Definition: With respect to wildland fire, a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
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Two Master’s-level fellowships are available in the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University
(NAU), Flagstaff, AZ. The fellowship program is supported by the US Department of Agriculture under
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants
The program goal is to produce the next generation of Native American leaders. Fellows are expected
to conduct research aimed at managing resilient forest agroecosystems in tribal lands, and engaging in
tribal outreach, teaching and community engagement. Project directors are Dr. Yeon-Su Kim; Dr.
Thomas Kolb; Dr. Peter Fulé, Dr. Andrew Sánchez-Meador at School of Forestry and Dr. Manley Begay
at Applied Indigenous Studies. Other partners include the Institute for Tribal Environmental
Professionals (ITEP), and other supporting units at NAU and various land management agencies and
Native American tribal governments. The fellowship includes a stipend ($18,500/yr for two years),
tuition waiver, health insurance, and educational allowance.
For more information, contact Dr. Yeon-Su Kim at email@example.com (or call 928-523-6643). Review
of applications will begin on October 1, 2018
If you are interested, please send:
Fellows will be selected based on academic ability and genuine interest in Native American forestry, as
well as their lived experiences and leadership potential as tribal leaders. Candidates with demonstrated
experience in some of the following areas will be preferred:
The preferred start date is Spring 2019 (January, 2019) but this can be adjusted.
Forestry is a very diverse field. This project is related both to natural and social sciences. If you don´t
have a background in forestry, please contact us to talk about it. Information about the graduate
program is available at http://nau.edu/CEFNS/Forestry/Degrees/. Northern Arizona University is a
leading U.S. institution serving Native students and the School of Forestry was ranked among the top for
education of Native American professionals.
As a Wildlife Refuge Manager, you will be responsible for leadership and direction of assigned staff with expertise in formulating, planning, managing, and administering, Fish and Wildlife, Refuge, and Wetland Management District operations and programs. The incumbent will provide authoritative advice on a full range of significant scientific and non-scientific refuge issues resolving problems and developing innovative solutions that have controversial environmental impact.
AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Ecologist - Climate Change Specialist for immediate employment for the Oakland, CA office. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, those listed below:
Works with a team of engineers, scientists, and sustainability planners to support climate change vulnerability and risk assessments and adaptation strategies, focusing on natural systems and habitats, that consider an array of climate impacts, including sea level rise, precipitation, and temperature
Provide nature-based restoration and green infrastructure solutions to sea level rise and other climate resiliency projects
Act as technical resource in the climate science arena, including having a solid understanding of the current state of the science associated with climate change ecology
Exhibit a broad understanding of local, regional, and national policies and guidance related to climate science and climate change adaptation planning with respect to natural resources
Conduct field site visits and biological and ecological surveys to collect relevant data
Coauthor planning documents, technical reports, environmental permit applications, and data entry
Accompany senior staff to client meetings and serve as technical liaison to other team members
Remain active in the relevant academic, scientific, and professional community through presentations and participation in relevant seminars, conferences and symposiums and other activities
Manage tasks and ensure that task-related work is completed on schedule and within the allocated budget
Serve as Deputy Project Manager on project work, assisting with project budget, milestone, and timeline management
Description: The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking for 6 full-time field technicians for August through the end of October.
We are an applied forest ecology (silviculture) lab with a current focus on exploring alternative management regimes in northern hardwood forests. Field technician’s duties will include characterizing vegetation structure in recently harvested forests that are part of a long-term silvicultural system experiment. Field sites are throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan.
Desired skills: Experience or aptitude for plant identification and GPS navigation; interest in forest ecology/silviculture; experience and/or desire to work outdoors in rugged conditions. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
Time Frame: August (flexible start date) to end of October
Pay rate: $11.50/hr minimum, commensurate with experience. Typically 40 hours/week. We provide housing during work trips and 4 x 4 truck to travel between field sites and field housing.
To apply: Submit a CV or resume, list of three references with contact information (including email and phone number), and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as your dates of availability, to Mike Walters firstname.lastname@example.org with “Walters Lab Summer Field Technician” in the subject line.
