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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: Hydrologic Technician - USDA Forest Service - California (posted March 22, 2017)

The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), is seeking a candidate for a Hydrologic Technician (GS-1316 Level 7) to fill a full-time temporary position (1 year appointment). The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity to apply (within 1-2 months). To express interest in this position, please complete the attached voluntary Outreach Interest Notice and return to Dr. Joe Wagenbrenner at (FAX 707-825-2901) by close of business on 31 March 2017.

Brief description:

The position will be located in Fresno or Shaver Lake, CA, and is associated with PSW’s Fresno office. Work tasks will be evenly split between field and office/laboratory. Field work will be in the Sierra National Forest at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Tasks include locating permanent sampling areas with a compass and GPS; collecting hydrology, meteorology, chemistry, soil, and sediment data; maintaining hydrology and meteorology equipment; and performing data entry and data quality assurance. The Kings River Experimental Watersheds project is a watershed-level, integrated ecosystem project for headwater streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The employee will be working with the lead research scientist, Dr. Joe Wagenbrenner, or with a hydrologist or hydrologic technician in the field. Background information on the research project can be found at

For more information visit the announcement page here.

Fellowship Announcement: National Science Foundation and University of Idaho (posted March 22, 2017)

Fellowship Announcement

Doctoral Residency in Place-based Education, Science Communication and Program Evaluation

NSF Idaho EPSCoR and UI-CNR McCall Outdoor Science School, McCall, Idaho

Diversify your skillset and expand your professional network through this integrative fellowship opportunity!

The Doctoral Residency in Place-based Education, Science Communication and Program Evaluation is a 12-month doctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program (NSF EPSCoR) and the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), a program of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources (UI-CNR). During this residency, the Fellow will live and work at the UI-CNR McCall Field Campus and undertake an immersive program through guided study and mentored practice with a cohort of other graduate students.  The Fellow will receive an assistantship of $21,000 plus MOSS tuition and fees.

To download the complete announcement, click HERE.

Joint Fire Science Program Fire Exchange Network Evaluation (posted March 22, 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 (

Job: Dave Tice Science Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Hot Springs, VA (posted March 22, 2017)


The goal of the David A. Tice science and stewardship annual internship program is to introduce interested persons to the Conservancy's work, providing an educational experience in which the individual contributes to important ecological management and monitoring goals on Conservancy properties.


In memory of David A. Tice, a former Board of Trustees member and visionary forester who was instrumental in many of our conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy has created a science and stewardship annual internship program. This year, the Dave Tice Science Technician will assist with habitat composition, fire effects, silvicultural treatments and avian community monitoring within our 18,000-acre Warm Springs Mountain Restoration Project located in the Allegheny Highlands of western Virginia.


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 March 26, 2017.

Job: Temporary Research Technician - University of Alaska Fairbanks (posted March 17, 2017)

Position Summary: The Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking 3 research technicians to assist with field data collection for the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Program (BNZ LTER).

Approximate employment dates are from late April through October. We are open to discussing flexibility in start and end dates for students.

Travel to plots will be by helicopter, 4-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, riverboat, and foot. Significant amounts of off-trail hiking, in steep and difficult terrain, with heavy backpacks is required. Working conditions can be difficult, with exposure to hazards such as bad weather, stinging and biting insects, and encounters with wildlife.

For more information and to apply, 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: Area Cooperative Ext. Advisor Forestry/Fire Science & Natural Resources - University of California (posted March 14, 2017)

The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for forestry/fire science and natural resources will conduct a locally-based extension, education and applied research program to address high priority issues with a focus on forest fuels accumulation that has increased high-severity wildfires that threaten forests and communities; promoting community wildfire resilience; and sustainable forest management on both private and public land. Important issues to be addressed include community and forest wildfire prevention, forest loss to urban growth, public perceptions that threaten active forest management, watershed sustainability, as well as water quality and quantity. The CE advisor will provide expertise and leadership in Western Sierra forest sustainability and resilience to wildfire and insect and disease epidemics. Key clientele include local Fire Safe Councils, biomass utilization groups, the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, the California Fire Science Consortium, timber companies, private forest landowners and concerned citizens.

