Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Silviculture – University of Maine


The School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine seeks a collaborative colleague to join our faculty as an Assistant or Associate Professor in Silviculture. Forests dominate 90% of Maine’s landscape and play a critical role in its economy, through forest products, nature-based tourism, and ecosystem services. Maine’s forest products economy is in transition, with changes in land ownership and markets; forest structures and disturbance regimes are also evolving in response to introduced pests and a novel climate. Creative silvicultural systems that are sound and economically practical, focusing on private lands of diverse, mixed-species forests managed largely with natural regeneration, are essential to sustaining forest productivity for all stakeholders. The start date of this position can be negotiated.

The University of Maine is a Land Grant and Sea Grant university. The School of Forest Resources awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry; Forest Operations, Bioproducts, & Bioenergy; and Parks, Recreation & Tourism; as well as Master of Science, Master of Forestry, and Doctoral degrees in Forest Resources. We are a vibrant School that has experienced a doubling in undergraduate forestry major enrollments and added seven new energetic faculty members in the last five years. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at The School also manages 13,000 acres of forestland, including the 4,000-acre Penobscot Experimental Forest jointly managed with the USFS Northern Research Station. Much of this forestland is adjacent to campus making for short travel times for research and teaching. In addition, the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (, a forest industry-university cooperative, has a range of long-term silvicultural research sites throughout the state and provides annual funding for potential research projects.

  1. L50% Research / 50% Teaching
  2. Teaching expectations at the 50% level involve teaching 9 credits per academic year, which may include:
    1. teaching an upper-level course in silviculture, with lecture and field laboratory, for SAF accredited undergraduate and graduate programs,
    2. other core courses in the forestry program, and/or
    3. senior level/graduate courses in silviculture or related topics.
  3. Advising undergraduate and graduate students.
  4. Research expectations include developing extramurally funded, internationally recognized, silvicultural research program and collaborating with scientists and educators in forest resources and related disciplines.
  5. Engaging in service and leadership opportunities with landowners, foresters, Society of American Foresters, USDA Forest Service, state agencies, and NGOs.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  1. Research interests centered on silviculture and applications of silviculture to address the ecological challenges facing Maine’s forests such as timber production, rehabilitation, natural regeneration, natural disturbances, forest health, changing climates, and changing forest product markets is desirable.
  2. A Ph.D. in silviculture or closely related field at the time of appointment is required.
  3. A background in silviculture is required.
  4. A record or ability to publish silviculture research in peer reviewed journals is required.
  5. A record or ability to secure funding for silviculture research is required.
  6. An interest and ability to effectively teach silviculture and other core courses in the forestry curriculum such as senior capstone and the May Term field camp is required.
  7. The ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders ranging from large commercial forest managers to consulting foresters working with small woodland owners is required.
  8. A background in quantitative and integrative approaches to silviculture is desirable.
  9. Experience in silvicultural applications to mixed-species, multi-aged forests for multiple objectives is desirable.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified applicants will also be considered for the Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in Forestry Chair and/or Curtis Hutchins Chair in Quantitative Silviculture. Information about the University of Maine’s benefits package can be found at:


For questions about the position, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Leahy, Chair; Silviculture Search Committee

Telephone: (207) 581-2834 or

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position”.  You will need to create a profile and application; upload 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial transcripts of all academic work, 4) statement of teaching philosophy, 5) statement of research philosophy; and provide contact information for five professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin May 11, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 


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