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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., Encyclopedia Identification: 6064, 814, 816. [Date accessed: July 18, 2005].

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(Please Note: The announcements listed below include all announcements posted to FRAMES and are not all necessarily specific to this category. Please stay tuned for future improvements to the filtering and display of announcements.)

Job: Wildland Firefighter (Prescribed Fire/Fuels)/Equipment Operator - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA (posted August 13, 2018)

The incumbent will operate heavy equipment to support wildland fire management constructing and maintaining fire and fuel breaks, roads and trails and perform mechanical fuel reduction treatments with a masticator for wildfire prevention/control. Equipment Operators operate and perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment such as bulldozers, motor-graders, skid steers, heavy duty transports, and trucks. Operators not currently qualified in wildland fire will be trained in firefighting and the use of heavy equipment in wildland fire management. Incumbent will be a member of a Wildland Fire Support Module (WSM) for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch based at Vandenberg AFB, CA. WSM is responsible for executing prescribed fire projects, mechanical fuel treatments, and assisting with wildfire suppression on numerous Air Force installations within the area of responsibility. This positions is located at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

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Job: Wildland Firefighter (Prescribed Fire/Fuels) - Vandenberg AFB, CA (posted August 13, 2018)

The incumbents will be members of a Wildland Fire Support Module for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Center based at Vandenberg AFB, CA. WSM is responsible for executing prescribed fire projects, mechanical fuel treatments, and assisting with wildfire suppression on numerous Air Force installations within the area of responsibility. This position is located at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

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Job: Hubbard Conservation Fellowship - The Nature Conservancy - Wood River, NE (posted August 10, 2018)


The Hubbard Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates, and bridges the gap between school and career by providing comprehensive experience working for a conservation organization.  The Hubbard Fellow will participate in a wide range of conservation activities, including prairie restoration, invasive species control, prescribed fire, fence building and repair, data collection and entry, conservation planning, grant writing, leading tours, giving presentations to various groups, budget creation, and more.  The Fellow will also travel to multiple Conservancy sites, attend conservation-related meetings and conferences, and shadow Conservancy and partner staff in various capacities.  In addition, the Fellow will plan and conduct an independent project catered to the Fellow’s individual interests and career objectives.  The Fellow will need to work closely with Conservancy staff, cooperating scientists, volunteers, and graduate students.  This twelve-month (full-time) position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions.  The Hubbard Fellow is supervised by the Director of Science, and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers.  This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, NE, and will run from February 4, 2019 through January 31, 2020.  Housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve.


Click here for more information about and to apply to this position. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 21, 2018.

FEMA announces Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) Fiscal Year 2018 (posted August 9, 2018)

FEMA announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 application cycle on August 3, 2018.  The application period is October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.  The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is posted on  The FY 2018 PDM Fact Sheet provides an overview of the agency's priorities for this year.  FEMA will offer NOFO webinars for potential applicants prior to opening the application period. View the complete webinar schedule.

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AFE Wildland Fire Professional Certification and Acacemic Program Certification Deadline is Sept. 1st (re-posted August 8, 2018)

AFE has a certification program for fire ecologists, managers, and technicians, as well as an academic certification program. We now have more than 100 certified wildland fire ecologists, managers, and technicians and 9 certified academic programs. You can be next - Get Certified!
Applications for both certification programs  
are due September 1, 2018.

Prescribed fire training in Florida (posted August 8, 2018)

The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (PFTC), located in Tallahassee, Florida has announced their FY 2019 training sessions. Applications for FY2019 Sessions are now open and must be received at PFTC by October 15, 2018.

These 20-day sessions facilitate the completion of prescribed fire task books. The Center provides opportunities to participate in prescribed burns involving the lands of land management agencies in Florida and several surrounding states. A variety of applicable prescribed fire objectives and situations will be encountered in a field environment.

Applications from disciplines other than fire management are strongly encouraged. While our primary mission is the training of individuals with task books related to RX quals, the Center encourages all levels and disciplines of applicants who are interested in furthering their knowledge of prescribed fire.

