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  • Assistant Professor in Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management

    Abby Powell
    • Employer: University of Florida
      Location: North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/26/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    REQUISITION # 519404


    Title:                           Assistant Professor in Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management


    Location:                    North Florida Research and Education Center
    University of Florida
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
    Quincy, Florida 32351


    Salary:                        Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience


    Review Date:             For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 26 January 2022.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply. 


    If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .


    We are seeking a dynamic scholar, educator, and communicator for a position available at the North Florida Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position with a 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) appointment. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. 


    Duties will include the development and integration of an internationally-recognized research and extension program that emphasizes wildlife management in forested systems with a focus on habitat manipulation, forest restoration, prescribed fire, game species, and human-wildlife conflict. These activities shall support a highly collaborative research program in applied wildlife ecology and management that incorporates varied forest management and game harvest strategies. Extension activities shall primarily target an audience of private landowners and land managers with programs aimed at addressing management for popular game species in the region (e.g., northern bobwhite, wild turkey, white-tailed deer) in forested systems. Candidates interested in related areas of ecology including population dynamics, fire ecology, landscape ecology, agroecology, and global climate change will be considered. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (https://wec.ifas.ufl.edu).


    Research and extension efforts should be organized and conducted in cooperation with other statewide faculty, county extension faculty, and federal and state agency representatives. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support this program. Communication of research results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and scientific and trade publications is an essential requirement of this position. Extension activities should include appropriate methods, such as demonstrations, field days, meetings, tours, as well as written and oral communication media.


    The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.  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.




    A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to research in the ecology and management of forest wildlife; clear evidence of scholarship through first-authored publications; and commitment to the promotion of a diverse and inclusive educational environment. 

    Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system; and have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.  



    Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates should have experience with and be willing to work with state and federal natural resource agencies, NGOs, private landowners and stakeholders. 


    Background Information:

    This position will reside at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), which is a unit of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) (https://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/).  The NFREC-Quincy is one of 3 major units composing the NFREC.  It is a 1000-acre research and education facility located 20 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida, with 11 faculty conducting research and extension programs in forestry, specialty crops (ornamentals, fruits and vegetables), forages, agronomic crops, and supporting programs such as soil and water sciences, entomology, and plant pathology. The NFREC-Quincy is near Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia, several national forests and state parks including a biodiversity hotspot, and is less than 1-hour drive from the Gulf of Mexico.  


    Tenure of this position is assigned to the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (https://wec.ifas.ufl.edu), a unit of approximately 30 faculty conducting basic and applied efforts spanning a spectrum of disciplines from the human dimensions of conservation science to the fundamental understanding of wildlife population processes in the state of Florida and among ecosystems around the globe, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. New knowledge produced in the department is communicated through a variety of mechanisms to the scientific community, natural resource managers, other stakeholders, and the general public to advance an understanding of wildlife and their habitats and to facilitate development of more informed natural resource policies grounded on a sound scientific basis. A primary mechanism for transmitting research findings and knowledge of the ecology and conservation of wildlife and their habitats to the public is through extension programing, with programs among faculty stationed on campus and at Research and Education Centers throughout the State.


    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 56,000 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 nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 faculty and 1,400 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 Tallahassee. 


    Employment Conditions

    This position is available February 1, 2022 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.



    Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


    Please refer to Requisition # 519404

    Gary Knox

    Chair, Search and Screen Committee

    University of Florida

    North Florida Research and Education Center

    155 Research Road

    Quincy, FL  32351


    Telephone:                              850-875-7162

    Electronic Mail:                      gwknox@ufl.edu  


    Application Information

    Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/519404    and submit:

    Cover letter that clearly states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the required and preferred qualifications listed above

    Full curriculum vitae

    A statement of (a) teaching/mentoring philosophies, (b) research goals, and (c) commitment to diversity and inclusion  (3-page limit, single-spaced)

    Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation

    Unofficial transcripts


    Selected 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).


    Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.


    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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