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Ron Steffens

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Academic Appointment Fire Management (May–August) Winter (September-May)
Associate Professor of Communications
Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT  05764541 404
Fire Monitor
Fire Management Office
Grand Teton National Park
Moose, WY 83012307 739
Teaching (online) & Writing
Bandon, OR 97411541 404 8884 (cell)

Academic and Professional Focus


  • Environmental Writing and Journalism

Professor of Communications

  • Chair, Wildfire Magazine Editorial Board
  • Teaching and research focus on Environmental / Science / Emergency Communication
  • Community and Campus Publishing (print, video, new media)
  • New and Documentary Media / Digital Publishing

Interdisciplinary Learning

  • Environmental Liberal Arts
  • Online Instruction and Assessment

Environmental Studies & Natural Resource Management

  • Wildland Fire Management
  • Board Member, International Association of Wildland Fire

Academic Appointments

  • 2008-12: Thesis Coordinator/Advisor, Masters of Science-Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College
  • 2004- present: Associate Professor of Communications, Green Mountain College
  • 1994-2004: Associate Professor of Journalism & English, Southwestern Oregon Community College

Wildfire and Resource Management / Environmental Communications

Fire Monitor (Forestry Technician), Grand Teton National Park, Moose, WY. 1992-present

  • Wildland Fire Qualifications: Incident Commander (ICT3), Long Term Fire Analyst, Situation Unit Leader (trainee). Geospatial Analyst, Field Observer, Fire Effects Monitor, Task Force/Strike Team Leader, Crew/Engine/Firing Boss.
  • Instructor: S-130/S190, taught in conjunction with Green Mountain College and Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont (Spring 2009, 2010). Prior courses taught include S-130, 132, 133, 190: Firefighter Training, Annual Safety Refresher; S-244 Field Observer.
  • Manager: Fuel moisture monitoring program and Wildland Fire assessments; website and dispatch support,Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch and

Wildland Fire Assignments and Training (selected)


  • Board Representative, International Association of Wildland Fire, to Australia Fire Authorities Council / Bushfire CRC, with continued research and reporting in Australia (Aug  28-Oct 28) and committee coordination 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Sydney, AU.
  • S-490 Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations and S-590 Advanced Fire Behavior Interpretation. Tucson, AZ. February-March 2012.
  • Team Member, USFS International Programs-USAID/Malawi. “Fire Management and Restoration Planning at Mulanje Mountain / Nyika National Park.” April-May, 2012.
  • Communications Consultant, National Elk Refuge. Jackson, WY. May and November 2012.
  • Decision Support and Long-Term Fire Analyst, Grand Teton National Park and Southwest Idaho Area Command (multiple fires, 300,000+ acres).
  • Chair, Wildfire Magazine Editorial Advisory Board



  • Planning Section Chief, Melt Out 2011 (flood response), Grand Teton National Park, June 2011.
  • Geospatial Analyst / Decision Support, Coronado National Forest (AZ). June-July 2011 (multiple fires, 300,000+ acres).
  • Incident Commander (ICT3), Red Rock Fire, August-September 2011, Bridger-Teton National Forest (WY). 9000-acre wilderness-urban interface fire, 100+ personnel.
  • Firing Boss, Shadow Mountain Prescribed Burn, September 2011.
  • Task Force Leader, Aerial Observer. Grand Teton National Park, July-August 2010.
  • Technical Specialists (Decision Support Analyst), Fire Intelligence, Pacific Northwest

Environmental Communications


  • Co-organizer, Global Wildfire Awareness Week, International Association of Wildland Fire
  • Training and publications consultant,
  • Communications consultant, National Elk Refuge.
  • Communication Projects: Revision and updates,, with continued support for public information and education programs.
  • Wildland Fire management updates, Teton Interagency Dispatch Center.


Book proposal and magazine articles. “Stories from the Burning.” Sabbatical project, Green Mountain College. 2011-2012.

“When Firestorms meet Politics.” Wildfire. September/October 2012.

“Common Operating Picture” Online Briefing, Southwest Idaho Area Command. Google Earth KML. August 2012.

“Evergreen State College,” “Sustainability in TV Shows,” Tulane University,” and “United States Partnership for ESD,” in Volume “Green Education.” SAGE Series on Green Society. July 2011.

Podcast Scripts, “Destination Poultney: Walking Tour of East Poultney and Main Street Poultney, Driving Tour of Poultney.” March 2009.
(“Award of Excellence in Educational Outreach,” Vermont Historical Society, and “Green Mountain Award” for improvement of the General Image of a town by Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, November 2009.)


1986 M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction and Fiction), University of Arizona

1980 B.A. in English (with honors), Tulane University