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Job: Women In Fire Coordinator - The Nature Conservancy - Carterville, IL (posted Feb 7, 2023)

The Women In Fire Coordinator works as part of the Southern Illinois Interagency Habitat and Fuels Crew (SIIHFC) within TNC’s interagency agreement with the Shawnee National Forest, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association, and others. The purpose of the Women In Fire Fellowship (WIF) is to prepare women, trans, and nonbinary candidates for entry or mid-level Fire and Aviation Management (FAM) positions with the US Forest Service or other partner agencies. This is a permanent, full-time (35+ hours a week), salaried position based in Carterville, Illinois.

General: AFE Mentoring Futures Program (posted May 16, 2023)

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is composed of professionals from around the world, who together play a key role in wildland fire and fire ecology research, education, management, and policy. We value the diversity of perspectives and range of experiences held by our members and consider it our greatest strength. The Mentoring Futures Program provides an opportunity to utilize the specialized knowledge and skills of AFE’s network to benefit the next generation. This program builds on AFE’s long-standing practice of providing opportunities for students and early career professionals.

The goal of the Mentoring Futures Program is to actively cultivate the future of wildland fire and resource conservation by investing in future leaders.

AFE will continue accepting applications for the 3rd year of this program until June 1.

Deadline: Jun 1, 2023

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: Assistant/Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Management - California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CA (posted Dec 19, 2022)

The Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department (NRES) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time academic year, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Wildland Fire Management starting September 14, 2023. Candidates with industry or other professional experience are encouraged to apply. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The ideal candidate will teach courses in support of the undergraduate Forest & Fire Sciences major, undergraduate Wildland Fire Ecology and Management minor, and graduate Master of Science program in Environmental Sciences & Management.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will build a research program focused on the emerging wildfire challenges faced by the state of California and the western United States more broadly. Teaching responsibilities and opportunities include the broad scope of wildland fire science including, but not limited to, topics such as wildland fire or fuels management, fire ecology, prescribed fire, fire & societal issues, fire protection in the wildland-urban interface,  wildland fire operations, and wildfire-climate change interactions. Candidates with a background suitable to support additional teaching needs within the Forestry and Fire Sciences major such as silviculture, forest operations, dendrology, and/or forest ecology are desired. Teaching and research involvement Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch and with local, state, and national organizations is expected. Service activities will include participation in department/college/university committees and instructionally related activities.

Review begin date January 13, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by January 13, 2023 for full consideration; however applications received after this date may be considered.

Deadline: Jan 13, 2023

Job: Fire-related Interships - Student Conservation Association - multiple locations throughout US (posted Jan 5, 2023)

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states. SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Job: Strategy and Partnership Director - Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council - Yakima, WA or remote (posted Feb 6, 2023)

The Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council (WRCD) serves as a collaborative leader in community fire adaption, forest health and restoration, and salmon habitat restoration efforts, supporting four local natural resource coordinating groups through a fiscal sponsorship program.

As an integral part of the WRCD, the Strategy and Partnerships Director will seek to build partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels to help the WRCD acheive specific organizational needs and goals; find solutions and create positive outcomes and impacts to advance community and forest resilience in Washington.

Open Until Filled

Contact Name: Hilary Lundgren, Executive Director
Contact E-mail: hilary@washingtonrcd.org

Job: UW Student Field Crew Members (multiple positions) - Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory - Seattle, WA (posted Feb 8, 2023)

Overview: The Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory at the University of Washington and the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station are looking for 6 paid student positions to assist in the collection of data in large wildfires in the Mendocino and Plumas National Forests in California. We are looking at post fire harvesting and restoration of forest burned by recent large wildfires.

Salary and Duration. $19.50 per hour plus overtime. Full time from June through August 31, 2023

Position Purpose. To assist with the collection and processing of fuels data for research conducted on large and highly severe wildfires in the Mendocino and Plumas National Forests in California in collaboration with the USFS PNW Research Station; The main project involves measuring the effects of salvage logging on forest structure, forest fuels and future fire behavior; to establish a network of permanent monitoring plots to quantify short and long-term effects of salvage logging throughout the western US.

