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UNH Extension seeks State Specialist, Community Conservation

The Extension state specialist in community conservation provides statewide leadership in land conservation and stewardship to sustain the natural resources of New Hampshire. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, N.H., campus. It is a grant-funded, non-tenure track, 100% Extension appointment.

The specialist will provide education and technical assistance to communities, land trusts and organizations seeking to conserve and steward the state’s land, water and wildlife resources. This position will support community-based conservation planning, identification of important natural resources and priority habitats, development of public outreach programs, and other actions that address conservation of intact ecosystems across the landscape, in part through the continuation of a long-standing relationship with the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Methods of program delivery include workshops, face-to-face meetings, webinars, field-based programs, and print/online resources.

The specialist will work collaboratively with other Extension natural resources staff and will seek to engage with UNH researchers and students to address the conservation needs of communities in N.H. Additionally, partnerships with agencies, organizations and community groups will be essential to implementing a robust Extension program. The specialist should seek to collaborate with other Extension program team members where synergies exist.

This position is supported by a diverse portfolio of grants in the majority, but with significant base funding from federal Smith-Lever and state sources. Existing funds will support the first year with the expectation that the position will raise 50% of salary externally beyond year one.

UNH is a federal contractor within the meaning of the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This position may require that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future, unless you apply for and receive a religious or medical exemption.


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