Assistant Professor Quantitative Wildlife/Vertebrate Ecology

SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY 13210
Jan 29, 2021
Mar 30, 2021
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for an academic-year (10 month), tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife/Vertebrate Ecology.  The successful candidate will bring proficiency in statistical/mathematical ecology that is complemented by professional experience in the conservation and management of vertebrate species.  We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels.

Responsibilities:  The workload for this position is 45% teaching, 45% research, and 10% service.  Specific responsibilities include: 1) teaching an introductory course in wildlife ecology and management along with developing new undergraduate and graduate classes in quantitative ecology, 2) developing a vigorous, internationally recognized, externally funded research program focused on vertebrate species, including those in New York State and beyond, and 3) engaging in undergraduate advising and committee service to the department and college, professional societies, and governmental and non-governmental conservation partners.   

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or DPhil in relevant area.
  • Record of publication in vertebrate ecology, wildlife conservation, natural resources management, conservation biology, or related area.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in theoretical ecology, population modeling, or decision science.
  • Post-doctoral research experience with strong publication record as lead author commensurate with years since degree.
  • Demonstrated potential for securing external funding.
  • Experience fostering an inclusive environment, working with people from diverse backgrounds, and incorporating diverse perspectives in research.
  • Ability to communicate science effectively to multiple constituencies, including conservation stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated potential for impactful teaching and mentoring.
  • Evidence of collegiality and dedication to professional service.

The Department, College and broader Community:  The successful candidate will join the wildlife faculty in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (, which hosts the oldest, and today one of the largest, combined programs in Wildlife Science, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in the nation.  The department is also home to the historic Roosevelt Wild Life Station ( and the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (  We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to sustain program excellence, offer varied perspectives, and contribute different ways of knowing.

ESF is a specialized college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and other national college guidebooks.  With a total enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, combined with the immediate proximity of Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University, ESF provides an intimate, small-college atmosphere within a vibrant, large-university setting.  ESF’s extended campuses include more than 25,000 acres of forest properties, both close to Syracuse and across the Adirondack Park, that provide numerous opportunities for experiential coursework and research. 

Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a small city in a rural region offering a diversity of natural and cultural amenities, a low cost of living, and a high quality of life – ranking among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live” in “The Places Rated Almanac.” Syracuse is situated with easy access to New York City, the Adirondack Park, and many other points of interest in the eastern United States and Canada.   

Starting Salary:  $70K minimum, commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Applications should include: 1) cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of plans to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service, 4) statement of research interests and vision, and 5) statement of teaching philosophy and vision.  Diversity, teaching, and research statements should not exceed 2 pages each, and we welcome statements that demonstrate integrative and collaborative approaches that complement departmental strengths.  The entire application should be compiled as a single pdf document and submitted online via the Human Resources portal (, see Current Openings).  Separately, applicants should arrange for three professional letters of reference to be sent directly to Dr. Jacqueline Frair, Search Committee Chair, at  Questions about the application process and document submission should be directed to     

Application Deadline:  To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by March 15, 2021, although this position will remain open until filled.