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Assistant University Extension Educator for Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources.
Carbon County, Rawlins, WY. Position #0177. Screening will begin September 22, 2014 and continue until a qualified candidate is identified.
Level and Salary
Assistant UEE - salary level commensurate with education, experience and availability of funds.
Carbon County is located in the south-central portion of Wyoming and is the third largest county in Wyoming. The position will be based in Rawlins, Wyoming. With an area of 7,896 square miles, the county population is 15,638. Rawlins, the county seat, has a population of 8,538. Carbon County's southern boundary is the Wyoming/Colorado border. The county is a study of contrasts – from snow-capped mountains and high plateaus in the south and north, to vast prairie lands in the east and the Red Desert Basin in the west. Elevations range from 5,000 feet in the Red Desert to 12,006 feet in the Snowy Range. Parts of the Medicine Bow National Forest, located in Carbon County, offer a wide variety of year-around activities including camping, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Nature and Purpose
This position provides educational outreach on the general topics of rangeland ecology, management and monitoring. Training and/or experience in public land management issues and policies; livestock grazing management; wildlife habitat management and assessment; management of invasive species; and rangeland monitoring/assessment will be important credentials.
Responsibilities and Essential Duties
The individual in this position will serve as a representative of the University of Wyoming (UW) and foster a productive relationship with elected officials and other stakeholders in southeastern Wyoming. Primary duties include but are not limited to: 1) implementing an appropriate strategy to assess educational needs of clientele in the program area of Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources (SMRR), 2) design, deliver and evaluate comprehensive educational programs on the SMRR in a five-county area (Carbon, Albany, Laramie, Platte, and Goshen Counties), 3) coordinate and/or implement an applied research program to support educational programs, 4) participate in the SMRR Initiative Team and Southeast Area Extension Team to facilitate relevant and effective educational programming in all Extension program areas, 5) contribute to 4-H/Youth Development programs and 6) support the general Extension operations in Carbon County which includes community horticulture and Master Gardener programs.
Qualifications – Required
* A master's degree from an accredited college or university. One degree must have been awarded in range management, natural resources or cognate field related to the management of rangeland resources.
* Excellence in ability to communicate verbally and in writing demonstrated by formal training, experience, and application material.
*Ability to work with limited supervision and demonstrated success in collaborative projects.
*A valid driver's license and serviceable vehicle.
* A commitment to travel and work in remote areas and rural counties in southeast Wyoming.
*Overnight travel, evening and weekend work is required.
Qualifications – Preferred
* Training and/or expertise in the management of intermountain rangelands and the design of sustainable livestock grazing strategies.
* Experience in developing and implementing rangeland monitoring strategies to assess ecological condition, management influences and wildlife habitat attributes.
* Knowledge of the ecology and composition of rangeland plant communities in southeast Wyoming.
*Knowledge of Cooperative Extension and the land-grant university system.
*Knowledge of and appreciation for rural and agricultural communities.
*Prior Extension experience.
Approximate Time Distribution
Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources (SMRR) Educational Programming 85%
Support of 4-H Youth Development programs 15%
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.
Application Materials Required:
* A detailed letter of application which specifically addresses your qualifications relative to the responsibilities and essential duties of the position.
*Current resume or curriculum vitae.
* Copies of all college transcripts; official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring.
* Four (4) letters of reference from individuals who can address your professional qualifications.
*A completed University of Wyoming application.
* A brief (one page) narrative presenting your perspective on how to most effectively develop, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive educational program addressing the SMRR in a five-county area in southeast Wyoming.
Contact for Application Information/Send Completed Application Packet To:
University of Wyoming Extension
1000 E. University Ave., Dept 3354
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3566
Fax: (307) 766-3998