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Prescribed Fire

Definition: A management ignited wildland fire that burns under specified conditions where the fire is confined to a predetermined area to produce the fire behavior and fire characteristics required to attain planned fire treatment and resource management objectives.
(National Wildfire Coordinating Group/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

Uses for prescribed fire include hazardous fuel reduction, ecological restoration and maintenance, perpetuating fire-dependent species, controlling insects and disease, improving wildlife habitat, improving forage for grazing, enhancing appearance for recreation, and improving access.

*Exerpt From: Kennard, D.K. & Wade, D. 2005. Prescribed Fire, Uses of Prescribed Fire, Planning and Conducting Prescribed Burns. In: The Forest Encyclopedia Network. http://www.forestencyclopedia.net, Encyclopedia Identification: 6064, 814, 816. [Date accessed: July 18, 2005].

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Job: Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology - Utah State University (posted June 18, 2018)

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.

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Job: National Forest Foundation Program Manager (posted June 18, 2018)

The Northern Rockies Program Manager will work closely with the Conservation Connect Director and other program staff to provide collaborative process and project management, facilitation, program development, and administrative support. The position’s primary focus is to support Idaho and Montana communities in finding and implementing solutions to meet the tremendous restoration needs on the National Forests on which they rely.

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Job: Forest Ecologist - Washington (posted June 13, 2018)

The Forest Ecologist is a senior member of the Washington Chapter’s Science Team and plays a leadership role on the Chapter’s Conservation Team, with significant strategic and partnership responsibilities.

Within the scope of the position, the Forest Ecologist will:

  • Develop landscape-scale forest management plans, conceptual and quantitative models, and design ecosystem conservation strategies in the different forest types across Washington.
  • Develop and manage the evidence base for science-based forest conservation and restoration projects, including delivery of ecosystem services.
  • Develop and provide scientific foundation for TNC’s land conservation strategies.
  • Provide research and quantitative analysis to help prioritize forest restoration and management projects.
  • Lead and manage consultant contracts, grants and/or requests for proposals.
  • May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.
  • Create, build, and maintain effective partnerships with academic, NGO, agency, and tribal scientists.
  • Mentor, support, and partner with Conservancy scientists in natural and social science disciplines.

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Job: Central Oregon Cohesive Strategy Initiative Coordinator (posted June 13, 2018)

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.

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Sagebrush Landscapes Program 2018 Request for Proposals (posted June 13, 2018)

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.

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Evaluation of the Joint Fire Science Program’s Fire Science Exchange Network (re-posted June 11, 2018)

Dear Fire Science Personnel and Community Members,

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. They are specifically interested in knowing about your opinions and experiences with the Fire Science Exchange in your region.

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. They realize that some of you may have completed a version of this survey in the past but 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 here or copy and paste the link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFLK92X

If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Evaluation Coordinator Bret Davis (775) 784-6637

This evaluation project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno and includes all of the Fire Science Exchanges across the United States.

Bill Evans, Ph.D., Professor of and Human Development and Education, University of Nevada, Reno (wevans@unr.edu)

Loretta Singletary, Ph.D., Professor-Department of Economics; Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno (singletaryl@unr.edu)

Bret Davis, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Specialist, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Nevada, Reno (bretd@unr.edu)

Chris Copp, MA, Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno (christopherjcopp@gmail.com)

Job: Forest Stewardship Program Director - The Nature Conservancy - Flagstaff, AZ (posted June 8, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The position works as part of a larger cross-departmental team of Conservancy Staff that includes the Conservancy’s contractor and agent overseeing restoration work. There are two primary areas of focus for the Forest Stewardship Project Director. The first is to work with USFS to streamline business practices associated with preparation of timber sales to achieve the supply certainty needed to reach the restoration goals of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. The position is responsible for driving technological and business practice innovations to reduce the time and cost of releasing timber for harvest, and for documenting efficiencies to facilitate time and cost-comparisons with traditional practices. The second is to work with USFS and industry partners to simplify implementation of forest operations and reduce the cost of mechanically harvesting timber. The position works with the Conservancy’s agent, providing input and oversight for implementation of the Conservancy’s agreements with USFS. The Project Director serves as liaison to the USFS coordinator responsible for the Stewardship Agreement with TNC. The position works alongside the Conservancy’s agent to negotiate work plans and related budgets with USFS and is responsible for tracking financials and project accomplishments to fulfill reporting requirements. The Project Director supervises project staff and works as part of a larger team advancing the Conservancy’s Future Forests Project.

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 5, 2018.

Job: Burn Crew Manager - The Nature Conservancy - Missouri (posted June 8, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Manager supervises Burn Crew Members 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.

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. 

The Burn Crew Manager is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice when business requires.

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 July 15, 2018.

Job: Burn Crew Member - The Nature Conservancy - Missouri (posted June 8, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Burn Crew Member travels extensively as part of a six person fire crew responsible for preparation and implementation of prescribed fire at sites throughout Missouri in woodland and grassland fuels.  Burn Crew Members will assist with fireline construction, burn unit preparation, and participate in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, etc.  Experience on fires may afford Task Book sign-off for some fireline positions.

