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Southwest Fire Portal

The Southwest Fire Portal provides information about fire science and technology relevant to the southwestern contiguous United States. 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 the Southwest.

Check out the JFSP Fire Exchanges located in this region

SWFSC Top Ten Fire Management Science Searches

The Southwest Fire Science Consortium (SWFSC) has partnered with FRAMES to help fire managers access important fire science information related to the Southwest's top fire management issues. Visit the SWFSC Top Ten Fire Management Searches site to access resources pertaining to ten critical areas of interest.

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange Literature Searches

The Great Plains Fire Science Exchange (GPE) has partnered with FRAMES to provide literature searches on topics such as patch burn-grazing and pyric herbivory. Visit the GPE Searches page to access these searches.

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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.)

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

Grant Opportunity: Midwestern and Northeastern States (posted November 20, 2017)

The Northeastern Area Cohesive Fire Strategy Request for Project Proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 is designed to support and carry out the goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy across the Midwestern and Northeastern States, as well as meet the intent of the current year budget direction. These national goals are:

  1. Restore and maintain landscapes.
  2. Create fire adapted communities.
  3. Improve wildfire response.

Obtain detailed guidance, the application form, and  resources and references at the from Northeastern Area's Web site. Applications must be submitted no later than close of business November 28, 2017.

Call for SFE Success Stories (posted November 18, 2017)

Funding for the Joint Fire Science Program, the organization that provides the grants under which all of the Fire Science Exchanges operate, has been cut by over half in the proposed federal budget.

While there seems to be a general consensus that the Fire Science Exchanges are valuable programs for connecting managers, scientists and the public with relevant fire science information, specific success stories can be invaluable for communicating the impacts of our programs.

You can help in two ways:

  • Click here to share your Southern Fire Exchange story.
  • If you're planning to attend the AFE Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Orlando, stop in at one of our informal Fire Circle Listening Sessions on Tues., Nov. 28th 11:00 - 12:20 PM or Fri., Dec. 1st 1:40 - 3:20 PM (location: Citron Center).

Job: State Forest Aide - California (posted November 18, 2017)

Under supervision, as a temporary employee, to do technical level work in forestry or other related work. Examples of work tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • General timber harvest plan field work, timber cruising, marking, plot establishment and measurements, forest engineering.
  • Recreation management and campground maintenance.
  • Seed processing and nursery operations.

Click here for more information.

Job: Stewardship Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Nebraska (posted November 15, 2017)

The Stewardship Technician performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. S/he will assist with preserve activities including; fence repair & building, tree removal, seed collection, mowing, prescribed burning, building maintenance, and weed control (including herbicide application). The position may also require field data collection and data entry related to research and monitoring projects being conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) staff and cooperators.  Public relations work, including leading tours and giving programs may also be required.  This short-term (full-time) position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions. The Stewardship Technician is supervised by the Assistant Preserve Manager, does not supervise other staff, but may supervise volunteers. This seasonal position will run from February 1, 2018 – July 1, 2018. This position is based at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies (rural part of central Nebraska) but may also be temporarily based at other preserve locations in Nebraska. Optional housing is available.

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 December 15, 2017.

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).

Job: Wildfire Deputy Supervisor and State Forester - Washington DNR (posted November 14, 2017)

As a member of the executive team, the incumbent will provide strategic and tactical oversight to the Wildland Fire Division and be responsible for executive leadership of the state's largest on-call fire department. This includes DNR Wildland Fire Program, the Statewide Forest Health Program, Urban and Community Forestry, Fire Prevention, Firewise/Fire Adaptive Communities, Federal Excess Program, Correction Camps, Smoke Management and serves as the State Forester.

DNR's Wildland Fire Program has more than 1,300 employees trained and available to fight fires. This includes more than 800 permanent DNR employees and 500 seasonal employees. The program also trains over 500 National Guard, various fire district's employees, volunteer Department of Corrections crews and equipment contractors. The program coordinates with many external fire-fighting resource organizations, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and more. This involves dispatching resources to fires and other emergencies and maintaining a cache of firefighting equipment and supplies.

