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FIRE-PLAN Research Coordinator

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Work type: University Staff - Project
Location: Platteville
Categories: Administration, Office and Administrative, Agriculture & Farm

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a FIRE-PLAN Research Coordinator to facilitate activities for a newly funded project titled Merging diverse knowledge systems to advance restoration of fire-dependent lands and cultures in the Great Lakes region. This project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to establish the necessary relationships and collaborations among Fire Ecologists, Fire Practitioners, and Indigenous Knowledge Practitioners to advance understanding of how Indigenous fire stewardship practices shaped historical Great Lakes landscapes and why fire restoration will be a key process for healing relationships among people, cultures, and land in ways that are necessary to promote the diverse, resilient, and just ecological and cultural landscapes of the future.

The Research Coordinator will join a dynamic and growing network of collaborators to help plan and conduct a series of listening sessions to be held at locations across the Upper Great Lakes Region during 2024 and 2025, synthesize the outcomes of these workshops to advance understanding of fire as an eco-cultural process, and to identify questions to pursue through future work that are relevant to the diverse network of stakeholders and participants engaged through this project.

This is a part-time, two-year long position with expectations that the hours committed per week will vary widely over the course of the position. Wage is $19.24 per hour.


  • Coordinate meetings among core project personnel.
  • Identify potential stakeholders and/or project participants.
  • Coordinate Listening Session logistics, including renting meeting space, setting up hotel room blocks, arranging transportation for field excursions, purchasing gifts for elders/participants, and coordinating paperwork to pay participant stipends and travel costs.
  • Track Listening Session participant lists.
  • Oversee communication for events and participant follow up including event evaluations and surveys.
  • Attend Listening Sessions.
  • Facilitate synthesis of feedback from Listening Sessions.
  • Develop and maintain web presence.
  • Assist with writing NSF Reports.
  • Assist with conducting experiments or interviews, collecting and analyzing data, and documenting results according to established protocols.
  • Assist in composing and organizing research reports and manuscripts to provide updates on unit objectives.
  • Schedule logistics and secure resources for research supplies, equipment, and facilities.
  • Track supply and equipment inventory levels and place replenishment orders.
  • Maintain organization of research records according to established policies and procedures.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:


  • Associate’s degree
  • Experience working effectively with diverse audiences including resource managers, academics, and Indigenous communities
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills capable of building and maintaining strong relationships
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiar with Tribal communities
  • Ability to develop meeting related tasks and documents (agendas, minutes, outreach, etc.)
  • Ability to attend grant-funded activities in person


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Skills in conflict resolution and an interest in fire ecology, prescribed fire, and cultural burning practices are preferred.
  • Strong personal and professional connections to the Upper Great Lakes Region

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal by October 31, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Evan Larson at

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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