BAER BOTANIST (BABO) - Qualification Checklist


The BAER Botanist assesses wildfire impacts to vegetation resources and develops emergency stabilization recommendations to prevent further site degradation.Coordinate assessment, review, and data collection activities with other BAER technical specialists.




        Assess wildfire impacts to plant communities and vegetation resources to determine whether emergency stabilization treatments are needed and the extent to which natural revegetation will likely occur.

        Determines emergency stabilization revegetation needs for impacted areas including range and forage resources.

        Assesses noxious weed/non-native species populations and potential threats for expansion/encroachment into impacted areas.

        Recommends monitoring needs to determine if emergency stabilization treatment maybe needed.

        Develops list of potential affected Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate (TEPC) plant species in coordination with agency personnel and other sources.

        Assesses whether TEPC plants or habitats are at risk of further degradation and whether an emergency stabilization treatment is appropriate to prevent further degradation.

        Assesses whether TEPC plants or habitats may be affected by proposed BAER treatments.

        In cooperation with the BAER Biologist, initiates emergency Section 7 consultation as required by Endangered Species Act with USFWS and/or NMFS.

        In cooperation with BAER Hydrologist and Soil Scientist, recommends vegetation treatments (seed mixes and seeding rates) for watershed stabilization.

        Recommends appropriate seed mixes and develops seed bid package and contractor selection criteria with contracting officer.

        Recommends structural improvements for the protection of emergency stabilization treatments.

        Recommends treatment effectiveness monitoring requirements.

        Provides spatial data sets to the GIS Specialist for project mapping.

        Provides recommendations for grazing management practices (e.g., closures, deferment, or lowered stocking rates).

        Assess potential damage from feral animals and makes recommendations for removal or fencing.

        Prepares the Vegetation Resources Burned Area Assessment including objectives, issues, observations, and recommendations; this assessment may include rangelands or if warranted a separate Rangeland Resources Burned Area Assessment is prepared.

        Prepares the vegetation resource presentations for public, agency administratorís and close-out meetings and briefing.

      Upon arrival at the incident, checks in at the Incident Command Post and the Time Unit.

      Obtains applicable management and safety information including fire behavior forecasts and the Incident Action Plan.

      Prepares and delivers the close-out briefing burned areas assessment summary.

      Prepares copies of the resource field assessment notes, maps and other draft materials and delivers them to the Documentation Specialist as part of the documentation package with sensitive data/notes identified and returned to the local specialists-not to be included in the official documentation package.




        Technical skill as a GS-09 Botanist, Ecologist, Biologist or Rangeland Management Specialist.

        Knowledge of fire ecology and fire response of vegetation communities, including skill in querying the Fire Effects Information System.

        Knowledge of weed ecology and weed management techniques

        Basic knowledge of TEPC ecology, habitat, and legal requirements

        Knowledge of revegetation techniques, including development of seed mixes appropriate to the project area and emergency stabilization objectives.

        Ability to quickly and efficiently locate and synthesize relevant technical information from local land use plans and local and community sources.

        Basic understanding of the potential effects of wildfire on natural and cultural resources and public health and safety.





o    Annual Fire Safety Refresher Training

o    Introduction to Fire Behavior (S-190)

o    Fire fighter Training (S-130)

        Additional training which supports development of knowledge and skills

o       Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100)

o       Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation for Non-operations Personnel (S-110)

o       Basic Incident Command (I-200)

o       Interagency BAER Techniques course

o       GPS for ICS

o       GIS (Arcview or ArcGIS)

o       Interagency Helicopter Training Guide (S-271)

o       Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290)

o       Fire in Ecosystem Management

o       Introduction to Fire Effects (RX-310)

o       Fire Regime Condition Class training and certification

o       Agency-specific fire effects monitoring training and certifications

o       Incident communications and radio training


Prerequisite Experience



        One satisfactory performance as a BAER Botanist trainee.


Physical Fitness




Position currency can also be maintained by successful performance as a Botanist (BOTA).