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Job: Resource Assistants Program and Public Lands Corps (posted August 8, 2018)

The Forest Service is hiring individuals who are eligible to apply for positions using the Resource Assistants Program (RAP) and Public Lands Corps (PLC) hiring authorities. Positions are available across the country on USAJOBS and open until August 20, 2018. If you have completed a RAP or PLC project, consider a long-term career with us!

Available Positions:

  • Administrative Support Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Forester
  • Forestry Technician (Recreation)
  • Forestry Technician (Timber Sales Prep)
  • Geographic Systems Specialist
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Planner
  • Social Science/Biological Science/Physical Science Information Specialist
  • Timber Resource Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist

Visit the RAP and PLC Hiring Event webpage for more information on eligibility requirements, required documents, locations and a schedule of upcoming Tips for Applicants webinars.

Check it out: Fire science between the covers - Field Guide to the Canadian FBP System (posted August 6, 2018)

With all of the tools, supplies and gear that fire managers need, the last thing you would expect them to take to a wildfire is a book. But Steve Taylor’s little red book, Field Guide to the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System, has been part of fire manager and fire crew leaders’ toolkits for over 20 years. Taylor and retired fire researcher Marty Alexander, have blended the complex series of mathematical equations that make up the system with their own knowledge and experience in the 120 page guide.

Read more in the Natural Resources Canada 'Simply Science' article

View the FRAMES Resource Catalog record

Job: Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program Hiring Event - California (posted August 3, 2018)

The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program (link is external) develops the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Selected applicants will attend a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program, which includes a two month-long residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California. Apprentices will be paid and all costs of training will be covered by the Forest Service.

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PhD Graduate Research Assistantship - University of Missouri (posted August 3, 2018)

The duties of this position will include field sampling of bottomland hardwood forests, organization and analyses of data collected previously and by the candidate, and the completion of a dissertation and peer-reviewed publications, as well as the successful completion of the requirements of the degree. Competitive candidates for this position will have a M.S. degree in forestry or a closely related discipline, proficiency in written and oral communication, strong GRE scores, and evidence of scholastic success. Preference will be given to applicants who are self-motivated and enthusiastic about conducting field-based research. The position will be based in Columbia, MO, with field work throughout different bottomland hardwood ecosystems in Missouri.

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Job: Fall Crew Member - Montana (posted August 3, 2018)

Primary duties of the Corps Member (CM) include establishing and maintaining good working relationships with regional staff, leaders and other members, project technical advisors, and volunteers in order to complete natural resource and community service projects. Primary duties also include participating in all elements of the MCC program to the best of their ability, performing designated crew role functions and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the program. The Corps Member will utilize the support of their Crew Leader(s) and regional staff to complete their term of service successfully. The Corps Member is an AmeriCorps member and is entitled to the benefit package offered all AmeriCorps members. The Corps Member is supervised by the Regional Program Manager. This position should be viewed not as a 9-5 job but as an experience where long hours and extended time away from home, often in remote locations on difficult terrain and in all weather conditions, are to be expected. This position will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.

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Job: Private Lands Restoration Program Manager - Minnesota (posted August 3, 2018)

The Private Lands Restoration Program Manager (Program Manager) is responsible for delivering habitat restoration projects in support of Minnesota Land Trust’s activities in select program areas. The Land Trust has begun to expand delivery of habitat restoration and management to private landowners who have protected their property with a conservation easement. The Program Manager will supervise projects and collaborate with land protection staff and partners to deliver on-the-ground results. The Program Manager will also be expected to develop new opportunities. The Program Manager works directly with the Land Trust’s conservation partners including, local units of government, tribal natural resource managers, state and federal agencies and the Land Trust’s Director of Restoration Programs to develop and complete projects.

The Program Manager reports to the Director of Restoration Programs and may supervise volunteers, or temporary staff. The Program Manager will work closely with Land Protection Program Area Managers to coordinate land protection and restoration activities in specific areas of the State. Duties include development and administration of contracts and other agreements and coordination among a wide variety of contractors, consultants, agency partners and private landowners.

