Job Announcement

Regional Fire Ecologist- Job Opportunity

January 25, 2022

National Park Service

Location unknown, possibly work remotely


This Regional Fire Ecologist position is responsible for the development, management, coordination and implementation of a fire ecology program in support of wildland fire and fuels management activities. 


You will work for a dynamic, geographically-dispersed agency in which you will be the primary technical advisor on the interrelationship of wildland fire with organisms and their environment.  Your work will include evaluation of changes to the climate and how those anticipated changes may impact fire management activities. 

The position provides technical support to wildland fire management programs. Participates in interagency coordination, integration of best available science into management practices, policy analysis and development of best management practices for implementation of fire and fuel reduction activities. 

You will provide expertise to agency administrators, field personnel and other users regarding fire ecology policy and operational requirements.  

You will participate in wildland fire program reviews and reviews of scientific research related to fire management. 


Conditions of Employment


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver’s license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Subject to frequent extended travel 3 nights particularly during fire season, and you must obtain a government charge card for travel.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.



All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience.

Successful completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor’s or higher degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences., or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
You must provide a copy of your transcript(s).


Applicants must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience one grade lower could include duties such as:Provides technical ecology expertise to staff at all levels of the organization. Develops and directs implementation of ecological monitoring program. Reviews current fire management plans and fire ecology plans and provides technical and management direction for policy compliance.

You must include hours per week worked.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent doctors degree or 3 years of graduate education leading to such a degree in a directly related field.

You must include transcripts.

Successful completion of a COMBINATION of education and experience as described above.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as “varies”.


Additional information

This notice is being issued to recruit personnel to occupations for which a critical hiring need has been identified. To assist in filling these positions, OPM has granted the Department of the Interior “Direct Hire Authority”.

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.

Physical Demands: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking,climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically
dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which
entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, firelines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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Sandhills Burn Plan Writer: Job Opportunity

January 19, 2022
Sandhills Burn Plan Writer
Location: Brown, Garfield, Holt, Loup, or Rock counties, NE
Full time
$21.02 – $24.31/hour

Increasing the efficiency, scope, and pace of private lands prescribed burning dramatically improves habitat for wildlife species of concern, particularly grassland birds, while improving the economic performance of working ranch lands.

Based in the eastern portion of the Nebraska Sandhills, the Burn Plan Writer (BPW) will work with TNC partners, and private landowners to complete and submit approximately 15-25 prescribed burn plans per year, building a social network to increase prescribed fire conservation practices in the NE Sandhills.  Plans must meet or exceed USDA NRCS specifications. The BPW will also assist in the successful completion of prescribed burn unit site preparation, prescribed burn implementation, and other assigned tasks.


The purpose of the Burn Plan Writer (BPW) role is to increase the capacity to implement prescribed fire on the Nebraska Sandhills. They will accomplish this by this by identifying landowner goals, collaboratively designing, and writing burn plans that meet NRCS standards, helping plan and prepare fire breaks, discussing grazing practices, connecting landowners to programs that offer resources, and helping with execution and post-fire monitoring.

As part of the BPW’s ongoing professional development, they will be responsible for keeping abreast of new burn techniques and equipment to enhance skills and techniques.  In addition, they shall work to build and maintain relationships in the professional fire community and in the local community where the Conservancy works.


  • May oversee and direct work of volunteers, interns or burn crew members.
  • Coordinate closely with TNC’s Prescribed Fire Coordinator, NRCS staff, partners, and private landowners.
  • Manage multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner, within budget and with attention to detail.
  • Makes day to day decision as delegated by the supervisor.
  • Willingness to travel and work select evenings and/or weekends, as needed.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. 
  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience handling standard business communications.
  • Project management skills experience.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with communities, volunteers, or external partners.
  • Experience supervising staff, volunteers, interns and/or teams.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and safe driving record.


  • Willingness to obtain USDA NRCS JAA (Job Approval Authority) for prescribed fire planning.
  • Willingness to complete training (NRCS or NWCG) for prescribed burn planning.
  • Ability to achieve physical fitness standards as set by the TNC Fire Manual.
  • Qualified as a Fire Fighter Type 2 (FFT2), including Introduction to ICS (I-100), Human Factors on the Fire line (L-180), Introduction to Wild land Fire Behavior (S-190), Firefighting Training (S-130), and one training burn serving under the supervision of a qualified FFT2 See     
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 1-2 years training in fire operations or other science-related field or related experience in land management or similar field.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.    
  • Ability to evaluate inputs in a rapidly changing work environment and make decisions that affect the safety and work of firefighters within squad.             


