Assistant Professor of Forest Biometry and Natural Resource Measurements

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2016

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty support the Warner College of Natural Resources and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. The successful candidate will also be eligible to advise graduate students in the University-wide Graduate Degree Program in Ecology ( Faculty in the Department take advantage of great opportunities for collaboration across campus with faculty in a wide variety of programs, colleges and departments. Additional information about the department can be accessed at

Position Summary

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in forest biometry and natural resource measurements at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications from those interested in the biometry, measurement and statistical analysis of forest and rangeland vegetation are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with interest and expertise in areas such as forest biometrics, natural resource measurements, remote sensing, sampling, or a related field with a strong background in statistics and quantitative methods would complement the existing faculty expertise and interests in our department and the Warner College of Natural Resources. We seek someone to develop a nationally recognized, innovative, independent, and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. We expect the incumbent to exhibit leadership in, and passion for, undergraduate and graduate teaching, student mentoring, and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Applicants should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the department, college, and the university.

Required Job Qualifications

1. Earned Ph.D. with disciplinary emphasis in forestry, applied statistics, or natural resource related field by appointment start date (August 16, 2017).
2. Demonstrated research expertise in natural resource measurements and analysis.

Preferred Job Qualifications

1. Demonstrated expertise in quantitative research in forest biometrics and natural resource measurements.
2. Demonstrated potential to develop a funded research program advancing new knowledge of forest biometrics.
3. Research emphasis on forest or woodland ecosystems.
4. Demonstrated potential to address new challenges in forest measurements at various spatial scales.
5. Demonstrated potential to sustain an excellent publication record.
6. Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
7. Demonstrated potential to successfully engage in outreach to managers, landowners, and other relevant stakeholders.
8. Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials include:
Cover letter
Statement of research, outreach, & teaching interests (one document uploaded to the “other” category)
Contact information for three referees
Up to three representative publications.

References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.
After notifying semifinalist candidates, application materials of the semifinalists, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the faculty of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an extramurally funded and innovative research program (50%) focused on developing new understandings of forest biometry, vegetation measurement and sampling with extensions to natural resource inventory and monitoring across spatial scales.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teaching responsibilities include instruction of F 321 Forest Biometry, and NR 421 Natural Resources Sampling; both are fundamental courses in the undergraduate Forestry, Natural Resources Management, and Rangeland Ecology curriculum, as well as across the Warner College of Natural Resources. Teaching will also include instruction of a graduate course in the area of forest biometry, spatial statistics, or a closely related field, depending on the selected candidate’s area of specialization.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Outreach/Service Duty/Responsibility

Service and Outreach efforts (10%) will entail service to the department, college, and university, to academic peers, and to professional natural resource managers.