Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester – Oregon State University

Oregon State University and its Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester position that will serve Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill counties and will be based in St. Helens, Oregon.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester position, based in St Helens, Oregon with service to Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. You will have the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Practice and will have an academic home either in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management or the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society within the College of Forestry at OSU. The academic home must be designated within one year of the start date. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Coastal Regional Director and the Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program Leader.

Oregon State University (OSU) Forestry & Natural Resources Extension is recruiting an energetic, creative, and collaborative individual committed to sustaining natural resources and strengthening communities and economies by serving as an Extension forester. This is a full-time, county-based Extension and fixed-term professorial position (professor of practice), covering a three-county region in the northern Willamette Valley and along the lower Columbia River. This mixed rural and suburban landscape is adjacent to Portland, the state’s largest and most diverse metro area with vibrant cultural and food scenes, located close to a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

This Extension forester will be part of the Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension team that provides non-formal education on forestry and natural resource issues to a wide range of audiences. “Non-formal” refers to off-campus, non-credit learning opportunities such as workshops, field trips, property tours, and demonstrations, as well as indoor presentations, narrative communications such as blog posts and other social media, videos, and articles. Educational audiences and partners may include adults who are private woodland owners, homeowners in the wildland-urban interface, professional natural resource managers such as foresters and forest workers, collaborative conservation groups and watershed councils, tribes, policymakers, economic development officials, and teachers. Extension foresters also commonly engage a broad spectrum of youth through teacher professional development or directly through outdoor schools, camps, and other youth events. Educational topics could include sustaining forest health, wildlife habitats, and forest productivity through subjects such as forest ecology, silviculture, wildfire preparedness, reforestation, forest restoration, water resources, climate change, bioenergy, and collaborative conservation and recreation. 

An important educational asset in this service area is the 180-acre Matteson Demonstration Forest, to be managed by you for educational purposes in conjunction with the OSU Research Forests.

You will address clientele’s needs using your own skills and knowledge along with those of local partners and the collective resources of the FNR team. You will work independently, and also collaboratively with FNR colleagues to address both local and statewide needs. You will use modern learning tools including online and hybrid classes, to help Extension build a culture of engaged scholarship where we seek active partnerships between the University and community and promote integration of programs across disciplines. We rely on active and effective communication with colleagues, staff, partner organizations, and stakeholders. The position will require travel.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

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To apply, go to and search for Posting # P04936UF.

Posting closes on November 30, 2021. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

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