Plant community ecology
Ecology of wetlands and wet prairies
Ranchland management on plant communities
On Archbold’s full scale commercial cattle ranch
Interns get: room, weekly $100 stipend, food allowance.
Interns work: 20 hours per week as research assistants
Independent Project: conducted during remainder of the time.
Duration: 6-10 months
Start dates: flexible
MASON, BRUCE & GIRARD, INC.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Forester will apply a wide variety of forest management techniques while managing multiple projects.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Complete planning, layout, and operational supervision of forest restoration and timber harvesting projects on private and public lands.
•Complete project mapping using office and field GIS applications.
•Complete project specific reports to support CEQA and NEPA compliance.
•May supervise daily activities of forest operations and associated sub-contractors.
WA Rx Fire Council is accepting nominations for Council Officer positions, including Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as new non-Officer positions on the Steering Committee. They continue to strive to:
Interested? You can nominate yourself or someone else you think would be a good fit.
Officer Leadership Position Nomination Form: https://goo.gl/4GQMpe
Steering Committee Nomination Form: https://goo.gl/aGuDB4
The Steward Assistant will serve with Conservation staff and serve in teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans.
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 August 17, 2018.
GS-0401-9/11 –Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed fire & fuels) Permanent
MALHEUR NATIONAL FOREST
Blue Mountain Ranger District
John Day, Oregon
The Malheur National Forest is at the center of a nationally recognized effort that is doubling the scale of restoration in Eastern Oregon. If you are looking for an opportunity to do ground breaking nationally recognized work we are certain you will find a refreshing approach to leadership in natural resource management. The vacancy announcement number will be shared when it’s ready, to those interested in the position and those who respond to this outreach.
Anyone interested in further information may contact Brandon Culley, DFMO, at (541)575-3406, or email@example.com.
This is a permanent full-time position that serves as the Fire Management Specialist on the Blue Mountain Ranger District, Malheur National Forest. The position supervises one GS-9 Fire Management Specialist and GS-7 Fuels Technicians. The direct supervisor of this position is the DFMO. This is a Secondary Firefighter position and the incumbent may covered. IFPM standards must be met. Housing is not available.
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The Computational Earth Science Group in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for exceptional postdoctoral candidates in a range of disciplines and application areas. The Group focuses on a broad array of energy, environmental, and national security challenges including:
This leader will supervise teams of five veteran members working in partnership with the US Forest Service to complete fire/fuels management work. The Veteran Fire Corps provides recent-era veterans with training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects may include but are not limited to: hazardous fuels reduction, hand-puling of slash, constructing fire line in pre-fire preparation of prescribed burn units, collecting fuel inventory data, FIREWISE educational outreach, trail maintenance, timber marking, wildlife surveys, and fence construction. Project work and schedules vary depending on region and season. Specifically, the Project Leader will:
This position will manage wildlife projects specific to enhancing the habitat on South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks owned and managed lands across the western half of South Dakota. This position will be responsible for managing the agricultural enhancement of wildlife habitat through the use of food plots, rehabilitation of native grass and/or conversion to native grass stands, and irrigated cropland. Duties will include research and evaluation of different crops, herbicides and insecticides to attempt to achieve an adequate biomass for wildlife usage.; using soil type, weed and pest pressure, climate, timing and previous crop history to manage food plots and cropland; and provide daily work direction to a Habitat Forever biologist assigned to the Hill Game Production Area in Fall River County to help meet management goals.
A driver license is required; and a Commercial Driver License (CDL) is desired.
Frequent travel throughout western South Dakota is required. Some overnight stays may be necessary as the assigned work is completed in remote areas. Flexibility with work day necessary due to weather, equipment availability, etc., with weekend work or long work days (10-12 hours) may be necessary at times.
The incumbent must possess or be able to obtain within 3 months of employment a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License in General, 1A, 6, 7.
