[ECOLOG-L] Assistant Professor, Watershed Management position

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT # 0001-3902
REQUISITION # 493018

Title: Assistant Professor (Watershed Management)

Location: University of Florida, West Florida Research and Education Center
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Milton, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit
additional materials by September 24, 2015. Position will remain open
until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position at 30% teaching and 70%
research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) at the West Florida
Research and Education Center at Milton, FL. Tenure will accrue in the
Department of Soil and Water Science at Gainesville. This assignment may
change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The research component of
this assignment will develop an independent and nationally/internationally
recognized program in the assessment of causes, effects and prevention of
surface water impairment (including estuaries, streams, wetlands and lakes)
due to changes in water quantity or quality associated with groundwater or
surface water withdrawal and with point and non-point pollutants. The
appointee will develop a strong extramurally funded research program that
leads to publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and the
supervising/mentoring of graduate students. The faculty member is expected
to assume teaching duties in a dynamic on-going natural resources
conservation program on the Milton campus. This faculty member is expected
to develop and teach two undergraduate/graduate courses per year related to
watershed management and natural resource conservation. Teaching
responsibilities will focus upon the needs of the curriculum and the
specific background of the individual hired into the position. The
successful candidate will participate actively in graduate education by
chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and
dissertation research, and publishing research results with students.
Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be
supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and
Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position
description.

Qualifications:
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in, soil and water science,
watershed management, forestry, natural resource conservation,
environmental science or a related discipline is required. Postdoctoral
experience is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in
verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and
procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the
mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment
to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and
accountability.

Background Information:
The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant,
and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and
professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.
UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the
Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://ift.tt/1szGK81), the
Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://ift.tt/1k7T0vE), the
College of Veterinary Medicine (http://ift.tt/1m6Wq4A), the Florida Sea
Grant program (http://ift.tt/1k7T0vG ), and encompasses 16 on-campus
academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC)
located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units
administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative
Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and
maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an
interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on
campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900
faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout
the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural
resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior
Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida
Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the
Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of
Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida
A&M University in Tallahassee.

This position is part of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education
Center located near Pensacola, Florida (http://ift.tt/1fvYh11). The
faculty member will be located on the Milton campus where the center has an
off-campus undergraduate academic program that is a collaborative effort
between the University of Florida, Pensacola State College (PSC) and the
University of West Florida. This unique academic program, located at the
PSC campus in Milton (approximately 20 miles northeast of Pensacola, FL),
allows students to pursue a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation or
Plant Sciences. The Florida Panhandle and adjacent Gulf coast states
contain a series of estuaries that are important to local human communities
that rely on estuaries and adjacent wetlands for food, recreation, jobs and
coastal protection. The rivers that support the health of these estuaries
flow through urban, forested and agricultural watersheds. Over 600,000
acres of public land and 1,000,000 acres of forest and agricultural land
are within 200 miles of the center. In addition, the faculty member will
have access to the Jay Research Facility. This 640 acre research unit is
located about 12 miles north of Milton near Jay, FL. Faculty at WFREC
conduct research in cropping systems, weed science, golf and sports turf
management, landscape and nursery management, forestry, restoration and
wildlife ecology. The WFREC faculty and staff are dedicated to
interdisciplinary research, extension and teaching programs that meet the
needs of local clientele with statewide, nationwide as well as global
impacts. The location of WFREC allows families to enjoy the advantages of
rural living while being within minutes of Pensacola, one of Florida’s
major cities, Gulf of Mexico beaches; and extensive public forest lands.

Employment Conditions:
Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and
qualifications of the selected applicant.

Nominations:
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and
address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the Chair,
Search and Screen Committee at the address shown below.

Application Information:
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
http://ift.tt/1fvYeSD and submit:

• Application
• Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and
qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
• Curriculum vitae

Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three
letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Deborah Miller
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
UF/IFAS WFREC
5988 Highway 90
Building 4900
Milton, Florida 32583

Telephone: 850-983-7128
Facsimile: 850-983-5774
Electronic Mail: dlmi@ufl.edu

(Please refer to Requisition # 493018)

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the
hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official”
if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an
education institution outside of the United States are required to be
evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can
be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection
process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of
Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons
with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable
accommodation.

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