Mark Masters is an adjunct professor in the Wildland Fire Management program and began his career in the wildland fire service in 2001. He holds a BS degree from Oklahoma State University in Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology. He also completed graduate level studies in Forestry and Fire Ecology at the University of Idaho prior to his current academic endeavor of pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree from Cameron University. He began his career working as an emergency wildland firefighter for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs and with Oklahoma Forestry Services.
In the summer months he worked as an engine crewmember for the USDI Fish & Wildlife Service in Oregon (one season), a helitack crewmember and senior firefighter for the USDI Bureau of Land Management in Montana (two seasons), and as a heli-rappeller for the USDA Forest Service in Idaho (two seasons). It was during this tenure that Masters was responsible for serving as an initial attack incident commander of a variety of ground and aviation resources after rappelling 250-ft from a hovering helicopter into remote wilderness fires. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, Masters progressed through a series of positions that included assistant engine captain for the National Park Service in Arkansas (two seasons), zone prevention technician for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs' Southern Plains Regional Office, and ultimately as a National Interagency Fire Center employee duty stationed at the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.
It was during this time that Masters served as the acting Fire Managment Officer for the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana for an extended detail, in addition to serving as an agency representative on several geographic area level interagency working teams including the fire environment, training, and dispatch working teams. In 2009, Masters left the agency to pursue private sector opportunities. In addition to responding to wildland fire incidents in eleven states, Masters has responded to many all-risk incidents including the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He is a certified National Wildfire Coordinating Group lead instructor for a variety of courses and enjoys instructing fire courses immensely. He currently maintains red card qualifications of TFLD, ICT4, DOZB, FIRB, CRWB, ENGB, RXB2(T) and EDSP(T).