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Alaska Fire Portal

The Alaska Fire Portal provides information about fire science and technology relevant to Alaska. Our goal is to provide "one-stop shopping" for resource managers, decision makers, scientists, students, and communities who want access to the results of efforts to understand and manage fire and fuels on lands in Alaska. Content may also be relevant to boreal forests of western Canada.

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Much of the Alaska-related content was originally compiled through the FIREHouse project (the Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, and its two related projects: the Alaska Fire Effects Reference Database (which has been rolled into the FRAMES Resource Catalog, accessible through the "Cataloged Resources" tab below) and the Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map, hosted through the AICC ArcIMS mapping website.

Check out the JFSP Fire Exchange located in this region

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Link to the Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map website The Alaska Fire and Fuels Research Map provides online site-level information and locations for fire and fuels-related studies through a map interface. Funding was provided by the JFSP and it is hosted through AICC. AFERD graphicThe Alaska Fire Effects Reference Database (accessed through the "Cataloged Resources" tab below) provides a listing of fire research publications relevant to Alaska and a venue for sharing unpublished agency reports and works in progress. JFSP provided initial funding.

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(Please Note: The announcements listed below include all announcements posted to FRAMES and are not all necessarily specific to this category. Please stay tuned for future improvements to the filtering and display of announcements.)

Job: Eastern Regional Smoke Management Expert - Environmental Specialist 4 (posted January 17, 2018)

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill an Eastern Regional Smoke Management Expert (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Eastern Regional Smoke Management Expert position serves as the regional smoke management expert in technical and data analysis for the use of weather forecasting models. Mentors staff on the use of weather forecasting models, and the ability to use science, modeling, and the interaction with geography to make smoke management decisions on a daily basis. This positions serves as the regional expert in Agricultural and Outdoor burn permitting. This position is key to implementing the critical outdoor burn permitting and smoke management program in 12 counties in Eastern Washington.

Click here for more information.

2018 Student Research Grant Competition (posted January 17, 2018)

The Northwest Scientific Association [NWSA] annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate [BA/BS] and up to $1,500 for graduate [MA/MS or PhD] proposals to support student research in the pure and applied sciences. This opportunity may help you organize your research proposal, may add substance to your curriculum vitae [CV], and potentially could aid you in publishing your research in the peer-reviewed scientific quarterly, Northwest Science. NWSA will also waive page charges if you choose to publish your research in Northwest Science within four years of accepting this grant.

Click here for application information.

Job: Prescribed Fire Field Assistant (as needed) - Horse Cave, KY - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 12, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Business Unit is seeking an as needed Prescribed Fire Field Assistant for the upcoming spring 2018 burn season.  The position will begin February 12, 2018 and end June 29, 2018. The Prescribed Fire Field Assistant will work directly with the Fire Manager and Prescribed Fire Coordinator with all wildland fire management and associated stewardship activities. Housing is provided. Frequent travel is required. Please notice this is an as needed position meaning there are no minimum or maximum weekly hours guaranteed.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 8, 2018.

Job: Grassland Conservation Fellowship - Cross Ranch ND - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 12, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The ideal candidate will be a college graduate with some experience in conservation (restoration, land management, etc) and is looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional in the field of conservation by gaining hands-on experience. The Fellow will be provided with opportunities to network with other agencies, attend professional conferences, and work independently. While participating in various aspects of conservation land management from planning and budgeting to maintenance and ecological monitoring, the Fellow will practice skills such as: decision-making, problem solving, project management; public speaking; and leadership.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, and some travel on short notice. The Fellow maintains preserve areas, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, and operates heavy machinery. Housing is shared with employees, volunteers, and partners will be provided at the Cross Ranch Prairie Preserve Office near Center, North Dakota.  The Fellow is required to live on the preserve. Transportation from the Cross Ranch office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.  This is a 18-month position starting April 16th, 2018 and ending October 31, 2019.  This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours vary from 35-50+ hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 11, 2018.

CAL FIRE: Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Fire Prevention Grants (posted January 11, 2018)

Sacramento – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is pleased to
announce information regarding the 2017-2018 California Climate Investments (CCI) grant funds. CAL
FIRE is administering CCI grant funds to partners through grant awards that will help the State reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

Up to $200 million is available through CAL FIRE’s Forest Health grants (including conservation
easements through the California Forest Legacy Program) and Fire Prevention grants. Up to $20 million in
grant funds is available through CAL FIRE’s Urban and Community Forestry program. Additionally,
CAL FIRE will continue to partner with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) by making $5 million
available to the CCC’s for Forest Health and Fire Prevention activities.