Multiple levels of certification in Wildland Fire Fighting must be obtainable, including S130 (Firefighter Training), S190 (Intro. to Wildland Fire Behavior), and S212 (Wildland Fire Chain Saws) at a minimum. The ability to pass the Arduous Work Capacity Test may be necessary.
Forestry Technicians are responsible for fire management activities (i.e., fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention); serving as a certified forest fire equipment operator; operating specialized/complex forest fire control equipment including tractor/plows and engines; issuing permits; implementing forest fire prevent projects; and assisting in performing fire inspections.
Forestry Technicians also assist with all aspects of the forest management program, which may include forest reconnaissance, management plans, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.
Forestry Technician positions are key to public safety and security and require the incumbent to meet and maintain physical fitness test standards. The principal duties of the position require active fire suppression duties which require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. These positions are available for fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention duties year-round.
All Foresters direct and provide forest management assistance on private lands, state lands and county forests, providing advice and assistance to landowners, property managers and other partners. Forest land management includes forest reconnaissance, management plans, prescriptions, timber sale establishment and administration, timber stand improvement, reforestation and afforestation, forest road development and maintenance, and/or property management.
Most Foresters are also responsible for fire management, which includes fire preparedness, fire suppression, and fire prevention on federal, state, county, and private lands. These positions include fire-line responsibilities such as initial attack; suppression; and serve as the Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, or as a Division Group Supervisor/Task Force/Strike Team Leader during fire suppression operations. These positions also provide expert training to Fire Department personnel and other partners. These positions are responsible for planning and conducting prescribed burning activities to achieve habitat and property management objectives.
Most Foresters are key to public safety and security and require the incumbent to meet and maintain physical fitness test standards. Active fire suppression duties require frequent exposure to a high degree of danger or peril and also require a high degree of physical conditioning. Most positions are available for fire suppression, pre-suppression and prevention duties year-round.
The general objective of the project associated with this position is the restoration of the historical structure and species composition of mixed conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada region of California. The project will involve determining the effective intensity of mechanical thinning treatments to remove shade tolerant competitors and thereby promote the productivity of old-growth trees, reduce the risk of stand replacing fires, and ensure forest resilience to climate change. Dendrochronological analyses will be conducted to reconstruct historical forest stand dynamics to provide a target for forest restoration efforts. The position will also involve modeling growth and survival of old-growth trees and young plantations within the Sierra Nevada. The research assistant will primarily be responsible for conducting the laboratory components of the project and assist with data analyisis and report writing. Secondary roles will include assisting with field research.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting a full time, career seasonal Natural Resource Worker 2 position located in the Lands Division of the Wildlife Program in the Okanogan, Washington area. The employment period is March through November, annually.
As a member of the Prescribed Fire Team within the Wildlife Program, the incumbent(s) participate in providing statewide fire management implementation services on wildlife areas including fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance using prescribed (Rx) fire. Additionally this position is a member of a Prescribed (Rx) Burn Team to help implement projects for fire-dependent dry forest ecosystems with an initial focus in North Central Washington but may include any region in Washington State. The incumbent(s) supports/contributes to the mission of WDFW of preserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats by restoring fire as a disturbance agent at the appropriate frequency to fire dependent ecosystems/habitats sustaining and perpetuating the plants and animals dependent thereon.
Under supervision of the Prescribed Fire Team Leader this position participates in implementing plans to restore and maintain fire dependent fish and wildlife on wildlife areas primarily in Okanogan County but may include any region statewide which include more 200,000 acres of forest including numerous fire dependent, e.g., dry forest and fire maintained prairies and steppe.
