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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.
(Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

The economics topic page contains resources related to the economic impacts of fire, including, but not limited to, the impacts of prescribed fires and natural wildland fires, the loss of species habitat, and the potential regeneration of resources following fire. This section also includes issues related to funding for fire research and the need for continued research on wildland fire.

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Job: Eastern Iowa Assistant Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy (posted May 26, 2017)


The Conservancy currently owns and manages more than 3,000 acres of nature preserves in the Lower Cedar Valley. Featuring two globally rare plant communities, lowland oak savanna and alluvial fens, along with floodplain forest, emergent marshes and sedge meadows, plant diversity exceeds 400 species across the landscape. With 70% of the herptile diversity of Iowa represented within this landscape, it was designated as Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area in 2007, the first of its kind in the nation. to learn more.

The Eastern Iowa Assistant Land Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management under the direction of the Eastern Iowa Land Steward. Preserve management tasks include: building and repairing fence, invasive species control, preserve and easement monitoring, prescribed fire, and timber stand improvement. This position will also assist with maintenance of preserve infrastructure, tools, and power equipment. The Assistant Land Steward will assist with training and supervision of seasonal employees and interns and may also lead volunteer workdays. S/he will work with livestock and producers in the area. The position is based at the Lower Cedar River Valley office near Letts, IA; however, work will entail overnight or longer travel to other preserves in eastern Iowa and occasionally to other locations in the region.


  • Maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
  • Removes exotic species
  • Maintains/builds fence
  • Conducts preserve monitoring
  • May assist in prescribed burns
  • Maintain tools, equipment and land.
  • Maintain preserve records using a database or PC.


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

Job: Temporary Fire Suppression Positions - Lake Tahoe Basin (posted May 25, 2017)

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will be filling several TEMPORARY SEASONAL FIRE FIGHTER positions for the 2017 season. Openings will be at the GS-03 (entry level: less than 6 months paid fireline experience) and/or the GS-04 (more than 6 months paid fireline experience) levels.

Click here for a list of available positions.

Job: Temporary Seasonal Firefighter - Tahoe National Forest (posted May 25, 2017)

The purpose of the position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on a type 3 engine. Other wildland fire related duties might involve fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning. The incumbent will also be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools equipment and facilities, and will receive firefighting training. May be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within the fire management organization where individual's specialized skills are needed.

For a full position description click here.

Job: Fire Ecologist - Peace Corps - Mexico (posted May 24, 2017)

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Fire Ecologist for the Reserva de la Biosfera los Petenes (RBLP) in San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico. Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve has the particularity of having ecosystems that depend on fire like marsh areas locally known as tulares y popales, as well as sensitive ecosystems like mangroves, seasonally evergreen forests and hammocks locally known as “petenes”. One of the threats in this landscape is the alteration of fire regimes, in other words, an alteration in the frequency, intensity, timing, severity of fire in ecosystems. These changes result from direct anthropogenic activities as well as public policies focused on the exclusion of fire. In fire-dependent ecosystems there is exclusion of fire, while in the sensitive ones there are recurrent fires associated with agriculture and hunting activities. The capacity of ecosystems to maintain their functions (i.e. regulation of hydrological flows) is compromised as a result of the alteration of the fire regime. These changes in fire regimes and ecosystems service provision affects the human communities within the protected natural area and the distant human communities that benefit indirectly from these ecosystem services.

A Fire Ecologist, with at least a degree in natural sciences, biology, natural resources management, or a related field or more than 10 years of wild land fire planning and ecological monitoring experience, is needed to collaborate with the Reserve’s team providing oversight, guidance and training in the development and implementation of an ecologically based fire management program that reduces risks to communities and creates Climate-Change resilient ecosystems. The work will be done through field assessments, GIS and development of a Fire Ecology program through a comprehensive vegetation monitoring plan. The PCRV will conduct a field assessment, collection of data through GIS, co-development of a vegetation monitoring plan, and training on and implementation of a fire ecology program. The goal of this assignment is to produce a comprehensive prescribed fire strategy and monitoring plan for Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

If you have any questions regarding this opening, do not hesitate to contact Ashley Lenihan at 202.692.216 or

Job: Doctoral Research Assistantship in Forestry - Flagstaff, AZ (posted May 24, 2017)

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University has one 3-year Ph.D. research assistantship available to work on the economics, logistics and sustainability of woody biomass feedstock harvested from the fuels-reduction treatments in ponderosa pine and warm-dry mixed conifer forests of the southern Rocky Mountains. This student will work on projects designed to improve the viability and adoption of biomass-based energy and products production and to provide a better understanding of the economic implications of utilizing small-diameter woody biomass harvested from the treatments to generate bioenergy and bioproducts in the southwestern region.

