Range Management Specialist

New Mexico (US)
04 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources is committed to providing the citizens of New Mexico with applied and research based educational programming to meet the needs of the agricultural and natural resources communities in the Southwest.

Nine Extension specialists within the department provide educational information to county Extension agents and stakeholders on a variety of topics such as federal land policy, grazing management, brush and weed control, forest and fire management, riparian area management, livestock and dairy production, and wildlife management. Specialists also conduct regional and state workshops, field trips, demonstration trials, and applied research projects. Members of the Range Improvement Task Force conduct educational and research programs aimed at solving problems related to public and private land use.

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for a progressive Extension education program in range management
  •  Interpret and disseminate current and relevant research findings for practical use by clientele through mass media, publications, stakeholder meetings, demonstration areas, and other proven Extension methods.
  • Write and revise Extension publications.
  • Provide training and assistance to county Extension agents in New Mexico with some regional opportunities as well.
  • Collaborate with research units at NMSU to assist in formulation of research questions relevant to rangeland management and ecology on New Mexico rangelands
  • Acquire external funding to support, develop, and implement Extension programs.
  • Qualify for graduate faculty status. Graduate advising opportunities are available within the Animal and Range Sciences department.
  • Work with youth development programs to promote education in rangeland management, develop literature, and assist with leader training.
  • Maintain close working relationships with industry, statewide organizations and government agencies and other agriculture groups related to rangeland management.
  • Serve as member of the Range Improvement Task Force; responsibilities involve working with inter-disciplinary team of scientists to address natural resource management challenges and requests statewide from stakeholders, local governments, and state and federal agency personnel.
  • Actively participate in department activities by attending meetings and serving on appropriate committees.
  • Other responsibilities as agreed to with the department head of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources.

Position is 100% Extension.

  • Ph.D. (in hand by hire date) in range science or natural resources related field.
  • Understanding of rangeland monitoring and grazing management.
  •  Knowledge of Cooperative Extension Service education and implementation of Extension programs.
  •  Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret current rangeland management research findings and make related practical recommendations to county Extension agents, stakeholders, county, state, and federal agencies, and the general public in diverse communities throughout New Mexico.
  • Ability to effectively interact with, communicate with (oral and written), and relate to people of all ages, incomes, education levels and ethnic backgrounds and to develop informal and formal educational programs to meet their needs.
  • Ability to work effectively with other specialists and professionals in an interdisciplinary effort to solve current issues and challenges.
  • Willingness to work with other faculty and staff; work as a team member; work cooperatively with livestock producers, government agencies, and environmental interests.
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges as needed.
  •  Knowledge of up-to-date information delivery methods to meet the needs of the diverse target clientele associated with this position, including non-traditional and innovative, social network and other electronic media outlets.

Extensive state-wide travel required

  • Please limit letter of Interest to 600 words.
  • Please include undergraduate and graduate unofficial transcripts.
  • Please include your Extension philosophy (limit 600 words) and a brief summary of Extension goals and objectives for this position (2 page maximum) under “OTHER DOCUMENTS”.

Direct questions to Dr. John Wenzel, Search Committee Chair (575) 646-3326, jwenzel@nmsu.edu