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  • Assistant Professor – Wildlife Management

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: University of Florida
      Location: Gainesville, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/01/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Title: Assistant Professor – Wildlife Management

    Location: Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 32611

    Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

    Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 1 October 2018. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Interviews are expected to begin in January 2019.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    We are seeking a dynamic scholar, educator, and communicator for a 9-month tenure-accruing appointment available in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to undergraduate instruction in the department. They will instruct 3 courses per year, which may include undergraduate courses in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Wildlife Techniques, and Habitat Management, and/or a graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise. They also will be expected to advise and grow UF’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The successful candidate will develop regionally and internationally recognized wildlife research and extension programs. As a leader in the field, they will be expected to research our most pressing wildlife issues and provide outreach to the public in the area of applied wildlife management and conservation. Individuals with experience in applied research on game species, habitat management and wildlife management decision tools are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will develop strong collaborative relationships with state and federal wildlife management agencies, non-governmental organizations and private landowners.

    The successful candidate will mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students and engage in curriculum enhancement, professional teaching development activities, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The successful candidate will find numerous opportunities at UF to facilitate their development as an educator. This appointment will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 20% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service). Because of the IFAS
    land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission
    areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the
    position description.

    Candidates must possess a doctorate (PhD or DPhil) (foreign equivalent acceptable) with an
    emphasis on wildlife ecology, management or conservation; ecology; or closely related natural
    resources discipline. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching, experience
    mentoring students, and promotion of a diverse educational and professional environment. They
    must have clear evidence of scholarship through first-authored publications and an in-depth of
    knowledge of how wildlife ecology, conservation and land management decisions are made and
    implemented. Candidates should have experience with and be willing to work with natural
    resource agencies, NGOs, private landowners and stakeholders. Additionally, candidates must
    demonstrate the potential to develop a dynamic, externally-funded lab of graduate students,
    undergraduates and postdocs. Candidates should be exceptional communicators (verbal and
    written) with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity, global involvement,
    working across cultures, accountability and excellence. Candidates must be supportive of the
    mission of the Land-Grant system.

    Preferred qualifications/attributes: 1) Candidates with a well-developed teaching portfolio and/or
    postdoctoral teaching experience;. 2) Demonstrated commitment to developing a productive
    research program focusing on wildlife populations and the management of wildlife. Topical
    expertise can be demonstrated by activities such as publication in peer-reviewed journals,
    demonstrated graduate student mentoring experience and/or philosophy, development of
    management or recovery plans for species and habitats of conservation importance, and securing
    research funding.

    Background Information
    The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant
    institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment
    of more than 53,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.
    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of
    Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
    (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service
    (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu),
    the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus
    academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located
    throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic
    departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties
    operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary
    unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500
    people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in
    Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources
    research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and
    four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension
    and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director
    of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary
    Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in

    The programs of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation emphasize biological
    and human dimensions of wildlife ecology and conservation in local to international arenas. The
    Department’s existing strengths in spatial ecology, population modeling, wildlife disease
    ecology, conservation genetics, and environmental communication, among others, support strong
    collaborations. Department faculty may be affiliated with Center for Latin American Studies,
    Center for African Studies, and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Housed
    with the Department is the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, whose principal
    focus is on wetlands wildlife and ecosystem restoration and conservation. The nearby 3,600-
    hectare Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, managed by the Office of the IFAS Dean of
    Research, provides an outdoor laboratory for teaching and a site for long-term field research, and
    has been designated to serve as a National Science Foundation NEON core site.

    Several units on or nearby the University of Florida campus complement the teaching and
    research programs of the Department, including The Florida Climate Institute, an
    interdisciplinary center hosted at UF and comprising 7 universities; the Tropical Conservation
    and Development Program in the Center for Latin American Studies; Wildlife Conservation
    Society; Center for Natural Resources; Center for Wetlands; Center for Biological Conservation;
    Pre-eminence initiatives in Bioinformatics and Biodiversity; Florida Museum of Natural History;
    Northeast Regional Data Center; National Ecology Laboratory (Sirenia) of USGS; Florida Field
    Station (Gainesville) of the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research Laboratory; Southeastern Forest
    Experiment Station unit of the U.S. Forest Service; The Nature Conservancy; the Wildlife
    Research Laboratory of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and others.

    Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical
    climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater
    marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine
    flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida
    has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the
    Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique
    Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula. As a gateway
    to the Caribbean and Latin America, Florida provides convenient access to tropical and
    temperate environments in the southern hemisphere, and diverse expertise on campus.
    Gainesville is a small city with culture and character directly linked to the university. Attributes
    of Gainesville include proximity to many natural areas, expansive media, and many cultural and
    historical landmarks. Cost of living in Gainesville is slightly below the national average, making
    it an attractive place to live.

    Employment Conditions
    This position is available 16 August 2019, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable
    The University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution
    applicant is available; specific start date is negotiable; however, the expectation is that the
    candidate will begin by the start of Fall term 2019. Compensation is commensurate with the
    education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

    Application Information
    Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/enus/
    job/508465 and submit:
    o Application materials described and required via the website
    o Cover letter that clearly states applicant’s interest in the position and
    qualifications relative to the required and preferred qualifications listed above
    o Full curriculum vitae
    o A statement of teaching/mentoring philosophies and research goals (3-page single
    spaced limit)
    o Names and contact information for at least 3 references, preferably who can speak
    to the applicant’s teaching and mentoring experience
     Nominations are also welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and
    address of the nominee. All information should be sent to:

    Please refer to Requisition # 508465
    Dr. Bob McCleery
    Chair, Search and Screen Committee
    University of Florida
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
    P.O. Box 110430
    Gainesville, FL 32611-0430

    Telephone: (352) 846-0566
    Facsimile: (352) 392-6984
    E-mail: ramccleery@ufl.edu

    The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department
    upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is
    visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to
    be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association
    of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly
    diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with
    the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons
    with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


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