Assistant/Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

POSITION: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service invites applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor and Extension Range Specialist position with an emphasis in applied rangeland management. The individual selected will serve as a faculty member (100% Extension, non-tenure track) in the Department of Rangeland Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University and will respond to AgriLife Extension Administration through the Department Head and Associate Department Head for Extension. Cooperation with district and county Extension faculty and other Extension faculty in planning, conducting, and evaluating educational programs is expected. Position will be headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Uvalde with an anticipated start date of no earlier than 1 January 2022. Texas Extension Districts served will include Southwest District 10 and designated counties in West District 6, West Central District 7, and South District 12.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to develop a high profile, effective educational program in Rangeland Management, with emphasis on Texas rangelands, which is recognized at regional, state, national and international levels. Other major job responsibilities include:

  • Work cooperatively with diverse stakeholders, including other state and federal agencies, commodity groups, private industry, private landowners, and non-governmental organizations to formulate educational programs for diverse audiences and develop innovative approaches to solving a variety of rangeland problems.
  • Provide training, technical expertise and educational programming support for County Extension Agents in the discipline area of rangeland management with specific expertise in grazing management, brush and weed management, prescribed fire, watershed management and rangeland restoration.
  • Work both individually and as a team member for effective technology transfer to adult and youth clientele to promote rangeland management through planning, implementing, and evaluating educational curricula, applied research projects, field tours, field days, seminars and symposia.
  • Plan, develop and write appropriate Extension publications, peer reviewed articles, popular articles, newsletters, applications, and other forms of written communication for effective technology transfer.
  • Develop relationships with appropriate media outlets and embrace distance education technology to further reach diverse clientele with contemporary educational programs and information.
  • Actively develop external funding support for leveraging state funds to aid in development of educational programs.
  • Collaborate with research scientists within Texas A&M AgriLife and the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Rangeland Management or other Natural Resources related discipline. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups, communicate effectively, conduct interdisciplinary program development, and effectively apply teaching and research methodologies is required. Evidence of conducting applied research and translating results relevant to the public is strongly preferred. The equivalent of two years in Extension, teaching, research, post-doctoral or related professional experience is preferred.

RESOURCES: Salary will be commensurate with ability, education, and professional experience. Access to research facilities associated with the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M AgriLife, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be available to the successful candidate.