Fire Effects Monitoring

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Dixie National Forest
Position ID
The Intern will use GPS units, pre-made GIS maps and aerial/satellite photos to navagate to and remeasure existing fire monitoring plots as well as establishing new plots. They will assess surface fuel loading using Browns transects, measure aspen regeneration, determine % effective ground cover, measure tree metrics (bdh/drc, species, cbh, etc…) and determine forest composition in order to assist the US Forest Service in assessing forest health and treatment effectiveness. Data will be recorded and archived using FSVeg and Exams PC monitoring software.  Activities include travel by truck and foot hiking up to 8 miles/day over Utahs rugged terrain to collect/record vegetation and landscape data; entering data; and presenting project information and results in organized formats. At times, camping in remote work sites for 4 to 8 days will be necessary. They will work and live in primitive housing (no cell phone coverage, limited internet access, no TV).  Members will have the opportunity to join wildland firefighting classes, earn a Red Card and MAY  be detailed to fight a wildfire or participate on prescribed burns.
  • Work in collaboration with the US Forest Service in the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests, approximately one hour from Cedar City, Utah. This 5-month position will occur in the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests with housing provided in a remote location (Duck Creek, UT) whose nearest sizable town is Cedar City, Utah (1 hour drive). The Dixie National Forest straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau, providing convenient access to some of the Wests most visited national forests, parks, and monuments; whereas, the Fishlake National Forest features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows and the largest natural mountain lake in Utah.
  • Members will receive First Aid/CPR training, Defensive Driving and may receive Wildland Firefighter training (Red Card).
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some experience