The Kankakee Sands Land Steward leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support, and implementation of preserve management plans. They will maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, remove exotic species, maintain tools and equipment, operate heavy machinery, help implement prescribed fire, collect and process native seed, and open/close the preserve to the visiting public. They will have direct management responsibility for a portion of the preserve and will assist in site-wide management as needed. Participation in the Indiana fire program is an important aspect of this position, and the successful applicant will be expected to perform in a leadership role on prescribed fire. Similarly, this position will be expected to participate in management of on-site grazing programs and will either possess or develop skills related to animal handling, fence maintenance, and herd management.
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The East-West Center Research Program is seeking to hire a Fellow for a one-year position focused on drought and climate variability in the Hawai‘i/Pacific region. The Fellow will lead a knowledge exchange and technical assistance process with identified partners in the Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands region to co-produce site-specific drought statistics and data products to meet the needs of resource managers.
The Fellow will engage in cooperative research that supports activities to build adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands; improve drought resilience and responses of land managers; reduce wildfire risk; protect threatened and endangered species and important natural resources; and incorporate Native Hawaiian knowledge in management of drought in the region. The Fellow will analyze available gridded climate datasets; work with stakeholders to produce outputs to communicate study findings and project milestones; write scholarly reports; plan, organize, and participate in outreach and communication activities; develop proposals for external funding; and seek opportunities for collaboration within the East-West Center and other partner organizations.
The positions are with the Data Collection Team of the PNW Research Station’s Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit. The FIA unit is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources. Administration for this Data Collection team is located in Portland, Oregon and field crews are remotely stationed throughout Washington, Oregon and California.
These positions will support work sampling field plots located on a systematic grid across all landownerships and will be almost entirely field based. A wide variety of information is collected in the inventory including: tree measurements; forest pathogens, understory vegetation composition and structure, stand treatments and disturbances, down woody material measurements, and land ownership.
Crew members work under the direction of a local crew leader and work alongside one to three people. Crews will use maps, aerial photos, and GPS units to navigate to permanent plot locations. Measurements taken by crews include: tree/sapling/seedling data (species, diameter, height, defect, insect & disease, damage, etc.); understory vegetation (shrub, herb, grass species and percent cover, etc.); down woody material (line transects, litter depth, and fuels measurement, etc.); and site index and site attributes (site tree selection, slope, aspect, topographic position, distance to water, etc.). Crews use portable, handheld computers to collect data in the field and then process the data later using laptop computers to address any inconsistencies or errors.
The BCM will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. As part of the BCM’s ongoing professional development, they 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 and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, 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).
This position will be located within USDA Service Center in Kenedy, Texas and will provide conservation technical assistance and conservation program delivery to private landowners within their assigned districts and other priority areas as appropriate. The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs such as the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP). Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one on one meetings), contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Incumbents will provide technical biological assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Work with local chapters of Quail Forever (QF) and other local partners to increase habitat management efforts and participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings. Assist or coordinate activities and projects with other QF, NRCS, TPWD and Joint Venture staff. These positions will be employees of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by QF & NRCS.
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) is a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources. The Anchorage Forestry Sciences Lab (AFSL) is part of the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS), and is responsible for the inventory of Alaska, Hawaii, and US affiliated Pacific islands. The Alaska FIA program conducts forest inventories and forest health monitoring on forestlandsof all land ownerships. FIA installs permanent research plots that are measured on a 10-year cycle. A wide range of forestry variables are collected on each plot in addition to forest health measurements that can include vegetation, lichens, soils, fuels,and crown measurements. The inventory data are widely used by forest managers, local and state governments and federal agencies in making policy decisions. In Alaska, the inventory is divided into two units, Coastal and Interior. Although these positions could occasionally be involved in the interior or Pacific islands inventories, the primary focus will be implementation of the FIA inventory in the temperate rainforests of coastal Alaska.
