• Private Lands Professor of Practice

Whitney MacMillan Program in Private Lands Management in the West
Private Lands Professor of Practice

The University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is accepting applications for a Private Lands Management Professor of Practice to conduct research and information synthesis, outreach, and teaching on Private Lands Management in the West. The Haub School advances the understanding and resolution of complex environment and natural resource challenges. The Private Lands Professor of Practice will support that mission and contribute to the research and outreach of the Haub School's William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, and to the teaching of the Haub School's academic programs.

Private lands are key to the culture, ecology, and economy of the West. They produce food and fiber, provide wildlife habitat, protect watersheds, connect landscapes, and more. But population growth, volatile agricultural prices, agricultural land prices driven up by amenity and development values, and difficulty recruiting younger generations to ranch life, all compel landowners to sell private land for residential or industrial development, putting the values those lands protect at risk. Private landowners need tools, information, and resources to keep agricultural operations viable, conserve and profit from natural resources, interact effectively with public lands and resources, and prepare for the future.

The Private Lands Management Professor will work with private landowners to sustain agricultural landscapes and conserve open spaces. The Professor of Practice will connect landowners to tools and information on financial management and intergenerational transfer; science-based range management and grazing practices; conservation approaches to allow participation in emerging markets such as conservation banks; and effective collaboration with federal, state, and private land managers on issues ranging from grazing leases to carnivores. The successful candidate will 1) create and/or synthesize new knowledge about tools for sustaining private lands, 2) effectively communicate new and existing knowledge to private land owners, public land managers, policymakers, and other stakeholders, 3) contribute to teaching students from undergraduates to mid-career professionals, and, 4) create a new program on private lands management in the Ruckelshaus Institute to complement existing research and outreach, including the long-running Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative.

The Professor of Practice will hold a non-tenured position funded by the Whitney MacMillan Endowment. The Professor of Practice title is granted to persons who have had distinguished careers and have made substantial impact on fields and disciplines that are important to academic programs at the University of Wyoming. The successful candidate may have an academic or non-academic professional background, but must have a master's degree or higher, excellent personal and professional communication skills, demonstrated capacity to build strong relationships with communities and landowners, and applied knowledge of private lands issues in the West. Capacity for successful grant writing and private fundraising is desirable.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references who would be contacted after discussion with the candidate. Interested candidates may direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Nicole Korfanta (korfanta@uwyo.edu; 307.766.5306). To learn more or apply, visit www.uwyo.edu/hr/ (Job ID 8581). Review of applications will begin on April 26, 2017.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness. We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.
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PostedMarch 24, 2017

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