Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology and Management via Society for Freshwater Science

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Posted: 02/22/2023

Expiration Date: 03/31/2023

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking  to fill an academic year (9-month) tenure track assistant professor faculty position. The individual selected for this position will be expected to develop a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized program centered on the applied ecology, management,  sustainability and conservation of wetlands with a focus on the biota and ecosystem  services they provide.  

Candidates with a range of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including but not  limited to wetland ecosystem management; ecology and management of game and non game fish and wildlife species (for example, waterfowl and waterbirds; mammals); wetland plant biology; invasive species management; human dimensions; anthropogenic  impacts on wetland ecosystems; or wetland delineation, restoration, and mitigation. 

The vision of the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is to be a world-class,  inclusive, and innovative research, education, and engagement community that promotes  leadership in the conservation of fisheries and wildlife resources. To achieve that vision,  our mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems  that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education  and engagement. Learn more about us and our work at

We seek candidates who can work synergistically with us to achieve our vision and  mission. Applicants should have interest in the active conservation and management of  wetland ecosystems to maintain or enhance societal benefits, and engagement with local,  regional, and global communities to support these ends. This includes, but is not limited  to, game and non-game fish and wildlife species, aquatic plants, and water quality. Competitive applicants will have research, teaching, or engagement interest in one or  more of the following areas: natural history and species ecology; quantitative data  analysis; applying nature-based solutions to the restoration and maintenance of wetlands;  climate change mitigation; the human dimensions component of ecosystem management;  or disaster mitigations such as flood abatement. 

Position Duties: This position includes primary assignments in teaching (45%) and  research (45%), with additional responsibilities in outreach (5%) and leadership/service (5%). The incumbent will teach two to three courses annually. One course will be  Wetland Ecosystem Management (FW412), with other courses consistent with their areas  of expertise and departmental needs. Our undergraduate and graduate curricula can be  viewed at In addition to classroom teaching, we expect that successful applicants will contribute strongly to undergraduate and graduate student  mentoring. The incumbent will secure external funding from diverse sources to support a  vibrant research, outreach and engagement program aligned with our departmental  mission. The incumbent’s program will be responsive to needs of external local, state,  and national partners, such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; the  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Michigan State  University Extension (Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Center for Lakes and  Streams); Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs); the  United States Fish and Wildlife Service; the United States Geological Survey; Ducks  Unlimited; and the Nature Conservancy. 

Required Qualifications:  

  • An earned Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to wetlands, with a comprehensive understanding of wetland science and management considering the interactions between  fish and wildlife, vegetation, habitats, and stakeholders.  
  • Evidence that the candidate will contribute substantial scholarship on wetlands (i.e., will  obtain grants and publish in areas related to the position). 
  • Evidence of ability to engage productively with partners and community stakeholders  through collaborative outreach, engagement, or Extension work. 
  • Evidence of ability to implement high-impact evidence-based teaching and learning  practices for undergraduate and graduate education. 
  • Evidence the candidate will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU and in the  field of wetlands ecology and management. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Expertise in the natural history of at least one broad taxa of wetland plants or animals. 
  • Expertise in applying and/or teaching quantitative approaches to the analysis of  ecological data; population ecology; or wetland ecology and management. 
  • Track record in obtaining extramural grant funding and translating those grant funds into  peer-reviewed publications.
  • Postdoctoral experience or other post-PhD professional work experience in the general  area of wetlands ecology and management. 
  • Ability to lead and contribute to diverse and interdisciplinary teams. 

Instructions for Applying: 

On the MSU Public Job Board posting #847297 (, submit an  application that includes: 

• A letter of application (2 page maximum) describing how your interests, background, and professional experience match the job description. 

• A vision statement for the position (2 page maximum), explicitly linking to the  vision, mission and strategic plan of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at  MSU (available here: 

• A teaching and student mentoring philosophy (1 page maximum). • An explanation (2 page maximum) of how you will contribute to Diversity,  Equity, and Inclusion through this position. 

• Curriculum Vitae 

• Names and contact information for 3-5 professional references. 

For additional information, interested individuals can contact the Search Committee  Chair (please include “Wetlands23” in the subject line): 

Jo Latimore, Senior Academic Specialist 


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 

Michigan State University (MSU) 

About the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University 

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) is a vibrant community of scholars  comprising >40 core faculty (tenure stream and fixed-term faculty, and academic  specialists), 100 graduate and 240 undergraduate students, >30 research associates, and 6  core staff. MSU’s recently established Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center 

( is available for scientific research in natural resource  restoration and management. Department partnerships include the Partnership for  Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) with the Michigan Department of Natural  Resources and Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Boone and Crockett Program,  Michigan Sea Grant, AgBioResearch, and MSU Extension. Learn more about these partnerships at The department is also establishing a new  United States Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at  MSU to expand the department’s applied research, teaching, and outreach with agency and  organizational partners. The Fisheries and Wildlife Department strongly adheres to MSU’s  Land Grant ethic to provide affordable education to all and conduct applied research for  societal benefit.  

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for  more than 160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a  research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges. 

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving  excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to  reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or  nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is  committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal  life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and  academic staff positions.





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