Key job factors: UW students currently enrolled and who will continue at the UW in the fall. Employee must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.

Job: Remote Sensing Post-docs (2 positions) - US Forest Service, Southern Research Station and Northern Research Station - Athens, GA and New Lisbon, NJ (posted Feb 22, 2023)

There are two post-doc positions available in a collaborative project between the Southern Research Station and Northern Research Station focused on remote sensing of forest vegetation.

The project's goal is to investigate the use of biometric plot data and Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data to improve the prediction and scaling of forest conditions (i.e. forest fuels, biomass, ecological conditions, fire effects, and other related metrics) across forested stands when coupled with landscape tree metrics derived from Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS). The project also aims to improve the scaling ability between TLS and ALS data within canopies, between phenological conditions, between ALS acquisitions, and between pre- and post- wildland fire conditions using creative approaches (e.g., machine learning, high-performance computing, surface modeling, spatial statistics and predictions, etc.). We encourage forward and outside-the-box thinking, field and laboratory work, and working with the larger LiDAR and fire modeling community, all for bridging fire science with fire management. The projected is focused in frequently prescribed burned pine-dominated ecosystems of the southeastern and northeastern U.S., where scaling of pre and post-burn scanning data could be highly utilized by forest managers in federal, state, and private lands management.
Postdocs will work with a well-established team of fire scientists at either the Forest Service Lab in Athens, GA or the Silas Little Experimental Forest in New Lisbon, NJ.

If interested, please contact:

Job: Forester - Texas A&M Forest Service - San Augustine, TX (posted Feb 23, 2023)

The Forester provides administrative assistance to the assigned district to promote and execute the various agency programs within the district. Provides local leadership in the areas of emergency management, forest pest management, landowner assistance, and related programs, promotes and demonstrates the concept of team work in the district, region and state. The Forester also represents the State of Texas and the Texas A&M Forest Service (TAMFS) as a professional public servant in their attitude, actions and leadership. Normally training position for District Forester career ladder.

Responsibilities include the administration and support of local protection and emergency response programs - forest pest mitigation, wildland fire suppression, capacity building, etc.  Will be required to meet minimum physical fitness standard as established by the NWCG and obtain NWCG certification as determined by TAMFS Leadership.

Job: Extension Specialist - North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC (posted Feb 23, 2023)

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University is seeking an effective and dynamic educator to fill the Extension Specialist in Forest Management position. This is a full time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month professional staff position within the department’s 10-person Extension Forestry team of 4 faculty and 6 professional staff. The Department’s Extension team works collectively with faculty and staff in tourism and wood products to form the overall Extension program in the College of Natural Resources. The position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, but requires travel throughout North Carolina. The Forest Management Specialist will provide leadership for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programming and materials with an emphasis on multi-use forest management and silviculture for woodland owners. Topics may include (but are not limited to) forest management, forest stewardship, reforestation, invasive species, wildlife, non timber forest products, and climate adaptation and mitigation. In addition, the Specialist will build collaborative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including county Extension personnel, landowners, state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, natural resource professionals and others to increase the visibility and reach of Extension Forestry. They will be responsible for developing and delivering educational programming to diverse audiences, including stakeholders from diverse socio-demographic groups and with varied background knowledge of forest management.

Open until filled.

Job: Prescribed Fire Planner (2 positions) - Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Statewide, WA (posted Mar 22, 2023)

This position will work with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff and external agencies and groups for the development of prescribed fire planning, prioritization, coordination, and implementation of prescribed (Rx) burn projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems located on WDFW wildlife lands. This position will provide the senior level leadership for all fuels and fire effects modeling, planning, implementation options, and timing to support the WDFW mission as well as multi-party project level monitoring plans that assess pre- and post-treatment fuels conditions and prescribed burning effects in a variety of different fuel models across Washington State.