The Forest Health Program uses science to understand the needs of the trees, insects, fungi, water and more. It provides landowner assistance, forest disease prevention information, forest insect information, climate change, forest health restoration, wood energy and biomass utilization, along with aerial survey information. The program carries out research and monitoring to make science based decisions about forest management practices.

The State Forester represents our state at the national and state level in advocating the practice of sustainable forestry and the protection of all lands in the state. This position plays a key role in our firefighting efforts, Forest Health Programs, and securing state and federal grant funding to carry out forest improvement treatments on state and private forest lands throughout Washington.

Click here for more information.

Job: Senior Forester - Madison, FL (posted November 14, 2017)

JOB DUTIES:

Provides forest management technical assistance to rural private forest landowners to achieve the goals of the landowner, including timber revenue, sustained yield, ecological management, wildlife management; provides advice on timber marking and volume estimation, the sale of forest products; provides technical assistance in implementation of federal cost-share programs, site preparation and tree planting procedures, investment analysis, timber stand improvement methods, diagnosis of forest insect and disease outbreaks; prepares stewardship and other management plans, proper tree selection and tree planting procedures. Provides technical assistance for UCF(University of Central Florida) grants, Tree city USA and Champion Tree designations, and other related forest factors. Responds to homeowners’ requests for analysis of shade tree and ornamental tree diseases and provides information on methods of prevention and control. This position may be required to perform Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) work, including FIA Certification by the United States Forest Service and the gathering and recording of FIA plot data in the field.

Utilizes mass media systems such as newspapers, radio and television to keep the public informed of developments in the forestry and conservation fields. Conducts forest management technical information and education workshops for private forest landowners. Provides local schools with information and assistance pertinent to environmental education through teacher workshops and instruction at environmental education centers.

Provides wildfire and emergency response support as directed. Assists in the development of smoke management, wildfire prevention, prescribed fire, pre-suppression burning plans and hazardous fuels mitigation. Assists in the enforcement of Florida’s open burning laws and regulation.

Provides technical assistance to county commissions, municipalities and other county and city agencies in the development and implementation of effective environment studies and practices relating to land use planning, zoning and development. This includes conservation and environmental planning, recreation and open space planning, zoning variances relating to vegetation, drafting of ordinances relative to tree protection, landscaping, reclamation and preservation of natural areas and the establishment of conservation and scenic easements to preserve natural amenities.

Click here for more information.

Job: Weeds, Fuels and Restoration Technician - Las Vegas, NV (posted November 7, 2017)

The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management to Southern Nevada District Office to bring on a Weeds, Fuels and Restoration Technician. Invasive vegetation species encroachment in the Mojave Desert has increased fire fuel loading and created negative ecological impacts across the Southern Nevada District. The Weeds, Fuels and Restoration Technician will work in on behalf of the BLM Southern Nevada District Office (SNDO) by assisting the SNDO Weeds, Fuels and Restoration teams to locate, plan, and implement vegetation management projects. The short-term goals are to reduce invasive species that contribute to habitat loss and fire risk to the public and fire fighters, using the best available science, mechanical, chemical means, and occasionally prescribed fire. The long-term goal is to restore native vegetation to its natural state when and where possible, reduce or eliminate invasive species and associated fire risk to communities and wildlife habitat. The principle purpose(s) will be to provide technical expertise and field support in planning, managing and implementing vegetation and invasive species treatments including fuels reduction and restoration projects in Mojave Desert ecosystems.

Click here for more information.

Job: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist - Silviculture/Applied Forest Ecology - California (posted November 7, 2017)

Position Description: The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist in Silviculture/Applied Forest Ecology. This position is a full time, career-track appointment. The general disciplinary focus of this position spans the stand level to larger landscape dynamics of managed forests that interact with natural disturbance processes. Priority issues include reforestation, productivity and resiliency of different stand structures, the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, the development and management of mixed species stands, and the integration of water quality, economic and biodiversity goals into silvicultural practices.

For more information click here.

Job: Independence Creek Preserve Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Texas (posted November 3, 2017)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Independence Creek Preserve Technician maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities.  S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring and may also manage livestock.  S/he may assist in prescribed burns and repair/maintain tools, equipment, facilities, vehicles and land.  The Conservation Practitioner II will open and close preserve to the visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

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 November 30, 2017.

