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Definition: The prevalent or characteristic meteorological conditions of any place or region, and their extremes.
(National Wildfire Coordinating Group/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

Fire climate, which may be thought of as the synthesis of daily fire weather over a long period of time, is a dominant factor in fire-control planning. In a broad sense, climate is the major factor in determining the amount and kind of vegetation growing in an area, and this vegetation makes up the fuels available for wildland fires.

*Exerpt From: Schroeder and Buck, 2004. Climate. In: The Forest Encyclopedia Network., Encyclopedia Identification: 6386. [Date accessed: July 16, 2005].

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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.

Job: Grassland Management and Monitoring Technician - The Nature Conservancy - South Dakota (posted December 7, 2017)


The Technician will work as part of a team as well as independently with minimal supervision.   Applicants with a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and desire to learn will be preferred over experience alone. Successful applicants will obtain opportunities to advance their training, skills, and experience with range management, wildlife management, and ecological monitoring practices. 

The Technician’s responsibilities will include invasive species control and monitoring; maintenance of preserve facilities, equipment, livestock watering stations, corrals, and fences; firebreak preparation and prescribed burning. The Technician may travel to assist as a burn crew member throughout the chapter. Technician will assist with a variety of research and monitoring projects such as grassland bird surveys, butterfly surveys and vegetation transects. The Technician may be involved in a variety of outreach activities including working with local landowners, assisting with field trips, and may have leadership responsibilities for other staff, volunteers, or interns. The Technician may assist with projects, such as bison research, conducted in cooperation with partners. Technicians will be responsible for carrying out preserve management and research duties independently after a training period.

This position requires irregular hours, long days, work on weekends, and some travel on short notice. The Technician is required to live on the preserve. Housing for Technician will be provided at the Ordway Prairie Preserve Office near Leola, South Dakota. Housing is shared with other team members.  Transportation from the Ordway Prairie office to work sites will be provided by The Nature Conservancy.  The duration of this position is approximately 18-months starting around April 10, 2018 and ending around October 12, 2019.  There is some flexibility with start and end dates. This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours will average around 40 per week but may vary from 35 to 50+ hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season, associated projects, and training opportunities.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Job: Lead Range Technician (Fire), Lead Wildland Firefighter - Utah (posted December 5, 2017)

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter, and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.

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Job: Outreach Coordinator - Great Plains Fire Science Exchange (posted December 5, 2017)

Are you, or do you know anybody who may be interested in working with professionals in the fire education, policy, agricultural and media communities throughout the Great Plains? If so, the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange is looking for such an individual with previous science communication outreach work, who possess the ability to work independently and has good writing and editing skills.

Please help them in their search by sending this announcement along to possibly interested individuals.

Review of applicants will begin January 1, 2018 with a hiring decision anticipated by January 31, 2018.

For further information, please email Carol Baldwin as soon as possible at

Job: Ecological Monitoring Field Lead (posted December 2, 2017)

The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys.

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) terrestrial and aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized inventory and long-term ecological data at multiple scales across western public lands. In many locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public lands with the purpose of informing conservation approaches for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID and Wenatchee, WA) will include applying AIM sampling to post-wildfire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) monitoring.

In accordance with these strategies and through partnerships with multiple agencies, GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to supporting resource management while providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

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Job: Forester - West Virgina (posted December 2, 2017)

The WV Division of Forestry is recruiting qualified forestry professionals. We take great pride in our state forest resources. Foresters are involved in specialized technical and field work in forest management, forest fire protection, logging sediment control, and other forestry related programs. The employee determines compliance with applicable laws, regulations, permits, best management practices, and/or contracts within an assigned project area in the state. Work is initially characterized by specific instructions from team leader or Regional Program Manager, with gradual assumption of more responsibility, independence, and authority as proficiency is demonstrated. Work requires travel and outside work in varying weather conditions and over difficult terrain. Subject to emergency response for, but not limited to, forest fire suppression and logging sediment control enforcement, as necessitated by environmental conditions and agency needs.

Appointments from this announcement may be made at the Forester 1 (training), 2 (Journeyman) or 3 (advanced) levels depending on candidate qualifications and the current needs of the agency. Some positions require extensive and overnight travel.

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Job: Kitty Todd Preserve Restoration Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Ohio (posted December 1, 2017)


The Kitty Todd Preserve Restoration Assistant performs land restoration and management activities in the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  This may include invasive species removal, prescribed burning, seed collecting, seed processing and planting, tree removal, mowing and litter clean-ups. He/she will be responsible for preparation and maintenance of equipment used in these management activities.  This is a full time, short term position (approximately 6 months from starting date) that involves extensive outdoor physical labor in diverse weather conditions and may require working some weekends.  The Oak Openings Restoration Assistant is supervised by the Oak Openings Program Manager, does not supervise other staff, but may supervise volunteers.  A strong preference will be given to applicants who have previous wildland firefighting training or are willing to complete the training (online) prior to position beginning.


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 28, 2017.