Most of the work performed by this position is in Eastern Washington, though burn sites are statewide. The selected employee will have the option to work remotely when not in the field.  This recruitment is posted open continuously.

First review of applications will be April 5, 2023, application review will be ongoing.

Deadline: Apr 5, 2023

Job: Prescribed Fire Specialist, Northern California - The Nature Conservancy - South Lake Tahoe, CA (posted Mar 22, 2023)

The Prescribed Fire Specialist (PFS) will play a pivotal role in a new programmatic effort to scale up the prescribed fire workforce across California. Most of the prescribed fire projects the PFS will support will function as cooperative burns or Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX), which provide experiential training that builds robust local capacity for fire management and offers professional fire practitioners a more holistic perspective - while implementing treatments that support community and ecological objectives.

The PFS will direct prescribed fire operations for the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which includes managing controlled burns on TNC preserves, supporting partner burns, developing Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and Site Fire Management Plans, and may involve coordinating fire suppression activities on rare occasions. The PFS will be responsible for safe and effective fire operations, administering physical fitness testing, training and organizing contractors/volunteers/crew members; conducting annual refresher training, and maintaining documentation files for contractor and/or crew member training and qualifications. The PFS will evaluate trainees and certify task books for positions up to RxB2. The PFS may perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.

As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, the PFS will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community, with Indigenous peoples and tribes and in the local communities where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wildland fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, tribes, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short-term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee). May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. This position is a grant-funded three-year term with opportunity to extend.

This position will be open until filled but applications are encouraged before Sunday, April 9.

Deadline: Apr 9, 2023

Job: GIS Resource Assistant - Great Basin Institute - Redding, CA (posted Apr 10, 2023)

In cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) and Shasta Trinity NF, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one GIS Resource Assistant (RA) to assist with Trinity River and South Fork Management Unit GIS projects and data entry. Assignments may include GIS or data entry components heritage program related projects. The RA may participate Section 110 projects to verity the locations of and redocument legacy archaeological sites with missing record components and geospatial data or assist staff with NRM data entry tasks. Additional TRMU and SFMU priority project tasks may be assigned. This position may work with TRMU staff from the Weaverville District Ranger Station and SFMU staff from the Hayfork District Ranger Station with a duty station in Weaverville or Redding.

There are numerous training opportunities available on the TRMU and SFMU. Mentorship and training from District and Forest GIS staff will be a mandatory condition of this position. Additional training may be made available upon the RA's request. Opportunities to shadow other disciplines (Heritage, Fisheries, Botany, Wildlife, Timber, Fuels, Recreation, etc.) may also be made available if the RA is interested. Opportunities to complete training for Wildland Fire certifications may also be available.

Contract timeline: anticipated start date is 6/6/2023 for a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month appointment.

Job: Science Communications Specialist - North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange - New Jersey location preferred (posted Apr 26, 2023)

The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange is seeking a Science Communications Specialist to join its leadership team in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, the Forest Stewards Guild, and the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact. The Science Communications Specialist will collaborate with the leadership team, Community Representatives, and community members to craft and disseminate digital communications and transformative events that foster collaboration between fire scientists and managers.

Deadline: May 22, 2023
Contact Name: Amanda Mahaffey
Contact E-mail: amanda@forestguild.org

Job: Fire Impact Monitoring (Vegetation) Technician - Great Basin Institute - Reno, NV (posted Feb 23, 2023)

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands. The Ecological Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys.

GBI is recruiting Post Fire Monitoring Technicians to work with GBI and USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff. Each technician will work with one other technician under the supervision of a Field Lead to characterize vegetation using BLM's terrestrial AIM (Assessment Inventory Monitoring) core methods.

