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JOB; OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Regional Fire Specialist


The OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Program (FNR) is seeking a full-time Extension Fire Regional Specialist with an academic rank of Assistant Professor of Practice. The academic home for this position will be in either the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management or the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and will be determined within one year from the start date. Decisions regarding this position are in consultation with the supervision team: Regional Director; Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Program Leader; and Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Program Interim Director. The position will be based at an Oregon State University Extension County Office in the Extension Western Region (options: Tangent, OR; Salem, OR; or Dallas, OR).

This position is designed to focus on Extension program development and delivery related to wildland fire science and management. To accomplish this, the position will involve science-based outreach and education, support for community planning and landscape-scale project implementation, and state policy engagement. Key audiences include public forest and rangeland managers, private landowners, rural and wildland-urban interface communities, forest and fire suppression workers, tribes, and fire management specialists. Key topics will include collaborative natural resource management, community wildfire preparedness, wildland fuel reduction and fire management, prescribed burning, timber and range management treatments to build fire resistance and resilience, post-burn recovery, and workforce development. We recognize that wildfire disproportionately affects the security and livelihoods of certain populations, including non-English speakers, people of color, Tribal, and low-income communities. Accordingly, the position will develop programming that involves such populations and accounts for disparities in power and social status, as appropriate for the region served.

Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position.  This position will work directly with a Fire Program Manager, Director, and FNR Extension faculty in the Forestry & Natural Resources and Fire Extension Programs; and will also work cooperatively with other faculty and staff at Oregon State University and external partners such as the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, the Oregon Tree Farm System, The Nature Conservancy, Tribal nations, Sustainable Northwest, Northwest Fire Science Consortium, local fire department and fire protection districts, and the State Fire Marshal to develop partnerships and facilitate landscape-scale, cross-boundary management projects. To accomplish this, the position will require travel to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivering tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This individual is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open-source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.  While this position requires a wide range of skills, we recognize the importance of professional development and continuing education for the success of this position.

For more information and to apply, visit: Posting #P05255UF. Closing Date 03/19/2022

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