Job: Research Internship on Greenhouse Gas Fluxes - Florida (posted November 30, 2017)

The successful intern will be supervised by Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas (University of Illinois) and Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (MAERC). The intern will be exposed to research in biogeochemistry, grassland and wetland ecology, and disturbance ecology (grazing, fire, flooding). Primarily, the intern will work on a project investigating how cattle grazing and fire affect the delivery of ecosystem services from grazed pastures. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois, Cornell University and MAERC.

Internships offer an opportunity for providing novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world: securing food in a sustainable way; and for learning how research works. The intern’s research project will improve understanding of how changes in grazing and fire affect the exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4) between the atmosphere and subtropical pastures. The successful intern will be trained to use a variety of instruments to measure ecosystem CO2 and CH4 fluxes from ecosystems. Other fieldwork will include aboveground and belowground biomass, and soil collection. Long days and work on weekends may be required during intense data collection campaigns. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with similar measurements or a strong background (coursework) in biogeochemistry, but all are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates with experiences that demonstrate proficiency working outdoors will be considered.

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Job: Chattahoochee Fall Line Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Georgia (posted November 29, 2017)


The CFL Burn Crew Manager oversees 3 Burn Crew Members in wildland fire activities, as directed by a Burn Boss, or other command position. Individual will supervise and manage a seasonal prescribed burn crew on a daily basis that will be used to conduct prescribed burns primarily in western Georgia. The crew will work in other areas of Georgia and potentially in Alabama. The primary responsibility of the crew will be to conduct prescribed burns on key TNC preserves and assist TNC partners such as private land owners, state, and federal agencies.

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). The crew will be based on TNC-owned and/or TNC-leased property in the Marion County, Georgia area. To maximize the effectiveness of the crew and add to and provide a general security presence for TNC’s equipment, the Burn Crew Manager must live on site with the Burn Crew Boss (or other command position) and the Burn Crew Members.


For more information about and to apply to this position number, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 12/25/2017.

Job: Chattahoochee Fall Line Burn Boss - The Nature Conservancy - Georgia (posted November 29, 2017)


The Chattahoochee Fall Line Burn Boss will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, he/she 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 wildland 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).

The CFL Burn Boss works closely with and oversees 1 Burn Crew Manager who in turn oversees 3 Burn Crew Members in wildland fire activities and other day to day duties. Individual assists in the supervision and management of a fire management program and seasonal prescribed burn crew that will be focused primarily on conducting prescribed burns in western Georgia near Columbus. The crew will also work in other areas of Georgia and potentially in Alabama. The primary responsibility of the CFL Burn Boss and associated crew will be to conduct prescribed burns on key TNC preserves and assist TNC partners such as private land owners, state, and federal agencies. The CFL Burn Boss will be expected to operate as a RXB2 or line boss for holding and ignition operations and provide leadership and experiential training opportunities to subordinates at all times, particularly during prescribed fire operations. CFL Burn Boss will be expected to concentrate appreciable amount of time in surveying and writing prescriptions for individual burn units as well as update Site Fire Management Plans. The CFL Burn Boss may participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks alongside the Burn Crew Manager and Burn Crew Members. The crew will assist with project work and other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire, including but not limited to, non-native invasive species removal/control. The CFL Burn Boss will also provide leadership, particularly to the Burn Crew Manager, for non-fire related duties. The crew will be based on TNC-owned and/or TNC-leased property in the Marion County, Georgia area. To maximize the effectiveness of the crew and to provide a general security presence for TNC’s equipment, the CFL Burn Boss must live on site with the Burn Crew Manager and Burn Crew Members.


For more information 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 12/25/2017.

Call for Presentations: Law, Planning and Wildfire in the WUI (posted November 29, 2017)

Law, Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface:
The Future of Government and Governance of Disaster in the West
Symposium Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018
Proposal Deadline:  January 1, 2018
Location:  Boise, Idaho

Some questions conference participants may address include the following:
How should the West plan for, and govern for, wildfire in the WUI? 
What legal and policy tools are needed to plan for wildfire in the WUI? 
How should wildfire be implemented into the planning process? 
What is the role of government in planning for WUI wildfires? 
What is the role of markets, non-governmental entities, such as HOAs, and insurance in planning for WUI wildfires? 
How should the secondary effects of wildfire—often aesthetic, flooding, and landslides—be worked into WUI development planning?

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New FireWorks Educational Program for the Sierra Nevada: Igniting a Passion for Science (posted November 21, 2017)

Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) science teachers are using an exciting new fire science curriculum to ignite students’ passion for science. The Sierra Nevada FireWorks curriculum about the science of wildland fire was developed as a collaboration among PUSD, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (of the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station), and the Plumas National Forest. While the curriculum for the Sierra Nevada is brand new, many activities were adapted from the original FireWorks educational program, published in 2000.

Click here to read more or here to see the available lessons.

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

Questions? Email: or

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)


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 ( with Dr. Rosemary Sherriff ( 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.


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


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:

Second, a formal application need to be submitted through CSUMentor ( by February 1, 2018. More information about applying for graduate programs at HSU is available at 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: 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: 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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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.

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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.

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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. ( 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.

JFSP Upcoming Funding Opportunity (updated August 31, 2017)


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 and investigators can subscribe to JFSP's weekly Friday Flash eNews where announcements will be made later this fall.


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:, 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.

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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:

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Bret Davis at 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 (

Loretta Singletary, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, 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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