Position Summary: The University of Idaho Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences seeks an extension specialist in rangeland ecology and management. The position is a 12-month Associate or Assistant professor position located in Boise, Idaho or Twin Falls, Idaho, with the following responsibilities: 70% outreach and extension; 20% scholarship and creative activities; 5% teaching and advising; and 5% university service and leadership. Tenure is negotiable.
This position has the primary responsibility of providing rangeland ecology and management outreach and extension programming leadership and coordination on a statewide basis. Additional responsibilities include developing an externally funded, nationally-recognized research and extension program emphasizing rangeland ecology and management that is relevant and responsive to stakeholders in Idaho and the western United States. Collaboration with other faculty and staff in the College of Natural Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as with government agencies and key industry producer groups and commissions, is expected. It is also anticipated that the candidate will support the B.S. in Rangeland Conservation housed in the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences. The position requires presentation of research seminars, participation in professional meetings, and publishing in refereed journals. Additionally, research-based information will be delivered to managers and producers, as well as other clientele groups, at appropriate meetings and through extension publications and appropriate media outlets. Education of graduate students is be expected. Funding for extension and research programming will be obtained from external competitive grants.
Ph.D in natural resources, agriculture, or closely related field completed within two years of hire.
At least one degree focused on rangeland ecology and management.
Training and or experience in the management of rangeland ecosystems with particular understanding of the implications and management of grazing on rangelands.
Excellent interpersonal skills for effective interaction with colleagues, land manager and owners, and others interested in rangelands.
Demonstrated ability to initiate, complete, and publish research relevant to rangelands and rangeland management.
Experience securing external funding for research, extension, and outreach activities.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the use of information technologies in extension activities.
Demonstrated understanding of the ecological and social basis for land management policies that influence rangeland management.
Understanding of rangeland management challenges specific to settings with integrated land ownership patterns, including private, state, and federal land.
Experience and interest in developing and conducting workshops, short courses, and online modules/courses on rangeland ecology and management for a variety of audiences.
Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and stakeholders in team-based research and educational programs.
Effective skills in collaboration and dealing with controversial rangeland issues.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Required Licensures, Certifications or other
Posting Number: F001063P
Posting Date: 09/29/2022
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions: This position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applicants who have submitted their materials by October 28th, 2022.
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Since 1889, the University of Idaho has provided motivated students with a transformative higher education experience that prepares them to solve real-world problems and achieve success in their lives and careers. Beginning with our beautiful residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 12,000 students with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls, a research and extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, U of I is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. Our work serves businesses and communities, advancing the pursuit of diversity, citizenship and global outreach.