This position works under the direction of the Environmental Program Manager and with guidance from the Natural Resource Specialist 4 environmental media managers located at the Oregon National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ) in Salem, Oregon, to implement agency environmental program at Agency Installations throughout Oregon. This position is responsible for supporting the interdisciplinary environmental program elements including Compliance, Conservation, Cleanup, Pollution Prevention, Assessments and Evaluations and the Environmental Technical Support Specialist. The position conducts field work in support of permit and regulatory sampling, monitoring and reporting; reviews and evaluates documents and data; supports evaluations and solution development for difficult natural and cultural resource management problems; supports research or compliance investigations and inspections; supports various project and program activities; and provides technical assistance for regulated facilities and activities. The employee coordinates routinely and frequently with the Environmental Program Manager and Natural Resources Specialist 4 environmental media managers at JFHQ; interacts with Installations Division personnel, tenants and customers of the Installations Division and Oregon National Guard, Oregon Army National Guard commands, and water supply and wastewater treatment operators; participates in meetings with federal, state, and local agencies, National Guard Bureau (NGB), and other agency directorates and personnel. The employee supports implementation of agency environmental program in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Army (DA), and NGB and ORARNG policies and guidance, particularly Army Regulation 200-1 and ORARNG Regulation 200-1; and with other federal, state, and local laws. The employee is required to maintain current knowledge of environmental and natural resources laws, regulations, and requirements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
The Natural Resource Crew Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of supervision for a crew of 8-12 young adults and will lead the crew in successfully completing natural resource projects, including habitat restoration, fire fuel reduction, creek maintenance and restoration, and trail building.
Assists with the application of wildlife habitat management activities including prescribed burning, mowing, chopping, clearing, planting and chemical control of desirable and non-desirable vegetation for the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area. Operates, maintains and repairs equipment and vehicles including trucks, tractors, ATVs, boats, and heavy equipment in accordance with manufacturer and industry recommendations. Assists biologists with wildlife management activities for game, non-game, imperiled and nuisance species to include surveys, nesting support, habitat analysis, site visits and accurate technical biological data collection. Assists in the planning, development and maintenance of projects facilitating public use including parking and road construction, culvert installation, trash pickup, building maintenance and fence, gate and sign construction and maintenance. Prepares and submits accurate weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports for timesheets, purchasing, harvest and accomplishments. Interacts professionally with the public and partners providing accurate information concerning wildlife, area conditions, rules and regulations. Attends regional and divisional meetings and training programs.
The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program of the Great Basin Institute, provides direct conservation services to public land management agencies throughout Nevada. Founded in 1999, the Corps deploys technically proficient restoration teams to enhance species habitat, mitigate fire threats, reduce the spread of invasive species, and restore and re-designate recreational trails. In doing so, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for Corps members who seek careers in natural resource management. The NCC is funded by AmeriCorps, a national service program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The role of the Forestry Coordinator is to oversee all the program's forestry and restoration projects while also assisting project partners in developing new projects, defining a scope of work, and establishing projected performance targets. The Coordinator communicates weekly with NCC Director of Operations on any specific project issues that will need to be communicated to NCC leaders. The Coordinator works closely to provide in field support to crew supervisors, leaders, and members to improve crew safety, ensure crews produce high quality and consistent work, and provide opportunities for staff and member self-improvement. The Forestry Coordinator will also work to maintain forestry equipment inventory and maintenance protocols and to ensure that ensure standards of equipment maintenance are followed on a daily and weekly basis.
A Seasonal Land Rehabilitation Support Technician position is available with Colorado State University (CSU) and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), and will be located at Fort Hunter Liggett, California.
The primary purpose of this position is to assist the PCD staff in delivering conservation services. The successful applicant must be a team player who values building partnerships in a voluntary approach to natural resource conservation activities, including a proven commitment to agriculture working-lands and public lands stewardship. The three main goals of this position are: 1.)To improve water quality by achieving increased survivability of riparian buffer and upland plantings (25%) 2.)To coordinate volunteer participation at watershed restoration projects (25%) 3.)To educate and raise community awareness on the importance of riparian buffers and the impacts of non-point source pollution within our local watershed (50%).
The postdoc will help develop, evaluate, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances. This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model. Computational experiments and the modeling framework will be evaluated and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team (https://goo.gl/WnPg5S) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE). We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine numerical simulation models with empirical data to study linkages between global climate change, climate-driven disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and large-scale forest processes.
In cooperation with the National Park Service Mojave National Preserve (MOJA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting a Vegetation Research Associate to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to accomplish vegetation management throughout the Preserve.
