Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Urban Forestry

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(11/10/2023 6:28 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
83% or 100%
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Wildland Resources (WILD) in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) at Utah State University (USU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor to serve as the Extension Specialist in Urban Forestry for Utah.  The position will be based on the main USU campus in Logan, Utah, and will also have access to the USU Extension Office at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah, which houses Utah’s largest Arboretum. The anticipated (but negotiable) start date is August 1, 2024. The emphasis for the position is 90% Extension, 10% Service. 
The position may be filled as:
1) A tenure-track Assistant Professor for a fiscal year reduced FTE (0.83 FTE or 10 months) position, with the successful candidate encouraged to write grants to support an additional 0.17 FTE.  This position would require a PhD. Candidates in a  PhD program who are ABD may be hired at the rank of Instructor if conferral of degree is expected within the year.
2) A Professional Practice Assistant Professor at 1.0 FTE. This position would require a M.S. degree and extensive professional work experience related to urban forestry. 
In either appointment, the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is anticipated to be between $60,000 and $80,000. A basic annual operations budget will also be provided and can be augmented through grantwriting. Key areas of expertise will include urban and wildland-urban interface forestry, arboriculture, disease and risk management, water-wise landscaping, greenspace management, and horticulture. We anticipate that the person in this position may also be involved in urban planning efforts which consider broad social access to tree cover and carbon sequestration issues related to urban forestry. The incumbent will be encouraged to collaborate with research and Extension faculty in the Departments of Wildland Resources (particularly extension specialists in forestry and wildland fire) and Environment and Society in QCNR and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The incumbent will coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies to identify and implement programs such as Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands urban forestry initiatives, Utah Division of Water Resources conservation programs, U. S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forest Program, and other programs that address urban climate change issues, and the inclusion of under-served communities through urban planning.
We request a cover letter, a complete CV, and names and e-mail addresses of three professional references. The position is open until filled, but application review will begin Monday, February 5, 2024. Potential applicants with specific questions are welcome to contact the search committee chair, Dr. Nicki Frey, nicki.frey@usu.edu.


Extension Development and Delivery – 90% 
  • Function as a resource for other Extension personnel and statewide stakeholders for information and recommendations related to urban community forestry, wildland-urban interface issues, arboriculture, greenspace development, water-wise landscaping, and horticulture.
  • Design, develop and deliver educational programming to assist natural resource agency personnel, city and state managers, and local communities.  
  • Pursue external funding in support of Extension programs.
  • Develop new core curriculum materials for use by other Extension Agents and Specialists. Serve as a mentor for Extension Agents and Specialists and participate fully in Extension programs.
  • Conduct and publish Extension-related research.
  • Develop a positive working relationship with USU research faculty, particularly those that work with community development, urban planning, and arboriculture, and horticulture. Track trends, initiatives, and developments in urban forestry.
  • Provide impact/outcome statement reports adhering to Extension criteria.
  • Contribute to USU’s mission of equity, inclusion, and diversity. 
Service – 10%
  • Participate with local, state, and federal resource agencies and NGOs on advisory councils and committees.
  • Serve on Department, College, and University committees.
  • Represent the urban forestry discipline within the University.
  • Participate in professional and scientific organizations.
  • Contribute to a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment.


Minimum Qualifications
  1. PhD or MS degree in forestry, horticulture, or related field (see stipulations above for tenure-track vs professional practice positions).
  2. Expertise in urban trees, including knowledge of tree care, tree diseases, and water-wise planting strategies. 
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting with other professionals in the public and private sectors.
  4. Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  5. Experience in organizing, developing, and delivering public presentations, events, and other informational and educational activities.
  6. Valid driver license and the ability to travel extensively to statewide locations.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. PhD degree in forestry, horticulture, or related field.
  2. Experience with outreach program development, delivery, and impact assessment related to urban forestry.
  3. Participation in professional societies relevant to urban forestry (e.g. the International Society of Arboriculture or Society of American Foresters)
  4. Experience in wildland-urban interface issues, including fire risk. 
  5. Basic knowledge of western United States forest management, urban planning, and related issues.
  6. Experience working with diverse populations of learners and stakeholders. 
  7. Ability to communicate in Spanish.
  8. Experience working with land-grant university Extension programs.
  9. Outreach experience working with utility companies, state agencies, municipalities, or commercial tree care companies. 
  10. Demonstrated ability to develop an externally-funded extension program meeting the needs of stakeholders (e.g. landowners, and county-, state- and federal-level agencies).

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2) Cover Letter to be uploaded under "Other Documents 1-10"

3) Names and contact information for three professional references


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work performed. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing). Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Incumbents may be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

College/Department Highlights

The Quinney College of Natural Resources is a welcoming, socially active community of faculty, students, and staff, and houses the Wildland Resources, Environment and Society, and Watershed Sciences Departments. Wildland Resources is the largest of the three departments and is an internationally renowned center of applied ecological research. Award-winning faculty teach courses that prepare students for professional careers in many natural resource fields, including programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management and aligned with the Society of Ecological Restoration. Extension programs in Wildland Resources serve to connect research with a range of stakeholders, and our Extension faculty are vibrant and highly valued part of our academic community.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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