July 25, 2013

Esther Mandeno

Esther complements Wildland Fire Associates experience with technology. As a GIS Specialist with a Fire Ecology background, Esther bridges the technological gap.

Esther started her career working for California State Parks in the Lake Tahoe Basin. As a park aid, she trained and performed as a fire behavior and weather specialist as well as a fire effects monitor. This experience provided the background she needed to move further and eventually take the position of Prescribed Fire Manager for the Sierra District of California State Parks. Throughout her career in fire, Esther has played a critical role in developing and implementing a natural resource based Geographic Information System (GIS). After 9 years working in fire, Esther switched courses to primarily work with GIS and GPS technologies.

With a combined 14 years of experience working with fire and GIS, Esther provides pertinent and accessible spatial data to fire personnel. With both hands on experience in prescribed fire and GIS, Esther links technology with experience.

University of Nevada, Reno, M.S. Fire Ecology (2000) University of California, Davis, B.S. Natural Resource Science (1992)

Qualified Experience (NPS, USFS, Interagency)

  • GIS Specialist
  • Type II Prescribed Burn