Extension Specialist Forest Operations and Products Manufacturing

Hiring Organization: University of Idaho
Employment type: Full-Time
Application Due Date: July 12, 2024

The University of Idaho Extension Forestry and the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

seeks applicants for a 12-month, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist -

Forest Operations and Products Manufacturing. The position has the following responsibilities: 70%

outreach and extension; 20% scholarship and creative activities; 5% teaching and advising; and 5%

university service and leadership.

The position will provide statewide leadership on the sustainable use of wood products from the forest to

the consumer, with an emphasis on developing and delivering statewide programming related to logging

systems, transportation and logistics, wood products manufacturing linkages, and related topics across

the forest supply chain in Idaho. The extension specialist is expected to develop an externally funded,

nationally recognized research and extension program supporting the forest and wood products industry.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, estimating values of forest products (including

timber), equipment operations and productivity, site impacts and safety characteristics of logging

systems, transportation systems and logistics, related business operations and financing, and wood

products manufacturing linkages.

Programs will be delivered through classes, workshops, demonstrations, research projects, volunteer

training sessions, and other methods as appropriate. Instruction will include participation in Idaho’s

Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program. The extension specialist will promote

University of Idaho Extension programs with stakeholders, elected officials and other community partners

through newsletters, websites, press releases, radio/television, and social media. When appropriate for

meeting broader Extension objectives, the extension specialist may assist with Future Farmers of America

(FFA) and other technical programming related to the forest supply chain, including harvesting and

transportation systems and forest products manufacturing.

It is also anticipated that the candidates applied research and extension activities will support the A.S.,

Forest Operations and Technology and B.S., Forestry degrees housed in the Department of Forest,

Rangeland and Fire Sciences. Information on the Department can be found at:


Required Qualifications

• An earned PhD in forestry or related discipline from an accredited institution.

• Experience conducting research in Forest Operations and/or Products.

• Experience communicating verbally, in writing, and listening with public speaking/presentation


• Experience publishing peer-reviewed journal articles.

• Experience interacting with students and public through course instruction, problem solving,

communication, relationship building and leadership development.

• Experience working on projects both independently and in a team setting.

• Experience demonstrating a commitment to working with underrepresented audiences and


Preferred Qualifications

• At least two years of experience delivering extension programming or coursework related to

Forest Operations and/or Forest Products Manufacturing.

• At least two years of experience conducting research related to Forest Operations and/or Forest

Products Manufacturing.

• Familiarity with Idaho’s Best Management Practices for Forestry.

• Experience developing, delivering, and managing social media content.

• Experience working directly with logging contractors to evaluate and communicate topics of

interest related to current and emerging logging systems.

• Demonstrated ability to design innovative and effective educational programs in response to local


• Experience evaluating needs of local stakeholders through surveys, needs assessments, or

similar methodologies.

• Experience and success with grant proposal development and implementation.

• Ability to provide effective leadership.

• Experience leading, mentoring, and coaching others.

This position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applicants who have submitted their materials by

July 11, 2024.

To apply, please visit: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/44738

For more information, please reach out to Dr. Randy Brooks, Search Committee Chair