For more information, click HERE.

Data Request- Help calibrate RdNBR for the Southwest (posted January 11, 2018)

The Geospatial Technology and Applications Center, Forest Service, would like to create regionally-specific models predicting CBI as well as canopy cover and basal area change with fire using RdNBR, a variable created from remotely-sensed data. The current models being used were created in California, but are applied across the country. These models are used in the Remote Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire (RAVG) process to help land managers define areas where rehabilitation and restoration should be prioritized after fires.

A large amount of field plot data is required to create and test models such as these. They would like to leverage existing data if possible to test models, lowering the overall number of new field plots which need to be collected. They are looking for CBI data (fire severity data) in combination with, or, pre- and post-fire canopy cover and basal area data. They would be focused on immediately pre-fire canopy cover and basal area along with 1-year post fire canopy cover and basal area, however, timeframes close to this could be considered. If you have data like this and are willing to share it for this effort, please contact Ali Reiner (alreiner@fs.fed.us) or Brad Quayle (bquayle@usda.gov) before the end of January.

Job: Prescribed Fire Technician - Madison, WI - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 11, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Prescribed Fire Technicians will participate in implementing prescribed fires, preparing fire lines, mitigating fuel loading, maintaining equipment, pre-burn and post-burn monitoring and other tasks. As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, he/she 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).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 5, 2018.

Host sites needed for summer internship program (posted January 10, 2018)

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona is seeking air quality focused offices and programs to host a college student for an 8 - week summer internship. Tribal environmental offices, EPA offices, and other tribal environmental organizations are encouraged to apply.

The interns will be highly motivated undergraduate or graduate students majoring in environmental or related careers from different colleges and universities nationwide. ITEP provides e ach student intern with a $4,000 stipend, and limited housing and travel allowances. The host site provides a work place and supervision for the intern.

The projects MUST focus on addressing air quality issues in tribal communities.

Click here for more information.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Agassiz Beach Ridges - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 10, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader.  The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary.  This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends.  Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice.  If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite.  Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.   This is a full-time (40 hr/week) seasonal position with a start date of March 26, 2018 and end date of November 2, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Burn Crew/Land Management Tech - Agassiz Beach Ridges - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 10, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Burn Crew/Land Management Tech (BCLMT) will work in the Agassiz Beach Ridges Landscape in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion (western Minnesota) as part of a crew managing prairie tracts and restorations as well as being responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves in this landscape.  The Technician must use safety equipment and must maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times.  Technician duties will include vegetation management (herbicide applications, brush removal, tree removal, mowing, biological control, etc.), equipment maintenance and organization, hand collecting native prairie seed, firebreak installation, boundary posting, fencing and assist with controlled burns.  This position requires irregular hours and long days.  Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Stewardship Field Assistant - Maryland - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 9, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Stewardship Field Assistant is the member of the Maryland/DC Chapter’s Land Management Team primarily responsible for land, facilities and equipment management on properties throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore. S/he participates in maintenance, management and monitoring at Nature Conservancy preserves and partner sites in Maryland’s coastal plain, including 14 preserves, 8 easements, and restoration and study sites on partner land. S/he assists with land management activities including trail repair & building, tree planting, tree removal, seed collection, mowing, prescribed burning, building and boundary maintenance, and invasive species control (including pesticide application). As part of the Maryland/D.C. Chapter’s Science Team, The Field Assistant also assists with field data collection and data management for research, forest inventory, hydrological monitoring and biological monitoring projects.  Public relations work, including participation in the Nassawango Preserve Volunteer Stewardship Committee, leading preserve tours, and interacting with neighbors, hunters and easement landowners is also expected.  This permanent, full-time position occasionally requires irregular hours and includes extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions. The Stewardship Field Assistant is supervised by the Conservation Steward and does not supervise other permanent staff, but may supervise volunteers, seasonal field crews and interns. This position has office space available in the Conservancy’s Snow Hill office or the employee may work from a home office. The position requires occasional travel to the chapter’s main Bethesda office or other locations in Maryland or the region for all-staff events, and help will occasionally be requested at other preserves in Maryland.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 6, 2018.

