Wildland Fire Science hourly technician
Term: 1-5 years
Expected Start Date: October 2019
The Wildland Fire Science Program at Tall Timbers is looking for a Fire Science technician to assist with fieldwork and data processing.
The multi-disciplinary program at Tall Timbers is dedicated to integrating research into management applications. This research position will be located on and around Tall Timbers Tallahassee, FL, and require periods of travel primarily throughout the eastern United States, with possible travel to other regions of the United States. The ideal candidate will have a degree in GIS, geography, forestry, or fire ecology. We are seeking candidates looking for experience in natural resources, wildland fire, fluid dynamics or environmental sciences. Knowledge of Lidar characterizations of ecosystems, wildland fire and/or forestry practices are desired.
Job Purpose: The position is intended to support research and projects as needed. Field work will be required to maintain long-term experimental plots, sample vegetation, and facilitate the collection of geospatial data. Office work will aid research by entering data, ensuring accuracy, and processing raw data.
Duties: The technician will work under the supervision of the Wildland Fire Lab Manager. Incumbent must be able to collect accurate, detailed data in challenging field conditions. Incumbent will be required to:
- Evaluate fuels before and after burns
- Support prescribed burns
- Monitor and maintain long-term plots
- Weigh fuel samples
- Properly manage datasets
- Prepare LiDAR data
Additional duties will include equipment maintenance, lab organization, data entry, and other duties as assigned. Travel to various field sites will be required, with some trips extending into a week or longer. The successful applicant should be detail oriented, dedicated to completing tasks on time and with a high degree of accuracy. The incumbent should expect opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge.
High school diploma
Ability to work in harsh (hot, humid, buggy) conditions in the southeastern U.S.
Interest in a career in natural resources/wildland fire
Physically able to perform outdoor activities including hiking and lifting equipment (50 lbs)
Communication and organizational skills
Clean driving record (3 years of no infractions)
BS in a related field
Wildland fire or prescribed fire experience (current fire qualifications a plus: FF Type II)
Experience operating 4WD vehicles
Experience driving with trailers
ATV safety training
Applicants will be evaluated based on experiences and satisfactory references regarding work habits, professionalism, attitude, and physical fitness, as work is often strenuous and conducted in difficult weather conditions around biting insects, venomous snakes and in areas used for military training. We encourage applicants of varying backgrounds to apply.
Compensation: $11-13 per hour, possible supplemented housing for the first 6 months, supplemented healthcare.
Deadline: Job is open until filled
Early consideration by 9/17/2019
To apply, please submit:
A 1-page cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and career goals.
Updated academic transcript for any education acquired.
Full contact information for three (3) references from previous employers or educators.
Photocopy of your driver’s license (we require a clean driver’s record for driving work vehicles).
For questions or to apply, email:
Wildland Fire Science Biologist/Lab manager