POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek a Wildlife Extension Specialist that will contribute applied research, instruction, training, and technical assistance across a broad array of wildlife management topics to diverse audiences. This is a 12-month tenure-track, 75% extension (including applied research), 25% teaching appointment offered at the Assistant Professor rank within the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (Warnell School). The extension appointment should be satisfied by amalgamating three general functions including (1) instruction and training; (2) applied research, and (3) consultation and technical assistance. (1) Instruction and training can include a wide-range of activities that include program and project coordination; instructional materials development; and program evaluations. The successful candidate will develop an instruction and training program to deliver science-based, wildlife management information to individuals and organizations statewide and nationally. (2) Applied research should address problems, opportunities, or issues of relevance to the mission of the Warnell School using cutting-edge analytic techniques, meeting academic and/or professional standards, and leading to a peer-reviewed publication. The successful candidate will develop an extramurally funded research program and establish a nationally recognized program in applied wildlife management. (3) Consultation and technical assistance is defined as providing specialized knowledge to stakeholders within the scope of the Warnell School mission. The successful candidate will interact with and advise private landowners, forest industry, agricultural producers, federal and state agencies, as well as private consultants and nongovernmental organizations. To fulfill the 25% teaching appointment, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one traditional format lecture course per year and assist with a capstone course where students facilitate wildlife management decisions for diverse stakeholders.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required.—Candidates must possess a doctorate (PhD or DPhil; must have degree by start date) with an emphasis on wildlife ecology; conservation, management, or decision science; or closely related natural resources discipline. Candidates must demonstrate clear evidence of scholarship through peer-reviewed publications and/or technical publications, and the ability to attract extramural funding. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for outreach productivity and should have interest in: extension education; conducting and reporting applied research; and, non-traditional or on-line instruction. The person must also demonstrate potential and willingness to work closely with public land management partners, private landowners and other constituent groups, and be able to successfully mentor students. Preferred.—Candidates with demonstrated proficiency in all three of the aforementioned functions. Candidates that have the potential to use modern extension tools. Candidates that can integrate science and stakeholder values to guide natural resource decisions.
THE STATE & UNIVERSITY: Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor
and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). The state has the most commercial forestland and the largest
forest-based economy in the United States. The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a
land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Enrollment is nearly 38,000
undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Warnell School is a professional school with
64 faculty, 100 support staff, 350 undergraduates, and 195 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu).
The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources,
Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife,
Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The
school has 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching, outreach, and research.
APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of extension, teaching, and applied research interests (totaling less than three pages); unofficial transcripts of all college-level work; copies of up to 3 recent publications, and contact information for 3 references by 12 November 2018. Individuals selected as finalists will be asked to submit official college transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of reference will be solicited by the search chair for finalists prior to interviews. University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu). Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check (www.hr.uga.edu). The background investigation will be conducted on a post-offer/pre-employment basis. The start date is 1 July 2019, but is negotiable. All applicants MUST apply online through the University of Georgia Faculty Jobs system (http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/32211). No paper applications will be accepted. For additional information, please contact Dr. James Martin, Chair, Wildlife Extension Specialist Search