Available Appointments:

  • April 12th to September 29th
  • May 29th to September 29th

Job: Lead Wildland Firefighter (Sr Firefighter-Prescribed Fire/Fuels) - Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) - Avon Park AFR, FL (posted May 5, 2023)

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands.

Incumbent will be a member of the Avon Park Wildland Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Avon Park Air Force Range, FL. The Wildland Support Module is responsible for implementing prescribed burns and responding to wildfires on Air Force property throughout the area of responsibility and the U.S.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Team Lead and to provide operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression/non-suppression activities and specialized expertise. The incumbent is also responsible for preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, hazardous fuel reduction within assigned area of responsibility. The incumbent also assists in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed burn plans, and preparedness plans.

Deadline: May 22, 2023
Contact Name: William Sprouse

Job: NPS Structural Fire Protection Internship - Student Conservation Association - multiple locations throughout US (posted Jan 5, 2023)

Expected Dates: May 21, 2023 to July 29, 2023

The National Park Service (NPS) Structural Fire Protection Internship provides students enrolled in fire protection engineering, fire administration, or fire investigation degree programs an opportunity to gain practical work experience that will augment academic training related to the duties of a Fire Protection Specialist. Interns will support efforts to establish and maintain an effective structural fire prevention program, reducing the risks of death, injury, property loss, and damage to historic collections from the effects of structural fires. Positions are located at NPS sites across the U.S. Interns will not be performing wildland or structural firefighting activities.

Job: Wildland Fire Engine Boss - Lomakatsi Ecological Services Inc. - Ashland, OR (posted May 12, 2023)

Lomakatsi Ecological Services (LES) is seeking a qualified Engine Boss (ENGB) to join our growing team and operate our Type 6 Wildland Engine. A primary responsibility is supporting our 2023-24 US Forest Service Region 6 Water Handling (R6) wildland fire suppression contract. In addition to being an ENGB on the IBPA contract, this could be an opportunity for year-round employment to fill a key position on our ecological forestry crew and work with a team of fire managers on prescribed fire operations as part of long-term projects on federal, private and tribal lands. LES could hire this individual prior to fire season with technical and labor duties, as assigned. Duties may include providing water resources for prescribed burning and riparian plantings, as well as offering technical forestry support for ecosystem restoration and fuels reduction project work.

Deadline: May 20, 2023

Funding: National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program 2023 (posted Jan 19, 2023)

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands.

Deadline: May 18, 2023
Contact Name: Kerry Morse, Conservation Awards Manager
Contact E-mail: kmorse@nationalforests.org
Contact Phone: 406-830-3358

Job: Fire Management Specialist - US Department of the Army - Yakima Training Center, WA (posted May 12, 2023)


  • Serve as Installation Wildland Fire Program Manager (WFPM), for Yakima Training Center (YTC), which is comprised of training areas, impact areas, cantonment, and high value cultural and natural resources.
  • Responsible for the development, management, and execution of the Wildland Fire Program.
  • Analyze the ecological role and impacts of wildland fires by assessing actual and potential fire effects.
  • Coordinate new or revised/updated cooperative or mutual aid agreements to include fire protection programs and fire responses.
  • Serve as Contracting Officer Representative (COR), to develop, coordinate, and implement wildland fire related contracts such as aircraft assets and aerial suppression support.
  • Conduct training on fire suppression equipment and inventory management procedures to military training units.
  • Operate motor vehicles including pickup trucks, carryalls, and sedans, over public roads, primitive roads, and in off-roads to transport supplies, materials and equipment in all traffic conditions.

