A Day in the Life with a CAL FIRE Research Data Specialist – Meet Kate!

Headshot of Kate Gladstein“My favorite part about my current role is that I’m encouraged to research and implement innovative data management techniques for projects which ultimately keep our engineers safer and better informed while helping to prevent pipeline incidents.”

Things are heating up with our next Day in the Life feature. Meet Kate Gladstein, CAL FIRE Research Data Specialist for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)!

Prior to joining CAL FIRE, Kate had been developing data management systems for integrated regional watersheds in the Sierra Nevada for several years, collaborating with many State Agencies to complete her work. During a career change, she began seeking out positions that could elevate her passion for watershed health and sustainability and allow her to apply advanced analytical techniques in a greater way than she’d previously been asked to do. She accepted a position with CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety Division which encouraged this development.

Kate is connected with a variety of projects that allow her to help prevent fire incidents and keep California communities safe. She creates and maintains specialized web applications which coordinate the field data collection and operational needs of Pipeline Safety Division Engineers. Kate provides oversight of statewide pipeline databases and mapping systems, provides technical training and guidance, and utilizes analytical software and scripting languages to implement research projects and activities. She’s also received Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) training to help support statewide wildfire incidents.

Photo of CAL FIRE Enterprise GIS Team Accepting a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the 2018 ESRI User Conference.Into the future, Kate is looking forward to launching applications for the 2021 Annual Pipeline Operator Report (APOR), a secure web portal which collects critical pipeline safety data from the division’s jurisdictional pipeline operators. She’s also excited to work on a new integrity testing project and an operational risk dashboard for CAL FIRE’s leadership. Kate is also looking forward to working with CAL FIRE’s Enterprise GIS team. Lastly, she is looking forward to continuing to shadow and learn from the Pipeline Safety Engineers.

When asking Kate about the favorite aspect of her currently role, she said, “My favorite part about my current role is that I’m encouraged to research and implement innovative data management techniques for projects which ultimately keep our engineers safer and better informed while helping to prevent pipeline incidents.” We appreciate the work you do in keeping our State safe, Kate!

Interested in joining #TeamResources and protecting Californians from the threat of wildfire just like Kate? Check out our open positions by visiting Resources.ca.gov/Careers.

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