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Hazard & Risk

Definitions: Hazard - A fuel complex defined by kind, arrangement, volume, condition, and location that forms a special threat of ignition and resistance to control. Risk - The chance of fire starting as determined by the presence and activity of causative agents.
(National Wildfire Coordinating Group/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

The hazard and risk topic page contains resources related to the study of hazards associated with wildland fire in the environment as well as risk management and risk assessment.

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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: Northeast Indiana Stewardship Assistant - The Nature Conservancy (posted May 9, 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), lasting no more than 6 months (actual length will depend on start date), 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 May 22, 2017.

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.

Job: Restoration Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Bristol, FL (posted April 27, 2017)


The Restoration Technician is based in the North Florida Program office and participates in Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service and other partner land management and restoration activities.

This is a collaborative position between The Nature Conservancy’s North Florida Program (NFL) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Apalachicola National Forest. The work will be shared between the two cooperators across the central panhandle region. This full-time position has currently identified financial support until September 30th, 2018 and no guarantees can be made that the position will extend beyond that date. However, The Nature Conservancy is an employer at will and the employment relationship may end at any time. Co-ed housing and basic utilities, with the exception of telephone, will be provided in a Conservancy residence as taxable income to the employee.


The Restoration Technician performs land management and restoration activities in the longleaf pine community and embedded isolated wetlands. S/he removes exotic species, participates in prescribed fire program, assists in forestry field data collection, assists with restoration contract management and oversight, and conducts rare species monitoring. S/he assists with fleet, equipment and tool maintenance. The Restoration and Invasive Species Technician will maintain 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 5/24/17.

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 (

American Forest Foundation Network Partner Program Grant (posted April 14, 2017)


Reducing the threat of uncharacteristically severe wildfire to safeguard western water supply - Building local capacity to empower now-unengaged private forest landowners across Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) invites submission of proposal s for a renewable 2-year Network Partner Program grant to implement outreach and engagement projects targeting non-industrial private forest landowners in defined sub-watersheds in Colorado, Utah, or New Mexico. These projects will prioritize outreach to now-unengaged landowner populations at a scale commensurate with the conservation challenge, adopt social marketing best practices, and reflect strategies that provide interested landowners with a range of services over time, including but not limited to technical and/or financial assistance, that empower those landowners to restore fire resiliency to their property and in so doing demonstrably safeguard water quality.

For more information click here.

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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