs. Incumbent shall work cooperatively with  department managers, educational institutions and other partners to help achieve the goals of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources. Under the supervision of the Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, or designee, this position is responsible for ensuring that all division projects balance Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Western Science in a manner consistent with Karuk tradition, custom, culture and indigenous principles in order to support and advance culturally appropriate pedagogic methods; encourage academic research to substantiate tribal land and resource management strategies; and lead the development of new programs and partnerships that work toward reestablishing a healthy ecosystem and tribal sovereignty for our Tribe.

Deadline: Jan 12, 2021
Location: Karuk Tribe Dept. of Natural Resources
Address: 39051 Highway 96, Orleans, CA 95556
Contact Name: Human Resources Department
Contact E-mail: vsimmons@karuk.us
Contact Phone: (530) 493-1600 x2041

Job: National Program Leader for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research - US Forest Service - Washington, DC (posted Jan 4, 2021)

This position supports USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, Sustainable Forest Management Research as the National Program Leader for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research. This employee is an authority in the field of wildland fire and fuels research and is responsible for a range of leadership activities.

Deadline: Jan 11, 2021
Contact Name: Toral Patel-Weynand
Contact Phone: 202-605-0878

Job: Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist - USDA Forest Service (posted Jan 4, 2021)

The USDA Forest Service, Research and Development Sustainable Forest Management Office is looking to hire a GS-14/15 Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist.  This position serves as a National Program Leader for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research on the Sustainable Forest Management staff within the Office of the Deputy Chief for Research & Development in the Forest Service’s national headquarters. The incumbent is a recognized research authority in the field of wildland fire and fuels research. The work requires extensive professional knowledge of atmospheric sciences, ecology, climate change and wildland fire.  The vacancy announcement is open to the public and is located on USAJobs, with a closing date of January 11.

Location: Washington DC

Job: PhD Student in Environmental Studies - University of California Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA (posted Sep 1, 2020)

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University (https://mykophile.com) through a collaborative NSF grant (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/09/zhu-nsf.html). More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).

Location: University of California, Santa Cruz
Address: University of California, Santa Cruz
Contact Name: Dr. Kai Zhu
Contact E-mail: kai.zhu@ucsc.edu

General: Personal Protective Equipment Survey for Female Firefighters in US (posted Sep 25, 2020)

This study is collecting feedback from female firefighters regarding the design, fit, and mobility of their personal protective clothing. Females firefighters in the US are invited to participate.

Contact Name: Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University
Contact E-mail: mmcquerry@fsu.edu

Job: Prescribed Fire Crew (multiple positions) - The Nature Conservancy - various locations (posted Oct 30, 2020)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has numerous fire positions at various levels open in several states.

Details are available at careers.nature.org (search for “fire”).

Closing dates vary.