The Department of Wildland Resources (WILD) in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire. The role statement for the position consists of 80% extension, 10% teaching, and 10% service, and will be based in Logan, Utah on the USU campus, with an anticipated (but negotiable) start date of July 1, 2023. This is a fiscal-year (12-month) position.
The successful applicant is expected to bring substantial expertise from outside academia, and the position may be filled as a Tenure-Track or Professional Practice Assistant Professor position. The Tenure-Track Position will be 0.8 FTE, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to write grants to support an additional 0.2 FTE salary. The Professional Practice position will be 1.0 FTE. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Job Posting Flyer
For full consideration, application must be received by March 10, 2023.
Key areas of expertise will include wildland fire fuel reduction and management, treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, and post-burn restoration in both forest and shrubland/range ecosystems, including wildland-urban interface settings. The position will work cooperatively with other Extension personnel and faculty in WILD as well as with statewide Extension offices, and will be a source of information to other Extension personnel as well as to various public and private stakeholders.
Extension Development and Delivery – 80%
Teaching – 10%
The position requires excellent oral and written English communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. A valid driver license and extensive statewide travel will be required. The successful candidate must live or relocate to a location within a commutable distance of Logan, Utah.
1) Graduate Degree:
a. Tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment: PhD degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required.
b. Professional Practice Assistant Professor: MS degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required, PhD preferred.
2) Substantial expertise and experience outside academia in wildfire or fuels management in forest and shrubland or range settings.
3) Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting with other professionals in the public and private sectors.
1) Experience with outreach program development, delivery, and impact assessment related to wildfire management.
2) Demonstrated ability to develop an externally-funded extension program meeting the needs of stakeholders (e.g. landowners, and county-, state- and federal-level agencies).
3) Academic teaching experience.
4) Demonstrated ability to work independently in remote field settings.
5) Ability to connect current research to fire management and restoration practices.
6) Experience with populations that are underrepresented in natural resource professions.
7) Live within a commutable distance of Logan, Utah during period of appointment.
Along with the online application, please attach:
1) Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”
2) Names and contact information for three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile.
3) Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.
The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with almost $11M in research funding annually, 61 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies.
The Department of Wildland Resources in QCNR encompasses research in applied terrestrial ecology, including the ecology and management of wildlife, forests, rangelands, conservation biology, and climate change adaptation. Award-winning faculty teach courses that prepare students for professional careers in many natural resources fields, including programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management and aligned with the Society of Ecological Restoration.
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