Job: Rocky Mountain Front Stewardship Assistant - Choteau, MT - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 9, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Stewardship Assistant will conduct various stewardship and ecological monitoring activities on The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte, Crown Butte and Blackleaf Preserves and may travel to other Montana preserves and/or properties to conduct similar duties.  Primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to: prescribed fire operations; treating noxious weeds and monitoring control efforts; maintaining preserve equipment and facilities; assisting with the collection of ecological monitoring data, data entry, data management and providing information to preserve visitors.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 2, 2018.

Job: Burn Crew Member - Sheyenne Delta (ND/MN) - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 9, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member will work throughout the Sheyenne Delta Landscape and also as needed in western/central Minnesota, central ND and central SD.  This position may spend time away from their home base.  Housing away from the home base will be will be provided by the Conservancy at a bunk/crew house or camp ground facility.  Crew members will participate in prescribed fire activities, and other stewardship activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  •     Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  •     Assist with maintaining TNC preserves and public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) and other protected lands. 
  •     Assist in fence maintenance, removal, and construction for conservation grazing.
  •     Posting and signing of properties.
  •     Brush/tree removal with chemical stump treatment.
  •     Maintain tools and equipment.
  •     Other preserve management activities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Lake States Fire Science Consortium Intern Project 2018 Funding Opportunity Notice (re-posted January 8, 2018)

2018 Request for Proposals

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa. Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.     

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards. It is expected that 100% of the funds should go to support the undergraduate internship experience (preferably for salary though a limited amount of funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to complete the project - funds should not be used as a supplement or summer salary for graduate students). All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Central on Monday, January 29, 2018 by email to Jack McGowan-Stinski. There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

Click here for more information.

Job: Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader, Iowa - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 5, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

S/he will assist with preparation of tools, equipment and road gear prior to crew arrival and participate in intern crew orientation and safety training during the week of May 29th. Under the direction of the Eastern and Western Iowa Land Stewards, the Crew Leader is responsible for overseeing all intern crew operations, adherence to safety training and guidelines, working with the crew during field activities, and may need to stay onsite to supervise the crew during off hours if needed. This position requires daily outdoor physical labor for extended periods of time in adverse conditions. The crew and crew leader will be responsible for performing stewardship tasks such as: using a chainsaw and other power equipment, building and repairing fence; removing exotic species; monitoring conservation activities, including data collection, input and reporting; assisting with prescribed burns; and maintaining tools and equipment.  The intern crew travels throughout the state from May 29th – August 10th.  The crew stays at bunk houses where available but may also camp at State Parks. After the intern program concludes, the Stewardship Assistant & Crew Leader will assist with tree/brush and invasives removal, prescribed burns, bison roundup and other stewardship activities at the Lower Cedar Project Office and/or Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve as needed.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 9, 2018.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Sheyenne Delta, ND - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 5, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

As part of the prescribed burn crew, the Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) will be responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various nature preserves under the direction of a Prescribed Burn Leader.  The PMA must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary.  This position requires irregular hours, travel on short notice and the ability to work weekends.  Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice.  If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite.  Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy. 

This is a seasonal position with a start date of April 16, 2018 and end date of November 9, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Fire Mangement Specialist - Bozeman, MT (posted January 4, 2018)

Primary Duties:

  • Assists in the planning, implementing and coordinating all aspects of the prescribed fire and fuels management program. This includes interdisciplinary team participation, technical report writing, program direction and budgeting.
  • Collaborates with local cooperators and builds partnerships in support of the fire and fuels program.
  • Plans and conducts field surveys to verify and evaluate fuel profiles to determine need for treatment.
  • Creates, updates and uses database(s) to model and analyze fire behavior and effects.
  • Plans, implements and administers technical aspects of the prescribed fire / fuels plan. Adheres to specific standards and operates in accordance with regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  • Provide input and/or prepare BDBD plans and implement work.
  • Supports wildland fire suppression activities and may serve as unit duty officer as qualified.
  • This is an arduous wildland fire position.

