June 1, 2006


  1. 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Officially Here
  2. NOAA: Another Above-Normal Hurricane Season Looms for Atlantic
  3. DHS Updates National Response Plan
  4. Congratulations to Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners
  5. NIMH Grant Opportunity: Tools for Mental Health Effects of Disasters
  6. 2006 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants
  7. Call for Presentations: Partners in Emergency Preparedness
  8. Caribbean Disaster Management Scholarship
  9. Some New Web Resources
  10. Conferences and Training
  11. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

1) 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Officially Here

Today, June 1, marks the official start of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. Expert forecasters agree that it is likely to be another big one: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts 13 to 16 tropical storms, including 8 to 10 hurricanes, 4 to 6 of which may become major hurricanes (see below); William Gray at the Colorado State University forecasts 17 tropical storms, of which 9 will become hurricanes, and 5 will be major hurricanes; and Accuweather.com forecasts 6 landfalling tropical storms, of which 3 will be major hurricanes.

2) NOAA: Another Above-Normal Hurricane Season Looms for Atlantic

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane forecasters have predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic in 2006. More specifically, they believe there is an 80 percent chance the season will be above normal, a 15 percent chance it will be near normal, and a 5 percent chance it will be below normal. The prediction is for 13 to 16 tropical storms, including 8 to 10 hurricanes, 4 to 6 of which may become major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). On average, the Atlantic hurricane season produces 11 named storms, including 6 hurricanes (2 major). In 2005, the season featured a record 28 storms, 15 of which were hurricanes (7 major). Although NOAA is not forecasting a repeat of last year's season, the agency warns that the potential for hurricanes striking the United States is high. In late May, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction held a hearing titled "2006 Hurricane Forecast and At-Risk Cities." An archived webcast and testimony from Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, are available at http://commerce.senate.gov/.

In contrast to the Atlantic, NOAA's outlooks for the East and Central Pacific predict below-normal hurricane seasons. The East Pacific can expect 12 to 16 tropical storms, including 6 to 8 hurricanes (2 to 4 major). An average East Pacific hurricane season features 15 to 16 tropical storms, including 9 hurricanes (4 or 5 major). Two or three tropical cyclones are projected for the Central Pacific, where in a typical year four to five tropical cyclones can be expected to form or cross into the area.

For more information, visit the Climate Prediction Center at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/, NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division at http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/, the National Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center at http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/.

3) DHS Updates National Response Plan

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the National Response Plan (NRP) to incorporate modifications based on organizational changes within DHS as well as the experiences of responding to Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita in 2005. The "Notice of Change to the National Response Plan" (51 pp.) and a "new Quick Reference Guide to the National Response Plan" (27 pp.) are available at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0566.xml. Designed to incorporate critical changes in advance of the 2006 hurricane season, the notice precedes the first official interagency review of the NRP and is limited in scope. DHS intends to initiate a comprehensive stakeholder review of the plan in fall 2006, following which the NRP will be issued.

4) Congratulations to Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners

The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to announce the 2006 winners of the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship: Aurelie Brunie, Elenka Jarolimek, and Alessandra Jerolleman. The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship recognizes outstanding individuals who are committed to disaster research and practice and who have the potential to make a lasting contribution to reducing disaster vulnerability. The scholarship was established to ensure that individuals from all sectors of the hazards community be represented at the Center’s Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Due to an increase in applicants and the excellent quality of applications this year, the Center has awarded three scholarships for 2006.

Aurelie Brunie is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is originally from France, where she graduated in 2001 in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon. She received a master of science in environmental pollution control from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Brunie specializes in social capital, collective action, empowerment, and disasters, focusing particularly on how assistance programs can take advantage of existing structures to achieve more equitable and sustainable outcomes. Her dissertation examines the importance of disaster management capacity building, social capital, local leadership, and middle-level institutions in the sustainability of community preparedness efforts in underdeveloped countries.

Elenka Jarolimek is the emergency management specialist for the University of Washington in Seattle. She is currently working on designing a model mitigation program to help departments and college units address seismic and storm-related risks and developing emergency preparedness training programs for students, staff, and faculty. She is also preparing to take the exam to become a certified emergency manager. Jarolimek holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington. Her professional accomplishments include co-organizing Symposium 2005: Best Practices in Risk Reduction for Colleges and Universities and co-managing the University of Washington’s “Report on Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations.”

