Position Number: 103582
Functional Title: Agent
Category Status: 02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: AGNR-UME-Field Operations
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship
institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from
Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and
judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology
leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities,
embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is
simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students
abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding
areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and
diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our
three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community,
the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check.
Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify
you from employment.
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and
staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that
commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that
students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are
required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new
employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University's
vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the
start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location.
Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the
vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption
prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of
vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will
result in the offer of employment being rescinded.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position is located at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center
in Keedysville, MD.
The Forest Management Specialist serves statewide and provides leadership for
educational program development, delivery, and evaluation on a variety of
forestry and natural resources topics for stakeholders such as woodland
owners, professional natural resource managers, policymakers, conservation
groups, and others. Topics may include but aren't limited to forest and timber
management, small acreage forest management alternatives, forest taxation,
reforestation, sustainable forestry practices, invasive species, forest water
quality and quantity issues, collaborative natural resource management, forest
restoration, and biomass and bioenergy. The Specialist will facilitate
partnerships with university colleagues, local, state and federal agencies,
elected officials, environmental consultants, professional groups, and
landowners and environmental groups to develop educational products and
programs concerning forestry management practices, resources, and
The Specialist will be part of College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
(AGNR) and University of Maryland Extension (UME), and work closely with
the Environment and Natural Resource team, as well as provide leadership for
forest management related programs within the Environmental and Natural
Resource Programming Area, one of four UME strategic programming areas. It is
the responsibility of the Specialist to be self-motivated and work
intentionally and collaboratively with partners to increase the visibility and
reach of Extension Forestry programs that are specifically designed to meet
the needs of diverse audiences. The Specialist will work with campus and other
agency researchers to interpret and disseminate the latest findings using a
variety of delivery and communication strategies appropriate for the intended
target audience, including but not limited to workshops, classes,
demonstration projects, webcasts, social media, publications, mass media and
community coalitions. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and
promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure
guidelines within a timeframe defined.
The Specialist will report to the Assistant Director and Program Leader of the
Environmental and Natural Resource Program.
Bachelor of Science in forestry or forest management from an SAF
Master's degree in forestry or closely related field.
Possess the credentials which allow for faculty member's application to
become a MD licensed forester.
This position requires applied knowledge in silviculture, forest
stewardship planning and practices, land use planning, forest tax issues,
and natural resource management
Minimum of 5 years of work experience in forest management discipline.
Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings.
Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect
capacity through Extension program model.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including effective
use of electronic and printed media.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to
manage competing time demands.
Self-motivated person willing to set objectives, seek opportunities, and
Demonstrated ability to lead groups.
Knowledge of the Land Grant Mission and the role of Extension in Maryland.
Demonstrated ability to use common computer software including proficiency
with information technology.
Personal transportation and valid driver's license. Must be willing to
Flexible work schedule for delivering evening and weekend educational
programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.
This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check and University
of Maryland Background check. Employment is contingent upon successful
completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Demonstrated experience in Extension, outreach or service related to
Demonstrated ability in garnering grants and private funding to enhance
research and outreach programming.
Evidence of scholarship in applied research, Extension and/or outreach.
Experience working with diverse audiences at all socioeconomic levels and
Develop a robust outreach program with emphasis on traditional and small
Manage existing extension forestry programs such as: Branching Out Forest
Stewardship Newsletter, Woods In Your Backyard, and Maryland Woodland
Conduct surveys as needed to determine needs of clientele.
Collaborate with the U.S. Forest Service and Maryland Forest Service on
shared forest management objectives and priorities.
Collaborate with a network of forestry professionals, nonprofits and other
organizations to expand and implement Extension programs.
Contribute to related and relevant Maryland's Extension Environmental &
Natural Resource Programs, such as Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and
Develop and disseminate educational resources, such as fact sheets,
bulletins, newsletters, web-based resources, videos, and mass and social
media as appropriate for diverse audiences.
Contribute where appropriate to discussions and programs related to
ecosystem services opportunities (carbon markets for example).
Providing support statewide to County Extension Faculty and state forestry
Procure extramural funding sources to support Extension and applied
Design and conduct applied research projects as necessary and within
reason to address forest management issues.
Collaborate with diverse science disciplines and stakeholder groups and
work closely with federal and state agencies to support long-term
Salary & Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience: Master's Base starting at:
$56,706, PhD's Base starting at: $67,725; The University of Maryland offers an
extensive benefits package. For more information regarding employee benefits
visit: https: // uhr.umd.edu/benefits/
All candidates must apply online at https: // ejobs.umd.edu A complete
application packet includes a cover letter, resume or CV, copies of
transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing
address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Posting Date: 04/25/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 05/31/2022
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
This position frequently presents information through vocal and written
communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and
A routine part of this position's responsibilities would be to transport
materials to and from teaching/event locations, including loading and
unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items
weighing up to 30 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of displays, tables, and
chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
Team driven, office environment of professional character, competence, and
collaboration. Deadline driven in terms of program planning and reporting.
This position requires the employee to work outdoors at programs and
events. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer
data and presentations.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and
regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is
committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity
or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political
affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the
First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and
activities, and admissions.
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