Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology & Management
University of Montana - Missoula, MT

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The Department of Forest Management seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management who will contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. This is a nine month, tenure-track position. Employment will begin in autumn 2013.

Position Responsibilities

1) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of specialty, including undergraduate courses in rangeland management and grassland ecology and; 2) develop an externally funded research program in rangeland ecology and management; 3) advise undergraduate students and direct graduate student research at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels; 4) interact and communicate with rangeland management agencies and cooperatives; and 5) participate in the Resource Conservation curricular program and on Department, College, and University committees.

The University and Community

The University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation is one of the nation’s premier natural resource institutions. College faculty conduct basic and applied research in a wide range of natural resource disciplines. The College offers five undergraduate degrees as well as multiple M.S. and Ph.D. programs. There is a strong emphasis on effective and experiential teaching using Montana’s extensive wild and working lands as a natural laboratory. Faculty and students have access to the College’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Bandy Experimental Ranch, and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, as well as to the University’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. The City of Missoula (population approx. 80,000) is regularly featured as one of the most livable cities in the United States.

Required Skills

Required Experience

We seek an ecologist with expertise in grassland and rangeland systems, and with research interests in managed landscapes and the restoration or reclamation of forests and grasslands. This scientist must have a demonstrated interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the candidate must possess: 1) a Ph.D. in rangeland ecology and management, forestry, or a closely related field at the time of appointment; 2) a strong record of research and scholarship that includes publications in peer-reviewed journals and development of competitive externally-funded grants; and 3) an ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Preferred qualifications include: experience teaching courses in range ecology and management; interest in conducting research in the Rocky Mountain region; experience in resource management, including experience engaging with landowners and interacting with natural resource managers; post-doctoral research experience and training. Preference also will be given to applicants whose research complements that of other faculty in the College.


Application review will begin on November 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

U pload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments, under 10MB each, are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Cover letter

Curriculum vitae

Statements of teaching and research interests

Academic transcripts

Three (3) confidential letters of reference are also required. These letters must be submitted via e-mail to (in one of the following formats: doc, xls, txt, rtf, pdf, gif, jpg, htm, html) and must reference the position title and department in the e-mail.

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