There is a need for detailers to work with the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (NIPFTC) for a period of up to 25 days. The detailer will serve as a Field Coordinator, handling coordination between the attendees, NIPFTC, and the various agencies and cooperators that will host the prescribed burns.

Dates and Schedule
  • January Session: January 8th - 27th, 2023
  • February Session: February 5th - 24th, 2023
  • March Session: March 12th - 31st, 2023
  • April Session: April 9th - 28th, 2023

The schedule consists of an orientation with presentations covering safety in the southeast, ignition techniques, fire research, and lessons learned, followed by field trips covering fire planning and implementation, fuels, research and ecology, and wildlife and fire. Burning will occur at cooperator sites located within the southeast. Federal, state, and private cooperators may be visited during this timeframe. On the last day, participants will closeout with NIPFTC cadre.

The session includes interaction with active federal and state prescribed fire programs. The selected session start/end point will be Tallahassee, Florida. During the session, participants and cadre will move within the geographic region to take advantage of burning windows and programs. This will necessitate changing lodging multiple times during the session.

Cost and Requirements

There is no tuition. All costs for travel, per diem, salary, and overtime will be the responsibility of the sending unit. NIPFTC will provide transportation during the session.

All participants must have watched the video "Using Your Fire Shelter" (NFES-1568). Participants must also arrive with appropriate PPE.

The Field Coordinators will be with a group of six to seven individuals, day and night, during their detail. Field Coordinators will be required to complete both administrative and fieldwork, and must demonstrate strong leadership skills, enthusiasm for teaching, and must be able to answer questions on technical aspects of prescribed burning. Applicants must also validate RXB2 experience on their Master Record with burns completed outside of NIPFTC sessions.

*Applications from disciplines other than fire mangement are strongly encouraged. All Field Coordinators will be on Per Diem during their detail, and must be self-sufficient with a government travel card, personal credit card, or cash.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2023 sessions is October 5, 2022. Applications are completed on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. Click on the following: Field Coordinator Detail Application and you will be redirected to the login page. Login with your Wildland Fire Learning Portal credentials and you should arrive at the "Enrollment Options" screen. Click on "Enroll Me." If you don't have a Wildland Fire Learning Portal account follow the directions for creating one on the login page. Once you receive notification that you have an account, come back to this announcement and follow the above directions.

Contacts for Additional Information
Mark “Mav” Ploski – Operations Specialist; NIPFTC
Email:  mark.ploski@usda.gov
Office:  (850) 614-4585 ext. 1010