Wildland Fire Extension Specialist

Utah State University


The Department of Wildland Resources (WILD) in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor of Wildland Fire.  The role statement for the position consists of 80% extension, 10% teaching, and 10% service, and will be based in Logan, Utah on the USU campus, with an anticipated (but negotiable) start date of July 1, 2023. This is a fiscal-year (12-month) position.

The successful applicant is expected to bring substantial expertise from outside academia, and the position may be filled as a Tenure-Track or Professional Practice Assistant Professor position.  The Tenure-Track Position will be 0.8 FTE, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to write grants to support an additional 0.2 FTE salary.  The Professional Practice position will be 1.0 FTE.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Key areas of expertise will include wildland fire fuel reduction and management, treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, and post-burn restoration in both forest and shrubland/range ecosystems, including wildland-urban interface settings. The position will work cooperatively with other Extension personnel and faculty in the WILD department as well as with statewide Extension offices and will be a source of information to other Extension personnel as well as to various public and private stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate Degree:
    1. Tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment: PhD degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required.
    2. Professional Practice Assistant Professor: MS degree in fire ecology, forestry, range science, or related field required, PhD preferred.
  • Substantial expertise and experience outside academia in wildfire or fuels management in forest and shrubland or range settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting with other professionals in the public and private sectors.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Valid driver license and the ability to travel extensively to statewide locations.
  • Live within a commutable distance of Logan, Utah during period of appointment.