Job Announcements: Research Biological Scientists and Supervisory Forester, Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team,US Forest Service

The Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW), US Forest Service, is hiring two positions within the Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA) team. FERA is an interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals with expertise in forestry, combustion physics, and ecology devoted to improved understanding of the effects of fire and associated biophysical phenomena.  The incumbent directs the FERA research program in fire science, and also conducts original research, integrated assessments, and model development to address science and management questions and issues for regional and national stakeholders within the scope of the FERA mission. Both positions will be based in Seattle, WA at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Position 1: Research Biological Scientist

Hiring will be at the GS-13 level or above, depending on qualifications. Government salaries and location-based adjustments can be viewed here. Full position description can be reviewed here.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is familiar with the issues and challenges associated with conducting fire-related research
  • Has experience managing a large, diverse research program
  • Has strong strategic planning, project management, communication, and organizational skills
  • Is a team player who works well with diverse groups of people to accomplish common goals

Specifically, the incumbent:

  • Proposes and conducts original research and analysis in fuels, fire, climate change and/or ecological science individually and in collaboration with FERA scientists and other colleagues
  • Develops models, tools, and other science products to support effective fire and fuel management
  • Provides science leadership for national, station, and team fire research priorities on an annual and multi-year basis
  • Directs projects funded by the National Fire Plan, Joint Fire Science Program, and others
  • Plans, prioritizes and leads FERA’s efforts to conduct high-quality research on a range of topics in fire, fuel, ecological, and climate change science
  • Manages FERA personnel, administrative, and budget functions, including grants and agreements

To Apply: Interested parties are asked to fill out and return an “outreach interest” form (locted at the end of the position description) by August 17.  For more details about the position, please contact Maureen Hyzer at mhyzer@fs.fed.us

Position 2: Supervisory Forester

Hiring will be at the GS-11 level or above, depending on qualifications. Government salaries and location-based adjustments can be viewed here. Full position description can be reviewed here.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience managing crews to collect fuels, forestry, and fire measurements
  • Has worked on or around prescribed or wildland fires
  • Has strong project management, communication, and organizational skills
  • Is a team player with a strong work ethic who enjoys working with diverse groups of people
  • Is a self-starter, enjoys a challenge, and is excellent at problem-solving and strategic planning
  • Copes well with changing direction, multiple priorities, and a fast-paced work environment

Specifically, the incumbent:

  • Manages FERA’s field and laboratory experiment and data collection operations; includes personnel, administrative, and budget management responsibilities
  • Helps FERA scientists plan and execute field and laboratory experiments
  • Coordinates with partners and collaborators to implement a diverse array of field and laboratory experiments throughout the United States
  • Supervises data collection and reduction and insures proper quality assurance and quality control procedures are followed; insures data integrity and archiving
  • Assists with FERA science delivery and technology transfer activities
  • Participates in FERA team management and strategic planning
  • Manages PWFSL fleet resources

To Apply: Interested parties are asked to fill out and return an “outreach interest” form (locted at the end of the position description) by August 17.  For more details about the position, please contact Clint Wright at cwright@fs.fed.us

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