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Assistant Professor, Climate Resiliency Extension Specialist

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Full time
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The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University is seeking applications for a full-time 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor Extension Specialist position in Climate Resiliency. The position consists of 60% extension, 30% research, and 10% service. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.

We seek an individual with expertise in climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience science alongside a depth of knowledge in any related natural resource management field (e.g., water resources and conservation, water quality, aquatic ecology, fish ecology, fisheries management, plant, riparian, and wetland management, biogeochemistry). Successful candidates must have a commitment to stakeholder engagement, co-production of knowledge, collaborative decision-making, teamwork, and communication, as well as strong interpersonal skills. We are particularly interested in innovative candidates committed to helping natural resource managers adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. The primary clientele for this Extension Specialist will be local, federal, and state agency staff and/or industry partners charged with managing natural resources in Utah and throughout the Intermountain West.

Utah State University is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive academic community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, identity and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Potential applicants with specific questions are welcome to contact the search committee chair, at .


The successful candidate will be expected to leverage existing expertise in the Department of Watershed Sciences and facilitate two-way communication between our research faculty and natural resource management clientele within the realm of climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency. The primary Extension role involves developing Extension programming for local, federal, and state agency staff and/or industry partners charged with managing natural resources, in partnership with the USDA Climate Hubs. The candidate will be welcome and supported in developing educational materials for external natural resource management clientele and will have opportunities engage with courses at USU. In their research role, the successful candidate will be expected to successfully compete for external research grants that supports their Extension programming, undergraduate and graduate student researchers, as well as publish peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic products. Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure is based on demonstrating excellence in the primary role area (Extension), and effectiveness in secondary roles (research and service).

The candidate's expertise should complement existing strengths in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and Department of Watershed Sciences. Through collaborations with faculty and extension personnel, the appointed faculty member is expected to become a key player in the highly productive team of watershed scientists at Utah State University. We are interested in applicants who can prosper within a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, life, and social scientists.


Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. related to climate change communication, climate science, ecology, hydrology, earth sciences, civil/environmental engineering, or similar fields

An ability to develop an externally funded research program

Some travel will be required for the position so the successful candidate must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver's license to comply with the Vehicle Use Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

Relevant post-doctoral experience

A demonstrated ability and willingness to work productively with land management agencies and various stakeholder groups

An interest in developing field-based research projects in Utah and the Intermountain West

A record of securing research funding

A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in STEM fields

All application materials must be submitted electronically through the . We request a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of at least three references, vision and diversity statements, several relevant peer-reviewed journal articles and links to other relevant academic products. The position is open until filled, but application review will begin October 5, 2021.

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Complete RESUME

2) Names and E-mail addresses of (3) three professional references

Please upload the following documents under "Other Documents 1-10":

Cover Letter summarizing your motivation, qualifications, and career goals. For candidates applying as a team in coordination with the open Climate Data Analysis position, indicate how your experience and skillsets are synergistic.

A vision statement of up to two single-spaced pages describing your relevant research and teaching experience and articulating a vision for the program you would like to develop in the Department of Watershed Sciences.

A statement articulating how diversity, equity, and inclusion have figured into your past and/or potential future contributions in teaching, research, stakeholder engagement, and/or service.

Two of your most relevant peer-reviewed journal article publications and/or links to up to three other relevant academic products (e.g., course webpages, Extension materials, blogs, presentations)

Links or PDF to examples of other forms of communication of your craft to target audiences (e.g. websites, social media, radio, video, fact sheets, flyers, etc.) that demonstrate and illustrate your ability to convey complicated concepts to non-climate scientists.

Links to any scholar profiles: e.g. ResearchGate, Google Scholar, ResearcherID, OrcID

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

College/Department Highlights:

Utah State University is Utah's land-grant university with its main campus located in Logan, which offers affordable housing and the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone of ~115,000 people. Cache Valley is a 90-minute freeway drive north of Salt Lake City and its international airport. Cache Valley is positioned between the Wellsville and Bear River mountain ranges at the eastern edge of the Great Basin. Logan offers a superb array of outdoor activities minutes from campus (climbing, cycling, hiking, skiing, fishing, horseback riding), and is located within a day's drive of ten national parks.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, USU is dedicated to recruiting strong candidates from a diverse applicant pool, including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. USU offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits and is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants.

Further information Quinney College of Natural Resources: Department of Watershed Sciences: Ecology Center: Extension: Diversity and Inclusion: USU SACNAS chapter: Logan and Cache Valley:

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed)

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed).

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit , or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, (phone number removed),

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, (phone number removed),

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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