Position Description: The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in forest operations with an expected start date of January, 2020. This is a tenure-track, 12 month appointment, with 75% extension and 25% teaching. The successful candidate will perform educational functions of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System(ACES), the primary Extension organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.ACES is dedicated to delivering research-based educational programs designed to empower individuals to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. The position will support the professional logging manager (PLM) program of Alabama along with other industry focused educational efforts through Extension programming and related applied research.
The successful candidate is expected to work independently and in collaboration with other faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and other Auburn University faculty to; (1) serve as a liaison to loggers, forest industry and landowners for ACES by coordinating activities for PLM training; (2) synthesize and apply research information and expertise; (3) provide technical training and support to regional and county extension coordinators of Alabama and beyond; (4) develop and deliver Extension programs through a variety of media including publications, web sites, distance learning, demonstrations, and other formats; (5) secure extramural funding to support extension programs; and (6) teach two or three courses and mentor graduate students.
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in forestry or a related field is required at the time employment begins. The successful candidate must demonstrate a compelling interest and capability to deliver science-based information to a variety of audiences. Excellent written, organizational and communication skills are required. Ability to act creatively, confidentially and professionally when working with people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; evidence of drive and initiative as demonstrated by personal experiences and previous employment; and a collaborative approach to working with others is required.
Desired Qualifications: Knowledge/experience should be in the areas of harvesting practices, logging training programs, trucking issues, safety programs especially related to logging, best management practices, and general forest operations, (site preparation treatments, herbicide, pesticide and/or fertilization applications, planting, and burning).Knowledge of forest engineering principles is desirable. Candidates must be willing and able to work closely as a member of the Extension Forestry and Natural Resource team with public land managers, private forest landowners, and natural resource technical service providers. Ability to travel, including a current unrestricted driver’s license, is also required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the date appointment is scheduled to begin and must be able to effectively communicate in English.
Special Instructions to Applicants To apply please go to http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3593, complete the online form and upload the required application documents: 1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest and experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of all graduate level academic transcripts, and 4) the names and contact information of at least three references. Review of applications will begin July 31, 2019 and will continue until a candidate accepts appointment.