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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
fire ecology careers

Career Guide

Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.

Fire management officer

Lead decision making and strategy planning on land around the world. Coordinate fire control and crews, lead public education as well as help protect land from fire by providing sound information to those working on the land.

Wildland fuels specialist

Use your scientific background and firefighting experience to identify potential problems and communicate those findings to managers and other decision makers. With training in all aspects of wildland firefighting, this is often the next step for a firefighter.

Fire and landscape ecologist

Combine natural and social science with your research skills to improve relationships between landscapes and things that impact them. These can include natural factors such as climate change and ecology to human influences such as agriculture or urban development.

Wildland fire extension specialist

Education is a cornerstone of this communication-based career. By working with stakeholders, scientists and agency professionals, you will help each to understand the impacts of fire on the land, and the ways to mitigate the fire potential.

Natural resource policy specialist

Know the policies that impact natural resource decision making. Be a part of the conversation as plans are made to protect and best manage our resources. Often specializing in one policy area, your expertise will help make a difference.

Forest hydrologist

Work with water and water issues in the forest. Your expertise in forest management and biology support this science-based position. You will work in the field measuring water—how much and how safe it is.

Community outreach specialist

Combine your natural resource background with your passion for people in this career that will enable you to teach, present and guide the public to a better understanding of our natural resources and the policies that govern them.

Forestry or range technician

Work in the field, alongside foresters, to protect forests and rangelands. As a technician you may work in the remote wilderness or in a park system, often planting or thinning trees, maintaining campsites, marking trees or enforcing regulations.