Alessandra Jerolleman works on mitigation, community outreach, and disaster planning at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology at the University of New Orleans. She has worked on a series of projects benefitting the greater New Orleans area, including completing benefit-cost analyses for the potential retrofitting of university buildings, flood mitigation planning for several suburban New Orleans neighborhoods, identifying and implementing outreach projects for the Disaster Resistant University project, and conducting community outreach related to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Alessandra is currently finishing a master’s in public administration at the University of New Orleans and will begin work on a PhD in urban studies in the fall. Her dissertation will focus on hazards planning for school districts in disaster prone areas.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the scholarship’s namesake. Mary Fran Myers, a former codirector of the Natural Hazards Center, was a major guiding force for the Center as well as the broader hazards community. Based on Myers’ explicit request, scholarship funds are used to bring individuals to the annual workshop who otherwise might not be able to attend. A gift account has been established with the University of Colorado Foundation. Contributions can be sent to Mary Fran Myers Scholarship, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, 482 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0482. Checks should be made payable to the “University of Colorado Foundation.” Visit http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/scholarship/ for more information.

5) NIMH Grant Opportunity: Tools for Mental Health Effects of Disasters

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced a new grant program “Tools to Mitigate and Understand the Mental Health Effects of National Disasters.” Two funding opportunity announcements solicit Small Business Innovation Research (PA-06-335) and Small Business Technology Transfer (PA-06-336) grant applications from small business concerns for support of research and development of novel, or the enhancement of existing, commercializable products to mitigate or understand the mental health effects brought on or exacerbated by the aftermath of national disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

These tools might be used by researchers, mental health professionals, other health care providers, as well as by those in the broader community, including educators, day care providers, or family members of victims. These tools must take into account the cultural context of the target population to assure their effectiveness and validity.

The opening date for the program is July 1, 2006. Both program announcements may be found at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/pamenu.cfm. For further assistance, contact GrantsInfo; (301) 435-0714; e-mail: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

6) 2006 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants

On May 30, 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for the 2006 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants. The deadline for receipt of SAFER grant applications is June 30, 2006.

The application is automated and accessible at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/. A list of SAFER grant frequently asked questions is available and will be updated as the program staff learns the most frequent areas of inquiry. An applicant tutorial on the SAFER grant designed to instruct users on the preparation and submittal of competitive applications is also available.

Eligible applicants for SAFER grants include fire departments (for the hiring of firefighters) and state or local organizations as well as volunteer and combination fire departments (for volunteer recruitment and retention grants). Applicants with questions regarding SAFER grant opportunities should contact the help desk at (866) 274-0960 or firegrants@dhs.gov.

7) Call for Presentations: Partners in Emergency Preparedness

Researchers, scholars, and practitioners in emergency management are invited to suggest presentations for the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in Tacoma, Washington, April 10-11, 2007. The 2007 conference steering committee is particularly interested in presentations focused on business disaster preparedness and on translating disaster-related research into information useful to practitioners. If interested in making a presentation at the 2007 conference, provide an abstract, proposal, or brief description of the topic no later than September 15, 2006, to John Labadie, Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference; (206) 684-8311; e-mail: John.labadie@seattle.gov.

Partners in Emergency Preparedness has held a regional conference each spring for over 10 years. It brings together industry, military, health care, and schools to explore emergency management issues, principles, and practices. For more information on the 2006 conference and a description of the speakers and sessions offered, visit http://capps.wsu.edu/conferences/emergencyprep/.

8) Caribbean Disaster Management Scholarship

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), in collaboration with FirstCaribbean International Bank, is offering a scholarship to a Caribbean Community and Common Market citizen for a course of study, research, or training in disaster management for 2006. The scholarship will be given in the form of an educational grant of up to US$5,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, accepted in a tertiary institution, show evidence of good academic performance, demonstrate financial need, and provide proof of registration for a disaster management course. Special consideration will be given to areas of research and study that are considered by the scholarship committee to be of high priority to the development of disaster management policy and application.

Application forms can be obtained from CDERA, Building #1, Manor Lodge Complex, Lodge Hill, St. Michael, any branch of FirstCaribbean International Bank, or downloaded at http://www.cdera.org/uploads/scholarships/application_form_FCIB.pdf. To view the requirements of the scholarship, visit http://www.cdera.org/cunews/uploads/disaster_management_scholarship_reg.pdf. Applications must reach CDERA by June 30, 2006. For further information, contact Renee Williams, CDERA; (246) 425-0386; e-mail: cdera@caribsurf.com; http://www.cdera.org/cunews/news_releases/cdera/article_1643.php.

9) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/.]

USGS Preliminary Earthquake Report, May 26, 2006, Indonesia
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center preliminary report on the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Java, Indonesia, on May 26 can be found here.

GAO Report: Military Response to Catastrophic Disaster
The report, Hurricane Katrina: Better Plans and Exercises Needed to Guide the Military’s Response to Catastrophic Natural Disaster, from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the extent to which pre-Katrina plans and training exercises reflected the military assistance that might be required during a catastrophic, domestic, natural disaster; the military support provided in response to Katrina and factors that affected that response; and the actions the military is taking to address lessons learned from Katrina and to prepare for the next catastrophe.

GAO Report: Testimony on the Evacuation of Vulnerable Populations
The testimony of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) director of health care before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging can be found in the report Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Vulnerable Populations due to Hurricanes and Other Disasters. It describes the GAO’s ongoing work on evacuation in the event of emergencies and provides preliminary observations on the challenges faced by hospital and nursing home administrators that are related to hurricane evacuations, the federal program that supports the evacuation of patients needing hospital care and nursing home residents, and the challenges states and localities face in preparing for and carrying out the evacuation of transportation-disadvantaged populations and efforts to address evacuation needs.

Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond
The Law Library at the University of California, Berkeley developed this Web site containing information gathered from a variety of sources on a multitude of topics discussing the law’s response to natural disasters. Each topic contains links to relevant articles, responses from government and military officials, policy papers, opinion pieces, regulatory guidance, and statutory authority.

2006 Louisiana Citizen Awareness and Disaster Evacuation Guides
Louisiana’s 2006 southeast emergency evacuation guide is now available for citizens. The 2006 version of the plan contains some updated safety and contact information, but the evacuation map and contraflow plan remain the same.

Flash Flood: Hurricane Katrina’s Inundation of New Orleans, August 29
This interactive graphic developed by The Times Picayune illustrates the levee breaches and the timeline of the flooding in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.

2006 Atlantic Hurricane Activity and Landfall Probability
The report, Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and the U.S. Landfall Strike Probability for 2006, from the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science predicts another very active Atlantic basin tropical cyclone season in 2006 with landfall probabilities well above their long-period averages.

Vulnerable Emergency Communications in Eight Hurricane Prone States
The First Response Coalition, a nonprofit organization formed to educate the public about the need for increased funding for first responders, undertook this review to evaluate the post-Katrina status of communications interoperability in eight Gulf Coast and Atlantic hurricane zone states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas).

ISDR Disaster Reduction Library
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) created this library to develop, maintain, and make available its collection of shared knowledge on disaster risk reduction. The library has more than 10,000 items, including books, reports, articles, monographs, and serials on the various aspects of disaster risk reduction. Newsletters, CDs, videos, and DVDs are also available.

National Survey of State Homeland Security Officials
Results of the National Survey of State Homeland Security Officials conducted by Western Carolina University Institute for the Economy and the Future can be found here. The survey targeted individuals in charge of the daily operations of homeland security at the state level.

New Paper from the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center
This paper, The Disasters of the 21st Century: A Mixture of New, Old, and Mixed Types, by E.L. Quarantelli (2006) is available from the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center. It suggests society is at a historical juncture with the appearance of a new category of disasters that the author calls trans-system social ruptures.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group Training Working Team
This Web site of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Training Working Team provides information about the NWCG curriculum, training program, training material, standards, and related areas of the NWCG interagency training program.

Firewise Learning Center
The Firewise Communities program has created the Web-based Firewise Learning Center to encourage self-paced learning on a variety of topics. The site will offer free courses that feature video, lectures, and interactive quizzes and tests. Two courses are currently available, Firefighter Safety and Firewise Landscaping.

Disasters, Death, and Destruction: Accounting for Recent Calamities
The report from the Sixth Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture given by Roger Pielke, Jr. and presented by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies on March 15 is available here.

Provention Consortium Web Site Redesign
The ProVention Consortium, a global partnership dedicated to reducing the risks and impacts of natural disasters, has launched a new Web site with information on its activities, links to partners, and useful resources for organizations and practitioners active in disaster risk management.