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


Salary Range: $21.02 – $24.31 per hour, dependent on qualifications and experience.


Interested candidates should visit  To apply to position number 50788, submit resume and cover letter separately using the upload buttons.  All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 31st, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Associate Director- Job Opportunity

January 19, 2022
The Nature Conservancy
Pawhuska, OK
Full time


The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Associate Director (TPAD) develops, manages, and advances conservation programs, plans and methods at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  Must live on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Pawhuska, OK in an isolated rural setting.


The TPAD provides technical leadership and support to the Oklahoma business unit by planning, directing, and implementing Tallgrass Prairie Preserve management programs and stewardship.  They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among an international conservation community, and supplies conservation planning with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process. They oversee and direct stewardship activities, including the management of invasive species, grazing leases, facilities maintenance, and bison husbandry. They coordinate with academic partners to develop and implement applied research projects on the preserve. They develop and implement conservation strategies, employ a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land, and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.  They coordinate community support, and maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public.


  • Manage professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development. 
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.        
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.           
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Firearm possession/use is permitted under the following instances;
    • Euthanasia
    • Preserve Stewardship and Management:  Control of certain animals.


  • BA/BS, and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements. 
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with scientists, and the public and/or media, both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.               
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.          
  • Must serve on the preserve fire crew, and requires the ability to meet and maintain Prescribed Fire Crew Member (RXCM) annual physical fitness requirements of the moderate level (25-pound pack test result of 2 miles in 30 minutes or less).  If not already qualified, must pursue NWCG Burn Boss (RxB2) qualifications, including coursework and experience requirements.  See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements:



  • MS and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Animal husbandry experience with bison and/or cattle.
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • NWCG Burn Boss (RxB2) qualified, including coursework and experience requirements.  See the Conservancy’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements:


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions.  Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 50816, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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Fire Advisor-Resiliency in the Wildland-Urban Interface Serving Southern California and Beyond

January 9, 2022

Purpose: The Fire Advisor will implement an innovative, extension education and applied problem-solving research program to help solve California’s wildfire challenges. The expected focus of the Fire Advisor is to address the needs, issues, and interests related to designing and maintaining communities in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).

If interested in this position, please review the details regarding major duties/responsibilities and qualifications at and to apply for this exciting position, please here and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-07).

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 10, 2022 (open until filled). Questions: Contact Tatiana Avoce; email:

For more information, check out the attached file.

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Fire Advisor- Serving Mariposa County and beyond in California

January 9, 2022

Purpose: The Area Fire Advisor will implement an innovative, extension education and applied problem-solving research program to help address California’s wildfire challenges. We expect the fire advisor to address the needs, issues, and interests of the counties where they are based.

If interested in this position, please review the details regarding major duties/responsibilities and qualifications here and to apply for this exciting position, please visit and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-24). Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 10, 2022 (open until filled).

Questions: Contact Tatiana Avoce; email:

For more information, check out the attached file. 

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Fire Advisor- Serving San Benito (with Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey), California

January 9, 2022

Purpose: The Fire Advisor will implement an extension education and applied research program to help address California’s wildfire challenges.

If interested in this position, please visit here  and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-38) Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 10, 2022 (open until filled).

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Fire Science Research Position- UC Berkley

January 9, 2022

Work includes projects in forests, woodlands, and shrublands including analyzing historical datasets, measuring the effects of prescribed fire and managed wildfires, and developing remotely sensed fire severity metrics in areas outside of conifer forests.

Applicants can now apply here

The initial review date is 12/30/2021 but we will add an additional review date of 1/18/2022 since we are in the holiday season.

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SWCASC Postdoc Position Opening

May 30, 2021

The University of California, Davis, in collaboration with the SW CASC, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on Indigenous-led applications of fire in the Southwest for a 2-year period, beginning July 1, 2021/negotiable. The postdoc will be able to work across both the Middleton ( and Safford ( 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.

For more info:

DEADLINE – May 31, 2021

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Forestry Aid

May 13, 2021
Forestry Aid- KS and elsewhere
Seasonal full time*
Closes 5/13/2021

Elkhart, KS
Custer, SD
Springfield, CO
Ratcliff, TX
Zavalla, TX
Newcastle, WY
These positions are located on a fire crew within the USDA Forest Service fire management organization.

