A new documentary, Anchor Point, showcases the difficulties women face as they pursue careers in wildland fire, including sexual harassments and assault.Continue Reading
The Research Associate III will work in close coordination with Dr. Schultz and as part of the CSU Public Lands Policy Group and Climate Adaptation Partnership, and with Dr. Tony Cheng as part of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. This position will focus on applied policy analysis and partner engagement. We seek a person to organize policy workshops, conduct applied research, and develop policy proposals and analyses related to forest and fire management. Policy analyses will be based on literature reviews, workshops with partners, and interviews or surveys with managers to be shared through peer-reviewed publications, practitioner networks, and directly with policymakers. The incumbent will be tasked with taking a largely independent role in conducting these activities and assisting in the preparation of focus groups, workshops, white papers, and peer-reviewed publications through background research and literature review, partner engagement, and social science data collection, analysis, and reporting. Focal areas include aspects of federal fire management, with an emphasis on improving decision-making around prescribed fire, forest restoration investments, post-fire recovery, fire management in the Wildland-Urban Interface, and cross-boundary and partnership efforts associated with federal fire management. The RA III will take a senior role in the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and in the Public Lands Policy Group to guide policy outreach and communicate with other interested audiences. Depending on interest, the incumbent may take on small teaching and advising assignments or other activities, as the opportunities within our groups are rich and diverse. This is a one-year position with possibility of extension depending on funding availability.
Full information here. Apply by April 25.Continue Reading
Wildland firefighters are invited to take part in a research study to collect feedback from U.S. wildland firefighters to determine current cleaning practices related to wildland firefighting PPE. The purpose of this research is to determine the wildland fire service’s access to cleaning and laundering of their PPE. This study will inform the future care recommendations for NFPA 1877 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment.Continue Reading
The successful candidate will have strong experience in conducting wildland fire training events (with a particular focus on 100-200-level courses and saw training), extensive prescribed fire and wildland fire experience, strong communication skills, and a clear commitment to working with diverse populations. They will work independently under direction of the Assistant Director of Training to:
- Plan and implement training events for TEA, partner organizations (state, federal, non-profit, youth corps, Department of Defense lands, etc.)
- Improve existing NWCG curriculum to be more diverse, inclusive, and engaging (100 and 200 level). Assist partners in implementation of 300 and higher-level classes as needed
- Develop and implement blended curriculum including asynchronously (at your own pace), virtually (instructor led online) and experientially (hands-on)
- Incorporate ‘non-traditional’ soft skills into NWCG courses (e.g. self-care/stress management, conflict resolution, anti-bullying, active bystander, etc.)
- Train underserved and underrepresented populations (POC, women, landowners, Department of Defense, etc.)
- Build skills and confidence for fire practitioners from all backgrounds and experience levels in an inclusive and supportive learning environment
- Recruit and train additional instructors to build a diverse call-when-needed instructor base – (diverse demographically and in knowledge/agency)
- Build capacity in the fire management community, particularly for prescribed fire
- Manage work assignments with minimal direction from supervisors
- May oversee staff, volunteers, and individuals or crews from other agencies or organizations when serving in a leadership role during training or fire operations
- Engage in prescribed fire and wildfire operations and support a prescribed fire IMT in a Training Specialist and/or Safety Officer position
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic, including a commitment to principles of Duty, Integrity and Respect. Actively participate in creating a kind, safe and healthy work environment which encourages the diversity, equity and inclusion of all people.
The position can be tailored to accommodate the candidate’s desired life/work balance – 50-80% of the position will be involved in planning and conducting training events and 20-50% of the time will be spent as an operational resource on the GPPFM.Continue Reading
The Fire Director represents state forestry organizations within the interagency wildland fire community and at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Serves on national groups and committees, including the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Working (NWCG). Provides primary staff support to the NASF Wildland Fire Committee. Assists with mobilizing state fire resources at high preparedness levels. Recommends state actions and responses to emerging operational situations. Serves as the primary fire policy and communications advisor to NASF leadership and staff.
The Fire Director is expected to be in attendance at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) office in Boise, Idaho for at a minimum five (5) days per month and on a continuous basis when the National Fire Danger Planning Level is at Planning Level four (4) or five (5). Otherwise the Fire Director may work remotely and be based anywhere in the United States. Frequent travel is required.
See more information and application instructions here. Apply by April 19.Continue Reading
This is work providing technical assistance to the District’s forest, fire and land management programs.
Job duties include:
• Operates and maintains fire management equipment under a wide variety of conditions to provide support within the Bureau of Land Resources; installs and maintains pre-suppression fire lines; ensures that fire lines are in compliance with the applicable Silvicultural BMP’s; provides dozer/plow equipment stand-by during prescribed fire operations; assists with wildfire suppression operations.
• Assists with forest and land management projects including marking timber, cruising timber, site preparation, and reforestation; conducts wildlife and plant surveys, recreational infrastructure maintenance, road maintenance, boundary maintenance and posting projects; assists with the coordination of contractors to ensure contract specifications are followed.
• Operates and maintains equipment utilized in support of fuels management and restoration projects such as farm tractors with mower, roller choppers, harrows, tillers, mulchers, Marsh Masters, airboats, etc.
The IAWF webinar, Leading towards a more inclusive Wildland Fire Community “Just because it has always been does not mean it has to continue to be,” featuring SAF CEO Terry Baker is now available to watch on-demand.Continue Reading
COMPASS seeks motivated candidates for the one-year, 3/4-time position of Regional Engagement Fellow to play an integral role in our Policy and Science Solutions program.This is a 3/4-time, exempt position at approximately 30 hours per week and based in the Pacific Northwest, preferably in Oregon. If additional funding is secured, this position may have the opportunity to transition to a full-time position. The rate of pay is $34,000 to $39,000 annually depending on experience and qualifications. This position includes the option to enroll in the COMPASS medical and dental plans with a 25% employee contribution. The position includes employee Paid Time Off.Continue Reading
The latest International Association of Wildland Fire newsletter includes a number of resources and stories relevant to the Southern fire community, including the following:
- Women in Fire Storymap – add your pin!
- The Origins of IAWF (by Dale Wade)
- Gender Equity and Equality in Wildfires