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Job: Private Lands Wildlife Biologist - Colorado (posted August 3, 2018)

The Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (PLWB) program is a partnership among the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (Bird Conservancy) focused on delivering wildlife conservation programs on private lands in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The program provides technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands. By integrating Bird Conservancy technical resources with NRCS and partner funding mechanisms and technical capacities, the PLWB partnership supports a collaborative and human-focused approach to private lands conservation. The PLWB will implement this work on agricultural lands, grassland, and wetland/riparian communities and focus on providing technical assistance that complements landowner objectives and enhances and restores bird and other wildlife habitat. Special emphasis will be placed on implementing programs utilizing Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL) Initiative resources and targeting projects in riparian habitat that supports SWFL conservation. There is considerable opportunity to engage landowners in the southern part of the valley, where the private land ownership is extensive (>90%) and where Hispanic/Latino culture and language is integrated into the conservation context. Currently, the Bird Conservancy PLWB partnership operates in six western states (Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana) and Mexico (Chihuahua). PLWBs succeed through direct and meaningful relationships with landowners and supported by NRCS incentives provided through US Farm Bill and other habitat enhancement programs. This position will be located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado (Alamosa filed office preferred) and will require travel throughout the region. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.

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Job: Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Wenatchee, WA (posted August 2)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, project, Natural Resource Specialist 2 position located in the Wildlife Program, Lands Division, Land Stewardship and Operations Section. The duty station is 303 South Mission Wenatchee, WA 98807, with travel throughout Region 2 this includes the counties of Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2018. Interviews for this position is tentatively scheduled for the week of September 4th through 7th, 2018.


  • Manage forests on wildlife areas in Chelan, Okanogan and northern Kittitas counties.
  • Project design and preparation.
  • Identify treatment units (commercial or pre-commercial)
  • Assist the Statewide Forester in presenting projects to the district team
  • Coordinate scheduling of cultural resource surveys with agency archeologist
  • Project layout including locating unit boundaries, implementing leave tree strategies (marking and/or operator select prescription), identifying harvest road and maintenance needs, designing roads, identifying harvest systems, laying out regulatory buffers (Riparian Management and Wetland Management Zones), identifying wildlife mitigation measures and timber cruising.
  • Prepare necessary documents to implement the project including Forest Practice Applications (FPA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist, project advertisements and contracts
  • Identify post-thinning follow up treatments (slash burning, prescribed fire, slashing, etc.) as needed.

Evaluate the effectiveness of forest habitat manipulation strategies.

  • Under the supervision of agency biologists, utilize ecological integrity monitoring approaches to evaluate project effects.
  • Conduct tree seedling stocking surveys to ensure compliance with Forest Practices reforestation standards.
  • Under the supervision of agency biologists, evaluates wildlife benefits as necessary.

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Job: Stewardship Project Manager - California (posted August 2, 2018)

Big Sur Land Trust is seeking an experienced full-time Stewardship Project Manager with strong land management, organizational, and interpersonal skills. This manager will work to design and implement effective, efficient, and engaging projects that strengthen the ecological integrity of the land, care for infrastructure, strengthen and build communities, and inspire a robust land ethic. The successful applicant will possess the technical, physical, and cooperative skill sets to advance projects both independently and in a team setting.

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Job: Conservation Coordinator - The Nature Conservancy - Wilmington, NC (posted August 1, 2018)


The Conservation Coordinator may manage conservation data, participate in conservation planning, develop project packages, respond to landowner inquiries and maintain manual project records.  May include collecting, assembling and analyzing various types of data, in the field or through document surveys, producing maps using GIS software and assisting in the production of reports.  Work may be done in the field (species monitoring) or be based entirely in an office setting, compiling the information collected by others.

