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Summer 2014

Employment Opportunities in the Fire Science Lab 

There are currently no employment opportunities.  Please check back as summer approaches.



Work experience or coursework including field exercises covering the following:

   Ability to work in a multi-agency, diverse environment, in a manner consistent with safe forestry practices.

Ability to learn basic vegetation identification, measurement techniques, including use of tree measurement tools.

  Ability to learn safe powertool operation and maintenance.

  Use of spreadsheet applications; ability to use or learn to use handheld data recorders, radios, other field equipment

  Safe operation and care of manual transmission vehicles.

  Willingness to learn new skills.

  Coursework or experience in forestry, natural resources management, forest ecology, or related field is desired but not required (see individual postings).


  Outdoor savvy familiarity with navigation by map and compass, basic first aid training.

  These positions are 90% + field work.  Field Research Assistants will be exposed to hot dry or unpredictable weather, rough terrain,, insects, high elevations, & other environmental conditions; must be capable of sustained physical work under these conditions.  OSHA or CalOSHA personal safety equipment (e.g: boots) may be required by differing projects.


TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 reference contacts to the e-mail (e-mail preferred) or address below. In your cover letter, please note which project(s) you are interested in working on. Specific qualifications are described for each project and at the end of this announcement. Please include project number(s) you are interested in e-mail subject line or on the outside of the mailing envelope. 

E-mail directly to manager for project of interest:
Projects 1 & 2 will be grouped together, please email both managers: sasha.clark@berkeley.edu, dfry@berkeley.edu
Project 3: dowzer3@berkeley.edu

Or mail to:
Dr. Scott Stephens
C/O Project Manager
Attention: Project #
137 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114




Graduate Studies in the Fire Science Lab

Students wishing to pursue advanced degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.) in fire science or fire ecology under the guidance of Dr. Stephens should take note of the following:

The Fire Science Lab is part of the Ecosystems Science Division of UC Berkeley's Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department (ESPM).  The ESPM application process for new graduate students occurs during the fall semester prior to the year of entry.  Applications are typically due mid-December. For details about this process or to request an application, check the ESPM department website at: http://espm.berkeley.edu/gradprograms/index.html

An important element of a successful graduate school career is having a good working relationship with your advisor.  Students wishing to work with Dr. Stephens should make a concerted effort to contact and/or visit him prior to applying to his lab.  

Undergraduate Studies in Fire Ecology

Undergraduates at UCB interested in fire ecology or fire science are encouraged to enroll in courses offered by Dr. Stephens.  

High school, transfer, or reentry students applying for entry into UC Berkeley may wish to consider the ESPM Department's Forestry, Resource Management, or Conservation and Resource Studies majors, or the inter-college Environmental Sciences major.

The Fire Science Lab hires undergraduate technicians and field assistants part time during the academic year and full time during the summer.  This is a good opportunity to gain experience in fire and ecology research.  For more information, see the above description about employment.


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