Job: Prescribed Fire Intern - Louisiana (posted November 2, 2017)

You will be part of a team that will assist with prescribed fire activities in Louisiana and Mississippi. The team will frequently travel throughout Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi conducting prescribed burns on TNC preserves and other conservation properties. The team will participate in wildland fire operations including ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, and weather monitoring, as well as preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, and post-burn monitoring. The team will perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire. Red-card holders are preferred for this position.

Click here for more information.

Job: Burn Crew Technician Intern - Louisiana (posted November 2, 2017)

The Prescribed Fire Technician Intern will assist the station Assistant Fire Management O?cer in prescribed firefighting and site prep duties for prescribed burning and monitoring. The predominant activity will be on Southeast Louisiana Refuges with occasional travel within the fire District to other refuges to prescribe burn. Conduct equipment maintenance and fire cache inventory. Outdoor educational programs will occasionally be performed in cooperation with refuge staff.

Outdoor management programs include working in the outdoors during high heat and with insects and poisonous plants. May include operation of ATV’s or UTV’s. Operation of a refuge vehicle is required. Maintenance will include repairs to kiosks, replacement of brochures, cleanup, mowing, etc.

SCA intern will be required to pass the fireline annual refresher and take the pack test which consists of walking 3 miles while carrying 45 lbs within 45 minutes.

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Job: Forester - Glen Saint Mary, FL (posted October 27, 2017)

JOB DUTIES:

The incumbent in this position will act as the County Forester for both Baker County and Bradford County and will perform the duties and responsibilities listed below for both counties.

Provides forest management technical assistance to rural private forest landowners to achieve the goals of the landowner, including, timber revenue, sustained yield, ecological management, wildlife management; provides advice on timber marking and volume estimation, the sale of forest products, provides technical assistance in implementation of federal cost-share programs, site preparation and tree planting procedures, investment analysis, timber stand improvement methods, diagnosis of forest insect and disease outbreaks, prepares Stewardship and other management plans, proper tree selection and tree planting procedures. Provides technical assistance for UCF grants, Tree City USA and Champion Tree designations, and other related forest factors. Responds to homeowner’s requests for analysis of shade tree and ornamental tree diseases and provides information on methods of prevention and control.

Provides technical assistance to county commissions, municipalities and other county and city agencies in the development and implementation of effective environment studies and practices relating to land-use planning, zoning and development. This includes conservation and environmental planning, recreation and open-space planning, zoning variances relating to vegetation, drafting of ordinances relative to tree protection, landscaping, reclamation and preservation of natural areas, and the establishment of conservation and scenic easements to preserve natural amenities.

Provides wildfire and emergency response support as directed. Assists in the development of smoke management, wildfire prevention, prescribed fire, pre-suppression burning plans and hazardous fuels mitigation. Assists in the enforcement of Florida’s open burning laws and regulations.

Utilizes mass media systems such as newspapers, radio and television to keep the public informed of developments in the forestry and conservation fields. Conducts forest management technical information and education workshops for private forest landowners. Provides local schools with information and assistance pertinent to environmental education through teacher workshops and instruction at environmental education centers.

Performs other related work as assigned, which may include the handling of revenue.

For more information click here.

Job: Forest and Ecosystem Health Program Manager - California (posted October 27, 2017)

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serves as the lead for the TRPA Forest and Ecosystem Health strategic initiative to extend forest management actions in the Basin beyond the Wildland Urban Interface to accomplish large, landscape scale, multi-benefit restoration.
  • Supports the TRPA Environmental Threshold Update strategic initiative to update the basin-wide standards and goals for environmental restoration.
  • Manages and oversees special projects pertaining to the Environmental Improvement Program.
  • Plays an active role in the multi-agency Tahoe Fire and Fuels team.
  • Represents TRPA and leads interagency teams in the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership.
  • Serves on the Lake Tahoe Tree Mortality Task Force and interfaces with the California Tree Mortality Task Force.
  • Assists in permitting, prioritization and implementation of basin-wide forest fuels reduction projects and ecosystem health projects.
  • Facilitates implementation of the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention 10 Year Strategy.
  • Seeks funding sources that supports the Forest and Ecosystem Health Program, works collaboratively to submit multi-agency funding application packages and provides grant administration as needed.
  • Manages and tracks all EIP performance measure data related to forestry and ecosystem health.
  • Works with partners to achieve TRPA regulatory compliance and “thinks outside of the box” on how to streamline processes and meet mutual project goals.
  • Proactively looks for collaborative solutions to project implementation challenges and leads strategic program improvements.
  • Assists in guiding decision-making and policy-making surrounding land management and restoration in the Tahoe Basin.
  • Works to ensure current policy and regulation are continuously reviewed and updated as needed to meet the needs and goals of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports to the TRPA Governing Board and a variety of workgroups and committees.
  • Produces high quality reports for program partners, the public and elected officials