Deadline: May 18, 2023

Job: Fire Behavior Analyst - BLM Alaska Fire Service - Fairbanks, AK (posted Feb 23, 2023)

Located with the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC)


  • Analyzes Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) outputs to assess fuels and fire danger concerns, and anticipated fire behavior.
  • Communicates differences between the Canadian and the National Fire Danger Rating Systems and can articulate why the Canadian system is used in Alaska.
  • Determines appropriate method and system(s) to develop fire behavior predictions.
  • Evaluates associated data and techniques to develop improved incorporation into wildland fire management and planning.
  • Analyzes fire weather elements, including Red Flag Warnings, and their effects on fire behavior.
  • Uses Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) to create fire perimeters and keep fire managers informed.
  • Creates and improves strategic documents using long term fire growth and fire probability support programs.
  • Works with all agencies to develop and review fuel models and critical break points, and how those can be incorporated into long-term plans.
  • As a Fire Analyst, serves on and/or organizes interagency committees, meetings, and conferences.
  • Develops scientifically innovative solutions in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • Institutes or recommends changes in the development and trial of new methods and approaches for fire behavior analyses.
  • Incorporates existing and emerging technologies to address issues in wildland fire management and towards advancing the program.
  • Communicate complex fire danger and fire behavior topics to managers and staff with varying levels of knowledge, including clear technical direction and guidance in application of such information.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with all levels of fire management officials within federal and state agencies.
  • Organizes and conducts training on fire danger, behavior, and analysis tools and technologies.

(Original USAJOBS posting: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/707555500)

Deadline: May 15, 2023

Job: Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Specialist - Cascadia Conservation District - Chelan County, WA (posted Apr 14, 2023)

Cascadia Conservation District is seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to join the District as a Forest and Community Resilience Specialist. This full-time position will primarily serve as a landowner assistance forester for landowners throughout Chelan County. This position will work with private landowners to develop forest stewardship plans, enroll them in appropriate cost share programs and help them implement forest health and wildfire resilience projects. Our program is focused on implementing highly impactful projects with private landowners where coordination with state and federal partners can help achieve large landscape scale restoration and community resilience goals.

Open until filled, first review round will occur for applications submitted by April 16th, 2023.

Deadline: Apr 16, 2023

General: Comment on Washington State's Smoke Management Plan Revision (posted Apr 19, 2023)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Washington's State Implementation Plan (SIP) Revision, Including Washington State Department of Natural Resource’s 2022 Smoke Management Plan to incorporate updates to the Smoke Management Plan (SMP) submitted on August 10, 2022. EPA will accept comments at Regulations.gov through April 24, 2023. See the Federal Register notice and the SIP submittal for further information.

Deadline: Apr 24, 2023

Funding: Colorado Conferences Scholarships (posted Jan 13, 2023)

Colorado Forest Collaboratives is now offering Professional Development Scholarships to attend the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference and the Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop. Flexible funding to Remove Barriers to Attendance!

Some scholarships are available for members of Colorado forest collaboratives to attend the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference (application here), and support to attend the Cross-Boundary Landscape Restoration Workshop (application here). Applications accepted on a rolling basis; please apply early. Funding cannot be guaranteed to all who apply, and partial awards may be offered.

Contact Name: Katie McGrath
Contact E-mail: katie.mcgrath@colostate.edu

Job: Technician in Aridland Restoration Ecology - Newingham Aridland Ecology Lab - Reno, NV (posted Mar 24, 2023)

The Newingham Aridland Ecology Lab (http://newinghamlab.weebly.com) is seeking a field technician to assist with aridland ecosystem research. Our lab evaluates the effects of fire, climate change, and invasive species on plant and soil properties, as well as how restoration affects ecosystem recovery. The technician will work on a variety of projects, including climate change effects on post-fire rehabilitation, wind and water erosion post-fire, and reducing fire risk with fuel treatments and restoring native habitat in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts. A large portion of the fieldwork will be in the Mojave in April-May during the potential superbloom. The Lab works closely with universities, state, and federal agencies to address natural resource issues and land management.

The position is available April-October with a preferred start date of April 3; possibilities exist for continued employment.

Deadline: Apr 2, 2023
Contact Name: Dr. Beth Newingham
Contact E-mail: beth.newingham@usda.gov