The Conservation Coordinator will work in the Southern Coastal Plain Program office in Wilmington, NC and provides project management, administrative and other general support toward the achievement of conservation goals. The Conservation Coordinator, working closely with the Coastal Fire and Restoration Manager, is responsible for public outreach, volunteer coordination, event management, and a variety of applied conservation duties as well as administrative and clerical tasks at the Conservancy’s Wilmington Program Office. The Conservation Coordinator will have stewardship responsibilities including conservation easement and habitat monitoring, assistance in prescribed burning, land management and conservation planning. He/she will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating local volunteers, performing general outreach and assisting in partnerships. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits.

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.


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 September 10, 2018.

Job: Aravaipa Land Steward - The Nature Conservancy - Wilcox, AZ (posted August 1, 2018)


The Aravaipa Land Steward coordinates preserve stewardship work and general operations including maintenance and general preserve management.  Implements preserve management plans, which may include species monitoring and research, exotic species control, prescribed burning, boundary posting, preserve building maintenance, trail and/or equipment maintenance, field trips and volunteer stewardship workdays. Maintains database for monitoring information such as stream flow, rare species, and precipitation. May create and compile GIS information and databases for the Aravaipa watershed and greater Galiuro Mountain complex. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain. Works under physically demanding circumstances.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 28, 2018.

California’s Ready, Set, Go! 2018 Fire Prevention Grant Program Re-opens (posted July 30, 2018)

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) will be re-opening it’s $5.45 million grant competition for 2018 Fire Prevention Grants Program for funding for fire prevention education, planning  and hazardous fuels reduction projects.

The application period will re-open on August 1, 2018 and close on August 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. PT (Pacific Time).

Click here for additional information.

IAWF Mentoring Program (posted July 26, 2018)

The IAWF is piloting a Mentoring Program and would like to invite you to participate, either as a mentor or mentee. They are currently gathering a list of interested individuals, who will then be matched based on interests and geographical locations if possible.

Click here to apply to the program.

Job: Natural Climate Solutions Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Portland State University (posted July 26, 2018)

Research Objective: The postdoctoral research associate will extend the work of Cameron et al. (2017) and build on existing TNC science. The first project will be to conduct a meta-analysis of existing literature and datasets to identify the potential for various natural climate solution “pathways” to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and/or increased carbon sequestration in the Pacific Northwest. Natural climate solutions pathways may include but are not limited to avoided conversion of natural lands, ecological restoration, improved forest management, reforestation, and other related conservation actions. The natural climate solutions pathways analysis may also address the contribution of different pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (and/ or increasing carbon sequestration) under various social, economic, or policy scenarios, as well as the projected impacts of climate change on these pathways (via altered physical and biological processes).

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Nominations for the 2018 IAWF Wildland Fire Safety Award (posted July 24, 2018)

Awarded to someone in the wildland firefighting community who has made a significant contribution to wildland firefighter safety, either directly on the fireline, or indirectly through management, cultural changes, or through wildland fire research. Their contribution is frequently beyond their normal everyday job expectations - sometimes at the potential risk to their own career, and their example can encourage others to act in a similar manner.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions.

Use this link to submit a nomination.

Jobs: AmeriCorps Stewardship Assistant - TNC - Texas (several locations) (posted July 24, 2018)


This AmeriCorps position serves with The Nature Conservancy over an 11-month period to advance our work in improving private and public lands, providing education and training in stewardship and environmental practices, and growing our volunteer support.  S/he will be responsible for a variety of land stewardship activities in support of preserve goals in restoring and stewarding coastal prairie at the Texas City Prairie Preserve and surrounding projects. For more information regarding member living stipend, benefits and education award, please visit the AmeriCorps Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) website.


For more information about and to apply to this position in Celeste, TX, click HERE.

For more information about and to apply to this position in Brownsville, TX, click HERE.

For more information about and to apply to this position in Texas City, TX, click HERE.

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 20, 2018.

