Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension is looking for an Assistant Professor/Rangeland Ecologist in Renewable Energy for a 12-month appointment, non-tenure track. This position has 75% appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and 25% appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in San Angelo. The position has an academic appointment with the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. This position primarily serves Texas landowners and partners with scientists in other universities, agencies, and neighboring states as appropriate.
- Responsible for research and educational efforts to assess and enhance rangeland health and land stewardship within sites that generate renewable energy and other relevant range management research.
- Develop an applied and recognized management-oriented Extension program that supports county agents and delivers best practices to land managers and energy companies regarding rangeland health at renewable energy sites.
- Supervises research and Extension personnel, including graduate students, and undergraduate students associated with properties owned and operated by the San Angelo/Sonora centers.
- Works as a member of a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary faculty team in conducting field research on enhancing or restoring healthy rangeland systems within renewable energy production areas in relation to industry needs and state and federal policy.
- Conducts independent research responsive to land stewardship and agricultural production within energy production.
- Seeks extramural funding from federal, state, commodity groups, and other sources to fund research and outreach efforts.
- Participates as a team member in rangeland research and technology transfer/outreach with other faculty affiliated cooperating agencies and institutions in the Texas, including Texas A&M University Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science.
- Contributes to statewide programs in development of integrated land management practices best suited to renewable energy sites.
- Serves a critical need for the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management in its effort to achieve the mission of preparing the next generation of natural resource stewards through teaching, research, engagement, and policy.
- Reports directly to the Center Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research-San Angelo, with guidance from Associate Department Head for Extension, within the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management at Texas A&M University, College Station.
- Directs the work of support staff, and other technical personnel and graduate students assigned to the project.
- Ph.D. in Range Science, Rangeland Management, Natural Resources, or related field
- Competence in the use of personal computers and appropriate statistical-analysis software
- Experience in area of specialization, including rangeland ecology
- Ability to write grant proposals to secure external funding
- Evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
- Participation in professional societies
- Ability to acquire a Texas driver’s license
- Experience managing research program
- Experience sourcing external funding
- Experience in leading research in rangeland management
- Demonstrated capability to perform independent research, supervise scientific support staff and graduate students, and publish results in refereed journals
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively in the English language
- Strong interpersonal skills to cooperate as an interdisciplinary team member are required
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, Texas
Closing date for applications: Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
Date position is available: October 1, 2022.