Wildland Fire Science

Phone: 715-346-4617
Email: cnr@uwsp.edu

715-346-4617
cnr@uwsp.edu

UW-Stevens Point Wildland Fire Science graduates at work

  • Brian Gorman Senior Firefighter, Savanna River Site, United States Forest Service
  • Travis Swanson Wildland Fire Internship, United States Forest Service, Wisconsin
  • John Foshag Cedar City Hot Shots, Dixie National Forest, United States Forest Service

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Phone: 715-346-4617
Email: cnr@uwsp.edu

Choose Wildland Fire Science at UW-Stevens Point

The Wildland Fire Science option combines coursework in forestry, resource management and wildlife ecology for an integrated education. Students receive field experience with fire in our upper level wildland fire courses.
 
The hands-on experience gained through working on various wildland fire crews such as; line, ignitions, weather, fire behavior and fuels, give students an advantage when applying for jobs.
 
Our program is also Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) certified, qualifying our students for an expedited application process to become an AFE Certified Wildland Fire Manager, Ecologist or Professional.

Career opportunities in Wildland Fire Science

​Wildland Fire Science graduates find jobs including the following:
  • Fire Management Officer
  • Fire Program Specialist
  • Supervisory Forestry Technician
  • Forestry Technician (Fuels or Fire)
  • Natural Resource Specialist (Data Analyst)
  • Fire Management Specialist (Planning)
  • Range Technician (wildland fire)
  • Fire Management Specialist
  • Wildland Firefighter (Hand crews, Engine Crews, Helitack Crews, Hotshot Crews)
  • Fire Operations Specialist
  • Fire Dispatcher
  • Fire Logistics and Lead Hotshot Wildland Firefighter
  • Fire Effects Officer among others. 
For those wishing to pursue an advanced degree after graduation, the coursework will prepare you for graduate work.

Building your résumé

All Wildland Fire Science students are encouraged to join the UW-Stevens Point Fire Crew to gain experience in prescribed fire.
 
Opportunities are also available for internships and obtaining additional National Wildfire Coordinating Group Wildland Fire Certifications.

Outside the classroom

Participating in student organizations is another great way to get involved outside the classroom. UW-Stevens Point is host to more than 200 student organizations including the nationally recognized UW-Stevens Point Fire Crew. Fire Crew provides experiences in prescribed fire and opportunities to take additional National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses for basic and intermediate certifications wildland firefighting. They also provide opportunities to attend regional, national and international conferences about Wildland Fire Management and Ecology for the latest information and for  networking with professionals in the field. 

Visit Campus Activities and Student Engagement for a complete listing of opportunities.