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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.


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Resources" tab below) provides a listing of fire research publications relevant to Alaska and a venue for sharing unpublished agency reports and works in progress.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.

If you would like to search the entire Resource Catalog (not just the records within this category), please go to the Search page.

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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: Preserve Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Kentucky (posted May 18, 2018)


The Preserve Steward maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities.   The Preserve Steward is responsible for removing exotic species, conducts species/vegetation monitoring, maintains tools and equipment, and assist with completing land inspections throughout Kentucky.   The individual may assist in prescribed fire burns.  The Preserve Steward will maintain preserve records using a database, PC or mobile device.  Frequent overnight travel required. Housing is not provided.


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 June 14, 2018.

CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Grants (posted May 17, 2018)

In effort to reduce the risk and damage from wildfires, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) today announced the availability of local fire prevention grant funding. The program is part of CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments (CCI) which will increase carbon storage and sequestration in forestlands through a variety of objectives including wildfire prevention.  The 2017-2018 California budget allocates up to $195 million for the Fire Prevention and Forest Health Programs.

Applications are being accepted through June 6, 2018.

For more information, click HERE.

Job: Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Ainsworth, NE (posted May 16, 2018)

Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs.  Activities will include providing technical assistance to landowners regarding rangeland and wildlife management, habitat planning, contract coordination, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting.  Conduct and coordinate training sessions that include workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals.  Provide technical assistance related to prescribed fire to private landowners and public organizations.  Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever on to help coordinate and influence habitat and rangeland management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings.  Implement conservation programs to improve rangeland management, grassland restoration, and wildlife habitat management on private lands.  Assist or coordinate activities and projects as assigned by supervisor.

Click here for more information.

Job: Forestry Field Technician - Northern Arizona University (posted May 12, 2018)

Overview: In 2016 and 2017, Northern Arizona University and the Forest Service worked together to implement ‘rapid plot’ sampling on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. This novel monitoring approach is designed to maximize recurrent sampling efficiency of biophysical variables, with a focus on forest and woodland structure and fuels, which can then be used to track changes in forests, watersheds, and wildlife habitat through time. During these two summers, a field crew of three averaged about 25 forest plots per week. Over the course of this summer, we will continue rapid plot sampling on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

Qualifications: We will be hiring three technicians, including one who will act as crew leader and inspector. The technicians should have field experience, preferably with silvicultural and vegetation measurement techniques. The crew leader must have forestry field experience, preferably crew supervisor experience, and must have excellent organization and communication skills. The crew will camp while out in the field and will be expected to navigate dirt roads and work through inclement weather at times. They will enter data on mobile devices and the crew leader will be expected to deliver the data at the end of each week.

Click here for more information.

Job: Biological Science Technician - Washington State (posted May 12, 2018)

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices (FWCOs) and Fish Technology Centers (FTCs) restore and maintain fish and other aquatic resources for the benefit of the American people, helping ensure that these resources remain among the richest and most diverse in the world. Working across geographic and political borders, biologists craft partnerships and solutions to conserve, restore, and enhance our natural resources. As a Biological Science Technician you will be responsible for supporting biological programs to conserve fish, wildlife, and/or plants and their habitats; conservation of at-risk species; and mitigation, restoration, and recovery of listed species.

Click here for more information.

Job: Field Ecologist II - Botany - Alabama (posted May 12, 2018)

Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

Job: Eastern Regional Agricultural and Outdoor Burn Team - Spokane, WA (posted May 9, 2018)

The Air Quality Program's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life for current and future citizens.

The Air Quality Program and its partners use the data collected within the Washington ambient air monitoring network to:

  • Determine if air quality is meeting federal standards.
  • Provide near-real-time air quality information for the protection of public health.
  • Forecast air quality.
  • Make daily burn decisions and curtailment calls.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control programs.
  • Evaluate the effects of air pollution on public health.
  • Determine air quality trends.
  • Identify and develop responsible and cost-effective pollution control strategies.

Some of the key work activities at the Environmental Specialist 3 level include:

  • Reviews and issues burn permits.
  • Makes daily smoke management decisions, Investigates complaints, conducts field inspections.
  • Works closely with a variety of people and other government agencies.