Click here for more information.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Prairie Forest Border - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 2, 2018)

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Stewardship/Burn Crew Technician (SBCT) will assist with various prairie stewardship activities including:  prescribed fire, tree/brush removal, noxious weed control, fencing, firebreak installation and other duties as assigned.  SBCT will serve on a crew of 6 to 8 people.  The crew travels throughout the Prairie Coteau (north east SD/southwest MN) landscape.   This crew is responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at various preserves in the landscape.  Under the direction of a Burn Boss, the SBCT will assist with controlled burns. These are short-term, full-time (40 hours/week) seasonal positions from April 2 – June 1, 2018. Housing is provided.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2017.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Prairie Forest Border - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 2, 2018)

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

The Preserve Management Assistant (PMA) participates in preserve management activities which may include some or all of the following functions: 

  •     The PFBE PMA will work across central and southeast Minnesota.
  •     Assist with leading volunteers, seasonal staff, and interns
  •     Assist in directing and interacting with Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns, Conservation Corps Minnesota (CCM) crews, and private contractors on various projects.
  •     Assist with maintaining public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as TNC preserves and other protected lands. 
  •     Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  •     Remove and chemically treat herbaceous and woody exotic species.
  •     Maintain tools and equipment.
  •     Monitor and record data entries for various logs, photo points, and vegetation research monitoring.
  •     Post and sign properties.
  •     Seed harvest.
  •     Other preserve management activities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2017.

Job: Rangeland Technician - Cross Ranch, ND - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 2, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Primary responsibilities will include but may not be limited to: prescribed burning, fence and corral construction, noxious weed control and monitoring control efforts, assisting with the collection of ecological monitoring data, assisting with firebreak preparation, and maintenance of preserve facilities and equipment.  This position will also participate in the spring and fall prescribed burning season and must meet the requirements for prescribed burning.  The Seasonal Preserve Assistant supervises no staff.  This position requires irregular hours and travel on short notice.  Employees are required to live in TNC provided housing due to the remote setting of this work location and the need to report to duty on short notice.  If an employee already lives in the area or is able to obtain housing within a close proximity to this work location, and the employee is able to report for duty within 30 minutes, then the employee may live offsite.  Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.   This is a seasonal position with a start date of April 17, 2017 and end date of September 15, 2017. (It may be possible to delay start date until May 22 but April 17 is preferred).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1, 2017.

Job: Burn Crew Member - Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion - The Nature Conservancy (posted January 2, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member will work throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeastern Minnesota.  This position may spend 70% of the time away from their home base.  Housing away from the home base will be will be provided by the Conservancy at a bunk house or camp ground facility.  Crew members will participate in prescribed fire activities, and other stewardship activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  •     Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  •     Assist with maintaining TNC preserves and public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) and other protected lands. 
  •     Assist in fence maintenance, removal, and construction for conservation grazing.
  •     Posting and signing of properties.
  •     Brush/tree removal with chemical stump treatment.
  •     Remove and chemically treat exotic species.
  •     Maintain tools and equipment.
  •     Collect and clean native seeds.
  •     Monitor and record data entries for photo and vegetation research monitoring.
  •     Other preserve management activities.

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2017.

Job: Forest Demography and Fire Effects (posted January 1, 2018)

These positions will involve examining forest research plots for mortality and recruitment, mapping down woody debris, and undertaking ancillary tasks such as seedling surveys, dendrometer measurements, and soil work. Work will begin in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot (Yosemite National Park) and continue to the Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot (Gifford Pinchot National Forest), and end in the Utah Forest Dynamics Plot (Cedar Breaks National Monument). At Yosemite and Wind River, the crew will work with and train volunteers (students and citizen-scientists). We seek two field crew members and one field crew lead to join our team of scientists.

Click here for more information.

Job: Habitat Tech - Prairie Coteau, SD - The Nature Conservancy (posted December 28, 2017)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Habitat Technician will travel throughout the Prairie Coteau in north east South Dakota and south west Minnesota participating in land management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:

