CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
In October 2010, the Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Richardson joined to become Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The installation is over 84,000 acres, stretching from northern Anchorage to Palmer, Alaska. JBER is located near Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of nearly 300,000. Its proximity to JBER provides access to an urban center as well as excellent recreation and wildlife opportunities. For more information about Anchorage, visit http://www.anchoragechamber.org.
A Wildland Fire Management Specialist position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. The incumbent will be a Module Lead of a seven-person Interagency Wildland Fire Support Module (WSM) for the U.S. Air Force Wildland Fire Branch. WSM is responsible for executing prescribed fire projects, mechanical fuel treatments, and assisting with wildfire suppression on Air Force properties within the area of responsibility. This is a grass roots project which will require significant coordination and planning initially. The position is located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK.
This position requires work on active military training ranges with potential risk for unexploded ordnance and other related hazards. In addition, regular travel (up to 15 weeks per year) to other Air Force installations to perform similar tasks throughout the area of responsibility will be required.
A. Bachelor’s Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
Professional knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment.
Knowledge of policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through substantial service as a primary firefighter of the Federal government or in a similar firefighting position outside of the Federal government. This is a mandatory requirement of this position.
Fundamental knowledge of related fields of science (e.g., wildlife management, botany, hydrology, geology, archeology).
Comprehensive knowledge of the effects of prescribed fire and fire use on natural and cultural resources to prepare complex fuels management plans.
Knowledge of environmental laws, regulations, and policies such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act, Threatened and Endangered Species Act, and the Wilderness Act sufficient to produce environmentally sound and defensible documents.
Knowledge of accepted wildland fire safety practices and procedures.
Knowledge of computer applications and software for a variety of fuels management uses.
Ability to interact with individuals and special interest groups with diverse and potentially conflicting viewpoints regarding natural and cultural resource management priorities.
Supervisory and management experience.
Meet requirements for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards for Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) and Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually) OR meet requirements for the NWCG standards for ICT4 AND Single Resource Boss (Firing Boss (FIRB) preferred), which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually). Applicants qualified as ICT4 and Single Resource Boss but not RXB2 will be required to travel within the first 18 months to obtain remaining training and experience necessary to complete their RXB2 qualification. For further information regarding the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards, please visit: https://www.nwcg.gov/training-qualification-links.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one by the employment start date.
Experience working in highly structured organizations, such as governmental agencies, the military or corporations, with established lines of authority, procedures and protocols.
Experience managing moderate complexity fire programs with numerous competing objectives.
Currently qualified for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards for Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), Task Force Leader (TFLD), Helicopter Crew Member (HECM), and Helicopter Manager (HEMG).
Interagency coordination and module experience.
Experience with ArcGIS, GPS mapping and compiling field data.