Official Job Title :
Extension Wildlife Specialist - Department of Animal & Range Sciences
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Wildlife Specialist
Keywords separated by commas :
Wildlife, extension, specialist
Area, Department or Unit :
Animal & Range Sciences
Full/Part Time :
Abundant and diverse wildlife populations are a defining feature of Montanas landscape and culture, and almost all of Montanas wildlife depends upon working rangeland landscapes for its survival. Range livestock agriculture is the dominant land use in the state and the second largest sector of the Montana economy (second only to cropland agriculture). Thus, Montanas economy and its wildlife both depend upon ranching that is ecologically sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable. Montanas wildlife has flourished in large part due to the collaborative conservation ethic of Montanans. This ethic strives to integrate wildlife, ranching, recreation and other uses while respecting the health of the land and the people who rely on the land. Montana State University has a long and distinguished history of working with livestock producers, sportsmen, and other wildlife enthusiasts to help people find common ground and devise collaborative solutions to wildlife management issues. This faculty position will complement and expand existing MSU efforts to sustain Montanas wildlife, rangelands, ranching industry, and the states collaborative conservation ethic.We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.Duties and Responsibilities The position is 70% extension teaching, 20% Scholarship (Research), and 10% service. The position will evolve to include 20% on-campus teaching with a concurrent reduction in extension and scholarship. All MSU faculty also are expected to engage in creative/scholarly activity. The incumbent will develop and implement a nationally-recognized educational program in wildlife habitat ecology and management that will complement and expand existing extension teaching, academic teaching, and research efforts at MSU. The incumbent will provide educational leadership to individuals and organizations related to wildlife habitat ecology and management, including county/reservation extension faculty, livestock producers and other landowners, state and federal resource management agency personnel, sportsmen, university students, and youth. On-campus teaching responsibilities will include two undergraduate courses in wildlife habitat ecology and management. As a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University, the incumbent will be expected to publish in refereed journals and traditional extension outlets, secure extramural funding, mentor graduate students, contribute to teaching and learning efforts (on- and off-campus), and provide appropriate departmental, college, university, and professional service. The incumbent will work collaboratively with faculty within the Animal and Range Sciences Department as well as researchers and extension faculty across Montana and the region. Extensive travel throughout the state and occasional travel outside of Montana will be required. As an Extension Specialist, the incumbent will comply with all Extension, departmental, college, University, state, and federal reporting requirements and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.Required QUalificationsL An earned Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Rangeland Ecology and Management, or closely related field at the time of hire. Demonstrated knowledge of wildlife habitat ecology and management. Demonstrated knowledge of wildlife-livestock interactions. Demonstrated knowledge of wildlife damage management strategies in urban, exurban, rural, and agricultural landscapes. Demonstrated knowledge of plant identification and plant community ecology, particularly related to western US rangeland vegetation. Demonstrated accomplishments in on- or off-campus teaching and evidence of research experience. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Demonstrated experience to secure extramural funding. Demonstrated ability to effectively write and communicate research to non-scientific audiences, both youth and adults. Demonstrated experience to plan, implement, and evaluate off-campus educational programs. Demonstrated knowledge to plan and deliver academic coursework in wildlife habitat ecology and management. Demonstrated knowledge of western US range livestock management strategies and production systems. Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution and collaborative planning in natural resource management. Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with ranchers and resource management agency personnel. Ability to interact positively with other disciplines within the University and with external constituents. Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State Universitys initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to teaching (on- and off-campus), research, and service. MSU Extension, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences value individuals who excel, adapt easily, and exhibit passion for helping others.Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Drivers license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the drivers license.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
The Animal and Range Sciences Department at Montana State University is growing, and this position will be a key contributor to the Departments Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology (NREE) program. The NREE undergraduate degree is accredited by the Society for Range Management and includes two options, Rangeland Ecology and grazing management, invasive plants, forages, and livestock grazing interactions with fish and wildlife. Animal science faculty focus teaching, research and extension efforts on livestock nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproduction, genetics, veterinary entomology, and livestock production systems. With approximately 350 undergraduate and 35 graduate students, the Animal and Range Sciences Department is the largest and fastest growing department in the College of Agriculture. The Animal and Range Sciences Department is located in the Animal Bioscience Building which contains state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities, and on-campus teaching in the Department emphasizes hands-on experiences designed to provide the latest scientific information for decision-making. More information about the Department can be found at http://animalrange.montana.edu. To find out more about Montana State University, MSU Extension, and the College of Agriculture, please access www.montana.edu, www.msuextension.org, and http://ag.montana.edu. Management, and Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management. The NREE degree emphasizes understanding the interactions among animals, vegetation, soils, and water and their influences on the ecology and management of livestock and wildlife. The Animal Science undergraduate program in the Department has four options including Science, Livestock Management and Industry, Sustainable Livestock Production, and Equine Science.Presently, there are 15 animal science faculty and 8 range science faculty in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. Range science faculty focus teaching, research, and extension efforts on rangeland and riparian habitat ecology, livestock.
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ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Minimum education level :
An earned Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Rangeland Ecology and Management, or closely related field at the time of hire.
Years of experience :
Extensive travel throughout Montana and occasional travel throughout United States
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Application Instructions :
Apply online: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/15167