*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Fire Sciences Laboratory located in Missoula, Montana.
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Research Project: The development of a regional wildland fire prediction system for Latin America requires the employment of a systematic approach that can be applied across multiple countries to assess the performance of current prediction systems used in each country and that provides insight into how to improve those systems to better support fire management throughout the region. This project will focus on assessing current wildland fire decision support systems and decision-making bodies within Peru, characterizing the most common fire environments in the country, identifying and collecting historical fire danger / potential prediction datasets and analyzing the relationships between those data and historical fire occurrence to create predictive spatial and temporal models of wildfire potential. Ultimately, this new knowledge and these new predictive models will contribute to the development of a Regional Fire Prediction System that can be used in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and other tropical South American countries.
Learning Objectives: The participant will have opportunities to learn about and contribute to a multi-cultural team consisting of a mentor scientist with the US Forest Service, members of the USFS International Programs, University partners, and project participants and consultants from several Latin American countries. The team will also include members from meteorological agencies such as the National Meteorological and Hydrologic Service of Peru (SENAMHI). This project will provide ample opportunities for the participant to grow their spatial and temporal data management, machine learning, computation, writing and science reporting skills. They will learn new toolsets for open-source modeling and they will receive an introduction to and training in various scientific data formats that are commonly used to share data. Ultimately, they will be an integral part of complex team who will create and provide a robust wildfire prediction system that will likely be used throughout South American.
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Matt Jolly (William.firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.
Applications must be completed in Zintellect at: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2021-0118