About the Department

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (www.cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/) has 61 full time teaching and research faculty with a wide variety of strengths in forest management, forest genetics and biotechnology, natural resource policy and economics, forest watershed and wetlands, wildlife ecology and conservation, environmental science and management, public science,  and geospatial analytics.

The Department offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, and currently has approximately 750 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. The Department fosters ongoing efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented students including those who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, first generation, and women in STEM. Faculty in the Department work together to identify opportunities to decolonize curricula, employ inclusive pedagogies, and incorporate Environmental Justice issues in course content.

Active research programs within the Department generate about $6 million annually in extramural funds. The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources hosts four forest industry cooperatives and consortiums. North Carolina State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant universities with a total enrollment of approximately 34,000 students.

The university is located in the capital city of Raleigh (http://www.webs4you.com/raleigh/ and http://triangle.citysearch.com/). Additional information about the department and university can be found at www.cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/ and www.ncsu.edu.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University invites applicants for a 9-month, faculty position in Conservation Biology. Preference is for associate professor, however, other ranks will be considered. The appointment is 45% research, 45% teaching, and 10% service. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with a focus on applied wildlife conservation and global environmental change (e.g., climate change, land use change, urbanization, disease ecology).  Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in reptile and amphibian ecology and conservation. The Distinguished Scholar will mentor undergraduate students supported by the Ecology Wildlife Foundation Scholarship and graduate students supported by the Ecology Wildlife Foundation Fellowship for their degrees in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. It is the intention of the dean to nominate the finalist for award of the professorship of distinction as The Ecology Wildlife Foundation Distinguished Scholar for Conservation Biology.

The Scholar will teach two courses per year, including one course in applied herpetology and one conservation biology course. The latter could address the need for either a course introducing conservation biology to students from multiple majors or an advanced conservation biology course focused in the Scholar’s area of expertise (e.g., climate change and wildlife conservation, or wildlife disease ecology). These may be undergraduate, or combined upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. The Scholar will mentor undergraduate students, including undergraduate research, and will raise extramural funding for and mentor graduate students. The Scholar is expected to help promote diversity, equity and inclusion, by recruiting and supporting undergraduate and graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

The Scholar is expected to develop an internationally recognized, externally-funded research program in conservation biology. The candidate is strongly encouraged to collaborate with other faculty in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and other scientists at North Carolina State University, the southeastern US, and globally.

The candidate is expected to serve on academic committees (e.g. departmental, college, and university), and participate in professional society activities.
Other Responsibilities
Perform other related duties as assigned by the department head.
Minimum Education and Experience
  • The Scholar must have a doctorate degree, with at least one of their academic degrees in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, or a closely aligned program, with a strong and clear emphasis on wildlife conservation
Other Required Qualifications
  • A national or international reputation in their chosen field.
  • A proven track record of high-impact publications.
  • Demonstrated experience or potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to teach, mentor, and interact with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Strong pedagogical skills and demonstrated ability in teaching and mentoring of diverse student populations.
  • Desire to collaborate in teaching, research and service missions of NC State University.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in wetland ecosystems and with amphibians or reptiles.