The Prescribed Burn Crew is required to live in fire management facilities in Van Buren and be available for work on short notice when business requires.

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 July 3, 2018.

Job: Fire Management Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Little Rock, AR (posted June 5, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Fire Management Technician participates in wildland fire operations which include ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, monitoring, and other tasks as assigned.

Additional tasks include preparing fire lines, maintaining equipment, post-burn monitoring and other tasks as assigned. 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 fire activities in partnership with other non-profits, local fire departments, and local, state and federal agencies.

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 July 3, 2018.

Job: CFL Land Conservation Specialist - The Nature Conservancy - Kissimmee, FL (posted June 4, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Land Conservation Specialist works with staff, volunteers, and leads work teams to ensure objectives of a preserve’s strategic plan and land management plan are implemented. They work primarily at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, but also provide support to Tiger Creek Preserve as well as TNC’s secondary preserves in central Florida. They serve in a wildland fire leadership role on prescribed burns and wildfire incidences. This position is required to meet NWCG qualifications of a RXB2 burn boss within 2 years of employment; Inability to meet this requirement may be grounds for dismissal. They support the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species, supports resource monitoring, maintains tools and equipment, operates heavy machinery, and opens and closes preserve to the visiting public. They are required to live onsite at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana, Fl. and respond to after-hour security and emergency needs.

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 June 29, 2018

Job: Conservation Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Morocco, IN (posted May 31, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Technician will assist with all aspects of preserve management, including the development and coordination of conservation programs, maintaining preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removing exotic species and/or monitor and participate in research, maintaining and operating heavy machinery, opening and closing the preserve to the visiting public.  They will also assist with our prescribed fire and bison management programs.

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 June 29, 2018.

Job: Willamette Basin Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Eugene, OR (posted May 29, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Willamette Basin Steward is primarily responsible for the coordination and implementation of stewardship and management activities on Willamette Valley preserves. This includes all aspects of preserve operation, maintenance, planning, monitoring, data management, and ecological restoration, as well as operation of heavy equipment and maintenance of tools & equipment.  This person coordinates contracted work teams, volunteers, and community support and engagement activities, and also provides for and monitors public use. The position works closely with Oregon chapter teams and appropriate stakeholders to develop or advance preserve-related strategies and regional conservation efforts.

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 June 26, 2018.

Job: Restoration Assistant - The Nature Conservancy - Michigan (posted May 29, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Restoration Assistant helps maintain preserves in areas that are remote and off limits to the public or preserves that are frequented by the visiting public and performs land management activities.  S/he manages natural resources, removes invasive/exotic species using mechanical and/or chemical methods, and conducts species monitoring.  S/he may assist in prescribed fires and operates/maintains tools and equipment. S/he will use GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) to identify, record and map non-native, invasive species. The applicant will use and maintain equipment, power tools, vehicles, trailers and GPS units. The successful applicant will be able to navigate natural areas with map and compass.  The Restoration Assistant crew member will maintain preserve records using a database on a Windows PC.

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 June 24, 2018.

Job: Agassiz Beach Ridges Conservation Technician - The Nature Conservancy - Glyndon, MN (posted May 25, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The ABRCT will lead work teams that will conduct management activities that will include assisting with prescribed burning, clearing and mowing firebreaks, repairing and organizing burn equipment, tree and brush cutting, fence construction/removal, parking area maintenance, maintaining vehicles and mileage log sheets, meeting with local landowners, identifying management needs for preserves, assisting with field trips, working with volunteers and contractors, and other land management tasks as needed.  The CPIII maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species, maintains tools and equipment and operates heavy machinery.  Additional functions may include contract planning and project oversight working with a wide array of private contractors.  This is a full-time seasonal, term position with a start date of mid-July, 2018 and end date of June 26, 2020.  This term position will be 10 months a year (December and January off). 

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 June 21, 2018.

Job: Biological Field Technician II - The Nature Conservancy - Mississippi (posted May 24, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Biological Field Technician II performs field work in remote settings to assist with the development and implementation of long-term life history and population monitoring of the Black Pine snake, Gopher tortoise and other rare and endangered herptofauna projects.  Work also includes monitoring breeding activities, head starting and translocation of the Dusky Gopher frog.  S/he gathers and synthesizes data related to at-risk species management in order to create conservation activities and implementation plans.  S/he works with staff and partners to create conservation plans to identify priorities.         