  •     Assist with maintaining TNC land as well as public lands including state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) and federally-owned Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's), as well as other protected lands. 
  •     Prescribed burn preparation, implementation with TNC, MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff.
  •     Seed harvest.
  •     Coordination of short-term seasonal staff and communication of assignments between supervisors and seasonal staff.
  •     Accurate dissemination of information, record keeping, and daily communication.
  •     Assist with fireline construction, preparation for and implementation of prescribed burns and mop-up activities.
  •     Use safety equipment and maintain safety conscious attitude at all times.
  •     Maintain and install barbed wire and electric fencing for grazing programs
  •     Control of exotic species by biocontrol measures or through herbicide application (e.g. Tordon 22K, Krenite S, Roundup, Plateau, 2,4-D) with back-pack and ATV type sprayers, mowing, hand cutting with machetes, chainsaws, brush cutters, and other tools.
  •     Maintain accurate records and maps of herbicide use, biocontrol releases, mowed areas, and species managed.
  •     Assist on prairie reconstruction projects including seed collecting, post seeding mowing management and spot treatment of noxious weed patches.
  •     Mow firebreaks and clear trees where necessary for prescribed burn management.  Repair and organize burn equipment.
  •     Install and maintain preserve boundary signs.
  •     Identify observed management needs in and communicate information to supervisor verbally or in writing.
  •     Maintain daily journal and work log, summarizing daily work completed.
  •     Discuss calendar of proposed activities with supervisor daily.
  •     Other preserve management activities as assigned.These are seasonal positions.  These three positions will have a start date of April 16, 2018 and end date of September 28, 2018. (a similar longer term position is also available).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands (summer) - TNC (posted December 28, 2017)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary.  This position requires irregular hours and travel on short notice.  Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.

These are seasonal positions.  These three positions will have a start date of April 16, 2018 and end date of September 28, 2018. (a similar longer term position is also available).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Preserve Management Assistant - Tallgrass Aspen Parklands - The Nature Conservancy (posted December 28, 2017)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Preserve Management Assistant must use safety equipment and maintain a safety-conscious attitude at all times. Tasks include assisting with preserve management activities such as prescribed burning, applying herbicides, clearing and mowing firebreaks, boundary posting, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, constructing parking areas, maintaining vehicles and equipment, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, leading volunteers, and other land management tasks as necessary.  This position requires irregular hours and travel on short notice.  Housing facilities will be provided for the full term of employment. Transportation from The Nature Conservancy office to the various preserves will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.   These are seasonal positions.  One (1) position will have a start date of April 2, 2018 and end date of November 2, 2018.  (Note there is another similar job with a shorter employment period also available at this location).

HOW TO APPLY

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 28, 2018.

Job: Fire and Restoration Crew Member - Maine - The Nature Conservancy (posted December 26, 2017)

The Fire and Restoration Crew Members are temporary, as needed positions. Hours will fluctuate depending on fire conditions and there will be some weeks where no work is available

The Fire and Restoration Crew members will participate on prescribed fire crews on both Conservancy’s and partner properties in Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Field duties may include conducting fireline preparations, fuel reduction, equipment mobilizing, maintenance and repair, supporting prescribed burn operations, and post burn monitoring. Crew members should expect to work with hand tools, pumps, chainsaws, ATV/UTV’s, type six, type seven wildland engines, GPS devices and digital cameras.  The crew may be required to work on some weekends.  Crew members must be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks and remain flexible with short-notice scheduling adjustments.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 19, 2018.

Job: Southern Maine Land Steward-Burn Crew Leader - The Nature Conservancy (posted December 26, 2017)

The Southern Maine Land Steward/Burn Crew Leader helps with all aspects of the Maine Chapter's southern Maine stewardship program and assists with work at Southern Maine preserves. Field work includes prescribed-fire preparation and implementation, trail construction and maintenance, equipment operation (chain saw, brush saw, UTV, ATV, tractor) and maintenance, boundary maintenance, biological monitoring, leading nature walks, interacting with preserve visitors and enforcing preserve policies. The Land Steward may be required to work occasional weekends and will be required to work outdoors in demanding conditions including poor weather. 

26-week, temporary position that begins in April 2018 and ends in October 2018 (flexible).  The position is based in the Conservancy’s Wells, Maine office with some travel to New Hampshire.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 19, 2018.

Job: Stewardship Field Assistant - Maine - The Nature Conservancy (posted December 26, 2017)

The Stewardship Field Assistant assists with a variety of stewardship and management duties on Conservancy preserves within Maine. Duties include monitoring land, invasives species control, research, updating plans, maintaining equipment, enforcing preserve policies and monitoring visitor use, performing trail, boundary, and sign maintenance, and maintaining cooperative relationships with preserve neighbors, agency partners, the general public, and partner organizations.