For more information click here.

MS/PhD in Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology - University of Idaho (posted October 26, 2017)

This announcement is for one or two highly motivated MS- or PhD-level graduate students to begin in the summer or fall semester 2018. The topic of research is flexible, but should fall into the broad theme of forest ecosystem restoration and ecology. In general, I am looking for students with an interest in understanding the effects of disturbance on the structure and function of forest ecosystems, and how this knowledge can be applied to help manage and restore important ecosystem services. Specific projects could include (but are not limited to) topics such as developing and refining forest stand development models, understanding linkages between riparian and upland forests, and fire effects on the temporal and structural complexity in forest ecosystems.

The positions are available Summer 2018 and can be either a master’s or doctoral appointment depending on interests and experience. Financial support may be a combination of teaching and research assistantships, and is available for no more than three years. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently, strong writing and quantitative capabilities, good plant identification skills, and demonstrated leadership experience. Applicants with expertise and backgrounds in forest ecology and silviculture preferred.

Click here for more information.

Job: South TX Technician - The Nature Conservancy (posted October 24, 2017)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The STX Technician conducts habitat restoration and management, assists with seedling nursery operations, and performs land management activities at Southmost Preserve and other project sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  S/he assists with exotic species control/removal and follow-up biological monitoring, native seed collecting, plant propagation and grow out.  The STX Technician assists with maintaining preserve facilities, tools and equipment.  S/he may assist on prescribed burns and may participate in area prescribed fire.  The STX Technician will assist with visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.

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 November 20, 2017.

Wanted - Success Stories (posted October 6, 2017)

Success stories demonstrate how the products from fire science research or other JFSP-funded activities are being implemented by the fire and/or fuels management community. They are about the application of scientific understanding or use of tools, models, or techniques resulting from individual projects or suites of projects over time. They show successful planning, implementation, outreach, products, or impacts (e.g., behavior changes, opportunities, resource recovery, or enhancement). Success stories describe efforts at the organization, community, or agency level and at different spatial scales. It only takes a few minutes to share!

Click here to share your stories.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Social and Economic Impacts of Extremes (posted October 6, 2017)

Theme 2. Social and Economic Impacts of Extremes

Earth Lab seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar on Extremes in Coupled Social and Natural Systems, with a focus on social and economic processes. The successful candidate must have content knowledge and data analytics skills relevant to extremes, with emphasis on economic impacts and responses. The extremes focus seeks to build on the suite of Earth Lab efforts, plus research findings in coupled human and environment systems, to pursue knowledge frontiers in dynamic and emergent system behaviors (e.g., understanding of extremes, threshold behaviors, and abrupt changes). This Post-Doctoral Research Scholar will work in the Risk and Decision Making project as well as bridge among other ongoing science themes at the Earth Lab (Wildfire, Drought, Erosion, Arctic Processes, Human Health, and Settlements). This position will focus on the impacts of extreme events on social and environmental systems, valuation of those impacts and of societal responses, including analyzing the value of information in reducing impacts and vulnerability. Moreover, we are interested in how coupled extreme events may further disrupt both ecological and social processes and infrastructure with special attention to the existence of threshold behaviors when the resilience capacity of a social and/or environmental system is exceeded.

Click here for more information.

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.

