Jobs Posted on the Whova Community Board of 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
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Master’s degree opportunity – Fire and biodiversity
University of Montana We are seeking a master’s degree student at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (FCFC) to work on a funded project to evaluate the relationship between fire and biodiversity in western US wilderness areas. This project will evaluate fire history data to quantify pyrodiversity (the variation in spatiotemporal fire patterns), and then examine the relationship between biodiversity and pyrodiversity. This project will rely on existing geospatial datasets; field work is unlikely. The position will be supervised by Dr. Solomon Dobrowski in collaboration with Dr. Sean Parks and Dr. Kathy Zeller at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) and Dr. Zack Steel at UC Berkeley.
The Master’s student will: conduct remote-sensing and geospatial based investigations of fire history patterns in wilderness areas; model available biodiversity data as a function of pyrodiversity; publish results in peer-reviewed journals; work collaboratively with UM faculty, staff, and students, ALWRI and UC Berkeley researchers, and wilderness managers; and support undergraduate education at UM as a teaching assistant. Four semesters of support are available, with annual renewal based on satisfactory performance. Student will start in Fall 2022, though there may be an opportunity start earlier.
San Jose State Universisty Research ecology and/or interdisciplinary fire science at San José State University to improve basic understanding of fire ecology, and help managers and regulators understand tradeoffs for treatments.
Potential MS ecology students would be in the Biological Sciences Department’s Ecology and Evolution program, and participate in the new Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, which was recently awarded a NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC). WIRC provides potential internal research funding and interdisciplinary collaborations between ecology and social scientists, climatologists, fire weather, fire behavior modeling, combustion engineer, fire behavior monitoring, and remote sensing.
Potential research topics: -Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) Prescribed fire -Fuel treatments, breaks and evacuation routes -Plant ember production and combustion -Pyrodiversity -Youth fire education -Potentially your research interest
Master’s degree opportunity – Forest and Fire Ecology
University of Montana The University of Montana Wilderness Institute seeks to fill a MS graduate assistantship to work on a funded project titled, “Ecosystem Response to Fire in the Wilderness.” This project will measure vegetation and fuels across sites that burned in the last 40 years to assess the potential for fire-caused changes to vegetation structure and function, including conversions to non-forest and feedbacks of previous fires on subsequent fire effects. Potential study areas include the Bob Marshall Complex, Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church - River of No Return, and Gila-Aldo Leopold wilderness areas. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Sean Parks and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI). The position will be supervised by Dr. Andrew J. Larson.
The MS student will conduct field and remote-sensing based investigations of fire effects in wilderness areas, including publication of results in peer-reviewed journals; work collaboratively with UM faculty, staff, and students, ALWRI researchers, and wilderness managers; and support undergraduate education at UM through occasional service as a guest speaker, field trip leader, or field course teaching assistant. Four semesters of support are available, including salary, tuition, mandatory fees, and health insurance.
Contact Dr. Andrew Larson (email@example.com) for more information.
Small grant for ugrad/grad study of redwoods & sequoia, for BIPOC students
Save the Redwoods League Deadline December 1st, 2021. Redwoods Research Starter Grants for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students. Save the Redwoods League is offering starter grants of up to $5,000 for undergraduate and graduate students of color interested in research in coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. The goal of the starter grants is to provide introductory opportunities for members of underrepresented communities to explore ideas in the redwood research space, or potentially enhance the work of those who are already working in this space.
The funding can be used to support a wide variety of activities, including travel for project development, wages to support a literature review or lab work, and pilot studies that can support development of future research projects. It can be used to fund a stand-alone study or as supplemental funding to expand the scope of an existing project. Topic areas can include any focus area in the environmental/ecological sciences, the social sciences, education, or health, as long as the proposal has some connection to coast redwood or giant sequoia forests.
Postdoc - Fire/Forest Ecology
US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station Internship will involve working with different USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station research scientists engaged in studies of prescribed fire and indigenous fire effects, testing reforestation strategies following high severity wildfire, and evaluating the effectiveness of forest fuel treatments on subsequent wildfire behavior at sites throughout northern California. The person selected will gain experience with overseeing data collection efforts, analyzing data, as well as collaborate in writing manuscripts. Opportunity will also exist to initiate and carry out all phases of research for questions of the intern’s choosing, as long as the studies involve fire and address priority research questions of management partners. The position is currently funded for 22 months, and can be extended, pending good performance, and if additional funding is identified. Start date - early 2022, somewhat flexible. A recently completed doctorate in a related field (e.g fire ecology, forestry, forest ecology) is expected before starting the job. Knowledge and experience in the field of fire and/or forest ecology is required. Interest in research addressing applied management questions and a publication record in the field is a plus. [Note: an M.S. degree might be acceptable, if accompanied by abundant experience and/or a publication record in the field of study.] This is an outreach notice. Opportunity will be circulated more broadly in about a month. Feel free to reach out to me at the conference for details.