Job: Americorps Fire Management Technician - TNC - Little Rock, AR (posted July 23, 2018)


This AmeriCorps position serves with The Nature Conservancy over an 11-month period to advance our work in improving private and public lands, providing education and training in stewardship and environmental practices, and growing our volunteer support.  S/he will be responsible for a variety of land stewardship activities in support of the Arkansas program/preserve goals.

This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.  Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor (Site Coordinator and/or AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) in alignment with the grant and not unallowable or prohibited activities and subject to reasonable accommodation.  This position is contingent on funding.  This position does have reoccurring access to vulnerable populations.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2018.

Job: Fire Effects and Communications Specialist - TNC - Durham, NC (posted July 23, 2018)


The Fire Effects and Communications Specialist will develop story maps which interpret and visually display data pertaining to fire ecology in the Southern Blue Ridge (SBR) and illustrate why and how the network partners are working toward promoting resilient pine and oak forests. He/she will help assess how models predict fuel consumption predicted in models (Consume and FEPS) compared to pre- and post-burn data collected in monitoring plots to inform adjustments managers should consider when using existing standard fuel information. He/she will provide support for smoke modeling by chapter staff and make existing data sets more accessible to network partners. This is a short-term, full-time position, lasting approximately 10 weeks in duration.  The hourly pay is $15.00/hr., and is anticipated to start on October 1, 2018.


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 17, 2018.


Graduate Fellowship: Native American Forestry - Northern Arizona Universty (posted July 20, 2018)

Two Master’s-level fellowships are available in the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University
(NAU), Flagstaff, AZ. The fellowship program is supported by the US Department of Agriculture under
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants

The program goal is to produce the next generation of Native American leaders. Fellows are expected
to conduct research aimed at managing resilient forest agroecosystems in tribal lands, and engaging in
tribal outreach, teaching and community engagement. Project directors are Dr. Yeon-Su Kim; Dr.
Thomas Kolb; Dr. Peter Fulé, Dr. Andrew Sánchez-Meador at School of Forestry and Dr. Manley Begay
at Applied Indigenous Studies. Other partners include the Institute for Tribal Environmental
Professionals (ITEP), and other supporting units at NAU and various land management agencies and
Native American tribal governments. The fellowship includes a stipend ($18,500/yr for two years),
tuition waiver, health insurance, and educational allowance.

For more information, contact Dr. Yeon-Su Kim at (or call 928-523-6643). Review
of applications will begin on October 1, 2018
If you are interested, please send:

  •  A one-page letter (email is satisfactory) describing qualifications and experience
  •  A two-page written essay or 2~3-minute video explaining career goals
  •  An up-to-date resume
  •  Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two references.

Fellows will be selected based on academic ability and genuine interest in Native American forestry, as
well as their lived experiences and leadership potential as tribal leaders. Candidates with demonstrated
experience in some of the following areas will be preferred:

  •  Native American forests and/or tribal forest management
  •  Tribal community engagement and outreach
  •  Good written and oral communication skills
  •  Interdisciplinary collaboration
  •  B.S. in ecology, biology, natural resource management, or a social science major related to Native American resource management, such as Applied Indigenous Studies or anthropology

The preferred start date is Spring 2019 (January, 2019) but this can be adjusted.

Forestry is a very diverse field. This project is related both to natural and social sciences. If you don´t
have a background in forestry, please contact us to talk about it. Information about the graduate
program is available at Northern Arizona University is a
leading U.S. institution serving Native students and the School of Forestry was ranked among the top for
education of Native American professionals.

