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Wildland Fire Science Technician

Tall Timbers
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Athens, Georgia
Job Description:

This position is located at the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, GA and is responsible for performing laboratory and fieldwork in support of multidisciplinary research activities focusing on fuels and fire science, forest change, soil properties, and other inherent disturbances on forests. This position will provide technical laboratory and field support to multiple research projects. The candidate will mainly be assigned to collecting and processing vegetation biomass samples (including sorting, drying, and weighing plant material) collected for wildland fuel analysis, entering data or using Excel, and writing methods of analysis and data collection. The candidate will also have broad opportunities to collect, process and analyze data associated with plant diversity, soil properties and fauna, wildland fire measurements, and remote sensing instrumentation and data. The candidate will have opportunities to work in the field in various southeastern U.S. ecosystems, participate in prescribed burning activities and research, and work in the newly established Athens Prescribed Fire Science Laboratory, which houses a fully operational combustion chamber for safe experimentation of wildland fuels and fire.


Education: Completed bachelor’s degree (minimum) or master’s degree (desired) in forestry, natural resources, environmental science/studies, ecology, or related field.

Minimum qualifications include:

ability to work effectively independently or in a group setting

ability to follow detailed instructions and complete repetitive tasks

be comfortable performing computer-based work and ability to use basic computer software programs to electronically compile multi-disciplinary data files and write-up methods of data collection

ability to understand and employ good safety practices including implementing the applicable safety practices, policies, and procedures for workplace safety and protection

a valid driver’s license and a good driving record (i.e. no points on license in the last 3 years)

ability to operate a motor vehicle over conditions ranging from paved highways to steep, mountainous road

ability to work full time during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm), but be flexible as needed for fieldwork or deadlines

ability to work in an outdoor environment that may require moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including walking over steep or uneven terrain, bending, lifting, and carrying equipment

available to travel and stay overnight for multiple days at study sites located throughout the Southeast U.S.

Desired qualifications include:

Competency in a programming language (R, python, etc.) for manipulating and graphing data

Competency in basic statistics (e.g. using R)

Field experience in related field

Plant identification skills

Prescribed fire qualifications (e.g., RXCM)

Scientific writing skills for reports, internal documents, and manuscripts



The position is funded through April 30, 2023 with the possibility of extension dependent upon funding.

The position is open until filled with a desired start date of March 1, 2022. Review of candidates will begin January 21, 2022.

$35K – 45K (depending on experience and degree level)


How to Apply:

Please provide a CV/resume and full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators. Cover letters and letters of recommendation are accepted, but not required.

Send your resume and reference contact information by email to Christie Hawley (

For further information regarding the details of this position, you may contact Scott Pokswinski ( or Christie Hawley (