IAWF Award Nominations (posted October 3, 2017)

You are encouraged to gather your information and nominate some very deserving individuals for these prestigious awards! The recipient does not need to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be presented at one of our upcoming IAWF Conferences in 2018. Four awards are available:

  1. IAWF Ember Award for Excellence in Wildland Fire Science
  2. IAWF Excellence in Wildland Fire Management
  3. IAWF Early Career Award for Fire Science
  4. IAWF Early Career Awards for Fire Operations

Call for Presentation Proposals - 2nd Nat'l Cohesive Strategy Workshop (posted October 2, 2017)

The International Association of Wildland Fire in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regions of the Cohesive Strategy, invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop session or presentation at the 2nd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop to be held March 26-29, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. Submit your Proposal by November 20, 2017.

Click here for more information.

JFSP Upcoming Funding Opportunity (updated August 31, 2017)

UPDATE

The intent of this notice is to provide an update to investigators who are interested in potential research opportunities from JFSP.
 
Investigators should be aware that the final decision regarding FY18 topic selection has been delayed and will not be made until fall 2017.  One or more topics that have been described in the July 2017 Notice of Intent (NOI) may be dropped or included in the final notice, and the specific focus of individual topics may be altered. Investigators should recognize this uncertainty and not invest substantial time or resources working on proposals until the FONs and their associated topics are formally posted.
 
Investigators should not contact the JFSP Office or Governing Board members seeking further information on these topics. No further information will be released until the FONs are formally posted.
 
Those formal FON postings will be available on https://www.firescience.gov and investigators can subscribe to JFSP's weekly Friday Flash eNews where announcements will be made later this fall.

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Original announcement:

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) will be requesting proposals through one or more formal Funding Opportunity Notice (FON) announcements beginning approximately early September 2017 and remaining open through November 16, 2017.

(Check the JFSP's Funding Announcements web page later for the funding announcement.)

This is an early alert to investigators interested in the topics listed below so you can begin considering responsive ideas with potential partners and collaborators.

Please recognize that final decisions regarding topic selection will not be made until September, 2017, and that final topic selection may differ from that posted below.

FON 1- Primary

  • Ecological effects of fuel treatments and wildfire management at landscape scales
  • Fuel treatment longevity
  • Relationships between prescribed fire and wildfire regimes
  • Effectiveness of fuel breaks and fuel break systems
  • Sources and distribution of ignitions and their relation to wildfire impacts
  • Socio-political factors that influence the costs associated with wildfire

FON 2 - Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award

In partnership with the Association for Fire Ecology, the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) will likely continue the Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) program for current master and doctoral students in the field of wildland fire and related physical, biological, and social sciences. The purpose of these awards is to enhance student exposure to the management and policy relevance of their research. As a result, these awards will 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 describe new, unfunded work that extends ongoing or planned research that is the subject of a thesis or dissertation that has been approved by the graduate student’s advisory committee. Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP to be considered, and they must address management- or policy-related questions related to one or more of the following general topic areas: fuels management and fire behavior, emissions and air quality, fire effects and post-fire recovery, relative impacts of prescribed fire versus wildfire, or human dimensions of fire.

FON 3 - Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE)

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), in partnership with the Department of Defense, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), has completed planning for the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE; Phase 1). It is anticipated that the JFSP September 2017 FON will include an open solicitation for proposals to participate in Phase 2—data collection, data archival, and initial model evaluation—of FASMEE. In brief, this experiment is being designed as a large-scale, interagency effort to (1) identify the critical measurements necessary to improve operational wildland fire and smoke prediction systems, (2) collect observations through coordinated field campaigns, and (3) use these measures and observations to advance science and modeling capabilities and utility to end users. FASMEE is aimed at modeling systems in operational use today as well as the next generation of modeling systems expected to become operationally useful in the next five to 10 years.

The FASMEE field campaigns are anticipated to be conducted as large operational prescribed fires targeting (1) heavier fuel loads and high-intensity fires, (2) large fires capable of producing significant atmospheric plume dynamics and a substantial downwind smoke plume, and (3) where possible (particularly in the West), free-running fire. Candidate sites include the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, North Kaibab Ranger District in Arizona, Fort Stewart in Georgia, and Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Research burns are planned for ignition no earlier than late summer 2019 and no later than early spring 2022. Depending on total funding availability, four or more burns are planned.