Job: Ecologist - Climate Change Specialist - AECOM - Oakland, CA (posted July 20, 2018)

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Ecologist - Climate Change Specialist for immediate employment for the Oakland, CA office. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

  • Works with a team of engineers, scientists, and sustainability planners to support climate change vulnerability and risk assessments and adaptation strategies, focusing on natural systems and habitats, that consider an array of climate impacts, including sea level rise, precipitation, and temperature

  • Provide nature-based restoration and green infrastructure solutions to sea level rise and other climate resiliency projects

  • Act as technical resource in the climate science arena, including having a solid understanding of the current state of the science associated with climate change ecology

  • Exhibit a broad understanding of local, regional, and national policies and guidance related to climate science and climate change adaptation planning with respect to natural resources

  • Conduct field site visits and biological and ecological surveys to collect relevant data

  • Coauthor planning documents, technical reports, environmental permit applications, and data entry

  • Accompany senior staff to client meetings and serve as technical liaison to other team members

  • Remain active in the relevant academic, scientific, and professional community through presentations and participation in relevant seminars, conferences and symposiums and other activities

  • Manage tasks and ensure that task-related work is completed on schedule and within the allocated budget

  • Serve as Deputy Project Manager on project work, assisting with project budget, milestone, and timeline management

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Job: Forestry Field Technicians - Michigan (posted July 20, 2017)

Description: The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking for 6 full-time field technicians for August through the end of October.

We are an applied forest ecology (silviculture) lab with a current focus on exploring alternative management regimes in northern hardwood forests. Field technician’s duties will include characterizing vegetation structure in recently harvested forests that are part of a long-term silvicultural system experiment. Field sites are throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan.

Desired skills: Experience or aptitude for plant identification and GPS navigation; interest in forest ecology/silviculture; experience and/or desire to work outdoors in rugged conditions. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Time Frame: August (flexible start date) to end of October

Pay rate: $11.50/hr minimum, commensurate with experience. Typically 40 hours/week. We provide housing during work trips and 4 x 4 truck to travel between field sites and field housing.

To apply: Submit a CV or resume, list of three references with contact information (including email and phone number), and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as your dates of availability, to Mike Walters with “Walters Lab Summer Field Technician” in the subject line.

Internships: Agro-ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station - Florida (posted July 20, 2018)

Research in:

Wetland ecology
Plant community ecology
Disturbance ecology

We study:

Ecology of wetlands and wet prairies
Ranchland management on plant communities
Invasive species
On Archbold’s full scale commercial cattle ranch

Interns get: room, weekly $100 stipend, food allowance.

Interns work: 20 hours per week as research assistants

Independent Project: conducted during remainder of the time.

Duration: 6-10 months

Start dates: flexible

Click here for more information.

Job: Forester - Auburn, CA (posted July 20, 2018)



The Forester will apply a wide variety of forest management techniques while managing multiple projects.


•Complete planning, layout, and operational supervision of forest restoration and timber harvesting projects on private and public lands.

•Complete project mapping using office and field GIS applications.

•Complete project specific reports to support CEQA and NEPA compliance.


•May supervise daily activities of forest operations and associated sub-contractors.

Click here for additional information.

Job: AmeriCorps Stewardship Assistant - TNC - Michigan (posted July 19, 2018)


The Steward Assistant will serve with Conservation staff and serve in teams to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of preserve management plans.

  •     Maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
  •     Removes exotic species and/or monitors and researches species
  •     May maintain and operate tools and equipment with training in a safe and efficient manner while taking appropriate care of equipment (e.g. lawn mower, chain saw, tractor, two-way radio, fire management equipment, etc.)
  •     Identify and map invasive species
  •     Collect native seeds
  •     Use GPS technology to quantify areas of treatment, differentially identified based on species and fuel types
  •     Use GIS and tablet technology to map monitoring and treatment sites
  •     Enters natural resource and management data into computer databases
  •     Receive certificate and training in prescribed burns
  •     Pass physical Pack-test for s130/190 certification
  •     Receive CPR/First Aide Training
  •     Work with a burn team to implement prescribed burn
  •     May organize volunteer events, engage local participants to treat invasive species, plant native plants, etc. 
  •     Improve coordination among stakeholders and partners working on fuels reduction, forest restoration, and invasive plant control
  •     Communicate conservation efforts being implemented such as forest thinning, prescribed fire, and invasive plant control to stakeholders, partners, and the general public


For more information about and to apply to this position, click HERE. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 17, 2018.

