Assistant or Associate Professor Extension Irrigation Engineer

Utah State University

Logan, UT, USA 🇺🇸


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( and Extension ( at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as the Extension Irrigation Specialist at the Assistant or Associate Professor level but will consider Professor level. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Agriculture Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field. The position is a tenure-track 12-month appointment with a role of 80 percent Extension (includes some applied research), 15 percent teaching, and 5 percent service. The anticipated start date is January 2022. Preference may be given to those with demonstrated expertise in Extension and teaching. The candidate must understand the challenges of irrigation in the intermountain west and be capable of providing vision and leadership in program building, interdisciplinary research, and administrative operations towards developing a nationally prominent irrigation extension program at Utah State University. The applicant is expected to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as financial and budget management experience. The successful applicant will actively participate in assigned department and university duties and demonstrate leadership in relevant technical societies.


  • Develop educational programs and research to address identified needs of Utah irrigators and water users.
  • Work with climate, agriculture, crop, produce, and water Extension specialists, inter-disciplinary faculty, County Extension field faculty, Utah Division of Water Resources, Utah Division of Water Rights, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, farmers, and water managers to solve water resources and irrigation problems.
  • Develop funded research programs that includes peer-reviewed publications and graduate student mentorship.
  • Effectively teach irrigation engineering undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Actively participate in assigned department and university duties, work with farmer and water user organizations, and demonstrate leadership in relevant technical societies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Agriculture Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Civil Engineering, or closely related fields.
  • A strong background in irrigation engineering fundamentals, including plant-soil-water relationships, irrigation scheduling, and irrigation system design and management.
  • Understanding of irrigated production agriculture, water rights and policy in the western United States,
  • Evidence of relevant irrigation research with potential for extramural support and publication.
  • Knowledge of the University Land Grant and Extension systems

To be considered at the Associate Professor level, candidates must have an established reputation in teaching, research, extension, and service; and broad recognition for professional success in the field.

To be considered at the Professor level, candidates must meet all qualifications of the associate professor and have an established outstanding reputation in the field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Inter-disciplinary research on water and irrigation-related topics.
  • Extension education, outreach, and research experience.
  • Irrigation engineering teaching experience at the university level.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/ CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2) Cover Letter to be uploaded under “Other documents 1-10”

3) Extension Statement to be uploaded under “Other documents 1-10”

4) Teaching Philosophy to be uploaded under “Other documents 1-10”

5) Contact Information of 3 References

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Utah State University offers degrees at the BS, MS, and Ph.D. levels with opportunities with coursework and research in environmental, geotechnical, hydraulics, structures, transportation, water resources, and irrigation. Our faculty are actively engaged in providing outstanding educational experiences both in the classroom as well as through critical and exciting research. The department has 31 faculty plus administration and technical support staff. The department provides students with unique experiences through the Utah Water Research Lab (UWRL), Systems Materials and Structural Health (SMASH), and TIMELab. Graduates from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University are currently working all over the world to meet the challenging needs of our changing world.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.





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