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Assistant Professor of Practice (county-based Extension Forester)

Oregon State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
3 positions available
Job Description:

The OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Program are recruiting for three Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester positions. These full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term county-based Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester positions 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 will be at the discretion of the Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Program Leader and the Regional Director of the assigned region.


These positions will serve the following locations:


Deschutes/Crook/Jefferson/Warm Springs



The 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.


The Extension Forester will address clientele’s needs using their own skills and knowledge along with those of local partners and the collective resources of the FNR team. These positions will work independently and also collaboratively with FNR colleagues to address both local and statewide needs. The Extension Forester 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.


- Master’s degree with at least one degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field (e.g., watershed management, entomology, wildlife). Master’s degree must be completed by the start date.

- Demonstrated experience in forestry, woodland management, or related natural resources science or management.

- Demonstrated experience teaching and facilitating learning and discussion in non-formal (non-credit learning opportunities such as presentations, workshops, field trips, property tours, demonstrations) or formal (for credit) settings.

- Demonstrable commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.

- Ability to work as a member of a team to work towards shared goals and objectives.



- Experience working in collaborative settings to achieve common goals.

- Experience working with private woodland owners.

- Experience working with individuals from historically marginalized populations.

- Ability to accommodate multiple perspectives and learning needs in educational design and delivery.

- Ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences with bi-lingual/bi-literate abilities and/or bicultural experience.

- Ability to learn and use multiple forms of electronic communication, including websites, collaborative work platforms, and social media.

- Ability to secure external funding in support of program activities (such as educational or research programs).

- Ability to provide leadership to teams and individuals that could include volunteers, supervisees, and students.

Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.

Total Rewards Package:


Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:

• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.

• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.

• Retirement savings paid by the university.

• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.

• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.

• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.


Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.


How to Apply:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 10/9/2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.


When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:


1. Curriculum Vitae: Finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their redacted curriculum vitae and a short biography


2. Cover letter that addresses each required qualification


3. Diversity Statement that answers these questions: What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? How have you demonstrated that commitment? How would you see yourself demonstrating it in this position?


You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.


For additional information please contact:

Alicia Christiansen


Lauren Grand


OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.


This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.


This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.

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