Assistant Professor (Climate Resiliency Extension Specialist)

Utah State University

Logan, UT, USA 🇺🇸


The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University is seeking applications for  a full-time 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor Extension Specialist position in Climate Resiliency. The position consists of 60% extension, 30% research, and 10% service. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2022.

We seek an individual with expertise in climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience science alongside a depth of knowledge in any related natural resource management field (e.g., water resources and conservation, water quality, aquatic ecology, fish ecology, fisheries management, plant, riparian, and wetland management, biogeochemistry).  Successful candidates must have a commitment to stakeholder engagement, co-production of knowledge, collaborative decision-making, teamwork, and communication, as well as strong interpersonal skills. We are particularly interested in innovative candidates committed to helping natural resource managers adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts. The primary clientele for this Extension Specialist will be local, federal, and state agency staff and/or industry partners charged with managing natural resources in Utah and throughout the Intermountain West.

Utah State University is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive academic community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, identity and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential. 


The successful candidate will be expected to leverage existing expertise in the Department of Watershed Sciences and facilitate two-way communication between our research faculty and natural resource management clientele within the realm of climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency. The primary Extension role involves developing Extension programming for local, federal, and state agency staff and/or industry partners charged with managing natural resources, in partnership with the USDA Climate Hubs. The candidate will be welcome and supported in developing educational materials for external natural resource management clientele and will have opportunities engage with courses at USU. In their research role, the successful candidate will be expected to successfully compete for external research grants that supports their Extension programming, undergraduate and graduate student researchers, as well as publish peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic products. Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure is based on demonstrating excellence in the primary role area (Extension), and effectiveness in secondary roles (research and service).

The candidate’s expertise should complement existing strengths in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and Department of Watershed Sciences. Through collaborations with faculty and extension personnel, the appointed faculty member is expected to become a key player in the highly productive team of watershed scientists at Utah State University. We are interested in applicants who can prosper within a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, life, and        social scientists.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned D. related to climate change communication, climate science, ecology, hydrology, earth sciences, civil/environmental engineering, or similar fields
  • An ability to develop an externally funded research program
  • Some travel will be required for the position so the successful candidate must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver’s license to comply with the Vehicle Use Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant post-doctoral experience
  • A demonstrated ability and willingness to work productively with land management agencies and various stakeholder groups
  • An interest in developing field-based research projects in Utah and the Intermountain West
  • A record of securing research funding
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in STEM fields

All application materials must be submitted electronically through the USU Human Resources ‘jobs’ website . We request a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of at least three references, vision and diversity statements, several relevant peer-reviewed journal articles and links to other relevant academic products. The position is open until filled, but application review will begin October 5, 2021.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Complete CV

2) Names and E-mail addresses of (3) three professional references

Please upload the following documents under “Other Documents 1-10”:

  1. Cover Letter summarizing your motivation, qualifications, and career goals. For candidates applying as a team in coordination with the open Climate Data Analysis position, indicate how your experience and skillsets are synergistic.
  2. A vision statement of up to two single-spaced pages describing your relevant research and teaching experience and articulating a vision for the program you would like to develop in the Department of Watershed Sciences.
  3. A statement articulating how diversity, equity, and inclusion have figured into your past and/or potential future contributions in teaching, research, stakeholder engagement, and/or service.
  4. Two of your most relevant peer-reviewed journal article publications and/or links to up to three other relevant academic products (e.g., course webpages, Extension materials, blogs, presentations)
  5. Links or PDF to examples of other forms of communication of your craft to target audiences (e.g. websites, social media, radio, video, fact sheets, flyers, etc.) that demonstrate and illustrate your ability to convey complicated concepts to non-climate scientists.
  6. Links to any scholar profiles: e.g. ResearchGate, Google Scholar, ResearcherID, OrcID

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

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