Science and Policy Interfaces for Disaster Reduction (SPIDER) Network
Members of the Earth Sciences Department at University College London are coordinating a network of institutions to explore the interface between “hard scientific” and “social scientific” approaches to the practice of disaster management and to help develop cooperative partnerships between the groups working in these two areas of knowledge. This Web site will include information on events, publications, resources, and new disaster researchers.

New EMAC Web Page from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new page on its Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site that provides information on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the EMAC Environmental Health Assistance Project.

Tropical Cyclone Advisory Mailing Lists
Ten tropical cyclone advisory lists are available by e-mail from the National Hurricane Center. The lists are arranged by region with the choice of receiving just the public advisories, forecasts, and advisories; the Tropical Weather Outlook; or both.

10) Conferences and Trainings

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards related meetings and training is available from our Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html.]

2006 Mountain Rescue Association International Conference and Workshop. Sausalito, California: June 15-18, 2006. This conference and workshop will offer hands-on exercises, opportunities to discuss various solutions to field problems, and a forum for dialog on the similarities and differences within the mountain rescue community. To learn more, contact Jaymz Thompson; e-mail: b625225054227@aol.com; http://www.marinsar.org/MRAconf/home.htm.

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) 2006 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: June 29-30, 2006. Under the theme “Meeting Our Nation’s Needs - Improving Homeland Resilience,” this meeting will reach out to the federal government to engage agency decision makers about national needs involving multiple hazards and extreme events, including threats to the American homeland. The forum invites participation from federal agencies and the practicing community of architects, engineers, planners, emergency managers, policy makers, and public officials throughout the United States to provide insights on issues of critical concern. The purpose is to more fully engage these critical stakeholders upfront in a process that will develop solutions to attain greater homeland resilience from a variety of hazards. For further information, contact Don Goralski, MCEER; (716) 645-3391 x108; e-mail: goralski@buffalo.edu; http://mceer.buffalo.edu/publications/bulletin/06/20-01/14annual_meeting.asp.

Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software. Burlington, Vermont: July 9-13, 2006. Organizer: International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. The purpose of this summit is to enhance sustainability outcomes and decision processes by establishing the state-of-the-art in environmental modeling and software theory and practice, by identifying research and practice for advancing the knowledge base and tools, and through initiating and consolidating research partnerships. To learn more, contact Alexey Voinov, University of Vermont; e-mail: avoinov@uvm.edu; http://www.iemss.org/iemss2006/.

Northeast Hurricane Conference. New York, New York: July 19, 2006. Organizer: Insurance Information Institute. The goals of this conference are to communicate to the public and the media that the risk of a catastrophic hurricane in the Northeast and New England is real and potentially devastating; to facilitate coordination and discussion among insurance organizations, local, state, and federal emergency management agencies and others about actions that need to be taken now; and to educate the public that preparing now for a hurricane will greatly improve the recovery process after a catastrophic storm. Insurance company representatives, agents, and trade associations; insurance regulators; state, local, and federal emergency management agencies; and others who work in the disaster preparedness arena, as well as stakeholders in the regional economy, are encouraged to attend. To learn more, contact Insurance Information Institute, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038; (212) 346-5500; e-mail: liliag@iii.org; http://www.iii.org/media/met/nehurricane/.

Topics in Public Health Preparedness. Lake Tahoe, California: July 20-21, 2006. Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Public Health and Disasters. This series for public health professionals includes two one-day workshops, Conducting a Hazards Risk Assessment and Risk Communication: Working in a Joint Information Center. For more information, contact Chara Burnstein, UCLA; (310) 794-0864; e-mail: cphdevents@ucla.edu; http://www.cphd.ucla.edu/.

2006 Annual ESRI International User Conference: GIS - Communicating Our World. San Diego, California: August 7-11, 2006. This conference will enable members of the geographic information systems (GIS) community to come together and discuss what is new and what is next for GIS in their region or industry. Session tracks include Technology, Science and Modeling, and Industry. For more information, e-mail uc@esri.com; http://www.esri.com/events/uc/.

World Water Week in Stockholm. Stockholm, Sweden. August 20-26, 2006. Presenter: Stockholm International Water Institute. “Beyond the River - Sharing Benefits and Responsibilities” is the theme of this year’s annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programs in water and development. It includes topical plenary sessions and panel debates, scientific workshops, independently organized seminars and side events, exhibitions and festive prize ceremonies honoring excellence in the water field. To learn more, contact Stockholm International Water Institute; +46 (0)8 522 139 60; e-mail: sympos@siwi.org; http://www.worldwaterweek.org/.

