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    This position serves as a Fire Management Specialist in the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application (WFM RD&A) Program, within the Rocky Mountain Research Station as a Business Lead and subject matter expert for the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). The WFM RD&A is a national level program with significant interagency coordination in support of national strategic goals, and mission statements for the US Forest Service and Department of Interior bureaus. The WFM RD&A ensures effective and timely communication between research and management. In addition to ongoing integration of new knowledge and processes into management; It also sponsors and guides development and application of wildland scientific knowledge; decision support tools; and provides science application services to the interagency wildland fire community. This position is funded through the National Fire Decision Support Center and provides guidance and/or assistance with wildland fire decision making, including interpretation, delivery of analysis results to agency administrators and fire managers. In addition, this position assists with development, communication, and implementation of new fire management tools and technology; facilitating effective communication among fire research scientists, appropriate technical specialists, and fire managers at the local, regional and national level within the Federal Fire Agencies, States, and other local fire agencies. This position will work in support of the various geospatial fire models and associated risk informed decision process in WFDSS as well as oversight and development of WFDSS training materials. In addition, this position will be involved in the development of project work statements and other documents related to contracts for continued development of WFDSS related models and tools as a Business Lead and subject matter expert.  The incumbent will provide training and assistance to researchers, fire managers, and field personnel through various media outreaches, or communication.

    For additional information on the duties of this position, please contact Tim Sexton – WFM RD&A Program Manager at Timsexton@fs.fed.us or 208-608-6034 or Chuck McHugh-Acting WFM RD&A Deputy Program Manager at cmchugh@fs.fed.us 406-829-6953.

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    Provides program leadership and consultation for strategic fire management planning, assessments (e.g., wildland fire risk, prevention, etc.), and interagency and/or unit Fire Management Plan (FMP) development.

    Provides technical advice and participates in the analysis of fire management program requirements to design, develop, and implement methods to integrate emerging science and new technologies into national fire management programs.

    Serves as an expert in the design, development, and presentation of regional/national fire/fuels management courses, workshops, distance learning, and continuing education activities.

    Serves as a Business Lead and Subject Matter Expert for WFDSS and provides technical advice and participates in the development of project work statements and other documents related to contract specifications for continued development of WFDSS related geospatial models, data, and tools.

    Provides advice, guidance, and training in working with the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) including the use of the various geospatial fire models, decision documentation and risk assessment tools within in WFDSS.

    Manages and provides regional oversight on the full range of analytical tools used for bureau and interagency fire management planning. Coordinates and supports the use of geospatial information technology in strategic fire management planning. Provides guidance to the field units on collection and evaluation of fire hazard risk, fuels, historic fire occurrence, fire effects, climatology and weather.

    Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with public and private groups, state, tribal, and local governmental groups and other federal agencies related to wildland fire management planning activities.

    Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical and other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP, and VEOA eligibles.

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486380500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.