Feb 01, 2024
The Forest Management Specialist serves statewide and provides leadership for educational program development, delivery, and evaluation on a variety of forestry and natural resources topics for stakeholders such as woodland owners, professional natural resource managers, policymakers, conservation groups, and others. Topics include but aren’t limited to sustainable forest and timber management, small acreage forest management, forest finance, invasive species, forest water issues, and biomass and bioenergy. The Specialist will facilitate partnerships with university colleagues, local, state, and federal agencies, forestry associations, nonprofit organizations, and others to develop relevant educational products and programs.
The Specialist will be part of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGNR) and the University of Maryland Extension (UME), and work closely with the Environment and Natural Resource team, to provide leadership for forest management-related programs. It is the responsibility of the Specialist to be self-motivated and work intentionally and collaboratively with partners to increase the visibility and reach of Extension Forestry programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences. The Specialist will use a variety of delivery and communication strategies appropriate for the intended target audience, including but not limited to conferences, workshops, classes, demonstration projects, websites, webinars, social media, publications, and mass media. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a timeframe defined.
The Specialist will report to the Assistant Director and Program Leader of the Environmental and Natural Resource Program.
Develop a robust outreach program with an emphasis on both traditional and small acreage forestry that utilizes Western science and traditional knowledge where appropriate.
Manage existing extension forestry programs such as: Branching Out Forest Stewardship Newsletter, Woods In Your Backyard, and Maryland Woodland Stewards.
Conduct surveys as needed to determine the needs of clientele.
Collaborate with the partners, networks, and interested parties on shared forest management objectives and priorities to expand and implement Extension programs.
Contribute to Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Watershed Stewards programs.
Develop and disseminate educational resources, such as fact sheets, bulletins, newsletters, web-based resources, videos, and mass and social media as appropriate for diverse audiences.
Providing support statewide to county Extension faculty and state forestry agency personnel.
Procure extramural funding sources to support Extension and applied research activities.
Design and conduct applied research projects as necessary and within reason to address forest management issues.
Education: Master’s degree in forestry, natural resource management, or a closely related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including effective use of electronic and printed media. Demonstrated ability to work independently and to manage competing time demands. Self-motivated person willing to set objectives, seek opportunities, provide leadership, and demonstrate success. Knowledge of the Land Grant mission and the role of Extension in Maryland. Demonstrated ability to use common computer software including proficiency with information technology. Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect capacity through the Extension program model.
Ph.D. preferred. Minimum of 3 years of work experience in forest management discipline. Applied knowledge in silviculture, forest stewardship planning, and practices, land use planning, forest tax issues, or other related natural resource management field. Demonstrated experience in Extension, outreach, or service related to forest management. Demonstrated ability in garnering grants and private funding to enhance research and outreach programming. Evidence of scholarship in applied research, Extension, and/or outreach. Experience working with diverse audiences at all socioeconomic levels and demographic backgrounds.
Must possess and maintain personal transportation and a current driver’s license valid in the State of Maryland. Must be willing to travel statewide. Must be able to work a flexible work schedule for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs. This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check and a University of Maryland Background check. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
The state specialist develops programs throughout the state and is expected to travel to events within Maryland and occasionally midAtlantic or national meetings.
Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?
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