MOJA has 86 non-native species over an area of 7,000+ acres. Non-native species can cause irreparable damage to the ecological balance of plants, animals, soil, and water. They alter natural resources by forming monocultures, changing fire regimes, and decreasing water availability for native plants and animals. Weed control is needed to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts on Preserve resources. The Preserve is also home to four “grandfathered-in” grazing allotments and is working with a local university to begin a rangeland health monitoring program.
The project will include, but is not limited to, performing invasive plant control using a variety of methods, reading and recording vegetation transects for rangeland health assessments, assisting the Preserve botanist with other vegetation-related projects like monitoring rare plant populations and performing stand assessments in relic white fir forests. Additional opportunities will be provided to participate in other Science & Resource Stewardship projects.
The Forest Stewards Guild is hiring for two crews based out of the Mountainair and Espanola U.S. Forest Service Ranger Districts. Each crew will have 7 Crew Members and 1 Crew Leader. The program runs for 12 weeks from August 20th until November 9th. Crews will complete natural resource management projects and participate in prescribed fire operations when conditions and weather permit.
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GS-0462-09 Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire and Fuels)
Limited Time Promotion (120-Days or Less)
Malheur National Forest, Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Hines, Oregon
Please submit your resume along with the outreach form and IQCS Record by Thursday, July 5, 2018. HOWEVER, interested candidates are encouraged to contact even after the deadline listed on the attached outreach notice has passed.
Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist
The direct supervisor of this position is the Prescribe Fire and Fuels Planner. This position is part of the Burns Interagency Fire Zone (FS, BLM, FWS). Ninety (90) days of experience as a primary/rigorous wildland firefighter or equivalent experience outside federal employment as a basic qualification requirement for this position. This is an arduous position. The primary core requirement for this position is RXB2 (Type 2 Burn Boss) and the secondary core requirement is ENGB (Engine Boss) or CRWB (Crew Boss) or HMGB (Helicopter Manager) or FELB (Felling Boss) or HEQB (Heavy Equipment Boss). Currency is required on both primary and secondary core requirements.
GS-0462-07 Forestry Technician (Prescribed Fire and Fuels)
Limited Time Promotion (120-Days or Less)
Malheur National Forest, Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Hines, Oregon
Response due by Friday July 6, 2018. HOWEVER, interested candidates are encouraged to contact even after the deadline listed on the attached outreach notice has passed.
Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist
The direct supervisor of this position is the Prescribe Fire and Fuels Planner. This position is part of the Burns Interagency Fire Zone (FS, BLM, FWS). Ninety (90) days of experience as a primary/rigorous wildland firefighter or equivalent experience outside federal employment as a basic qualification requirement for this position. This is an arduous position. The primary core requirement for this position is Firefighter Type 1 and the secondary core requirement is Incident Commander Type 5. Currency is required on both primary and secondary core requirements.
The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position starting Summer/Fall 2018. Climate, water balance, vegetation and fire are tightly interlinked across California’s landscape and must be studied together to gain understanding of changes in each component. The candidate will play a central role in a project funded by the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program to develop, test and apply a cutting-edge demographic, dynamic vegetation model of California’s ecosystems as part of a high- resolution regional modeling system. Goals of the project include modeling the 2011–2015 drought and its effects on tree mortality and fire, modeling tree mortality and fire under future drought and climate change, and understanding effects of management on future vegetation and fire risk. The candidate will work in collaboration with Dr. Lara Kueppers of the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and Dr. Chonggang Xu at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as well as project collaborators at UCLA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NCAR, UC Irvine, UC Davis, and UC Extension to utilize high-resolution regional atmospheric forcing and evaluate model vegetation output with historical field and remotely sensed observations. The modeling framework is the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES) (https://github.com/NGEET/fates-release), which is embedded within the CLM5 land surface model, and includes the SPITFIRE model of fire spread. The postdoc will be located at UC Berkeley but will have opportunities to also work at LANL.
