Duty Station – Grand Canyon National Park or Flagstaff, AZ
The fire management program at the Grand Canyon is a complex program that manages fire and fuels through wildfire management, prescribed fire, and manual/mechanical thinning. The program has been recognized nationally and regionally for its excellence in prescribed fire and wildfire management with resource benefit objectives. The fire management program has 20 permanent or subject-to-furlough employees and approximately 20 seasonal employees.
The Grand Canyon Fire Management Program is a large and fast moving program that emphasizes the restoration and maintenance of fire dependent landscapes through the use of landscape scale prescribed fires and an aggressive wildfire management program. The fire staff continues to emphasize the use of the adaptive management process to improve our fire program and our decision making process. Another program priority is the continuation of useful fire management and fire ecology research in all our forest types by both university and park staff.
Some of the Fire Ecologist duties include:
- Supervise and/or manage the Lead and Assistant Lead Fire Effects Monitor and fire effects monitoring crewmembers.
- Supervise and manage Fire Ecology and Fuel Management Internship program.
- Manage fire monitoring budget(s) and approve fire monitoring purchases and travel.
- Manage fire monitoring activities in NFPORS and request funding for monitoring activities from the regional office.
- Review project plan objectives and monitoring sections to ensure consistency with current knowledge of fire effects and current monitoring techniques.
- Participate as a fire monitoring and ecology subject matter expert on prescribed fire and wildfire interdisciplinary teams.
- Participate in interagency consultation (USFWS) for fire management activities.
- Summarize fire effects monitoring data for inclusion in park-wide NEPA or planning documents.
Monitoring, Data Analysis, and Reporting
- Manage the installation of new fire monitoring plots, develop and/or adjust plot protocols, and prioritize plot measurements.
- Analyze fire effects monitoring data to support project plan development, evaluate project success, and evaluate landscape objectives of the Fire Management Plan.
- Maintain collaboration with Inventory and Monitoring program to monitor N. Rim mixed conifer forests and Walnut Canyon ponderosa pine forests.
- Develop and implement quality control procedures to ensure that collected data meet stated standards.
- Assist with fire monitoring documentation to ensure that future program managers or ecologists can analyze, interpret, and/or implement fire effects monitoring activities.
- Oversee completion of the fire ecology annual report.
The fire effects crew consists of five firefighters and is responsible for the collection of pre and post fire effects data for both rims. The crew also assists with wildfires, prescribed fires, and supports additional parks throughout the Intermountain Region. The fire effects program has been recognized as having some of the best fire effects data within the NPS fire programs.
The prescribed fire and wildfire management programs have seen significant growth in the past 20 years. Managing fuels and fires in the Wildland Urban Interface and the mixed conifer forests of the North Rim are our current programmatic priorities.
The fire ecologist plays a vital role in the advancement of our fire program. The ecologist actively communicates and collaborates with Park resource staff, continues positive relationships with the research community, and plays an active roll in the implementation of all prescribed burns, wildfires and fuel reduction projects.
Please contact Chris Marks (Deputy FMO) if you have any questions.
298-638-7417 (office), 928-606-1050 (cell).
Please go to www.usajobs.gov for all the application information.
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486667000 (DEU) (Non-Federal Candidates)
Announcement # IM-1541-GRCA-18-10096826-DE
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486665600 (Merit) (Federal Employees)
Announcement # IM-1541-GRCA-18-10094178-ST