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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Fire Science
OVERSIGHT: Wildland Fire Scientist
Tall Timbers Wildland Fire Science Program has received Department of Defense funding from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to characterize multiscale feedbacks between forest structure, fire behavior and fire effects. This work seeks to advance more mechanistic predictions of fire effects through the application and advancement of coupled fire-atmospheric modeling to empirical study of surface fire regimes. The project is field-intensive and includes intensive fire-line experimentation campaigns using a variety of spatial and temporal monitoring techniques. This post-doctoral fellowship has up to 3.5 years of funding to lead integration efforts of multidisciplinary empirical fire behavior and forest measurements. The position will oversee data management, analysis, and data integration of 3D fuel characterization, fire behavior, fire effects, and 3D flows. The position will also facilitate the transfer of pre- and post-burn datasets to fire behavior modeling teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Colorado State University. The incumbent will play a key role in advancing our understanding of heat transfer to vegetation during fire and in improving post fire effects prediction. Primary duties are to assist the Wildland Fire Scientist and project collaborators with implementation of the study plan, help supervise field data acquisition, facilitate data transfer among participating organizations, and lead spatially explicit analysis of energy transfer and resulting fire effects. Other duties range from publication writing and preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals, administering project management software, budget reporting, and student advisement.
1. (50%) Manage research grant and project deliverables
Coordinate data acquisition, QA/QC, data management, archiving and dissemination by maintaining fire, fuels, fluid-flow and fire effects datasets.
Use project management software to outline, document and coordinate research activities associated with program grants and projects.
Assist in the development of reports for all projects and grant deliverables, and facilitate Accounting Office timely reporting of grant reports.
2. (30%) Coordinate data analysis and publication of research results
Coordinate with scientist and Co-Is on data analysis and publication.
Assist graduate students with the final publication of theses and dissertation chapters as needed.
Lead preparation of one peer-reviewed paper per year and support 2-3 additional manuscripts annually from project team as co-author.
3. (15%) Pursuit of complementary research
Assess and pursue complementary lines of research and advance fire ecology, fire science, advanced fire measurements, or the integration of disciplines.
4. (5%) Other duties as assigned
Assist with Tall Timbers co-production transition plan under SERDP grant.
Attend IPR and SERDP Symposium to present research results as required.
Participate on graduate student committee.
PhD degree in ecology, fire science, forestry, fire ecology, fire behavior, or related field. Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently and in teams. The successful candidate should have knowledge of and experience with forest landscapes in the Eastern United States, fire ecology, fire behavior, statistical analyses, and scientific writing, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals. They should also have skills related to: complex data management, vegetation or fuel surveys, measuring fire behavior or fire effects in forested ecosystems. Valid state driver’s license required. Candidate should have the ability to perform routine office work and fieldwork in inclement weather under strenuous conditions in a southern climate and on active prescribed fire operations, including long hours and weekends.
A strong understanding of fire behavior in southeastern pine forests is preferred. Experienced in prescribed fire experimentation. Experience with multivariate statistical analyses, spatial statistics and working knowledge of fire behavior modeling is preferred. Programming experience in Python and R are preferred. National qualification for basic wildland fire (NWCG S-130/S-190) or other fire line operational qualifications are preferred.
Salary Range: Approximately $65,000
To apply, please submit by email to Kevin Hiers, Director of Wildland Fire Science:
- A resume;
- A one-page cover letter describing your qualifications, interests, and career goals;
- Updated academic transcript for any education acquired;
- Full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators;
- Photocopy of your driver’s license (we require a clean driver’s record for driving work vehicles).
To apply or for questions, email: Kevin Hiers.
Conservation Technician Position
Supervisor: Conservation Coordinator
Location: Tall Timbers • Tallahassee, Florida
Job Classification: Temporary (12-16 weeks), full-time or part-time
- 1 – Summer position available (May – August)
- 1 – Autumn position available (September – December)
The Land Conservancy, a division within Tall Timbers, was established in 1990 to ensure the conservation of natural and cultural resources and rural land-use traditions of the Red Hills region of south Georgia and north Florida and in other strategic areas. Tall Timbers along with 104 landowners have conserved over 136,000 acres utilizing donated conservation easements, making it one of the largest regional land trusts in the Southeast. Our conservation easements protect some of the South’s best remaining longleaf pine savannas, miles of river frontage along the Flint, Ochlockonee, and Aucilla Rivers, scenic canopy roads, and historic sites. These conservation easements protect critical upland wildlife habitat and wetland ecosystems that affect the region’s quality of life by providing clean air and water to the residents of south Georgia and north Florida. In addition, these conservation easements perpetuate traditional rural land uses of sustainable forestry, farming, and recreational hunting. Tall Timbers is a committed land trust that has adopted the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices and is an accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
The Land Conservancy is seeking individuals to assist with a broad array of duties including: biological surveys, wildlife species monitoring, GIS work and map editing, annual conservation easement monitoring visits, landowner requests, records management, report writing, community outreach, and policy analysis. The responsibilities of the position will be tailored to best fit the interests and qualifications of the selected applicant.
Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in natural resources, environmental science/studies, wildlife ecology, urban/regional planning, environmental law or related field. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.
- Cover letter including 1) your interest in the position, 2) unique qualifications not evident in your resume, 3) your career aspirations, and 4) position applying for and estimated start and end dates.
- Contact information for 3 or more professional references
- A writing sample, report, article, website, blog, or other media that highlights your writing abilities and/or career interests.
Email all documents as PDF files to Shane Wellendorf
Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
Summer position (May – August): Open until filled.
Autumn position (September – December): Open until filled.
We recommend applying promptly. Start Date is flexible, but a commitment of 12-16 weeks is preferred.
Dixie Plantation Quail Management Internship
- Quail hunting and field trials,
- Preserving the historical, cultural and natural features, and
- 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 Dixie Plantation 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 Dixie office at 1583 Livingston Road, Greenville, FL 32331. TEL 8509971957. Email Dixie
Northern Bobwhite Research Internship
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.
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.
Internship stipend is $230/week ($920/month). 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).
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(Electronic submissions/inquiries encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)
Stoddard Bird Lab Internships
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.
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.
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:
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)
Fire Ecology Program 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.
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.
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.
Internships are technically unpaid but provide a stipend of $230 per week. Limited on-site housing is available at no cost to full-time interns; a $55 deposit is required ($50 for the house, $5 for keys). 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).
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
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312