These positions serve as firefighters on an engine, hotshot, helitack, or hand crew, with responsibility for wildland fire suppression/management/control. Other fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, or detection.


  • Performs assignments to develop knowledge of fuels management and fire suppression techniques such as fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose lays, foam and retardant, working around aircraft, safety rules, and fire and fuels terms.
  • Moves dirt, chops brush, or fells small trees to build firelines using various hand tools such as axe, shovel, Pulaski, McLeod and power saws to control spreading wildland fire and to prepare lines prior to prescribed burning.
  • Patrols the fireline to locate and extinguish sparks, flareups, and hot spot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
  • Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment.
  • May be assigned to other resource management activities such as recreation, timber, or reforestation when not performing fire suppression or fuels management duties.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position on a frequent basis for fire suppression-related activity or training.

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Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Rights and Equity Program Associate

May 13, 2021
Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Rights and Equity Program Associate
The Nature Conservancy
Position #49717
Full time
Location: negotiable
Position open until filled

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), working within our Global Conservation in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) strategy, envisions a world where Indigenous Peoples and local communities are managing lands and waters in ways that improve people’s lives and drive conservation outcomes through strengthened voice, choice, and action. Today, we are working in partnership with IPLCs on conservation goals across 24 countries. The IPLC Rights and Equity Program Associate supports the Global IPLC Team on the integration of gender, intergenerational, and other equity considerations into our conservation work and supports efforts to ensure TNC staff and programs are implementing a human rights-based approach to conservation. They provide logistical, administrative, technical, and strategic assistance to ensure successful program outcomes. This position sits within the Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Waters business unit. The location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. This position may require travel (both domestic and international) up to 15%.


The IPLC Rights and Equity Program Associate organizes, provides logistics, and helps facilitate trainings, workshops, webinars, communities of practice, and other vehicles to build capacity across the organization on issues of equity and rights in conservation, with a focus on gender equity, intergenerational equity, and human rights. They research and develop topical expertise on key issues, including, but not limited to gender equity, youth engagement, intersections of conservation with health and well-being, social cohesion, women, youth, and minority led livelihoods, human rights, Indigenous knowledge systems, decolonized and culturally responsive approaches, etc. They assess and drive opportunities to improve conservation strategy design and implementation with these issues in mind. They strengthen communities of practice and networks of practitioners around the world. They are in service of our field practitioners with a focus on delivering tools and expertise to help those teams effectively achieve their objectives. They provide capacity to the Global IPLC Team as needed on logistical, administrative, and coordination functions.


  • Organizes and provides logistics and helps facilitate capacity building efforts related to IPLC equity and rights in conservation.
  • Researches and develops topical expertise on key issues related to conservation in partnership with IPLCs.
  • Produces factsheets, training materials, communications materials, and other tools to build organizational and partner capacity.
  • Identifies and engages in partnership opportunities at global, national, or local levels.
  • Provides capacity to communities of practice and networks of practitioners.
  • Works with other relevant TNC global programs on overlapping initiatives.
  • Provides general logistical, administrative, and coordination support to the program.
  • Organizes and manages both virtual and in-person events.
  • Creates and oversees contracts.
  • May include travel up to 15% both US domestically and internationally and occasional work on weekends and evenings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation, equity and rights, community development, natural resource management or related field and 3 years of related experience, or equivalent experience.
  • International or cross-cultural work experience.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
  • Experience supporting or co-leading complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment with a senior level manager within the Conservancy or a comparable organization.
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Experience meeting deadlines.
  • Experience developing end products with software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, cloud and web-based tools including SharePoint, Zoom/conferencing software, Skype, Google products, and DropBox or similar tools.



  • Multi-lingual skills (proficiency in Bahasa Indonesian, Mongolian, Spanish, French, Swahili, and/or Portuguese a plus) and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
  • Experience in implementing work plans (including outcomes and goals) with limited direct supervision.
  • Experience in developing and managing contracts.
  • Virtual and/or in-person event planning experience.
  • Knowledge of political and social landscapes with respect to Indigenous Peoples, local communities, community development, environmental and international affairs.
  • Experience in gender equity integration, youth engagement and/or human rights.
  • Experience in learning and developing expertise related to conservation strategies, socio-economic drivers, capacity-building methodologies, and rights and equity approaches.
  • Experience working as a team member, relationships building and working collaboratively across a highly-matrixed organization, including with field staff in different countries, with senior management, and with Conservancy partners.
  • NGO experience preferred.


To apply to position number 49717, submit resume and cover letter (both required) separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

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