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Fire Model Analyst

Description:
Tall Timbers Research Station is looking for a new fire model analyst to assist in the Research division under the oversight of our Advanced Fire Behavior Modeling Program Lead. Job responsibilities are as follows:

1. (65%) Utilize and Develop Fire Behavior Models to enhance theoretical and practical modeling
applications.
● Analyze physical fuel data using standardized methods to represent a range of fuel models
and loading for input into physics based fire behavior models.
● Develop extensions and applications of QUIC-Fire as needed
● Develop and maintain QUIC-fire models for a wide range of situations.
● Serve as an expert in the field of coupled fire-atmospheric models.

2. (15%) Communicate and Coordinate with the Fire Applications Director and Advanced Fire
Behavior Modeling Program Lead on status of modeling and research projects as well as regular
updates on lab activities.
● Attend regular (weekly minimum) meetings with Fire Science lab members to review
progress, current and future data collection, project design, new project ideas, etc.
● Manage modeling technicians.

3. (15%) Work with Scientists and Collaborators in support of various projects/grants across federal,
state and private organizations.
● Develop manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed scientific (e.g., peer-reviewed
journals, books, etc.) literature.
● Assist in preparing/reviewing research grants.
● Develop relationships with fellow researchers that will enhance the Fire Modeling program.

4. (5%) Other Duties as assigned by supervisor (e.g., participate in outreach, GIS/geospatial solutions,
drive field vehicles/ATVs/UTVs, etc.).

Qualifications

Minimum requirements for this role include:

1. Master’s degree completed in physics, forest, ecosystem, or landscape ecology, or related
field.
2. At least 1 year of experience utilizing next generation physics based fire models.
3. Experience or background in spatial analysis or spatial statistics, and/or Light Detection and
Ranging.
4. Working knowledge with one or more programming languages, such as R, python, or C++.
5. Ability to independently write/edit manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Daniel Giron at dgiron@talltimbers.org.

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Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology Specialist

Tall Timbers Research, Inc. is recruiting a full-time Remote Sensing and Geospatial
Technology Specialist to join the growing Geospatial Center. Tall Timbers is recognized as the home of the
study of fire ecology and is an advocate to protect the right to use prescribed fire for land management.

Position Responsibilities:
● Apply geospatial technology and remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve
geospatial problems for projects involving natural resources
● Analyze image data (multispectral and hyperspectral), use statistical analysis software, image analysis
software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, Python, and R to
evaluate and analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems
● Develop and maintain applications in Google Earth Engine
● Document and develop results from both basic and applied scientific and technical research for use in
technical reports and publications
● Work on variety of projects in support of Geospatial Center at Tall Timbers
● Collaborate with research and conservation staff as well as outside partners
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
● Remote Sensing, GIS, Remote Sensing / GIS Integration, GIS Modeling & Simulation, Spatial and
Biophysical Modeling, Fire Behavior Modeling, Computer Mapping and GIS Applications for Natural
Resources.
● Working knowledge of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise
● Programming experience in Python, R, and JavaScrip
● Strong interest in drone technology and current or ability to obtain FAA’s Small UAS Rule (Part 107)
certificate
● Ability to work across multiple technology disciplines
● Experience planning and managing GIS projects
● Strong organizational and data management skills
● Desire to continue learning in the fields of remote sensing, spatial analysis, and conservation science
Minimum Training and Experience
● MS in remote sensing, geospatial science, GIS or physical science or similar with specific coursework
or relevant work experience in remote sensing, image processing, GIS, geography, forestry ecology of
fire behavior.

This position requires:

1) Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts,
practices, standards, and methods of geography and natural resources to assume duties related to
the analysis of relationships between various natural resources, and apply established geospatial
analysis processes, protocols and solutions to support project objectives

2) Knowledge of geospatial
technology (e.g., ArcGIS; image processing; remote sensing) sufficient to apply established methods
and procedures;

3) Skill in programming languages used for data analysis and processing (e.g., Python,
R); 4) Knowledge of cartographic principles and conventions sufficient to create maps for internal and
external use displaying natural resource data, highlight particular analysis results, and convey basic
geospatial information. and network equipment.
 Ability to document and convey technical information to technical and non-technical users in written
reports and oral presentations.

Time management skills to work on multiple projects simultaneously
 Willingness to learn new concepts and skills

The selected applicant will be employed by Tall Timbers and based out of Tall Timbers, Tallahassee, FL. This
position will be full time and on-site. The position will report to Joe Noble, GIS/Information Technology
Program Director and work in close collaboration with the on-site Project Reseach Scientist. Starting salary
range is $25 to $32/hour with benefits.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
to jnoble@talltimbers.org. Applications will be accepted until 12/30/2023 or the position is filled.