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking aForest Stewardship EducationAcademic Coordinator I to develop and oversee a forest stewardship education program for private forest landowners to help them manage their forests for resilience from wildfire, insect outbreaks and other disturbances.The academic coordinator willserveas a liaison between UC ANR academics, other forest professional and the general public to provide education on forest restoration, fuels reduction projects, permitting, and grant or cost-share opportunities. The incumbent will supportthe distribution of research-based information through the development of forest stewardship curriculum and the dissemination of information via electronic and in-personformats.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. They seek an early career scientist to conduct ecological research to assess the potential consequences of disturbance in sagebrush landscapes and evaluate the success of landscape restoration actions. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a supportive and experienced team of scientists, taking the lead on one or two publications and contributing to related team publications. The postdoctoral fellow will lead projects that: 1) develop future landscape disturbance scenarios in the Great Basin to assess the resulting risk of cheatgrass invasion; 2) evaluate rates of sagebrush recovery across landscapes following removal and restoration treatments, or 3) Optimize management actions for restoration success and wildlife populations within sagebrush ecosystems. The fellow will also contribute to additional projects such as those quantifying greater sage-grouse responses to disturbances and habitat restoration efforts. The Post Doctoral Fellow will be working under the supervision of Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU), and in cooperation with US Geological Survey collaborators at the Fort Collins Science Center and the Bureau of Land Management. The fellow will be expected to communicate project findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications, reports, and presentations at professional meetings.
The Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking a group of career-focused women and other individuals to become temporary seasonal employees and/or on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. Seasonal and on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer. This experience can help open avenues to future employment and career advancement in the Fire Service. If selected for this development program, the first assignment will be to participate and complete the Women in Fire Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will provide comprehensive Wildland Fire Training and orientation. Upon successfully completing this training, each participant will be certified for wildland firefighting.
The intent of the Boot Camp is to deliver basic firefighting training and an introduction to fire culture. Individuals completing this training will be provided opportunities to apply for seasonal employment and will be positioned to apply for seasonal and Casual Hires with the Fire Service immediately following this training. The plan for this year’s Boot Camp is to spend two weekends in October at a remote duty station on the Vale District. At this duty station participants will learn basics about physical fitness, dietary needs, basic outdoor camping and field skills, along with firefighter training. Training will be held October 11-13 and October 18-20, 2019, in eastern Oregon. To receive a certificate, you must attend both weekend sessions and complete all required training.
Application Deadline: September 6, 2019
Selection/Notification: September 13, 2019
Sagebrush steppe plant communities and the fauna that are supported by the plant communities are negatively impacted by nonindigenous annual grasses. Conservation of sagebrush steppe is enhanced through management of these annual grasses to prevent fire, allow seed bank mediated restoration, and to enhance survival of native plants reseeded because of depleted seed banks. The successful applicant would conduct research that involves annual grass control, fire fuel sampling, modeling of fire behavior, plant community analysis to study response to annual grass removal, and small-scale seeding of forbs to improve habitat for sage grouse and other sagebrush fauna.
The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling, utilize herbicides for annual grass management and ability to work in natural areas. The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral. Research will take place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, located southwest of Hailey Idaho (https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/rock-creek/research).
The Restoration Ecologist develops, implements and oversees restoration projects, and insures projects achieve outcomes within appropriate budget and resources.
The Restoration Ecologist at Sierra Streams Institute has a critical role in the community. Projects will include environmental mitigation, woodland, riparian, wetland restoration, stream stabilization and native landscaping. The Restoration Ecologist will be responsible for developing restoration and management plans, managing assessments needed for permitting and creating and implementing watershed restoration projects. This also involves developing partnerships for the projects including with Federal, State, local agencies, tribes, universities, nonprofits and landowners.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
- Invasive species control
- Native planting
- Riparian stabilization
- Re-vegetation of abandoned mine lands
- Creation and implementation of forest fire reduction balanced with forest health strategies
- Development of re-vegetation plant palettes
- Development of GIS maps of project areas
- Collaboration with the local indigenous tribe to select culturally significant plants for restoration
- Implementation of ecological monitoring assessments at restoration sites
- Hiring and management of contractors for assessments
- Research and development of new techniques/protocols
- Writing of research articles in scientific journals and presentations of work at conferences
- Development of contracts and oversight of consultants and vegetation management crews.
- Analyze data from assessments to inform restoration
- Write regulatory permitting applications and regulatory documentation
- Organize and track project expenditures, budgets, and activities
- Document project milestones and complete grant reporting requirements
- Recruitment of volunteers and organization of volunteer restoration workdays
- Develop projects for grants and write sections of grant proposals
- Partner with education department in the development of citizen science projects
- Teach community members about restoration projects and watershed health.
In collaboration with the 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 as a staff assistant in Rx burn program for Eastern Washington Zone and have 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.
