Wildlife Outreach Specialist
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seeks a Wildlife Participatory Engagement and Collaboration Specialist. Successful candidate will work with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division (MDNR-WD), MSU Extension (MSUE), and MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) to develop an engagement program that provides meaningful engagement opportunities for individuals and organizations on applied wildlife management activities in Michigan.
This position is a 12-month, 75% engagement, 20% research, 5% teaching appointment offered at the rank of fixed-term, academic specialist - engagement. This position is jointly funded by MSUE and MDNR-WD and reports directly to the Chairperson of the FW.
The successful candidate will work with MDNR-WD, MSUE, and FW to develop an engagement program that provides meaningful engagement opportunities for individuals and organizations on applied wildlife management activities in Michigan. The successful candidate will design and deliver science-based, applied wildlife management information to support successful outcomes of the engagement process. The goal of this position is to build capacity to make informed decisions through resident and stakeholder engagement that is participatory, inclusive, deliberative, and collaborative. The position seeks to improve the quality and outcomes of engagement on sustainability of human environments and wildlife resources in Michigan while increasing the trust and confidence of the MDNR-WD, FW, MSUE, and other organizations responsible for public trust resource management. The successful candidate will interact with university colleagues, private landowners, federal and state agencies as well as the media, private consultants, students, and NGOs. For MDNR-WD projects, the successful candidate will work with the Public Outreach and Engagement Section supervisor and the Human Dimensions Research Specialist for direction and coordination.