This is a full-time, 26 week, temporary position that runs from April 16, 2018 to October 12, 2018. The Assistant may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This position requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, long hours in isolated settings, and presents frequent possibility of injury.

For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 12, 2018.

2018 Western WUI Grant Opportunity (posted December 20, 2017)

In the West, funds to mitigate risk from wildland fire within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are available and awarded through a competitive process with emphasis on hazard fuel reduction in the WUI, information and education, assessment and planning, and monitoring through community and landowner action. Funding is delivered through and managed by state/island forestry organizations. This portion of the National Fire Plan was developed to assist interface communities manage the unique hazards they find around them. In addition to the National Fire Plan, the National Wildland Fire Management Strategy brings forward the goals of Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Response to Wildland Fires; the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition strategies of Conserve, Protect, and Enhance are incorporated into individual states Forest Action Plans. Reducing wildfire risk in the west will be strongly influenced by the ability to collaborate across ownership boundaries and implement projects on a landscape scale.

Grant Criteria: General

  • The Project must be for a qualifying activity – if it is not the application will be considered ineligible.
  •  Meets the 50/50 match requirement2 – if not the application will be considered ineligible.
  • Each grant request is limited to a maximum of $300,000. Applications over $300,000 will be considered ineligible.
  • No state/island will receive more than 15% of the funds available in the west.
  • Not less than 70% of the funding available will be allocated to hazardous fuel reduction projects.
  • The application must be submitted by the state/island forestry organization. The state/island organization will be listed in Box 1 (Applicant Information) on the online application.
  • The grant request must be submitted on a current 2018 WUI Competitive Grant Application template using the WUI Competitive Grant Online Submission System.

Visit the California Fire Safe Council page for more information.

Job: Forest Technician - Moscow, ID (posted December 20, 2017)

Northwest Management, Inc., a full service natural resource consulting firm located in Moscow, Idaho is seeking resumes from motivated individuals with forestry backgrounds.

Position: Forest Technician

Status: Seasonal Position 3 to 10 month appointments available.

Time Frame: April through November 2018 (time frame is flexible)

Location: Forest Technician will be based out of our main office in Moscow, ID or one of our regional offices located in northeast Washington and northwest Montana. Travel and time out of town is required to fulfill the requirements of this position.

Duties: Forest Technician will work under the direct supervision of a professional

Forester. Primary duties may include:

1. Timber inventory

2. Timber marking

3. Timber sale layout

4. Management Plan development

5. Prescribed burning

6. Road inventory using GPS

7. Wildland firefighting

Qualifications: Experienced forest technician (with Two Year Degree in Forestry or closely related field) or forestry students with good written and oral communication skills. Forest Technicians are required to work independently with minimal supervision. Experience in timber cruising, wildland fire, prescribed burning, knowledge of GPS, and timber sales preparation is helpful but not required.

Closing Date: March 16, 2018

web page www.consulting-foresters.com Click “Careers Opportunities” to download an application and send with resume to: SheilAnne Smith, Office Manager Northwest Management, Inc., PO Box 9748, Moscow, Idaho 83843 e-mail questions to: Tierra Moser at moser@nmi2.com

Job: Resource Monitoring and Assessment Forest Inventory and Analysis Data Collection (posted December 14. 2017)

The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forests and other related renewable resources.

Internships with the FIA program are primarily field based, with the field season running between the months of April and October. Field crews composed of 2-3 individuals collect ecological data that include: forest type; stand size and stand age; land-use and ownership; natural and anthropogenic treatments and disturbances; tree attributes; vegetation structure and composition; insects and disease; fuel loading; and various geographical attributes. FIA crews visit remote research sites on foot, often hiking off-trail for considerable distances (>5 miles) in rugged terrain while exposed to adverse environmental conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, sleet, dust, poisonous plants/insects, etc.). Research sites are dispersed over a large geographic area which requires extensive travel (50-80% of the time), camping, and multiday backpacking trips. In addition to data collection, crews are responsible for processing and editing field data as well as writing summaries of field visits.

Click here for more information.

Job: Fall Undergraduate Internship in Forest Ecology - New York (posted December 7, 2017)

The TEST Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking for student to join us this fall for a Department of Energy Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI). Specifically we are looking for a student interested in establishing long-term forestry inventory plots on site at BNL. These plots will include forests across disturbance gradients associated with fire and insect activity. We will use these plots to establish a baseline for tracking forest dynamics, and to validate our satellite, airborne, and drone based remote sensing approaches.