As a member of the Prescribed Fire Team within the Wildlife Program, the employee participates in providing statewide fire management implementation services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally this position is a member of a Prescribed (Rx) Fire Burn Team to help implement projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in Eastern Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The employee supports/contributes to 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.
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The Field Forester works closely with staff, partners, and contractors to restore forest health and stream habitat at a landscape scale in the Central Cascades while also striving to deliver social and economic benefits to the surrounding community. They may also assist, as needed, with forest management on the Conservancy’s or Partner’s forest holdings in the Willapa Bay or the Olympics Rainforest areas where the Conservancy manages approx. 35,000 acres. They work closely with a Washington forest management team to carry out the following essential functions:
Land Management & Forestry
Plan, implement and monitor forest restoration projects on Conservancy and public lands including commercial thinning and pre-commercial thinning, reforestation, fish habitat improvement, fuels reduction and prescribed fire projects, invasive species monitoring and treatment, forest road improvements, road decommissioning, and road maintenance.
- Collect field data on forest stand inventory and stream habitat conditions and may assist external scientific assessments.
- Provide technical input to management plans, harvest prescriptions, road layout and engineering.
- Implement property management activities, such as road, trail, and gate maintenance, garbage removal, and signing.
- Support third-party audits for certification according to the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.
- Support management and reporting for a federal Habitat Conservation Plan covering the Central Cascades Forest.
- Support Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data collection and management.
- Maintain the Conservancy’s equipment, vehicles, and other resources.
- Develop and foster strong community and partner relations.
- Process landowner use agreements and manage public access and recreational use as necessary.
- Support the Washington Forest Manager and forest management team.
Project Management & Administration
- Prepares, administers, and monitors contracts, and tracks spending against approved budgets.
- Provides technical oversight for land management activities.
- Writes proposals and reports progress and results of grant-funded projects.
- Obtains necessary permits for forest management, harvest operations, and road maintenance and abandonment work.
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To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.
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The Sage-steppe Conservation Specialist (Specialist) will lead and/or participate in cooperative efforts with conservation partners to advance an Adaptive Management approach to sagebrush steppe habitats with a goal of increasing conservation outcomes across public and private lands. The Specialist will work with established planning and monitoring methodologies to evaluate efficacy of sage-steppe conservation practices, which may include field-based data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development and delivery of outreach materials. The Specialist will work directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on issues and opportunities related to Rangeland management through a TNC/BLM Assistance Agreement. Working closely with BLM staff, the Specialist will establish and support a Community of Practice network to support the “Land Health” program of work as well as related policies and practices such as Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) in a manner that advances ecosystem restoration and sustainable management. The Specialist will participate in and support collaborative groups such as the SageCon partnership (Oregon’s statewide Sage-grouse conservation collaborative) and SageSHARE (a statewide working group dedicated to creating products for land managers which address complex landscape scale issues). Additional partners may include USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Oregon State University, BLM, USFWS, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and private landowners.
If you are planning to burn units at least 20 acres in size during the late growing season, your smoke could help contribute to science.
Currently, a NASA DC-8 is stationed in Salina, Kansas, for the FIREX-AQ project. "Our science goals are to understand the large diversity of fires, including those that are often underrepresented -- prescribed and cropland fires (rangelands, grasslands, etc.). We want to understand and characterize the differences in emissions between large wildland and smaller fires," explained Dr. Amber J. Soja in a recent email update about the project. Soja is an Associate Research Fellow at the National Institute of Aerospace. "FIREX-AQ goals require sampling a diverse array of fires in order to best inform the science," she said.
That may still beg the question - won't a grassland growing season burn in the Midwest be too small? Dr. Jessica McCarty, a co-investigator at Miami University, clarified the scale of interest. "We want to fly small fires (several 20-80 acre fires) to as large as 8,000 acres (lit as 500-600 blocks)." A flight on August 21 sampled eight 40 acre cropped fields in Louisiana and Arkansas, she said. If weather conditions lead to several burns occurring nearby on the same day, the mission may may be able to pick up burns in the Corn Belt region.
NASA's Joe Atkinson posted a story about that flight on the NASA Earth Expeditions blog. Atkinson's story noted that researchers on that flight spotted and sampled a fire in northern Texas that hadn't been picked up by satellites. “This goes back to the question of, are we seeing these small fires?” asked Jim Crawford, FIREX-AQ mission scientist from NASA’s Langley Research Center.
