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 University of Florida Natural Areas Training Academy will be offering a hybrid NWCG S-130 / S-190 introduction to wildland fire course this spring. Attendees will complete most of the course online and will be required to participate in an in-person field day at one of three different locations on four possible dates. Registration ends April 13th. Cost: $75 More information here.Continue Reading
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The University of California, Davis, in collaboration with the USGS Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC, https://www.swcasc.arizona.edu
), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on Indigenous-led applications of fire in the Southwest for a 2-year period, beginning June 1, 2021. The postdoc will be able to work across both the Middleton (https://nas.ucdavis.edu/ people/beth-middleton) and Safford (https://safford.faculty. ucdavis.edu/people/) research groups, with projects including cultural burning demonstration, outreach, and education (Middleton); cultural burn policy analysis (Middleton); and the ecological impacts of low-intensity fire on SW and Australian ecosystems (Safford). The postdoc will contribute to the need to understand more of the scope of, challenges and opportunities for, and multifaceted outcomes of Indigenous burning, in California and throughout the SW CASC region—in order to better identify regional or state barriers, activate opportunities, and offer support to cultural fire efforts. Following the best practices of Lam et al. (http://www.ecologyandsociety. org/vol25/iss1/art3/) through research, analysis, synthesis, and knowledge sharing, we endeavor to bridge Western and Indigenous knowledge for fire-focused climate adaptation in southwestern ecosystems. We work collaboratively across the CASC network to respond to research needs and develop relevant products for natural resource managers. Possible areas of focus include the following:
– Analyze, assess, and develop strategies to address the multi-scalar policy barriers and/or opportunities to implementing Indigenous-led traditional burning across land jurisdictions and ecosystems
– Asses the scales at which Indigenous cultural burning may be applied to address climate change in Southwest ecosystems
– Assess the ecological and policy potential for Indigenous burning to be recognized as a carbon sequestration strategy that provides ongoing biodiversity maintenance.
– Evaluate impacts of cultural burning on fish, wildlife, soils, and water, with an emphasis on ecological changes in both terrestrial and freshwater aquatic habitats.
– Examine the interacting effects of climate change and other stressors (e.g., invasive species, drought, land use change) and cultural fire, with a particular emphasis on cumulative and interactive impacts, and other potential beneficial synergistic effects of cultural burning to reduce/moderate climatic variability.
It is important for the incumbent to have experience working collaboratively with Indigenous populations and knowledge systems; demonstrated research and writing skills; a capacity for strong conceptual thinking; a commitment to staying abreast of the most recent and most robust science in Indigenous fire policy and/or ecology; and a desire to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Candidates must possess the ability to work harmoniously in teams with shared leadership capacity and they must be able to speak and write about complex issues for diverse audiences.
This opportunity is open to individuals who are obtaining or have obtained a PhD in ecology, forestry/wildland fire science, natural resource policy and management, Native American Studies, geography, or related fields. Candidates must have the PhD in hand by the start date.
Interested candidates should submit an application that includes CV, cover letter, and 2 letters of recommendation through the Recruit online portal at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/
For full consideration applications should be completed by April 26, 2021. The position is open until filled. This postdoctoral fellowship is part of a larger Postdoctoral Climate Adaptation Scholars (CAS) Program established by the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NRCASC) to support management-relevant research and scientific synthesis of emerging research needs related to climate impacts on fish, wildlife, and ecosystems. The objective of the CAS Program is to provide regional-to-national syntheses of climate change impacts on fire regimes, fire management, and fire response; explore resulting impacts on fish, wildlife and ecosystems; and provide the scientific research necessary to help managers adapt to these changes.
For more information visit: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF04105.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
“The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern & Pacific Southwest Research Stations, seeks applications for field technicians on a study investigating forest resilience and carbon recovery after fire in Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests. The crew will be responsible for re-measuring a unique network of field plots in California mixed-conifer forests where pre-, active-, and immediate post-wildfire measurements were collected. Fieldwork will consist of measuring forest structure and composition (identifying trees and shrubs to species, measuring DBH, height, crown characteristics, surface and ground fuels measurements, herbaceous cover). These data will support the overall project goals of (1) determining how pre-fire fuels and environmental factors influence fire behavior and forest carbon loss; (2) defining thresholds of forest resilience, and (3) evaluating the recovery of forest vegetation and carbon stocks. Students and post-graduates seeking field experience for a career in ecology, forestry, or related topics are encouraged to apply. We anticipate hiring one crew member to join a crew of three.”
For more information see the position advertisement (pdf).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.