2018 Wildland Firefighter Helmet Evaluation (posted July 18, 2018)

The U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program (NTDP), is evaluating wildland firefighter helmets.
The current Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Redbook) require all wildland firefighters to wear helmets at all times while in the fire area. 
Forest Service personnel must use helmets that meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1977 Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting requirements. U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) personnel must use helmets that meet industrial head protection criteria of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1, Type 1, Class G, or NFPA-1977.
A Type 1 helmet is intended to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow to the top of the head. A Class G helmet is intended to reduce the danger of contact with low voltage (2,200 volts/2.2 kilovolts) electrical conductors.
Your responses to the questionnaire will help NTDP determine if the current helmet design and requirements meet the needs of the wildland firefighter. Your feedback will assist in the development of possible improvements. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this evaluation. Your valuable feedback helps improve the safety, quality, and function of wildland firefighting equipment.

Please respond to this evaluation by September 30, 2018.

Job: Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire & Fuels) John Day, OR (posted July 17, 2018)

GS-0401-9/11 –Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed fire & fuels) Permanent


Blue Mountain Ranger District

John Day, Oregon

The Malheur National Forest is at the center of a nationally recognized effort that is doubling the scale of restoration in Eastern Oregon. If you are looking for an opportunity to do ground breaking nationally recognized work we are certain you will find a refreshing approach to leadership in natural resource management. The vacancy announcement number will be shared when it’s ready, to those interested in the position and those who respond to this outreach.

Anyone interested in further information may contact Brandon Culley, DFMO, at (541)575-3406, or


This is a permanent full-time position that serves as the Fire Management Specialist on the Blue Mountain Ranger District, Malheur National Forest. The position supervises one GS-9 Fire Management Specialist and GS-7 Fuels Technicians. The direct supervisor of this position is the DFMO. This is a Secondary Firefighter position and the incumbent may covered. IFPM standards must be met. Housing is not available.

To download the entire job announcement, click HERE.

Job: Natural Resource Crew Supervisor - Cotati, CA (posted July 11, 2018)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

The Natural Resource Crew Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of supervision for a crew of 8-12 young adults and will lead the crew in successfully completing natural resource projects, including habitat restoration, fire fuel reduction, creek maintenance and restoration, and trail building.

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Postdoc: Climate Change, Fire, and Plant Physiology - University of British Columbia (posted July 10, 2018)

The postdoc will help develop, evaluate, and refine a next-generation modeling framework for predicting climate change effects on plant responses to multiple interacting disturbances. This includes extending current trait-based models for fire and drought effects on whole-plant function, and implementing these into the physics-based FIRETEC coupled fire-atmosphere model and a coupled surface-subsurface hydrology model. Computational experiments and the modeling framework will be evaluated and refined using experimental data collected at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, USA. The postdoc will be based at the University of British Columbia, but will work closely with collaborators Adam Atchley, Rod Linn, and the Applied Terrestrial, Energy and Atmospheric Modeling Team ( at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. The position is funded through SERDP (DOD, EPA, DOE). We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and combine numerical simulation models with empirical data to study linkages between global climate change, climate-driven disturbances, whole-plant physiology, and large-scale forest processes.

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Job: Assistant or Associate Professor in Wildland Fire Science & Air Quality - NC State University (posted July 9, 2018)