For more information click here.

Job: Lead Scientist-Climate Change - The Nature Conservancy - D.C. (posted March 14, 2017)


The Lead Scientist will offer technical and science strategic leadership across the entire organization in areas such as: climate mitigation practices and technology, climate adaptation strategies, natural solutions to climate mitigation, climate-smart agriculture, and spatial planning for renewable energy. S/he will drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in solving the global climate challenge. S/he conducts original research, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences to add to the evidence base for conservation and decarbonization energy strategies in support of TNC organizational goals.

The Lead Scientist will be an active collaborator with the Science Cabinet in the Office of the Chief Scientist – a collaborative group that brings top level thought leadership to the organization’s strategy leaders, establishes and advances critical science issues with the external academic and practitioner communities, and takes on joint research to address pressing trans-disciplinary issues in conservation.


  • Fosters risk taking and innovation to strengthen the use climate change science within the organization.
  • Leads project teams and/or staff in support of major science initiatives and projects.
  • Places special emphasis on research and synthesis that advances the evidence base for understanding effectiveness of major conservation strategies in improving biodiversity and human well-being.
  • Communicates findings and best practices in high-level international forums and peer reviewed publications, and cultivates an external presence in coordination with TNC Communications team as an expert and leader in relevant disciplines
  • Provides critical, evidence-based thought leadership, advising on and influencing the creation and execution of major climate-related strategies for TNC’s five Global Programs: lands, waters, oceans, climate change and cities
  • Leads efforts to translate findings and best available science into regionally or sectorally appropriate guidelines, tools, and/or best practices for the organization and the broader conservation community
  • Enlists academic, public sector, and NGO scientists in research on challenges of interest to the organization
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits major donors and grant opportunities in support of program activities.
  • Plans, organizes and directs project programs.
  • Develops work plans and project budgets.
  • Spend 30% or more of work time travelling globally.


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 14, 2017.


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.

Job: Conservation Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Kill Devil Hills, NC (posted March 9, 2017)


The Conservation Assistant performs and participates to develop a fire response handbook that distills the information in the Dare County Peninsula Water Management Capability plan into an easy to use field manual for Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Dare County Bombing Range staff.


The Conservation Assistant position will focus on, as a part of the Albemarle-Pamlico Climate Change Adaptation Project (APCCAP) initiated by The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a multi-partner water management capability plan. This plan has been developed for over 65,000 acres in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County Bombing Range with the aim of restoring more natural hydrologic conditions, reducing saltwater intrusion, and supporting fire management. S/he will work closely with conservation staff and partners to provide a field manual to manage water flow and capacity with in the ditch network at Alligator River Refuge. S/he may also support Conservation staff with ongoing stewardship and restoration projects in the APCCAP as needed. Key projects will include:

  • Working with partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Dare County Bombing Range to develop a mutually agreed upon nomenclature for water management cells and associated structures.
  • Organizing partner meetings to define critical components of a fire response handbook.
  • Developing maps of individual water management cells that indicate the locations of primary and secondary structures.
  • Collecting and reporting data associated with water volume, structure information and fire response use for each water management cell in the Dare County Peninsula Water Management Capability Plan.
  • Designing and producing a field-ready fire response handbook in a clear and concise format.


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 April 3, 2017.

IAWF 2017 Student Scholarships (posted March 6, 2017)

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2017 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community.

The application period will be open between 6 March 2017 and 24 April 2017. Award winners will be announced in June.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student’s submitted essay. Please see the guidelines and application information for details.

Job: Northeast Indiana Stewardship Assistant - The Nature Conservancy (posted March 6, 2017)


The Conservancy owns and manages roughly 2300 acres in six counties in northeast Indiana. Our efforts include the restoration of pre-agricultural habitat through reforestation, the hydrological restoration of ephemeral and perennial wetlands, and the installation of native wetland plants. We also work to maintain valuable remnant communities through the control of invasive species, fire management, and work with neighbors to minimize ongoing threats to our states valuable Natural Heritage.


