Term Biologist/Ecologist (GS-401/408-7/9)

Website USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, “Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences” (NRS-06) Research Work Unit (RWU), is conducting a pre-vacancy announcement outreach for a highly skilled and qualified candidate to fill a Term Biologist/Ecologist (GS-0401/0408-07/09) position with a duty location of Redding, CA. The term will be for 13 months, however, it may be extended depending on funding availability and project requirements. The position will support wildfire monitoring as the Fire Behavior Assessment Team’s (FBAT’s) Operations Manager.

This position works within the Northern Research Station’s (NRS) Fire Team (NRS-06) and, specifically,
with the Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT). FBAT is a unique module that monitors pre-fire fuels
and vegetation, active-fire behavior, and fire effects on wildfires. FBAT is currently focused on building
the dataset in northern California. A specific focus is meeting the information needs of the Karuk Tribe
and the Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests. FBAT will also work outside of Northern California
given opportunity to meet information objectives. See the FBAT website for more information
(https://www.frames.gov/fbat/home).

Major Duties & Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The successful candidate would join the FBAT before the 2024 fire season and would work with the
FBAT Program Lead and the Advisory Group to:

  1. Prepare FBAT for fire season, including managing the on-call personnel database, supporting in-
    person and/or virtual training, updating data collection methods and materials (including
    Survey123 forms), and managing data archiving and the website
    (https://www.frames.gov/fbat/home).
  2. During fire season, gather information on emerging incidents that may be suitable for FBAT,
    examining whether and how FBAT can meet information objectives on a particular incident,
    building the roster, and managing the ordering process.
  3. During an assignment, support the team either in the field or remotely, including helping to
    mobilize people and gear to an incident; GIS mapping to support field work; pre-fire plot setup
    and post-fire monitoring; data entry, graphing, and analysis (using the R programming
    language), and report writing.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required include, but are not limited to:
a) Knowledge of fuels, vegetation, and fire effects monitoring methods
b) Experience with wildland fire operations (whether prescribed or cultural fire or wildfire)
c) Ability to obtain an incident qualification (red) card with arduous pack test.
d) Experience with data analysis software or ability/willingness to learn

The employee will be required to travel domestically for field work. The candidate must meet the
Federal Wildland Firefighter Medical Qualification Standards for arduous duty wildland firefighting. Fire
qualification training opportunities will be provided.

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Announcement Number: 24-RES-12349382-DT-BVB Is available at the following USAJOBS URL from 04/02/2024 to 04/16/2024: USA Jobs URL: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/783770300

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