Position Description: The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites motivated, innovative scientists to apply for a 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Wildland Fire Science and Air Quality. The position is approximately 45:45:10 research, teaching and service.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a PhD in one of the following areas: Engineering, Fire Science, Fire-Atmosphere Interactions, Smoke Emissions & Air Quality, or other closely related field.  Targeted areas of interest include fire weather, fire risk and forecasting, fire emissions (aerosols and/or trace gases), smoke dispersion and management, and the impact of fire emissions on visibility, clouds and climate. 
The successful candidate must have excellent inter-personal skills. The successful candidate must also have:
· Demonstrated evidence of being a self-starter who is capable of independent planning and implementation of teaching and research activities.
· Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research, and potential to attract external funding from competitive sources and partnerships with industry, non-profit, and/or government agencies.
· Potential to collaborate with scientists from NC State, state and federal agencies, and other university scientists to address complex environmental and policy challenges.
Research Responsibilities: The candidate will participate in interdisciplinary research programs at NCSU and within the College of Natural Resources. Preferred candidates will have skills in one or more of the following basic and/or applied research areas:
·  Modeling and analysis of wildland or prescribed fire for sustainable management, conservation of natural resources, and the wildland-urban interface.
·  Linking ecosystem processes, including fuel parameters, with fire emission and behavior models.
·  Changes in wildland fire frequency and intensity due to climatic changes and subsequent air quality impacts.
·  Modeling and analysis of atmospheric variables in relation to wildland fire.
·  Analysis of fire behavior (both chemical and physical), smoke management, and emission impacts using experimental, remote sensing, and/or modeling approaches.
·  Application of state-of-the-art coupled micro- and meso-scale modeling techniques that can accurately forecast the spatio-temporal evolution of forest fires.

Teaching Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities are negotiable, but may include two undergraduate courses in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology and Management, and/or Natural Resources curricula, such as: Air Quality Monitoring, Fire and Emissions Modeling, and an Environmental Science senior capstone course. The candidate will also teach a graduate course in their area of specialty.

To Apply: Each applicant must apply electronically at Review of applications will begin September 1, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing the applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy and research interests, and the names and contact information for three references. Official transcripts will be required of all finalists who will be interviewed for the position.


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information

IAWF Call for Presentations Now Open (posted June 27, 2018)

Call for presentation ideas for IAWF meeting in December is now open. Deadline is August 15.

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Job: Assistant/Associate Professor, Extension - Natural Resource Specialist - University of Nevada, Reno (posted June 20, 2018)

Job Description

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position as a Natural Resource Specialist at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. This position will be an integral component of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and should have extensive collaboration with the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

The Extension Specialist position involves teaching, research, and service efforts addressing the issue of wildfire in Nevada through the Living With Fire program ( and other initiatives. The program and initiatives focus on facilitating the implementation of the Nevada Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy by providing needed information to cooperators and public to:

  • Reduce the wildfire threat to Nevada communities through implementation Fire Adapted Community concepts.
  • Increase the resiliency of natural landscapes through appropriate vegetation and fuel management
  • Support the safe and effective suppression response to minimize wildfire losses to life and property.

Teaching activities include: neighborhood/community workshops, media interviews, social media, websites, train the trainer opportunities, production and distribution of peer-reviewed publications (peer –reviewed Extension and journal venues), presentation at professional conferences, organizing statewide conferences, one-on-one teaching opportunities, assisting local, state federal agency partners, and demonstration projects.

Research activities may include but are not necessarily limited to hazardous fuels management, management actions to reduce the risk if large catastrophic fire; social acceptance of wildfire hazard mitigation actions, fire adapted community program development and sustainability, Wildland Urban Interface trends in Nevada.

Service efforts include: Serving on University and cooperator committees and providing technical support to stakeholder organizations including, but not limited to the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities, Nevada Fire Board, Nevada Division of Forestry Advisory Council, Nevada Fire Chief’s Association.

Post-doc research assistant - University of Johannesburg (posted June 19, 2018)

We are looking for a postdoctoral research assistant for a three-year position to research the biogeography of grass communities in southern Africa and Madagascar savanna ecosystems. Our goal is to enhance theoretical and quantitative understanding of how drought, fire and grazing interact to shape both the limits of grass species and determine community assembly. This knowledge will help inform regional stakeholders about the best approaches for sus tainable rangeland production in a changing climate, via manipulation of fire and grazing regimes.

We will work with partners in Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa. We will test a new theoretical framework to predict biogeographic patterns in diversity and life history strategies of ground layer plant communities. Work includes a field component quantifying ground layer diversity and plant architectural, leaf and biomass allocation traits, along with experimental research examining hydraulic strategies in grasses.

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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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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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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:

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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