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Department Head- Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Colorado State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Fort Collins
Job Description:

The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology is one of five academic departments in the Warner College of Natural Resources. The other departments are Geosciences, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. General information about the Warner College of Natural Resources and departments can be accessed at The Department offers an undergraduate major in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) major intended for students interested in understanding wildlife and the habitats in which they live. The major offers three concentrations: Conservation Biology, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Wildlife Biology. The curriculum has a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences with the focus on solving current and future issues related to conservation and sustainability of wild animals and their habitats. The faculty offers a wide range of expertise with a keen interest in innovative teaching and research methods. Our program prepares students for professional careers involving fish, wildlife, and conservation that include federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and graduate school. Numerous opportunities exist for students to gain experience through research and internships, including professional and career mentoring and involvement with professional societies to further their studies, practical experience, and career potential. In addition, we offer M.S., Ph.D. degrees in F.W.C.B.; an online, coursework-only, non-thesis, professional Masters in F.W.C.B.; and a graduate certificate program in Wildlife Conservation Actions. Faculty members may also direct graduate students in the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology ( We currently have approximately 600 undergraduates and 120 graduate students enrolled in the Department. Over 2,400 alumni are working to resolve natural-resource related issues. We contribute to the economic and ecological health of our state by assisting many individuals, communities, and agencies to solve complex environmental problems.


Demonstrated success in administrative duties, budgeting, and programmatic development and growth.

Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills in communicating with and mentoring faculty, staff, and students.

Demonstrated success in creating and fostering community and collaborative environments, creative initiative and problem solving, and conflict resolution efforts.

Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary leadership team.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

$145,000 - $179,000 commensurate on qualifications
How to Apply:

Applicants should submit: 1. A cover letter, including a vision for how the candidate plans to integrate with and lead the department for the future 2. A curriculum vita. 3. Diversity statement (please indicate past, present, and anticipated activities for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity) (1 page as Other Doc);

4. Summary of past, current, and anticipated future research; teaching experience and philosophy; and service and outreach philosophy (2-3 pages as Other Doc);

5. Names, affiliations, and email addresses of professional references (at least three from academic institutions, no more than five total). Letters will be requested for the finalists. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Application materials of finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Submit above materials electronically to the following site by September 29, 2023 for full consideration: Applications and nominations may be considered until the position is filled. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

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