Call for presentation ideas for IAWF meeting in December is now open. Deadline is August 15.
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The Shawnee Fire Strike Team Member will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. The Strike Team Member may also perform forestry best management practices. 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). This is a term position that will continue through December 31, 2019
HOW TO APPLY
For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. The position will be open until filled, however application review begins July 26, 2018.
This planner position will serve as a forest health planner responsible for guiding the development of plans and programs to implement the forest health assessment, treatment framework and reporting requirements of SB 5546 and the goals and strategies of the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan. This position will work collaboratively with relevant DNR staff, federal, state, tribal and external stakeholders to develop and implement the forest health assessment and treatment framework and the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan. This position will also coordinate and manage state-funded forest health grant programs as well as coordinate and manage the reporting requirements of SB 5546.
The PFC will work with existing TNC staff, partners and private landowners on writing Prescribed Burn Unit Plans and implementing prescribed fire on those lands through enhancing and/or development of new prescribed fire burning partnerships. PFC serves as burn boss on TNC burns at the Niobrara Valley Preserve and may serve as burn boss on other TNC lands. PFC also assists in the coordination and implementation of the NVP Fire Training Exchange annual events. The PFC mentors and evaluates TNC staff on fire related tasks; certifies RxB2 task books, conducts or assists with training at local and national levels, and ensures that TNC’s fire guidelines and requirements are met or exceeded. The Prescribed Fire Coordinator has the authority to temporarily suspend fire management program operations because of safety concerns or non-compliance with Conservancy standards. The PFC provides technical and scientific support to Fire Planners and Burn Bosses, reviews proposed contracts for prescribed fire operations, provides comments to TNC legal counsel, and approves qualifications of contractors hired to conduct prescribed burns. The PFC keeps current on internal and external developments and trends in the field of wild land fire management in order to maintain excellence in their program, builds strong partnerships with public and private partners to further the goals of the Conservancy in their area of responsibility, and keeps senior leadership in their area informed of fire program activities, needs, risks and accomplishments.
As part of the incumbent’s ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and maintain/grow professional fire certification credentials. In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works. This may include participation in wild land fire suppression activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies, either as a TNC employee, or as a volunteer or short term employee of the partner entity (such as an Administratively Determined, short term federal employee).
HOW TO APPLY
For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. The position will be open until filled, however application review begins July 23, 2018.
Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Fire, Fuels, and Watershed, the Program Specialist is responsible for the oversight and administration of programs supporting the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) watershed activities in Colorado. Specifically, this position will be responsible for program administration, relationship development, professional forestry functions, and science-based forest management and watershed expertise. The incumbent represents the CSFS on various watershed collaboratives focused on improving forest health and resiliency in critical watersheds. This position will be engaged in strategic planning in cross-boundary partnerships in critical watersheds throughout Colorado. This position will be responsible for developing and administering agreements with water providers statewide. The Program Specialist will identify collaboratives at the local, state, and federal levels throughout the State and assess when the CSFS should invest their resources. The incumbent will leverage funds with partners to increase the scale of treatments in critical watersheds.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position as a Natural Resource Specialist at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. This position will be an integral component of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and should have extensive collaboration with the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.
The Extension Specialist position involves teaching, research, and service efforts addressing the issue of wildfire in Nevada through the Living With Fire program (http://www.livingwithfire.info/) and other initiatives. The program and initiatives focus on facilitating the implementation of the Nevada Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy by providing needed information to cooperators and public to:
Teaching activities include: neighborhood/community workshops, media interviews, social media, websites, train the trainer opportunities, production and distribution of peer-reviewed publications (peer –reviewed Extension and journal venues), presentation at professional conferences, organizing statewide conferences, one-on-one teaching opportunities, assisting local, state federal agency partners, and demonstration projects.
Research activities may include but are not necessarily limited to hazardous fuels management, management actions to reduce the risk if large catastrophic fire; social acceptance of wildfire hazard mitigation actions, fire adapted community program development and sustainability, Wildland Urban Interface trends in Nevada.
