Assistant / Associate Professor, Rangeland Ecology



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Reno, NV

University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus

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Job Description

The Department of Agriculture, Veterinary, and Rangeland Sciences is seeking to fill two faculty positions: Assistant or Associate Professor in Rangeland Ecology & Management (rank commensurate with qualifications); and Assistant Professor in Rangeland Ecology & Management. Both positions are 9-month, tenure-track appointments in the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary, and Rangeland Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Summer salary is dependent upon availability of research and Extension grants. We are seeking rangeland scientists/ecologists dedicated to educating, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in rangeland science and related fields. The Assistant/Associate position will consist of teaching, research and extension and preference will be given to candidates with broad expertise in rangeland systems of semi-arid and arid lands; demonstrated willingness to work with clientele; experience working in multi-disciplinary teams; and potential for growth into a leadership role. The Assistant position will consist of teaching, research, and service/outreach. Both positions have anticipated start dates of January 1, 2020.

Responsibilities: The Department seeks dynamic individuals to provide leadership in teaching, research, and extension/outreach/service related to rangeland ecology and management in the Great Basin and Intermountain West. Research expectations will integrate with domestic and wild animal nutrition, sustainable livestock production systems on arid lands, invasive species, fuels management, fire rehabilitation, sagebrush and native plant species restoration, and rangeland management programs already in place within the department. The Assistant/Associate position will have the expectation of developing a program in the broad, traditional field of rangeland ecology and management. The Assistant position will have the expectation of developing a program in rangeland rehabilitation and improvement, including areas such as: rangeland fire rehabilitation, mined-land reclamation, and other restorative techniques and applications germane to rangeland ecology and management.

Research activities may be conducted at any or all of Nevada Agriculture Experiment Station’s facilities, including the Gund Ranch; and in cooperation with Federal land management agencies and private operations. The successful candidates will be expected to collaborate with departmental faculty, USDA Agriculture Research Service scientists, USDA Plant Materials personnel, Bureau of Land Management/Forest Service managers, and private producers, while developing research projects appropriate for Great Basin and international semi-arid- and arid land ecosystems. Expected scholarship includes communication of research results through peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, workshops, field days and other extension or outreach programs, and supervision of graduate student research. The successful candidates will be expected to teach core undergraduate rangeland ecology based courses as well as graduate courses, while also mentoring undergraduate students. Acquisition of grant funding will be essential in order to maintain active research and extension/outreach programs that meet the expectations for these positions. Extension/outreach activities are expected to cover local to international challenges and localities, and may require extensive statewide travel.

Required Qualifications

A completed Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management or similar discipline is required. Working knowledge, field experience, and training in ecology and management of rangelands and other natural resources. Demonstrated publication record.

Preferred Qualifications

Teaching experience in rangeland ecology or related fields such as fire ecology, range-livestock interactions, and soils will be valued. Teaching using more than one delivery method. Demonstrated ability to work productively with land management agencies and various stakeholder groups. Demonstrated ability to articulate natural resource science and management within and outside the classroom to diverse audiences. Ability to develop an innovative range management/natural resource extension or outreach program throughout the state of Nevada and beyond. Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams. Experience in obtaining extramural grant funding for research and Extension/Outreach support.

Compensation Grade

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications

Assistant Professor – II

Associate Professor – III

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

The mission of the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary and Rangeland Sciences is to demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation while meeting the needs of the citizens of the State of Nevada and the Nation. This mission is accomplished by the following:

Provide strong educational programs in the disciplines of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and Rangeland Ecology and Management at the undergraduate, graduate and internship levels. Train students to meet state and national needs by increasing the work force of agriculturalists and animal healthcare professionals. Conduct innovative research in the departmental disciplines providing local, national and global impact. Address critical issues identified by the citizens of the State of Nevada through continued teaching, scholarly activities and service.

For questions, please contact: Dr. Barry Perryman, [email protected] – Search Chair


Full-Time Equivalent

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This posting is open until filled.
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

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