For more information visit the full announcement here.

Job: Forest Improvement Forester - Washington State (posted May 24, 2017)

As part of a pre-sale team this position will assist the District FIT/ Silviculture Forester in implementing sound ecological forest management that generates revenue while improving forest health and habitat.

This position is responsible to layout forest improvement timber (FIT) sales under the agency's forest health program. This work includes, locating and marking timber sale unit boundaries, tree marking, GPS mapping, locating and delineating riparian buffers or other sensitive areas, road layout, cruising, and developing detailed summary reports. In addition this position will assess the health of the stand and recommend silvicultural prescriptions and harvest strategies.

Visit the full announcement here for more information.

Fires of Change - An Art & Science Collaborative Exhibit (posted May 24, 2017)


Fires of Change & Landscapes of Life & Death at 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque. Download a brochure for more events here.

3:30pm: Talk with Artists & Scientists
5-6pm: Friends of 516 ARTS Preview
6-8pm: Public Reception

Visit the 516 ARTS website.
For a history of the project, visit the SWFSC website.

Job: Assistant Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Wilmington, NC (posted May 24, 2017)


The Assistant Land Steward performs and participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs.


The Assistant Land Steward leads work teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans. The CPIII maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public.

The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm for sharing the protection of our natural areas with others. This person will also be good with data management and administrative duties. A love for working outside and working long hours on burn days is essential. There will be multiple opportunities for professional development. There is a physical fitness requirement.


Fore more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2017.

Job: Natural Heritage Program Botanist - Olympia, WA (posted May 24, 2017)

The Washington Natural Heritage Program serves as the state's principle source of information on species, habitats and landscapes of conservation concern. The Natural Heritage Botanist is responsible for leading rare plant conservation efforts for the Washington Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and Department of Natural Resources, including identifying high priority rare plant species, and making recommendations on management of and conservation actions for high priority species. The NHP Botanist also serves as an independent science consultant to other agencies and organizations. This person conducts various scientific projects, including research, inventory and monitoring, and is responsible for promoting the use of research information in land management and land-use decision-making

The NHP Botanist participates in, and collaborates with, the network of natural heritage programs (NatureServe), both nationally and internationally. This person also participates in outreach efforts to other agencies and organizations on plant conservation issues and topics, including making land management recommendations. This individual will participate in a variety of collaborative conservation planning efforts.

This position is critical to the effectiveness of the Washington Natural Heritage Program. In addition to this position, our team includes a program manager, two ecologists, a zoologist, an information manager, and a data management assistant. The Botanist reports directly to the Natural Heritage Program Manager.

For a full position description click here.

Job: Assistant Reserve Manager (posted May 24, 2017)

The Assistant Reserve Manager, under the supervision of the Reserve Director, uses advanced concepts in environmental research and facilities management to effectively assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of research activities and operational policies for Sedgwick Reserve, a UCNRS field station and the new La Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve. The Assistant Reserve Manager will support Sedgwick Reserve and Research Center administration and facilitate and assist with the implementation of research activities that occur at the Reserve. Requires expertise related to field station responsibility, such as wildlife biology, forestry, agriculture, ecosystem research, etc. Regularly works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Oversees and directs students and/or researchers carrying out experimental or research activities on the Reserve.

For more information click here.

Job: Temporary Wildland Firefighter - California (posted May 23, 2017)

Wildland firefighters work in a variety of specialized positions, including fire engine crews, fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, patrol and prevention technicians and fire lookout positions. Crews often travel throughout California and other areas across the country performing fire suppression and other incident activities. The actual job title for wildland firefighter positions are “Forestry Aid and Forestry Technician”.

Applicants interested in Temporary Wildland Firefighter positions on the Shasta - Trinity National Forest should visit this site to find specific Duty Locations they would be interested in. Potential candidates should have their applications ready because there will only be 7 days to apply within USAJOBS.