Service efforts include: Serving on University and cooperator committees and providing technical support to stakeholder organizations including, but not limited to the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities, Nevada Fire Board, Nevada Division of Forestry Advisory Council, Nevada Fire Chief’s Association.
This newly funded NSF project will span three years and provide an opportunity to join a team of researchers and wildfire practitioners whose long-running, close collaboration has yielded a unique pilot data set. This project funds the expansion of the dataset and a postdoc position that focuses on analyzing behavioral responses to different risk-related nudge messages, parcel-level risk data, and community characteristics among households in fire-prone communities. While the work of this position is primarily data analysis and the development of peer-review manuscripts, the postdoc will participate in team activities that include innovating on the existing pilot study with the collaborative team. For more information on our collaborative team: www.wildfireresearchcenter.org The postdoc will work closely with two environmental economists (USGS & USFS – Fort Collins) and one environmental sociologist (CU Boulder) on analyzing the behavioral economics experimental data. Funding runs through CU Boulder, however, flexibility in location allows postdoc to sit either at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, CO or at the Rocky Mountain Research Station (USDA Forest Service) in Fort Collins, CO. Since the funding is 50% time, postdocs who have other lines of part-time funding or are interested in pursuing other projects are encouraged to apply.
We are looking for a postdoctoral research assistant for a three-year position to research the biogeography of grass communities in southern Africa and Madagascar savanna ecosystems. Our goal is to enhance theoretical and quantitative understanding of how drought, fire and grazing interact to shape both the limits of grass species and determine community assembly. This knowledge will help inform regional stakeholders about the best approaches for sus tainable rangeland production in a changing climate, via manipulation of fire and grazing regimes.
We will work with partners in Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa. We will test a new theoretical framework to predict biogeographic patterns in diversity and life history strategies of ground layer plant communities. Work includes a field component quantifying ground layer diversity and plant architectural, leaf and biomass allocation traits, along with experimental research examining hydraulic strategies in grasses.
The appointed faculty member will develop an externally -funded research program that achieves an international reputation for research and graduate training in applied forest ecology and resource management. Research foci may include, but are not restricted to (i) how silvi cultural approaches can increase resilience and adaptive capacity of forested ecosystems, given changes in climate patterns, insect activity, fire regimes, and other impacts; (ii) how forest structure, composition, and spatial/temporal patterns of treatments can be manipulated to achieve specific sets of ecological and social/economic goals; (iii) how large datasets can be used to understand and predict forest ecosystem or structural responses to multiple interacting stressors. An important aspect of this position is the ability to work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and to collaborate with federal and state agencies. Effective communication with a variety of stakeholders is essential, consistent with the Land Grant mission of Utah State University. We are seeking candidates who can prosper within a collaborative environment.
This is not an employee position but is a contractual independent contractor arrangement. The selected contractor must meet the IRS guidelines and qualify under Oregon law as an independent contractor. A one-year contract with Deschutes County and the selected contractor will be signed and may be renewed on an annual basis upon agreement by both parties.
The Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day business of the COCSI and for the facilitation and implementation of the COCSI Program of Work. The Coordinator works closely with the Steering Committee and Senior Advisor to accomplish tasks and with COCSI stakeholders to advance the Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy across Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Klamath and Lake Counties. The Coordinator is the point of contact and network leader for the broadening network of Cohesive Strategy stakeholders in the counties and serves as the spokesperson and communications director for the COCSI.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for projects that conserve, restore and enhance sagebrush and associated habitat. The objectives of the Sagebrush Landscapes Program are to support several strategic projects that accelerate and implement cross-jurisdictional management collaborations and/or provide transfer of knowledge and implementation of mesic area/wet meadow restoration as well as fence modification and removal efforts. Preference will be given to projects that accelerate adoption of the most cost effective and sustainable approaches that exhibit a high likelihood of success. The Sagebrush Landscapes Program will award approximately $660,500 in grants ranging from $20,000 – $250,000. Major funding for this program comes from The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services and the U.S. Forest Service.
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: https://www.frames.gov/NextGen-FireSeverity
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.
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