Mentee, and CWN Program
THE WFM RD&A WILL BE SUSPENDING THE MENTEE PROGRAM FOR 2017, HOWEVER WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THE CWN LIST AND WE WILL USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH RESPONDENTS TO ANNOUNCE FUTURE MENTEE OPPORTUNITIES AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES OR THE CWN PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM.
Opportunities for Development
The Wildland Fire Management Research Development & Application (WFM RD&A) is providing development opportunities for individuals to gain and improve skills in large fire decision support, fire behavior analysis, and the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS). Selected individuals will assist the WFM RD&A staff and help support incidents at GACC-level Decision Support Centers, large incidents (remotely or on site) or with an Incident Management Team.
The training opportunities will Call When Needed (CWN). CWN assignments will vary in length and breadth of work, ranging from a few days up to 14 days with assignment to the WFM RD&A, GACCs or to incidents. CWN opportunities are open to Forest Service, DOI and state and municipal partners. Opportunities will depend on fire activity, regional and national needs for Decision Support services, and the workload of the WFM RD&A. Applicants will be notified of availability of assignment location/potential duration (if applicable) will be shared when such information becomes available. Assignments will vary in nature, but will often be virtual and provide on-call support to NFDSC or GACC support centers and incidents, as well as WFM RD&A projects. If opportunities for travel arise, CWNs can decide at that time if they are willing and able to travel. Overtime is possible and trainees are welcome. If necessary participants will work with WFM RD&A staff, LTANs, FBANs, or other appropriate qualified personnel to build and enhance skills with Decision Support as well as fire behavior tools such as: FSPro; Short and Near-Term Fire Behavior; FLAMMAP, FireFamilyPlus and FARSITE. We do not expect all CWN applicants to be experts in fire behavior, fuels, or decision support to participate, but we do expect a willingness to learn and explore.
Call When Needed (CWN) Opportunity: CWN assignments, will vary in nature, but will often be virtual and provide on-call support to NFDSC or GACC support centers and incidents, as well as WFM RD&A projects. If opportunities for travel arise, individuals can decide at that time if they are willing and able to travel. Overtime is possible and trainees are welcome.
How to Apply
All individuals interested in being considered should apply, as every effort will be made to pair assignments with applicants to meet the needs of each.
This is an open, continuous announcement for the 2017 fire season. Due to the changing nature of fire season, applicants will be contacted to confirm availability and selectees will be given notice as potential assignments arise.
For questions regarding Wildland Fire Decision Support and these training opportunities contact:
WFM RD&A - 208-473-8107
Salary and travel costs will be covered by the WFM RD&A and/or individual incidents as required. DOI and State personnel may require additional negotiation for accounting codes and opportunities.
**Due to the changing nature of fire season, applicants will be contacted to determine availability.
My detail with WFM RD&A began as a simple two week virtual detail from my home office. At the end of the second week I was given the opportunity to travel to the Eastern Great Basin to do further analysis with other WFM RD&A folks. So all told, my detail was nearly 4 weeks long. My experience during this time has opened my eyes to parts of the fire world that I was not fully aware of. I had the opportunity to be involved in trainings and discussions that expanded my knowledge base of fire behavior analysis as well as my ability to communicate effectively. I feel that this experience has helped me professionally on many levels including my geospatial fire analysis skills, written and verbal communication skills, and my understanding of the fire organization and how it branches across agency boundaries.
--Kaari Carpenter, a WFM RD&A detailer, and now the new Program Manager for the National Fire Desk