The Northeast Indiana Stewardship Assistant will be responsible for invasive species control, native wetland species plantings, tree plantation maintenance, and other preserve maintenance such as boundary posting and gate installation. Participation in controlled burning is possible if the applicant is professionally qualified. Work will require the use and maintenance of chainsaws, brush cutters, sprayers, herbicides, and other equipment. This position requires strenuous field work in a variety of environmental conditions. Lifting and often hiking/walking carrying 25+ pounds will be a routine requirement in this position. A significant amount of time will focus on identifying and treating invasive species.

This is a full-time (approximately 35 hours/week), 6-month position, beginning in late April/early May, located in northeast Indiana. Optional on-site housing is available at the Douglas Woods preserve near Hamilton, Indiana. These facilities are a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch style home, fully furnished with a functioning kitchen. Housing facilities may be shared with visiting researchers and occasional TNC staff.


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 March 30, 2017.

Job: Land Conservation Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Babson Park, FL (posted February 27, 2017)


The Land Conservation Steward performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management.


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

Participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Prescribed Fire and wildfire assistance
  • Assist partners with the fire management operations
  • Maintains vehicles, tools and equipment
  • Implements preserve management plans
  • Maintains preserve area frequented by the visiting public
  • Controls and/or monitors invasive species
  • Conducts volunteer work projects


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 3/24/17.

Job: Assistant Professor, Forest Fire Ecology and Managment - Virginia (posted February 21, 2017)

Recognizing that fire is an important component of the ecology and management of forests, the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track teaching and research appointment in Fire Ecology and Management, with emphasis on forest ecosystems. Specific research foci may vary, but might include ecology, critical ecosystems, carbon cycling, and forest regeneration and dynamics.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Teach undergraduate course(s) in forest fire ecology and management
  • Teach at the graduate level in area of specialty
  • Conduct innovative research that applies concepts of forest fire ecology to land management and sustainability, and results in peer-reviewed publication in high quality journals
  • Support graduate students and research programs with external grants and contracts
  • Advise undergraduate students and supervise graduate students
  • Participate in department and university service
  • Foster diversity and an inclusive atmosphere in the curriculum and department

To view the full job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Klamath National Forest Fire Positions (posted February 15, 2017)

The Klamath National Forest will soon be filling numerous fire positions with duty locations of Callahan, Ft. Jones, Happy Camp, Klamath River, Seiad Valley, Yreka, and Macdoel California. This notification is being circulated to inform interested applicants of upcoming opportunities.

For a full listing of available positions visit this page.

Fire Effects Information System Syntheses Suggestions Needed (posted February 6, 2017)

FEIS ecologists write syntheses about fire effects on individual species and about fire regimes in the United States to help managers, planners, and scientists find, read, and use the best available science. During their recent webinar series hosted by the Fire Science Exchange Networks, the most frequently asked question was, “How do you decide what syntheses to write and update?” One way that they decide what to write is based upon manager requests. They would like to know what Species Reviews and Fire Regime Syntheses are most needed in your area.

Please email with your suggestions.

Call for Data: US Post-Fire Tree Mortality (posted January 31, 2017)

Data contributions are being sought for a Joint Fire Sciences Program project examining tree mortality due to wildland fire in the U.S. We are interested in U.S. datasets that at minimum include year of fire, county, state, and individual tree records of species, DBH and crown injury (some measure of crown scorch, kill, and/or consumption).

These datasets will be aggregated into an archived database of post-fire tree mortality and used to:

  1. validate existing predictive post-fire mortality models and
  2. examine the influence of pre-fire climate to improve predictions of post-fire tree mortality.

The archived data product will be made publicly available within one year of project completion (approximately 2020). Additional project detail from JFSP »

Contributors will receive authorship of the formally published archived data product and, at minimum, acknowledgement of contribution in published articles.

Please contact C. Alina Cansler via or (406) 829-6980 for additional information or questions. Thank you for your interest.