2006 National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Annual Meeting and EMS Expo. Las Vegas, Nevada: September 25-29, 2006. The annual meeting of the NAEMT is dedicated to expanding emergency medical services (EMS) knowledge and education and to enhancing professional development. The EMS Expo will bring the EMS community together and provide an opportunity to update skills, learn about new developments and techniques, and network with EMS providers from across the United States and the world. To learn more, call (800) 827-8009; http://www.naemt.org/annualMeetingAndExpo/.

6th Emergency Management Conference: Transport and Emergencies. Melbourne, Australia: September 26-27, 2006. Organizer: Emergency Services Foundation. This annual conference brings together emergency management professionals from emergency services organizations; local, state, and federal governments; community groups; and industry. This year’s theme, “Transport and Emergencies,” will examine the impact of emergencies upon transport services and infrastructure and the impact that transportation can have upon emergencies. To learn more, contact High Profile Exhibitions, PO Box 40, Hampton VIC 3188, Australia; +(03) 9533 1000; e-mail: info@hpe.com.au; http://www.hpe.com.au/emergservices/introduction.html.

Third Annual Symposium of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. Montreal, Quebec: October 11-13, 2006. The theme for this event is “A Dynamic Risk Management Partnership: Lead by Example.” The main objective of the symposium is to share experience and best practices in emergency management. Researchers and practitioners in social sciences and physical sciences are invited to attend. Session proposals are due June 9, 2006. To learn more, e-mail crhnet2006@uqam.ca; http://www.geo.uqam.ca/crhnet2006/crhnet2006en.htm.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) 2006 Annual Conference and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Expo. Orlando, Florida: November 12-15, 2006. The theme of this year’s conference is “Going All the Way . . . Putting Plans Into Action.” Its purpose is to provide a forum for sharing current trends, topics, and the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security and to advance IAEM’s committee work. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster. For additional information, contact IAEM, 201 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA, 22046; (703) 538-1795; e-mail: info@iaem.com; http://www.iaem.com/events/annual/intro.htm.

3rd International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. San Diego, California: November 13-17, 2006. Host: Association for Fire Ecology. This meeting will provide an opportunity for fire and land managers, scientists, resource professionals, agency administrators, local government representatives, consultants, university staff, students, and the concerned public to learn from specialists and from each other about the science and technology related to the management of wildland fire. Topics will range from fire effects on vegetation and wildlife, fire in a landscape context, fuels management, and postfire rehabilitation to the latest technology for predicting and monitoring fire. An exhibit will showcase new products, technology, and tools. For more information, contact Detlef Decker, Washington State University Extension, 305 Hulbert Hall, PO Box 646230, Pullman, WA 99164-6230; (509) 335-2811; e-mail: ddecker@wsu.edu; http://emmps.wsu.edu/firecongress/.

11) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Europe Flood Model Manager
Risk Management Solutions: London, England

Risk Management Solutions (RMS) is seeking a model manager for their Europe region, who is particularly focused on flood modeling and risk assessment. The model management team is responsible for defining RMS’s model development agenda to meet market demand, ensuring commercial success of the models as well as providing technical communications with the client base.

Essential job functions:

  • Conduct market research and client meetings to develop a thorough familiarity with the insurance market and its needs and uses of risk models, both current and future
  • Manage RMS’s model development agenda for flood modeling, prioritizing new models and upgrades to existing risk models based on client feedback and market requirements
  • Define market requirements for model development projects once initiated
  • Manage client communications from the start through the launch of the model development cycle, which will include preparing and giving presentations and publishing white papers, brochures, and associated documentation at regular intervals
  • Lead client communications for RMS’s real-time catastrophe response operations for flood catastrophe events in Europe

The ideal candidate will hold a higher degree in a meteorologically-related discipline, natural science, engineering, or related field and have more than two years of experience in a risk consulting or problem solving environment. A high level of proficiency in data analysis and data manipulation software tools and a working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) software applications are desirable.

The candidate should also be a fast learner with strong organizational skills and attention to detail, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be a strong team player with a high degree of self-motivation.

A complete job description and application information are available at http://www.rms.com/.

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