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The incumbent plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff to accomplish the work.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Manages forest landscapes, forest and woodland sale planning, forest product sales and administration, reforestation, and forest stand improvements.
- Plans and implements technical projects and performs leadership duties in support of forestry-oriented, multiple-use land management programs, including coordination with appropriate staff and other agencies to accomplish the work.
- Conduct project evaluations and develop reports on accomplishments.
The complexity and importance of wildland fire science, management, and decision-making is at an all-time high across our nation and worldwide. To meet current and future challenges of workforce development, analysis, and sound decision-making, the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has developed a process for recognizing academic programs which prepare future fire professionals. Our overarching goal is to support fire ecology and ecologically-based fire management while advancing fire science and its application.
With the many wildland fire programs across the nation, certified programs should attract more students into their programs. Graduating students from and AFE Certified program will qualify for an expedited application process to become an AFE Certified Wildland Fire Manager, Ecologist, or Professional. Recognized programs will also be listed on the AFE website, in our newsletter, and in other AFE promotional materials.
Recognized levels Programs can be Certified (good for 5 years) or Candidate (review and update within 3 to 6 years). Each program will get clear feedback from AFE about ways to strengthen their program to meet the goals of certification.
The application fee for the initial five year certification is $500, with a re-certification fee of $500 required for continued five year recognition.
The Association of Fire Ecology's Wildland Fire Professional Certification Program is designed to further ecologically-based fire science and management. The complexity and importance of fire science and management is increasing worldwide. To meet the increasing demands for effective analysis, decision-making, and workforce development in a the changing fire landscape, the Education Committee of the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has developed a Professional Certification Program for fire ecologists, managers, and technicians. The goals of the program are to formally identify fire careers as vital professions, to set standards for the preparation of future fire professionals, and to document the education, experience, and training qualifications of members of the fire ecology and management profession.
We hope that this strengthens the recognition and support for ecologically-based fire science and management. We wish to recognize and advance sound, effective ecological application of fire through two unique programs developed by the Education Committee of the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE).
- Certification of individuals as Wildland Fire Professionals, reflecting their education, training and experience, and
- Certification of university education programs through our Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification (see our website for more information about this program).
AFE offers two Initial Certifications for those starting out in their wildland fire careers, and two Certification Pathways, for Fire Managers and Fire Ecologists & Scientists.
The proposal process for new CFLRP projects and extensions for existing ten-year projects will involve two tiers of review. This process applies to new projects as well as projects that have received funding for 10 years and are applying for a one-time extension for the shortest time practicable to complete implementation.
Tier 1 (Pre-Proposal): Applicants provide a brief and high-level description of the proposed CFLRP project or project extension. The Regional Office will evaluate Tier 1 proposals using a common set of criteria and the Regional Forester will decide which projects should proceed with full Tier 2 proposal development.
Tier 2 (Full Proposal): Project extension and new project proposals selected in Tier 1 will proceed with detailed proposal development. These proposals will be reviewed for completeness by the Regional Office, and if they meet all of the CFLRP eligibility criteria, they will be submitted to the CFLRP Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Committee for evaluation.
A Postdoctoral position is available to pursue research in fire science and ecology of the Everglades in the Plant Ecology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Research will focus on modeling of fire behavior across varied wetland fuel complexes. This research is being done in cooperation with Everglades National Park, A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and other regional agency and university collaborators. This is a one year (12 mo.) fully-funded position (salary and benefits) with potential for extension based on performance and availability of funds, and a preferred start date no later than January 2020 (negotiable). The selected candidate will be responsible for applying empirical field data (and participating in its collection) to predictive fire behavior models to assess impacts of vegetation transitions and inform land management decisions, and will lead or contribute to product development (reports, publications, presentations) and be provided with opportunities for professional development through workshop/technical meeting/conference attendance and the pursuit of additional research questions when possible. The position is located on the FAU campus in Davie, Florida.
The California Fish and Game Journal is looking for submissions around their next special issue: “Effects of Fire on California’s Natural Resources.” The issue will focus on how fire or fire-related management activities may impact, positively or negatively, the state’s fish, wildlife, and plant resources.
The National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office is hiring a remote sensing specialist for a 1 year internship starting Fall 2019. The participant will assist with various fix-wing mounted structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry projects.