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Assistant Professor of Conservation Policy and Science

University of Montana Department of Environmental Studies
The Univ of Montana Missoula, Missoula
Salary for this position is $60,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
May 20, 2022
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Visiting Assistant Professor in Conservation Policy and Science

The University of Montana invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Conservation Policy and Science in the Environmental Studies Program. EVST is interdisciplinary and known nationally for its community-engaged Master of Science (MS) graduate program, now in its 52nd year. EVST initiated an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1999, and we added a Bachelor of Sciences (BS) in Sustainability Science and Practice in 2020 that requires a senior capstone project. Full information on the Program, including Mission Statement, is at


We welcome candidates with interdisciplinary expertise in policy areas with a connection to conservation of biodiversity, protected lands, ecological restoration, and similar topics. The successful candidates will contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in conservation and environmental policy and undergraduate environmental science/ecology. Minimum teaching load is two courses per academic semester, and includes an undergraduate policy/law course and a graduate course on the nexus of science and policy. Competitive candidates will demonstrate capacity to develop or sustain relationships with conservation organizations and governmental entities to support applied research and teaching, and potential to administer a graduate fellowship program.


The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, Academic Year (10 months), two (2) year Faculty position and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $60,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Qualifications

  • Possess an interdisciplinary doctorate by August 1, 2022 in policy and environmental science or a doctorate in policy studies, public policy, natural resource policy, or another closely related field
  • Evidence of or potential for teaching and research excellence
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to teach, supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, including conducting applied research and projects
  • Interest in curriculum development
  • Demonstrate commitment to recruiting and supporting diverse groups of students

About UM and the Environmental Studies Program

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The Environmental Studies Program seeks to provide students with the literacy, skills, and commitment needed to foster a healthy natural environment and to create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world. To these ends, the Environmental Studies Program educates and challenges students to become knowledgeable, motivated and engaged in environmental affairs. Our students acquire the skills and awareness to promote positive social change and improve the environment and communities of Montana and the world, for current and future generations.

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