Job: Director, NC Longleaf Pine Program - The Nature Conservancy - Wilmington, NC (posted May 22, 2017)


The Director of the NC Longleaf Pine Program serves as The Nature Conservancy’s conservation leader and manager for all aspects of our work within the southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills region of North Carolina. The Longleaf Pine Program Director oversees all aspects of protection, science, stewardship, policy and community/agency relations and is responsible for defining strategies, building effective partnerships and developing program capacity. S/he serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the Longleaf Pine Whole System leadership across the Southeastern U.S. The Director oversees staffed programs in the SE Coastal Plain, Sandhills and Onslow Bight landscapes.


The Longleaf Pine Program Director oversees all aspects of protection, restoration, land management, science and planning, program administration, policy and partner and community relations. S/he provides leadership and support for TNC’s conservation actions by utilizing best available science and conservation planning to establish overall program priorities. S/he supplies management, oversight and program support to Conservancy field operations. The Director serves as the principle contact with government agencies, other conservation organizations, private landowners, foundations and consultants, and the academic community. S/he negotiates complex and innovative solutions with agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and implement conservation strategies.

The Longleaf Pine Program Director leads and manages a team of nine professionals working on longleaf pine conservation across the southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills regions of North Carolina. The Director is responsible for developing and overseeing budgets and work plans, soliciting and utilizing technical and scientific expertise, conducting strategic planning and ensuring tangible conservation results. S/he manages land protection, stewardship and restoration staff including seasonal controlled burning crews and may participate in controlled burning and other fire program related activities. S/he partners to expand the reach of TNC resources, builds public support for conservation efforts and represents TNC’s interests on high-leverage partnerships. S/he works closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise program funding by identifying opportunities and developing proposals and grant applications. The Director develops policy priorities for the Conservancy related to longleaf conservation in NC and works with Chapter and Government Relations leadership to implement these efforts. S/he serves on the NC Chapter Conservation Steering Committee and advises the Director of Conservation Programs on strategic priorities for the region.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 13, 2017.

Job: Seasonal Fire Crew - Quinault Indian Nation - Queets, WA (posted May 16, 2017)

Quinault Indian Nation is seeking to hire two (2) Wildland Senior/Lead Firefighters and two (2) Wildland Fire Engine Captains for the 2017 fire season. Engine Captain.

Click here for more information.

Job: South TX Technician/ Intern - The Nature Conservancy - Brownsville, TX (posted May 15, 2017)


The South TX Technician performs and participates in preserve and project operations, maintenance and management in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.


The STX Technician maintains preserve assist with nursery operations, and performs land management activities at Southmost Preserve and other project sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. S/he removes exotic species and/or conducts species monitoring, collect plant material and assist with native plant nursery operations. S/he may assist in prescribed burn planning and maintain tools, equipment and land. The STX Technician may assist with visiting public and maintain preserve records using a database or PC.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 26, 2017.

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards (posted May 11, 2017)

FEMA is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.

If you have taken action to prepare your community for disasters, here is your chance to receive national recognition for your efforts. Winning a FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award or honorable mention can help you:

  • Gain additional resources for your community preparedness efforts
  • Expand your organization’s Local, State and Federal networks
  • Expose your program to national media

For more information click here.

Job: Watershed Resources Technician - City of Seattle (posted May 9, 2017)

Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Natural Resource Section in its Watershed Management Division is seeking a seasonal temporary employee to assist with ecosystem management and restoration in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed. This position will focus on invasive plant species management, forest monitoring and thinning, and project support to improve habitat and resilience in the Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River Municipal Watersheds. The position will report to the Natural Resources Manager.

To view the full job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Coordinator, Center for Environmental Studies - Austin College (posted May 9, 2017)

Coordinates, develops, plans, communicates, makes recommendations for, and markets: programs, events, and activities related to the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and Austin College Thinking Green (ACTG). Coordinates the activities of ACTG and the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) by supervising and advising student leaders and members. Assists with writing and administering program grants, greenhouse gas inventories, sustainability reporting, and all aspects of Sneed Prairie Restoration experiment. Trains, directs, and monitors student volunteers/workers.

To view the full announcement, click HERE.