 

Internships

Livingston Place Quail Management Internship

The Livingston Place Quail Management Internship is designed for students finishing up at 2 or 4 year programs in Wildlife Management with an interest in working on managed quail land. Livingston Place is a 9,125 acre working quail property near Monticello, FL owned and operated by Tall Timbers Research, Inc. Objectives include:

  1. Quail hunting and field trials,
  2. Preserving the historical, cultural and natural features, and
  3. Education and training.

The internship is a 16 week program usually from Jan-April that is designed to indoctrinate young people to Tall Timbers land ethic of Exemplary Land Stewardship. The student will be housed and employed at Livingston Place and exposed to a wide array of activities in a short time. The end result is expected to be placement of the intern in a position on a managed quail property. A checklist of activities/skills the intern will be exposed to includes the following:

  • Tractor driving (roller chopping, mowing, fire break harrowing, planting, etc.)
  • Basic power equipment operation and maintenance (chainsaw, limb pruner, lawnmower, etc.)
  • Horseback hunting for wild quail
  • Assisting with wild quail field trials
  • Introduction to horse care and maintenance
  • Prescribed burning
  • Supplemental feeding including grain handling/storage
  • Wildlife research (radio-tracking quail, avian census, predator index, small mammal trapping, etc.)
  • Nest predator trapping
  • Quail trapping for research and translocation
  • Feral hog trapping
  • ATV and pickup operation and maintenance

Interested parties should have completed an A.S. or B.S. in wildlife management or be very close to doing so. A cover letter and resume can be sent to the Livingston Place office at 1583 Livingston Road, Greenville, FL 32331. TEL 850.997.1957, or emailed to LivingstonPlace@talltimbers.org.

Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

Job Description:

The game bird program at Tall Timbers Research Station is looking for an individual(s) to assist with northern bobwhite trapping, banding, and attaching radio transmitters. The work would involve pre-baiting trap sites, mapping trap locations, checking traps at night, banding, data entry, radio telemetry, and other duties assigned.

Additionally, applicants should submit materials early for all positions, which are open until filled.

Internship positions are 12-16 weeks in length, start and end dates are flexible.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation:
Internship stipend is $295/week. Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. Hunting and fishing privileges on our properties may be included.

To apply please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests, career goals, which position you are applying for, and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references (please state their relationship to you).

Michael Hazelbaker
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Michael Hazelbaker

(Electronic submissions/inquiries encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)

Stoddard Bird Lab Internships
The Stoddard Bird Lab can help you gain valuable field experience. Current research projects include monitoring the Red Hills population of the endangered Red‑cockaded Woodpecker, assessing the effects of prescribed burning on populations of Bachman’s Sparrows, understanding the cooperative breeding system of the Brown‑headed Nuthatch, monitoring Gopher Tortoise populations, snag inventory on an old‑growth pine forest, and investigating avian community composition and productivity along a gradient from old field pine to undisturbed longleaf pine forests. Internships typically are awarded by mid-February, so applications should be submitted by Jan 15 of each year. The number of interns varies from year to year, so contact Jim Cox (contact info below) for more specific information.

Duties:
Interns help mist-net birds, conduct nest searches, monitor color‑banded individuals, assist with with banding Red‑cockaded Woodpeckers, collect vegetation sampling, perform GPS/GIS mapping, and assist with prescribed burning.

All interns are highly encouraged to complete a research project. Research projects include development of study hypotheses, collecting and analyzing field data.

Some examples of intern research project topics include:

  • Response of Bachman’s Sparrows to different vocalizations
  • Home range and movements of Brown‑headed Nuthatches
  • Snag inventory and use in an old growth pine forest
  • Gopher tortoise inventory

Internship positions are 10 weeks in length and typically take place in summer; however some internships may be available at other times.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation:
Internship stipend is $225/week ($2250 total). Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. To apply, please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references to:

Jim Cox
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Jim Cox

(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)

Fire Ecology Internships

The Fire Ecology Program seeks to provide field and laboratory experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and fire ecology and science. Our research focus includes effects of fire regime on plant communities, soil chemistry, carbon sequestration, and fire behavior in southern pine forests and hardwood bottomland forests, effects of prescribed fire on air quality, and natural history of the local region.

Duties:
Most internships last 8-16 weeks and are largely fieldwork based. Specific activities vary from year to year.

  • Summer interns (May-August): Summer interns are usually focused on fieldwork in pine grasslands, with emphasis on identifying, measuring, and collecting plants to characterize changes in vegetation in response to fire regime or land-use history. Summer interns also often help with prescribed burns and collect associated fire effects and fire behavior data.
  • Fall interns (October-December): Every other year we hire fall interns. Fall interns are focused on measuring trees for a long-term census in an old-growth beech magnolia forest.

