Position Summary

Start Date

Jul 01, 2023

Position Description

The Department of Wildland Resources (WILD) in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire.  The role statement for the position consists of 80% extension, 10% teaching, and 10% service, and will be based in Logan, Utah on the USU campus, with an anticipated (but negotiable) start date of July 1, 2023. This is a fiscal-year (12-month) position.

The successful applicant is expected to bring substantial expertise from outside academia, and the position may be filled as a Tenure-Track or Professional Practice Assistant Professor position.  The Tenure-Track Position will be 0.8 FTE, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to write grants to support an additional 0.2 FTE salary.  The Professional Practice position will be 1.0 FTE.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Key areas of expertise will include wildland fire fuel reduction and management, treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, and post-burn restoration in both forest and shrubland/range ecosystems, including wildland-urban interface settings. The position will work cooperatively with other Extension personnel and faculty in the WILD department as well as with statewide Extension offices, and will be a source of information to other Extension personnel as well as to various public and private stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications 1) Graduate Degree: a. Tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment: PhD degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required. b. Professional Practice Assistant Professor: MS degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required, PhD preferred. 2) Substantial expertise and experience outside academia in wildfire or fuels management in forest and shrubland or range settings. 3) Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting with other professionals in the public and private sectors. 4) Excellent oral and written English communication skills. 5) Strong interpersonal skills. 6) Valid driver license and the ability to travel extensively to statewide locations. 7) Live within a commutable distance of Logan, Utah during period of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

1) Experience with outreach program development, delivery, and impact assessment related to wildfire or fuels management. 2) Demonstrated ability to develop an externally-funded extension program meeting the needs of stakeholders (e.g. landowners, and county-, state- and federal-level agencies). 3) Academic teaching experience. 4) Demonstrated ability to work independently in remote field settings. 5) Ability to connect current research to fire management and restoration practices. 6) Experience with populations that are underrepresented in natural resource professions.

Travel Requirements

Valid driver license and the ability to travel extensively to statewide locations

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Darren McAvoy

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Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted electronically through the USU Human Resources website (https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/6003/job). We request a cover letter, a complete CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of three appropriate references. The position is open until filled, but application review will begin March 10, 2023.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

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About Utah State University Forestry Extension

Utah State University is Utah’s land-grant university. USU is in Logan, offering the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone of 115,000 people. Cache Valley is a 90-minute drive to Salt Lake City, positioned along the scenic Wasatch Mountains and Bear River Range. Logan has a bonanza of outdoor activities within minutes of campus, and is within a day’s drive of seven national parks. Several local public schools offer dual language immersion programs, and the community supports many family-friendly activities, including programs through the Stokes Nature Center. Cache Arts and the Caine College of the Arts offer a range of concerts, performances and classes in Logan. The Quinney College of Natural Resources is a welcoming, socially active community of faculty, students and staff recruited to Logan from all parts of the US and the world.

USU and QCNR aspire to become increasingly diverse communities, illustrated by the recent hire of our first Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and our participation in the IChange initiative. We are committed to advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutional culture where everyone feels welcome, valued and supported for success.