University of Florida I'm recruiting one or two PhD students for Fall 2022 to join our diverse research group on interactions among global change drivers, including invasive species, fire, emerging pathogens, and climate change. See our lab web site and publications for more about what we do, and email me with a brief statement of interest and possible times for a zoom chat to discuss.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Climate Change
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (RMRS, USFS) The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position focused on wilderness governance within the context of a changing climate. The Postdoc will lead syntheses, research, engage with national research and management teams, as well multi-partner public engagement to evaluate the potential effects of conservation decisions, in response to climate change, in federally designated wilderness. The Postdoc will be responsible for creating scenario-based evaluations of the risks, tradeoffs, and uncertainties in resisting, accepting, or directing the effects of climate change in wilderness areas managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. Among other efforts, the work will include: development and dissemination of decision-frameworks and scenarios; consideration of biological/ecological, ethical, law/policy implications; and co-production of science questions related to climate change effects in wilderness with various partners including wilderness managers. A key role for the postdoc will be building effective relationships with information users, who range from governmental to non-governmental institutions, and include (among others) federal and state natural resource management agencies, Tribes, other recreational users, and national policymakers addressing the management of wilderness.
More information: https://www.leopold.wilderness.net/docs/outreach/climatechange-postdoc-alwri.pdf
Sonoma Technology, Inc Sonoma Technology is seeking a Senior Fire Ecology and Fuels Specialist to support continued growth in our fire and smoke sciences business areas, with a focus on developing business, managing projects, leading fire science studies and project teams, analyzing environmental data, developing technical reports, and communicating results to clients.
Texas Tech University Thesis research in fire ecology, forest resources and science communication
Texas Tech University Dissertation research in fire ecology and science communication in US western forests. Funding for two PhD students available, starting in June or August 2022.
Postdoctoral Researcher - Boreal Fire and Aquatic Ecosytems Modeling
University of Alaska Fairbanks, IAB/AKCFWRU Post-doctoral researcher sought to support ongoing research projects with goals to investigate the resilience of boreal aquatic ecosystems to wildfire and climate change. Fire is a dominant, natural, and widespread ecological disturbance process in boreal forests, yet fire frequency, size, and severity are increasing in Alaska owing to climate change. Interactions among fire, climate, permafrost, vegetation, hydrologic, and watershed processes are poorly understood, yet critical for conservation and management of boreal aquatic habitats in a changing environment. We have developed an integrated modeling framework that links spatially-explicit climate, fire, vegetation, permafrost, geomorphic, hydrologic, and stream temperature models parameterized for interior Alaska. The post-doc will be expected to utilize model output to quantify future impacts of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic habitats and populations, model salmon habitat distributions across two large boreal river basins, and assist with stakeholder engagement and fire management scenario development using structured decision-making processes.
This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, hydrologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians.
Qualifications – PhD in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. The successful candidate will be a highly productive, self-directed, and motivated individual with a strong record of scientific research and publication. Experience working in freshwater ecosystems is preferred. Applicants with interest in ecohydrology, fluvial geomorphology, species distribution modeling, and vulnerability analyses are desired, and strong quantitative and communication skills are required.
Fire Research Internship
Tall Timbers Research Station We are looking for some interns to start January 1, 2022. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of fire research projects as well as assist with projects in other labs at Tall Timbers as needed. The main tasks include: 1) stem mapping stands of trees (including measuring DBH, tree height, and crown base height) and evaluating post-fire tree injury including crown volume scorched and bole char; 2) Collecting litter of various species for flammability experiments; 3) Processing litter collections including drying and weighing samples; and 4) Data entry.
In addition to these and other tasks, interns will be able to tailor their experience to match their career goals either by designing their own studies under the mentorship of their supervisor or gaining experience in areas of their interest such as plant identification, data analysis, participating in prescribed fires, etc.
These positions will be approximately 6-month terms with a monthly stipend of $1,100 per month with on-site housing included.
