Instructor Faculty Coordinator for Conservation and Distance Education

Mississippi State University
Starkville, Mississippi at Miss State University
Commensurate with experience
Mar 28, 2019
May 27, 2019
Coordinator for Conservation and Distance Ed
Wildlife Biology
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

This position is on the MSU campus located in Starkville, Mississippi.  A description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture can be found at


STARTING:        August 2019, or as negotiated.           


REVIEW:            Review of applicants begins April 3rd, 2019; will continue until filled.  Last day to apply May 1st.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  We seek a faculty candidate with experience as a Science Educator, Biologist, Environmental Scientist, Conservation Biologist or Wildlife Ecologist to develop, evaluate, and manage a new non-thesis, distance master’s program in conservation education.  The purpose of the program is to equip students for conservation education careers that reach and teach diverse audiences with meaningful, science-based education about nature and natural systems.   The curricula will focus on development, delivery and evaluation of non-formal, conservation education programs mixed with an applied ecology background.

Essential duties include:

  • Develop curriculum and identify course needs of the Conservation Education M.S. program.
  • Teach online graduate/undergraduate courses in conservation education & environmental and natural resources-related sciences  
  • Advise and recruit students into the M.S. Program
  • Assist WFA faculty with the transition of existing WFA courses to online format
  • Engage in M.S. program administration, development, outreach, website design and evaluation
  • Oversee the capstone course project and respective internships
  • Facilitate interaction between students and prospective job opportunities.
  • Fulfill any application and reporting procedures to support accreditation of the program.
  • Participate in faculty meetings, professional development, departmental committees, and other activities associated with faculty membership and departmental teaching and service.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: The person in this position will have a Doctoral Degree in one of the following areas including environmental sciences, biology, extension, wildlife biology, or related natural resources field.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to applicants with the following skill sets:

  • Experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating traditional formal and informal educational programs, as well as distance/online educational curricula.
  • Administrative and leadership experience with nature-based education in formal and informal educational platforms.
  • Experience collaborating with schools, community partners and governmental resource agencies.
  • Ability to teach standards-based curriculum relevant to K-12 students.
  • Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students.
  •  (PARF# # 498380) and should include a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching statement and philosophy, 4) official transcripts, and 5) programmatic vision statement how your past experience will build on existing departmental expertise or expand the department in new directions for on-line and in-person programming related to Conservation Education.
  • Additionally, send complete contact information for three references to:
  • Angela Hill, Box 9690, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Mississippi State, MS 39762
  • For more additional information, contact Dr. Leslie Burger at (662) 325-6686 or email at