Job: 500+ USFS Job Positions Posted to USAJOBS (posted August 16, 2017)

Intended Audience: All Forest Service Employees
August 16, 2017
 Job Vacancy Announcements Posted to USAJOBS
What You Need to Know
On August 2nd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved over 500 Forest Service vacant positions for hiring. Human Resources Management and hiring managers have been working diligently to advertise these positions. A large number of group and single job vacancy announcements have been posted to USAJOBS and more announcements will be posted in the upcoming weeks. Many of these announcements are open government-wide and include special hiring authorities, such as the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Public Lands Corps, and Resource Assistants Programs. 
What You Need to Do
Employees are encouraged to monitor USAJOBS for potential job opportunities and share these opportunities with others who are interested in working for the Forest Service. Note that some announcement periods will be short, so it is recommend that you load your resume and supporting documents in USAJOBS in advance so that you can quickly submit your application when announcements are opened. 
 
You can access helpful information on how to apply for jobs on the FS Jobs website.
Help is Available
Open a HR Help case by:
1.    Logging into ConnectHR and clicking on the HR Help link. For detailed instructions, visit the HR Help How-to Add a Case Guide.
2.    Sending an e-mail to: hrm_contact_center@fs.fed.us, or
3.    Calling the HRM Contact Center at 1-877-372-7248, Press 2.

Postdoctoral Scholar: Atmospheric Chemistry - UC Berkley (posted July 21, 2017)

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Goldstein Research Group at UC Berkeley focused on development of the new Comprehensive Thermal Desorption Aerosol Gas Chromatograph (cTAG) instrument through a DOE SBIR Grant, and its application to measure emissions from biomass burning during the NOAA sponsored FIREX field campaigns. Responsibilities will include working as part of the development and application team for cTAG, development of data analysis tools for chromatographically separated high resolution time of flight mass spectrometer data, collection and analysis of field measurements, collaborating with the cTAG and FIREX science teams, preparation of reports to funding agencies and manuscripts for peer reviewed publication.

Click here for more information.

 

Joint Fire Science Program Fire Exchange Network Evaluation (reposted April 24, 2017)

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. Sponsors are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Exchange in your region. This evaluation project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the Fire Science Exchanges across the United States. 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. JFSP realizes that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past. 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 on the following link or copy and paste the link into your web browser:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFSP2017Evaluation

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Bret Davis at bretd@unr.edu telephone (775) 784-6637. During the next four weeks, you will receive two follow-up emails regarding your invitation to participate in this survey.

Thank you for your time and involvement in helping the JFSP to learn more about how to improve fire science delivery and communication in your region.

Bill Evans, Ph.D., Professor of and Human Development and Education, University of Nevada, Reno (wevans@unr.edu)

Loretta Singletary, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Department of Economics; Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno (singletaryl@unr.edu)

Bret Davis, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno (bretd@unr.edu)

Chris Copp, MA, Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno (christopherjcopp@gmail.com)

Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge (posted April 7, 2017)

Challenge Summary:

Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies are interested in new ways to monitor air quality during fire events to better protect public health. Air quality managers and public health officials have limited access to accurate information on ground-level air pollution levels in the vicinity of wildland fires, making it difficult to provide appropriate strategies to minimize smoke exposure. Most air pollution monitoring equipment is large, not easily transportable, and complex to operate. Today, emerging technologies – including miniaturized direct-reading sensors, compact/powerful microprocessors, and wireless data communications – offer the opportunity to develop new systems to quickly gather and communicate air pollution data.

Wild fires are increasingly common events that produce significant air pollution, posing health risks to first responders, residents in nearby areas, and downwind communities. Also, wild fires are increasing in frequency and intensity, and the fire season is growing longer.  Prescribed fires, which are used to manage ecosystems or reduce risk of wild fires, are typically managed to minimize downwind impacts on populated areas; however, people in close proximity may still be exposed to smoke.  The description “wildland fires” refers to both wild and prescribed fires.

This challenge seeks a field-ready prototype system capable of measuring constituents of smoke, including particulates, carbon monoxide, ozone, and carbon dioxide, over the wide range of levels expected during wildland fires. The prototype system should be accurate, light-weight, easy to operate, and capable of wireless data transmission, so that first responders and nearby communities have access to timely information about local air quality conditions during wildland fire events.

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