Forest Health Planner and Monitoring Coordinator
Washington State Department of Natural Resources The Northeast Forest Health Planner and Monitoring Coordinator will serve as a senior level forest health planner responsible for guiding development and implementation of forest health monitoring plans implemented by multiple partners, at multiple scales statewide. These monitoring efforts are in support of the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan Monitoring Framework in eastern Washington and the Forest Action Plan. This position will work collaboratively with relevant DNR staff, federal, state, and tribal partners and external stakeholders to develop, coordinate, implement, and report findings from monitoring plans that assess forest health conditions and the effects of prescribed burning, mechanical treatment and wildfire, primarily in eastern Washington. This position also serves as the lead planner working with staff and partners to implement the 2020 Forest Action Plan, 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington, and the Forest Health Assessment and Treatment Framework across all-lands in priority landscapes in northeast Washington, including the Colville National Forest.
If you have experience in forest ecology, management and monitoring, and are looking to apply and expand your knowledge in a highly collaborative team of scientists and planners - we want to hear from you!
Please contact Chuck Hersey at 360-902-1045, firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov
Forest Health and Environmental Justice Planner
Washington State Department of Natural Resources The Western Washington Forest Health and Environmental Justice Planner will serve as a senior level forest health planner responsible for guiding how implementation of the Washington State Forest Action Plan, the 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington, and the Forest Health Assessment and Treatment Framework (RCW 76.06.200) can help achieve environmental justice outcomes in alignment with forest health goals. Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This includes addressing disproportionate environmental and health impacts by prioritizing vulnerable populations and overburdened communities, equitably distributing resources and benefits, and eliminating harm. This position will work collaboratively with relevant DNR staff, federal, state, and tribal partners and external stakeholders to develop and implement forest health actions that can achieve both environmental justice and forest health goals.
This position will also serve as the lead planner working with DNR staff, federal, state and tribal partners, forest collaboratives and external stakeholders to implement the 2020 Forest Action Plan across all-lands in priority landscapes in western Washington including the Mount Baker Snoqualmie and Olympic National Forests.
If you have experience in environmental justice, forest ecology and management, enjoy collaboratively solving complex challenges, have a vision for how we can increase the resilience of our forests in an equitable way that increases engagement with new communities, and are looking to apply and expand your knowledge in a highly collaborative team of scientists and planners - we want to hear from you!
Please contact Chuck Hersey at 360-902-1045, email@example.com or DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cross-Scale Fire Ecophysiology
University of Idaho and US Forest Service, Fire Sciences Lab The University of Idaho is hiring a full-time, post-doctoral researcher (based in Missoula MT) to investigate linkages between wildland fire behavior and resulting ecological effects at micro- to macro- biological scales. The goal is to utilize these linkages for improvements to computational fluid dynamic fire models. The post-doctoral researcher will primarily investigate factors influencing thermal tolerance of plant tissue to heating associated with wildland fire. The position is a collaboration between the University of Idaho, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to conduct research on thermal tolerance and dose-dependent responses of plants and aerosolized microbiota that can be incorporated into computational fluid dynamics models to predict fire effects across pedosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere boundaries.
The position requires expertise in plant ecophysiology and laboratory and field experiments used to measure plant stress and/or biological response to heating. Experience in wildland fire behavior and/or fire ecology is preferred. The incumbent will work closely with members of a multi-disciplinary team and will lead coordinating experiments and data management for the team. While knowledge of computational fluid dynamic fire models is not required, the incumbent is expected to work closely with modelers and gain an understanding of model requirements and limitations such that experimental output can be used for model innovations. The incumbent will publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
PhD opportunity: Soil response to wildfire & burn severity
Michigan State University - or - University of Nevada-Reno We are seeking two graduate students for an interdisciplinary study investigating how fire, burn severity, and soil heating affect soil processes important in forest ecosystem function. This USDA-funded study is a collaboration among Michigan State University (MSU), the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), and the USDA Forest Service and includes experimental burning and heating, field measurements in wildfiresites, laboratory analysis of biogeochemical processes, and model development. Both students are expected to begin initial experiments and data collection in Summer 2022, including intermittent travel to study sites in California. ● One position will be located at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. The student will be advised by Dr. Jessica Miesel (firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.mieselecologylab.org/) in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and will be responsible for conducting controlled heating experiments and biogeochemical analyses to evaluate soil functional resilience. ● One position will be located at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, NV. The student will be advised by Dr. Erin Hanan (email@example.com, https://erinhanan.com) and will be responsible for conducting bench-scale burning experiments, laboratory biogeochemical analysis, and model development to expand the Soil Heating in Fire Model. The students will work collaboratively with each other and travel to participate in experiments at both universities. We seek applicants with a high level of enthusiasm for field and laboratory research that contributes to understanding ecosystem processes and their response to disturbances. The students will have access to substantial existing data from past and ongoing studies, a network of unique study sites, and a dynamic team of investigators. SEE LINK for more info (applications will still be considered with prior expression of interest & preliminary interview).