Click here for more information.

LANDFIRE Data Contribution Request (posted November 20, 2017)

LANDFIRE is looking for data to help update and improve their existing vegetation and wildland fuel data products. Why should you care? LANDFIRE fuels data currently contribute 80% weight in the Northeastern Area’s Wildfire Risk Assessment, which is an input to their State Fire Assistance (SFA) formula! Learn more here.


The primary focus for this data call is to collect polygon disturbance and treatment activities from 2017. The data submission deadline for the current data call is March 31, 2018. Data submitted before March 31 will be evaluated for inclusion in the next LANDFIRE data cycle. Submissions after March 31 will be considered in subsequent efforts.

Please see this data call letter for additional information https://www.landfire.gov/participate_refdata.php.

Questions? Email: brenda.lundberg.ctr@usgs.gov or Megan.Sebasky@wisconsin.gov

Master’s Level Graduate Assistantship – Humboldt State (posted November 15, 2017)

MASTER’S LEVEL GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP FOR STUDY ON FOREST MANAGEMENT, FIRE, AND TREE GROWTH, AND DROUGHT

The objectives of the research are to provide a framework for understanding how forest management influences forest resistance and resilience to drought across diverse forest ecosystems in the Klamath region. Using a combination of existing information and new field data we will assess: 1) How tree growth rate varies across a steep climatic gradient in the Klamath region; 2) the variation in growth responses to several major drought episodes in this region; and 3) how forest management, specifically prescribed fire and forest thinning, influences these growth patterns as an indicator of both forest resiliency and changes in carbon storage. The selected student will help to determine how differences in stand conditions and management history confer (or don’t confer) increased resistance and resilience to drought-induced moisture stress in terms of tree growth and carbon accumulation.

We seek applications from highly-motivated individuals interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Master of Science Natural Resources Program with a degree in Forest, Watershed, and Wildland Sciences (http://humboldt.edu/fwr/program/graduate_degrees) with Dr. Rosemary Sherriff (http://humboldt.edu/fwr/faculty) and collaborators. We have a strong interdisciplinary team involved in the project that includes faculty and graduate students from Humboldt State University, and U.S.G.S. and National Park Service partners. There is potential to begin fieldwork in the summer of 2018 before entering the graduate program in August 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

Strong candidates for admission to the Forest, Watershed and Wildland Sciences graduate program at Humboldt State University will have a minimum of:

  • Grade point average of 3.2 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work
  • GRE scores in the top 40th%
  • Demonstrated research interest and experience in forest ecology, disturbance ecology, dendrochronology, or related field

HOW TO APPLY TO BEGIN THE GRADUATE PROGRAM FOR FALL 2018

To apply, please first send inquiry with the following (as a PDF or Word Document): 1) a resume/CV (including GPA); 2) a letter of interest (clearly stated research interests and background); and 3) the names and contact information of references to: sherriff@humboldt.edu.

Second, a formal application need to be submitted through CSUMentor (http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/) by February 1, 2018. More information about applying for graduate programs at HSU is available at http://www2.humboldt.edu/gradprograms/future-students. Women and applicants from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants who do not have a previous degree in forestry are eligible for admission to the Forest, Watershed and Wildland Sciences graduate program. However, students who are admitted may be required to take prerequisite undergraduate forestry courses (e.g. forest ecology, fire ecology).

12th Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium Call for Papers (posted October 4, 2017)

The Twelfth Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, will be held 15-18 May 2018 at the Boise Centre, downtown Boise, Idaho. (https://boisecentre.com/) It will be concurrent with the 33rd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, and the 4th Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences.

The theme of the symposium will be research, new techniques and technologies and/or changes in the areas of but not limited to: (1) utilization of weather and climate information in relation to wildland fire; (2) operational forecasting (short- to long-term) of fire weather; (3) model studies and development, including theoretical models, coupled fire-atmosphere models and mesoscale models; (4) use and assessment of meteorological information in fire management planning; (5) decision support tool development; (6) smoke modeling, management and mitigation; (7) improvements to fire danger and fire behavior systems that utilize meteorology; and (8) field studies of fire-atmosphere interactions.

For more information, click HERE.

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