Click here for more information.

Job: Sagebrush Ecology Technician - Oregon (posted May 9, 2018)

The Sagebrush Ecology Technician will primarily collect data in support of field research, monitoring, and assessment projects (30%) and support preparation and implementation of projects via field and lab work (50%). Other duties will include data entry (10%) and other conservation/science tasks as directed (10%). Specific projects include, but are not limited to: collecting data on efficacy of novel sagebrush-steppe restoration technologies, collecting field data to assess accuracy of remotely-sensed ecological status, and pilot testing of sage-grouse habitat quality tools. The Sagebrush Ecology Technician will also support The Nature Conservancy's Precision Restoration project by producing enhanced seed materials, designed to increase successful restoration of native perennial vegetation in annual grass-prone rangelands.

Click here for more information.

Job: Soil Ecology Research Intern - Illinois (posted May 2, 2018)

The Morton Arboretum is recruiting a fixed-term, full-time Soil Ecology Research Intern to aid in assessing the effects of prescribed burning and overstory thinning on soils in oak ecosystems throughout the Chicago Wilderness (N Indiana, NE Illinois, and SE Wisconsin). This position is funded under a Center for Tree Science grant, and the position has an expected duration of 4 months.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide support to a scientist for the implementation of research and related projects.
  • Assist with data and sample collection, sample processing, data analysis, and record keeping on research and related projects.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment, and perform routine lab maintenance by keeping laboratory and field equipment in good working order.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Click here for more information.

Job: BLM Vegetation Monitoring Internship - New Mexico (posted May 2, 2018)

Interns will work in a crew of 3 people (one crew lead and two technicians) to monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas. Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species; line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data; soil stability will be measured; and soil pit descriptions will be required. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into the Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA) on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. Subsequent, professional reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre and post treatment analysis. Crew may be camping 1-6 nights/week, depending on location. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range and forestry.

Click here for the full position description.

Job: Sierra Nevada Project Manager - The Nature Conservancy - San Francisco (posted April 26, 2018)


The Project Manager will help implement several ongoing collaborative forest and watershed restoration projects, including the American River Headwaters/French Meadows Project and the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative, and may also work to promote use of prescribed fire as a management tool and to develop wood products infrastructure to support forest restoration.  Key functions will include analyzing and synthesizing policy, practice and research to help advance the Conservancy’s goals, writing reports, analyses and grant applications, establishing and developing relationships with government agencies, NGOs, academic researchers, and the private sector, representing the Conservancy in meetings and partnerships, managing grants and contracts, and serving as part of an interdisciplinary team. 


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 May 27, 2018.

Job: Summer Forestry Technician - Purdue University (posted April 26, 2018)

The Michael Saunders Lab group is seeking 2-3 summer field technicians to support research on the effects of prescribed fire on timber quality. Research sites are located in Wayne National Forest (Ohio) and Daniel Boone National Forest (Kentucky). Successful applicants will assist in forest inventories, assessment of fire damage, and other data collection and entry tasks as necessary. This is a great opportunity for current students or recent graduates to gain experience working on a large-scale, regional research project.

Field-work will be conducted from early June to mid-August 2018 Compensation is $10/hour, and housing is provided at no cost throughout the duration of the field season.

Successful applicants will have coursework and/or experience in forestry, fisheries and wildlife, or a similar field. Tree identification skills (or a dendrology course) are preferred.

Click here for more information.

Job: Forest Science Project Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Bethesda, MD (posted April 24, 2018)


  • Contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring, and adaptive management of demonstration projects on Conservancy preserves in western MD, including prescribed fire, reforestation, and ecological forestry. This may involve leading project teams, overseeing contractors and vendors, supervising seasonal staff or volunteers, and ensuring that preserve management meets Forest Stewardship Council certification standards.  
  • Contribute to the Conservancy’s engagement on public land management in western Maryland by providing 1) technical expertise in forest, wildlife, and landscape management and 2) practical and creative problem solving to address management challenges.
  • Recommend priority science needs (planning, analysis, evaluation) to further the strategic goals of the MD/DC Chapter’s Resilient Forests Program. Contribute to or lead projects to meet these needs in close collaboration with Conservancy science and conservation staff (within and beyond Maryland/DC) and partners (including government agencies and academic institutions).
  • Build collaborative relationships with outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Respond to requests from team members to review and evaluate technical aspects of policy proposals or strategic options.  
  • Financial responsibilities to include managing a project budget and assisting with annual program budget development.
  • Draft request for proposals, select contractors, negotiate contracts, and oversee contract implementation.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Work effectively as part of a geographically dispersed but interdependent and interdisciplinary team.
  • Make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding situations.


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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Job: Technical Analyst, Fire Ecology - Logan, UT (posted April 19, 2018)

The person hired for this position will serve as the principal fire analyst for the Utah Forest Institute reporting to the Director, Utah Forest Institute. Responsibilities will include:

  • Generating Landsat-derived fire severity maps for fires >40 in the state of Utah.
  • Hiring, training and managing part-time technicians to assist with this work.
  • Managing ancillary data in MySQL databases running on the commercial cloud.
  • Preparing summary statistics and analyses from remote sensing and numeric data.
  • Updating and maintaining the project website.
  • Communicating with forest and fire managers from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and other land managers, as well as technical staff from the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity program.
  • Designing and implementing field sampling (first field season 2019) to calibrate satellite-derived metrics with actual on-the-ground conditions in all Utah forest types.

For more information click here.

Partner Publication: Modeling and Mapping the Probability of High-Severity Fire in the Western US (posted April 19, 2018)

Scientists from the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the University of Montana conducted a study in which observed data were used to produce statistical models describing the probability of high-severity fire as a function of fuel, topography, climate, and fire weather. Observed data from over 2000 fires were used to build individual models for each of 19 ecoregions in the contiguous US. In turn, these statistical models were used to generate "wall-to-wall" maps depicting the probability of high-severity fire, if a fire were to occur.

FRAMES is proud to host the distribution of these gridded maps:

For more information about these products or to read the paper, see:

Parks SA, Holsinger LM, Panunto MH, Jolly WM, Dobrowski SZ, and Dillon GK. 2018. High-severity fire: evaluating its key drivers and mapping its probability across western US forests. Environmental Research Letters. 13: 044037.

Or go to the FRAMES Resource Catalog record.

Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award (posted April 17, 2018)

Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) invites current master and doctoral students in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences to apply for a Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) award. The purpose of a GRIN award is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research to achieve beneficial outcomes of funded work.

These awards are intended to enable graduate students to conduct research that will supplement and enhance the quality, scope, or applicability of their thesis or dissertation to develop information and products useful to managers and decision-makers. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to fire, fuels, or resource management and include means to directly communicate with managers, when applicable, regarding project outcomes.

Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to search the JFSP website ( to learn more about the scope of JFSP activities. In addition, proposals must directly address management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following topic areas:
  • Fuels management and fire behavior
  • Emissions and air quality
  • Fire effects and post-fire recovery
  • Relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire
  • Human dimensions of fire

Application Deadline: May 30th, 2018

Evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science Exchange Network (posted April 2, 2018)

Dear Fire Science Personnel and Community Members,

You are invited to participate in the continuing evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science Exchange Network.

This web-based survey focuses on the communication and application of fire science research results and resources. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Exchange in your region.

Your responses to the questions will be used to help the JFSP Fire Science Exchange Network address your fire science information needs and ultimately enhance fire science delivery.

The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past but continued participation of prior respondents and participation from new respondents is essential in helping the JFSP Fire Science Exchanges progress toward their goals.

Your participation in this study is voluntary, and all of your responses will remain completely confidential. Please click here or copy and paste the link into your web browser:

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Bret Davis (775) 784-6637

This evaluation project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the Fire Science Exchanges across the United States.

Bill Evans, Ph.D., Professor of and Human Development and Education, University of Nevada, Reno (

Loretta Singletary, Ph.D., Professor-Department of Economics; Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno (

Bret Davis, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno (

Chris Copp, MA, Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno (

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