Early Announcement: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Applied Fire Science and Management, Humboldt State University
Humboldt State University This position will open in the next couple of weeks and will close around mid-February. Please reach out to Jeff Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive an email when the position officially opens.
DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University, the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources, and the HSU Fire Resilience Institute invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Applied Wildland Fire Science and Management.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, maintaining office hours, and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Instructional assignments include a subset of approximately three of the following courses: Fire Weather, Fire Behavior and Effects, Wildland Fire Use and Policy, Landscape Fire Modeling, Wildland Fire Capstone, and Wildland Fire Internship. Successful candidates will be actively involved in developing and implementing the new Applied Fire Science and Management degree program. Candidates will be expected to engage with applied research related to fire science, ecology, management, or policy and to be an active member of the HSU Fire Resilience Institute.
Early Announcement: Tenure-track faculty position in Rangeland Resource Science, Humboldt State University
Humboldt State University This position will open in the next couple of weeks and will close around mid-February. Please reach out to Susan Marshall (email@example.com) to receive an email when the position officially opens.
DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Rangeland Resource Science.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. This position requires the ability and enthusiasm to lead the Rangeland Resource Science major program and teach a variety of rangeland, fire, and/or soils courses. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching; scholarship and creative activity, and service to the University, profession, and community. These responsibilities include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course per semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of scholarship and creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.
Fire Science Analyst, Natural Resource Scientist
Washington State Department of Natural Resources This Fire Scientist Analyst position provides scientific analysis in support of Washington’s Forest Action Plan, 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan: Eastern Washington, 10-Year Wildland Fire Protection Strategic Plan, Forest Health Assessment and Treatment Framework (RCW 76.06.200), and other legislative requirements and projects. This position will provide analytical support to integrate fire risk analysis, fire modeling and community wildfire risk reduction with landscape resiliency planning.
This position will work closely with the Senior Fire Scientist and DNR Forest Health Scientists to develop applied fire science analyses and data to support planning and implementation of the agency’s strategic plans and answer fire science questions related to DNR’s business activities. The analyst will apply different techniques, including advanced GIS modeling, and write scripts to automate and optimize the spatial analysis required to produce fire hazard, risk, wildfire transmission, fire modeling and data products related to DNR’s various plans and businesses. This position requires experience working with remote datasets and a strong statistical modeling background. This position will require ingenuity to manage large geospatial datasets and produce scripting to accomplish complex geospatial modeling across large landscapes (statewide). The analyst performs these duties with broad direction in terms of objectives and scope from the Section Manager and the Fire Scientist. This position will work collaboratively internally with DNR scientists, planners, and wildfire operations staff as well as externally with US Forest Service researchers, University researchers, fire staff, other partners, and the public.
Please contact Ana Barros at 360-561-3748, Ana.firstname.lastname@example.org or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.
Postdoc position: Reburn dynamics, fuel accumulation, and post-fire recovery in California
UC Davis The Latimer and Young Labs at UC Davis are recruiting a postdoc with strong data science skills and field experience to contribute to two interrelated projects evaluating post-fire dynamics and recovery in California mixed-conifer forests (details below). The projects involve analysis of novel plot-based field data and large geospatial datasets. The postdoc will also provide occasional support to other related lab projects, with additional opportunities for co-authorship. Strong background in scripted (e.g., R-based) geospatial processing and statistical/machine learning analysis of large datasets is required. Optional opportunities exist to incorporate drone imagery, LiDAR, and computer vision into analyses.
For full details and application instructions, please see the flyer linked here. Applications are due December 13.
Aerial Wildfire Mapping Technicians
Owyhee Air Research, Inc. (OAR) Save the date! Owyhee Air Research (OAR) will be hiring for its annual aerial wildfire mapping crews in March 2022.
Owyhee Air Research is a natural resources aviation company specializing in wildfire mapping and aerial wildlife surveys. Staffed by biologists and ecologists with a variety of sensors and remote sensing technologies, OAR was one of the first private companies to map wildfires for the US Forest Service. In 2021, OAR mapped 19% of all IR fire mapping missions and continues to grow and improve its operations.