In addition to the above tasks, interns may also help with mapping burned areas with a GPS unit, entering and processing data using database and GIS software, entering data in Excel or Access, collecting and processing soil samples, adding information to a database on local native plants, and drying and weighing fuels.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in biology, wildlife, forestry, natural resources, environmental studies/science, or related fields and have an interest in a career in natural resources. Applicants will be evaluated based on the potential benefit of the experience to his or her career plans and satisfactory references regarding work habits, professionalism, attitude, and physical fitness, as work is sometimes strenuous and conducted in difficult outdoor conditions. Employment will be contingent upon passing a driver’s record background check (no points on driver’s record for the past 3 years) for insurance purposes, although exceptions are sometimes made. We encourage students of varying backgrounds to apply. Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants are welcome.

Compensation:
Internships are technically unpaid but provide a stipend of $295 per week. Limited on-site housing is available at no cost to full-time interns. For interns that commute, some compensation is provided. Interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days (8-4:30, with a half hour lunch).

Deadlines:
Summer internships: Review of applications begins March 1 each year and are filled as appropriate candidates are found.

Fall internships: Review of applications begins August 1 each year and positions are filled as appropriate candidates are found.  The internships run for about two months, beginning around mid September.

To apply, please submit:

  • A resume
  • A 1-2 pg. cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and how you expect the experience to benefit your career. At the end of the cover letter, please be sure to state the beginning and ending date of your availability and note whether or not you require housing on station.
  • Updated academic transcript (does not have to be official).
  • Full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators.
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license (we require no points on the driver’s record for driving work vehicles).

Email application materials to: Cinnamon Dixon

Cinnamon Dixon, Fire Ecologist
Tall Timbers
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Fire Science Applications Internships

FIRE BEHAVIOR MODELING INTERN

Job Description

The Fire Behavior Modeling Program seeks to provide applied experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of physics, ecology, and fire science. Our research focus includes fire behavior in a wide range of environmental and ecological conditions, investigating the effects of scale and fuel representation in fire behavior models, and the downstream effects of ignition patterns and initial conditions on model outcomes.

Duties

Most internships last 8-16 weeks and are largely focused on fire behavior simulations and digital workflows.

Interns will be expected to learn and become comfortable using the workflow established by the Tall Timbers Research Station modeling team. This will include becoming familiar with Ubuntu and Python. Interns will be trained to use QUIC-Fire, a novel physics-based fire behavior modeling tool, and will be expected to create simulations on a variety of conditions and produce visualizations and end-user products dependent on the particular project. Interns will also be asked to develop, run, and/or test scripts for standardizing client data and building fire model inputs as well as write documentation and standard operating procedures describing workflow elements and methodologies

Qualifications

Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in physics, sustainability, ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more experience. Previous coding and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. We encourage students of varying backgrounds to apply

Compensation

Internship stipend is $295/week. Interns will be expected to work 20 hours per week and provide documentation of logged hours.

To apply, please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of two references to:

Daniel Rosales Giron

dgiron@talltimbers.org

Warner College of Natural Resources, Office 235

400 University Ave

Fort Collins, CO 80523

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QUIC-FIRE SERVICE CENTER INTERN

Job Description

The QUIC-Fire Service Center (Service Center) seeks to provide applied experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of physics, ecology, and fire science. The Service Center is currently being developed to produce predictive services relating to smoke and fire effects for land managers across the U.S. Interns will be working alongside the Tall Timbers Research Station modeling team to develop a standardized workflow for processing modeling requests.

Duties

Most internships last 8-16 weeks and are largely focused on fire behavior simulations and digital workflows.

Interns will be expected to learn and become comfortable using the workflow established by the Tall Timbers Research Station modeling team. This will include becoming familiar with Ubuntu and Python. Interns will be trained to use QUIC-Fire, a novel physics-based fire behavior modeling tool, and will be expected to create simulations on a variety of conditions and produce visualizations and end-user products. Interns will also be asked to develop, run, and/or test scripts for standardizing client data and building fire model inputs as well as write documentation and standard operating procedures describing workflow elements and methodologies.

Qualifications

Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in physics, sustainability, ecology, or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more experience. Previous coding, GIS, and computer experience is beneficial but not required. We encourage students of varying backgrounds to apply.

Compensation

The internship stipend is $295/week. Interns will be expected to work 20 hours per week and provide documentation of logged hours. To apply, please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of two references to:

Zachary Cope

zcope@talltimbers.org

U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station

320 E Green Street

Athens, GA 30602