Assistant Professor (Practice)

Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension

About the organization

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission: it helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Program: Our Extension Agents, Specialists, and Coordinators/Managers work everyday to learn about the latest techniques in natural resource management, and then, through educational programs and materials, transfer this knowledge to our client groups, such as forest owners, foresters and other natural resource managers, Educators (PreK-12), Christmas tree growers, loggers and forest workers, etc. It is our mission to be the state's leading provider of research-based knowledge and problem-solving educational programs designed to foster new ways to manage and use Oregon's forest resources.


80% – Extension Programming
10% – Applied Research and Scholarly Outcomes
5% – Extension Program Development and Management
5% – Service
The Extension Forester will be part of the Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension team that provides non-formal education on forestry and natural resource issues to a wide range of audiences. “Non-formal” refers to off-campus, non-credit learning opportunities such as workshops, field trips, property tours, and demonstrations, as well as indoor presentations, narrative communications such as blog posts and other social media, videos, and articles. Educational audiences and partners may include adults who are private woodland owners, homeowners in the wildland-urban interface, professional natural resource managers such as foresters and forest workers, collaborative conservation groups and watershed councils, Tribes, policymakers, economic development officials, and teachers. Extension foresters also commonly engage a broad spectrum of youth through teacher professional development or directly through outdoor schools, camps, and other youth events. Educational topics could include sustaining forest health, wildlife habitats, and forest productivity through subjects such as forest ecology, silviculture, wildfire preparedness, reforestation, forest restoration, water resources, climate change, bioenergy, and collaborative conservation and recreation.


- Master’s degree with at least one degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field (e.g., watershed management, entomology, wildlife). Master’s degree must be completed by the start date.
- Demonstrated experience in forestry, woodland management, or related natural resources science or management.
- Demonstrated experience teaching and facilitating learning and discussion in non-formal (non-credit learning opportunities such as presentations, workshops, field trips, property tours, demonstrations) or formal (for credit) settings.
- Demonstrable commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.
- Ability to work as a member of a team to work towards shared goals and objectives.
Experience working in collaborative settings to achieve common goals; working with private woodland owners; working with individuals from historically marginalized populations.
Ability to accommodate multiple perspectives and learning needs in educational design and delivery.
Ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences with bi-lingual/bi-literate abilities and/or bicultural experience.
Ability to learn and use multiple forms of electronic communication, including websites, collaborative work platforms, and social media. Ability to secure external funding


Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

These full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term county-based Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester positions will have the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Practice and will have an academic home either in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management or the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society within the College of Forestry at OSU. The academic home must be designated within one year of the start date. Reappointment will be at the discretion of the Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Program Leader and the Regional Director of the assigned region.

Three Regions:
- Central Oregon (Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties, and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs)
- North Willamette Valley (Columbia, Washington, and Yamhill Counties)
- Southwest Oregon (Jackson and Josephine Counties)

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