Job: Wildlife Habitat Technician (posted January 30, 2017)

Locations: Huron, Pierre, Hot Springs, Watertown, South Dakota (4 Positions with approx. 6–8 months of work) NE Iowa (Dubuque/Dyersville area) & EC Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Norway area. Iowa (2 jobs, approx. 6 month positions)

Duties and Responsibilities: These positions will foster the mutual conservation objectives of Pheasants Forever (PF) and South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP) by assisting in the development of upland bird habitat on lands owned by SDGFP throughout South Dakota. The Habitat Tech. will assist the Habitat Specialist on SDGFP owned public lands by planting and cultivating food plots, improving nesting and brood rearing cover, woody cover plots and other habitat enhancement projects. These cooperatively funded positions will receive weekly work direction from the Habitat Specialist and SDGFP Regional Habitat Program Managers. Onsite work will include, but not limited to: small and large equipment operation, equipment transport, site preparation, seed mixing & planting, mechanical & chemical weed control, tillage and mowing practices, fencing, posting and signing, livestock management practices, controlled burning and other agricultural practices. Wildlife surveys may be conducted and monitoring habitat improvements will be ongoing. The ability and willingness to work long hours during crucial periods of the growing season, and coordinating work activities with SDGFP is required. Administrative duties will include, detailed record keeping, accomplishment reporting, time management, and coordination with and assisting SDGFP habitat staff with area management plans. Pheasants Forever organizational training will be provided by PF Regional Wildlife Biologist and PF National Office. Iowa habitat technicians will work with prescribed fire in early spring, then be ready for considerable tractor time seeding native nesting habitat, food plots, site inspections, maintenance mowing, tree removal, and creating fire breaks will complete your season.

For more information visit this page.

AFE's Orlando Fire Congress Calls for Proposals Now Open (posted January 17, 2017)

The Association for Fire Ecology's 7th International Fire Congress will be held November 28-December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  They will offer an exciting blend of learning opportunities for fire managers, natural resource professionals, policy leaders, and the academic and research community. Presentations will feature the latest in research results and applications.
Workshops throughout the week will provide innovative training opportunities built on the research presentations. Special sessions will focus on unifying the science and applications around key management issues. Round table discussions will allow small groups to focus on key topics and principles. Saturday field trips will demonstrate how much of the material described and discussed the rest of the week is being applied across Florida.
CALLS FOR PROPOSALS & ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN!  Click on the links below for detailed instructions and links to the Submission Forms.

Topics for Workshops, Special Session, and Presentations include, but are not limited to:
  • 20/20 Vision: Looking Back, Looking Forward
  • Fire Ecology & Effects
  • Fire Management and Use
  • Fire Modeling
  • Climate Change & Fire History
  • Restoration & Resiliency
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Policy Issues
  • Case Studies and Lessons Learned
  • Education & Communication
  • Living with Fire - Cultural, Socio-Economic, Health
  • Smoke Management & Modeling

Job: Ecological Field Monitoring Leads (posted January 11, 2017)

Job Description:

The ecological monitoring program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West.

As an element of this program, participants will implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national 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 some locations, participants will also implement the BLM Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), which is aimed at collecting habitat assessment data on public land with the purpose of informing conservation efforts for sage-grouse habitat. Opportunities in other locations (Boise, ID, Wenatchee, WA) apply 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 providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management.

For a full position description click here.

U.S. Forest Service 2017 International Seminars and Workshops (posted December 20, 2016)

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs and our partners are pleased to announce ten international seminars opportunities in 2017:
      *Application Deadline:  January 16, 2017
      *Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017
      *Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017
      *Application Deadline: February 01, 2017
       *Application Deadline:  April 01, 2017
      *Application Deadline:  January 31, 2017
      *Application Deadline:  April 1, 2017
      *Application Deadline:  TBD
     *Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON MINING (October 16, 2017-October 27, 2017)
      *Application Deadline:  June 15, 2017
Their international seminars promote collaborative approaches to natural resource management and strengthen professional networks spanning the globe.   The participatory, field-based workshops allow participants, who have diverse experience, expertise, perspectives and approaches, the opportunity to engage in meaningful deliberation, dialogue and problem solving. 
Mid- and senior-level natural resource managers with their own funding for tuition and international travel expenses are encouraged to apply for these experiential workshops. More information on the seminars, the application process, and tuition fees can be found in the attached program brochure and at
If you have any questions related to the seminars, please contact Rima Eid at 202-644-4642 or

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