Field Specialist - Forestry, Assistant Professor

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Job Title:
Field Specialist - Forestry, Assistant Professor

FAES | Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tenure faculty (regardless of rank) - persons with the titles of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor who serve on appointments totaling 50% or more service to the university and who are eligible for tenure or who have obtained tenure. Duties and responsibilities are assigned in accordance with the workload guidelines laid out in the pattern of administration of each faculty member’s tenure initiation unit (TIU) and, as appropriate, regional campus; obligations will include research, service and/or teaching or clinical practice.  These faculty will have earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the relevant field of study or possession of equivalent experience.

The Forestry Field Specialist will translate and disseminate research-based knowledge from the Ohio State University (primarily School of Environment and Natural Resources, and CFAES), other land-grant universities, and the Research and Development branch of the USFS to a wide-variety of audiences throughout Ohio.

The Forestry Field Specialist provides leadership for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating forestry extension educational programs and in-service trainings for woodland owners, ANR Extension educators, forestry and natural resources professionals, forest industry professionals, students, and the public on sustainable woodland management and related topics.

A major focus of this position is to support the outreach and training efforts of the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team by developing curricula and providing quality educational programs for woodland owners in Ohio. The current emphasis of the team is to sustain oak-dominated forests on all lands in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. A DAY in the WOODS and the newly launched Place-based Woodland Owner outreach effort are two key programs of the Forestry Teams woodland owner outreach efforts and this will be a major responsibility of this position.

Targeted marketing principles (e.g. Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively) and innovative outreach strategies (e.g. Peers and Pros 360) should be integrated into curriculum development and outreach strategies. Programs should include various aspects of silviculture and woodland management to help landowners reach management objectives. Topics to be addresses should include but are not limited to basic silviculture including forest regeneration, forest stand improvement including prescribed fire, as well as, habitat management for wildlife, marketing forest products, forest ecology including climate adaptation, and invasive species management.

Other responsibilities include the development and updating of educational resources to support outreach and training efforts. This includes put is not limited to written fact sheets, videos, presentations, and other digital and print resource materials. Web resources, social media platforms, list-serves, and video resources to market and supplement outreach efforts are a crucial responsibility of this position.

Conducting applied forestry related research in collaboration with OSU (SENR and CFAES), other universities, forest industry and Forestry Team members including the USDA Northern Research Station is also a key responsibility of the field specialist. Research conducted should support the Ohio Interagency Forestry Teams efforts and may well concentrate on silviculture, forest ecology, climate adaptation, carbon sequestration or social sciences related to effectively engaging private woodland owners.

Master's degree required, doctoral degree preferred, with at least one degree in Forestry. Experience Working in Extension or education and Forestry required.

Ohio State University Extension is the community-based outreach unit of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. Extension "empowers through education," and we're all about helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses, and better communities.

OSU Extension delivers knowledge from Ohio State to every county in Ohio, and we work with people right where they live to strengthen their own lives and communities. Extension connects with people in all stages of life – from young children to older adults – from families and children to farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials.


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment; and encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

Our college’s Principles of Community affirms our conviction that racism has no place in College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).  We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium


Initial application deadline is November 15, with review of applications continuing until the position is filled.

Complete applications include: 1) a cover letter describing interest in the position, 2) curriculum vitae with names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and emails for three professional references, 3) statement of research interests and goals (2-pg limit), 4) statement of Extension philosophy and goals (2-pg limit), and. 5) a statement of demonstrated efforts in your research, teaching, and/or outreach and engagement that reflect Ohio State’s Shared Values and that might further advance our mission and institutional excellence.


Inquiries about the position are welcomed and may be addressed to the Foresty Field Specialist, Extension Search Committee at


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