University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources seeks Fire Advisor to serve Lassen & Modoc Co, CA
Serving Lassen and Modoc Counties, CA
The Area Fire Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied problem-solving research program to help address California’s wildfire challenges. The intent of the position is to develop science-based research to help bolster ecosystem adaptation and resiliency to wildfire while reducing California’s social and ecological vulnerability to wildfire. The advisor will provide information and a point of connection for landowners, agencies, local governments and community organizations and members to work together toward fire resilience.
Important issues to be addressed by this position include providing relevant information and coordination to local communities and land managers to build capacity and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire; help develop strategies and provide hands-on training related to effective vegetation and fuels management; engage partners to reduce risk and increase preparedness at the wildland-community interface; collaboratively develop fire resilience strategies that provide ecological benefits and cultural resources restoration while reducing fire risk and economic loss; and networking to increase capacity at local, regional, and national levels.
The position will be part of the UC ANR network of Fire Advisors that will provide critical regional capacity, coordination, and science-based momentum for an accelerated approach to California’s fire problem. As such, the advisor’s work will also connect with UC ANR forest and rangeland advisors, UC campus-based specialists and faculty, and with the UC ANR volunteer networks (e.g., UC Master Gardener, UC Master Naturalist, and UC 4-H). Through collaboration the advisor will conduct applied research and extension that will inform fire management and policy efforts in Lassen and Modoc counties with potential application throughout California.
This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in local communities, the intermountain region, and throughout California. Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link clients and resource professionals across multi-sectors with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving. The advisor will join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.
Education: A minimum of a master's degree is required in a natural resources field with experience in either the social or ecological aspects of fire science and management is required at the time of appointment.
- Experience in successful Extension programming.
Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, coordinate teams, and implement an applied research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.
Passion and desire to pursue a career in Extension and natural resources management.
Experience in fire-related research, and field- and survey-based research skills and participatory research methods is helpful.
Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
A Certified Rangeland Management or Registered Professional Forester license may be required or encouraged over time depending on the focus of the advisor's program.
- Experience of working across multi sector partnerships including community stakeholders and land management agencies.
- Knowledge of Great Basin and Intermountain vegetation types, and experience working in remote landscapes and natural resource-based economies is highly desirable.
- Experience in wildland management, wildfire response, prescribed fire, home hardening and infrastructure protection is desirable
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.