Job: Western Iowa Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy (posted May 3, 2017)


The Western Iowa Land Steward works collaboratively with the Iowa stewardship team and project directors to provide both stewardship skills and partnership building skills. Under the supervision of the Director of Stewardship, the Land Steward will develop and implement prairie restoration and management strategies in the Little Sioux Valley and Loess Hills project areas to achieve conservation outcomes that will have impact beyond preserve boundaries.

S/he will negotiate and write grazing and row crop leases and contracts for preserve management. S/he will be responsible for conservation easement monitoring and preserve management records. S/he will participate in prescribed fire activities including outreach to local fire partners and assisting with training. S/he will provide formal and informal outreach and education to preserve visitors, neighboring landowners and partner agencies including County Conservation Boards and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. S/he will supervise seasonal stewardship crews in the field, lead volunteer groups, and be responsible for safety training and orientation. This position is based at Broken Kettle Grasslands preserve.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Job: Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Southern Pines, NC (posted April 30, 2017)


The NC Sandhills Prescribed Fire Crew Manager participates in preserve operations, restoration, maintenance, and management. This may include the following functions:

  • Participates in prescribed fire and wildfire activities, which may include: burn unit prep, fire operations, managing staff and volunteers, maintenance of equipment and supplies, mop up, and monitoring.
  • Participates in and manages restoration projects including thinning, planting, and other projects
  • Maintains preserves and buildings, which may include: maintaining tools and equipment, repairing fences and gates, posting boundaries, and maintaining grounds and structures at historical sites.

The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager may assist on wildland fire operations in other parts of the North Carolina Sandhills with federal, state, or private partners, or travel to other areas of the state or out-of-state to assist other TNC programs or partners on prescribed or wildland fires. Housing or a housing stipend is provided to all crew members.


The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager coordinates and plans day-to-day activities of the prescribed fire crew and participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc. All TNC staff actively participating on a prescribed burn must be qualified as a FFT2. The Prescribed Fire Crew Manager will participate in preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks. May perform other preserve management duties when conditions are not conducive to prescribed fire.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 26, 2017.

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 (

Federal Employee Survey of Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) Use (posted April 7, 2017)

The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) is looking for ways to improve their system and associated products to better serve their clients, and they would appreciate your feedback to accomplish this goal. Due to the requirements of the Paper Reduction Act, they can only survey Federal Employees. Therefore, if you are a non-Federal user, please provide feedback through their feedback link on their home page. For Federal Employees, please respond to their 13-question survey to help FEIS meet your needs.

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.

For more information, click HERE.

AFE Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification (posted March 15, 2017)

The complexity and importance of wildland fire science, management, and decision-making is at an all-time high across our Nation and worldwide. To meet current and future challenges of workforce development, analysis, and sound decision-making, AFE has developed a process for recognizing academic programs which prepare future fire professionals. Our overarching goal is to support fire ecology and ecologically-based fire management while advancing fire science and its application.

With the many wildland fire programs across the nation, certified programs should attract more students into their programs. Graduating students from and AFE Certified program will qualify for an expedited application process to become an AFE Certified Wildland Fire Manager, Ecologist, or Professional. Recognized programs will also be listed on the AFE website, in our newsletter, and in other AFE promotional materials.

Recognized levels Programs can be Certified (good for 5 years) or Candidate (review and update within 3 to 6 years). Each program will get clear feedback from AFE about ways to strengthen their program to meet the goals of certification.

Applications are due annually on July 1 and decision notifications are given by January 1. The application form is available at the bottom of this AFE page.

Job: Assistant Professor of Forest Protection and Fire Management - Alabama A&M (posted March 9, 2017)

Job Description:


This is a nine-month, tenure-track, academic appointment with additional three-month summer employment available and expected, the latter supported primarily from research grant funding. Initial summer support will be available.          

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach (50%) undergraduate courses such as Forest Fire Ecology, Forest Pests and Protection, Dendrology, and Natural Resources Management, as well as graduate courses in the area of expertise.
  • Conduct scholarly research (40%) in forest fire ecology, management, and health.
  • Service (10%) to the department, university, and community by serving on committees, advising students, participating in recruitment activities and in stakeholder outreach.
  • Supervise master and doctoral level graduate students and serve on graduate student committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

For more information, click HERE.

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