Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR

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The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management (FERM) invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Instructor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

The main focus of this position is to provide leadership, including continuing the development and management of the Forestry Field School. This two-week field class focuses on sustainable forest resource management practices for a broad spectrum of public and private organizations. The class provides fundamental skill development including measuring, mapping, log grading and scaling. The field school targets undergraduate Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering students entering their junior year in the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. The field school will be held off campus in remote locations that include the College Forests and Eastern Oregon.

In addition, this individual will teach four to six undergraduate forestry courses per year in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM) Department degree programs, including up to three on-line courses.

The individual will develop up to three on-line (OSU Ecampus) forestry courses required for admittance into the OSU Professional Forestry School, which will be offered to Community College, Distance Learning, and on-campus students.

Position Duties

Field school leadership and development, which will comprise a larger component of position duties the first year. Teach up to six on-campus and/or Ecampus undergraduate courses per year. Provide lectures, lead class discussions, administer and grade course assignments and exams. Ecampus course development of up to three on-line courses. Responsible for supervising one Graduate Assistant in association with the courses being taught, as well as student leaders during the field school.

Support FERM Department activities that include management and maintenance of the College of Forestry equipment room. Responsible for supervising 5 - 8 students employed in the equipment room.

Serve on professional department and college committees.

A driver's license is required for this position due to the travel required to remote field locations and to transport students during field camp (as needed).

Position Duties (continued):
Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
Depending on course(s) taught, teaching may involve working at remote locations under a variety of weather conditions ranging from hot/dry to cold/wet and in potentially steep, rugged, difficult terrain; and working outdoors. Teaching activities may include evening and weekend hours.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Master's degree in Forest Management, Forest Engineering or related disciplines appropriate to the field of teaching/instructional responsibilities.

At least three years of experience in forestry field work and teaching/training.

Demonstrated passion for teaching and forestry field activities.

Basic knowledge of forestry equipment use, maintenance and repair.

Demonstrated ability in project/course planning, organization, cooperation, implementation and reporting.

Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in formal written documents.

Demonstrated ability to create and edit computer documents and spreadsheets including Microsoft Word and Excel. The ability to learn other software programs as needed.

Ability to conduct required course work in varied field and weather conditions, including extensive walking/hiking on uneven ground and in uncomfortable weather conditions (e.g. heat, cold, rain, wind, poison oak, heavy pollen counts).

This position must possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license and maintain a satisfactory driving record while serving in the position; therefore, the incumbent must provide a copy of their driving history for the past 2 years from the issuing state's Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

Preferred Qualifications

Teaching and/or training experience at the agency/company, college or university level.

Demonstrated experience in collection and reporting of forestry related data, including field sampling, inventory, measurements, analysis and related statistics.

Demonstrated experience in surveying, log grading and scaling.

Demonstrated experience with online course development.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only)

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Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

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Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is:

A preferred qualification

Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses. All courses must be from accredited colleges, universities, or private vocational schools. The online application system will allow you to attach your transcripts if the PDF file is 5MB or less. If over 5MB in size, submit to contact person listed. Transcripts must be received by the closing date.

Finalists for this position will be required to obtain their driving history for the past 2 years from the issuing state's Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory driving history and possession of a valid driver's license.

For additional information please contact: Angela Haney at 541-737-1348 or 280 Peavy Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331

In order to receive full consideration for this position, your application must be received by 01/15/2013.

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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