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  •     Coordinates with Wildlife Biologist and Biological Field Technician I to perform projects.
  •     Assists with black pine snake, gopher tortoise and other projects to include, but not limited to, building traps, identifying potential trap sites, installation of drift fences, trapping, radio telemetry, identification of reptiles and amphibians, habitat characterization and restoration.
  •     Assists with gopher tortoise projects to include, but not limited to, egg nest surveys/transport, incubation care, hatchling tortoise care, burrow surveys/scoping, sampling vegetation in association with habitat characterization, checking traps.
  •     Performs Camp Shelby Burrowing Crayfish surveys and sampling.
  •     Assists with field surveys for threatened and endangered species for specific project areas as requested by the Mississippi Military Department (MMD).
  •     Captures field collected GPS data for incorporation into a GIS database.
  •     Manages the rare fauna GIS database following MMD standards.
  •     Uses ArcGIS to create maps relevant to specific projects and reports.
  •     Performs data entry, analysis and interpretation of projects.
  •     Presents data and findings as requested by the Wildlife Biologist.
  •     Writes appropriate section(s) of the annual report.  Writes other reports related to projects.
  •     Assists with prescribed burns on Department of Defense (DoD) and TNC lands.
  •     Performs various administrative duties.
  •     May work with a small group of staff or volunteers on a project basis.                                          
  •     Purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.
  •     Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

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 June 20, 2018.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

    Coordinates with Wildlife Biologist and Biological Field Technician I to perform projects.

    Assists with black pine snake, gopher tortoise and other projects to include, but not limited to, building traps, identifying potential trap sites, installation of drift fences, trapping, radio telemetry, identification of reptiles and amphibians, habitat characterization and restoration.

    Assists with gopher tortoise projects to include, but not limited to, egg nest surveys/transport, incubation care, hatchling tortoise care, burrow surveys/scoping, sampling vegetation in association with habitat characterization, checking traps.

    Performs Camp Shelby Burrowing Crayfish surveys and sampling.

    Assists with field surveys for threatened and endangered species for specific project areas as requested by the Mississippi Military Department (MMD).

    Captures field collected GPS data for incorporation into a GIS database.

    Manages the rare fauna GIS database following MMD standards.

    Uses ArcGIS to create maps relevant to specific projects and reports.

    Performs data entry, analysis and interpretation of projects.

    Presents data and findings as requested by the Wildlife Biologist.

    Writes appropriate section(s) of the annual report.  Writes other reports related to projects.

    Assists with prescribed burns on Department of Defense (DoD) and TNC lands.

    Performs various administrative duties.

    May work with a small group of staff or volunteers on a project basis.                                          

    Purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.

    Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Wildland Firefighter Health and Behavior Study (posted May 22, 2018)

You are invited to participate in an ANONYMOUS survey about the health risks of current and former wildland firefighters. This study is facilitated by the University of Montana and is not associated with any agency or group employing wildland firefighters.

Why participate in this study?

The long-term physical, psychological, and behavioral health risks of wildland firefighters are not well-documented in research. By voicing your experiences as a participant in this study, you are making an important contribution toward understanding and improving wildland firefighter health. Results of the study may play an important role in advocating for programs, policy, and future research aimed at improving wildland firefighter health and safety.

For more information and to take the survey, click HERE.

Job: Ordway Prairie Field Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Leola, SD (posted May 21, 2018)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Field Steward plans and directs preserve programs and stewardship for The Nature Conservancy’s 7,800 acre Ordway Prairie Preserve. The Field Steward is responsible for ensuring that all facilities, preserve grounds, and equipment are in good repair and well organized.  The Field Steward will implement preserve management plans using an adaptive management process – including chemical, biological, and mechanical control of noxious weeds, grazing management, and fire management as well as participate in research and monitoring programs.  The Field Steward will coordinate projects and lead crews consisting of staff, volunteers, interns, and/or contractors.  The Field Steward will serve as a community liaison and promote the Conservancy’s mission by assisting visitors and partners on identified projects. The Field Steward may lead education and outreach events for diverse audiences. The Field Steward will assist with livestock management including daily care of the resident bison herd.  This is a full-time, benefited position. Work hours can vary from 35 to >50 hours per week with possible evening, weekend, or holiday work required depending on the season and associated work duties.

Housing for the Field Steward and immediate family is available on the preserve.  In order to effectively conduct the essential functions of the position, it is strongly suggested the Field Steward live on the preserve or within a reasonable distance agreed upon with the supervisor so that the Steward is able to respond to emergency, urgent and routine issues and events on the preserve including but not limited to cattle and bison management, security, equipment failures and visitors.

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 June 24, 2018.

Job: Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Ainsworth, NE (posted May 16, 2018)

Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs.  Activities will include providing technical assistance to landowners regarding rangeland and wildlife management, habitat planning, contract coordination, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting.  Conduct and coordinate training sessions that include workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals.  Provide technical assistance related to prescribed fire to private landowners and public organizations.  Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever on to help coordinate and influence habitat and rangeland management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings.  Implement conservation programs to improve rangeland management, grassland restoration, and wildlife habitat management on private lands.  Assist or coordinate activities and projects as assigned by supervisor.

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Partner Publication: Modeling and Mapping the Probability of High-Severity Fire in the Western US (posted April 19, 2018)

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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