The University of Vermont is hiring an Extension Forestry Coordinator. UVM Extension is committed to providing forestry outreach and Extension services that are supported by strong scientific research to promote protection and restoration of forests. For this position, the Coordinator will have particular focus initially on riparian forest restoration to help meet water quality, wildlife habitat, economic, and quality of life goals within the Lake Champlain basin. This position will oversee and provide leadership to implement the recently-established Watershed Forestry Partnership. Initial goals of this Partnership are to: 1) convene key partners and stakeholders to facilitate exchange of best practices, identify barriers to riparian forest restoration, and identify, prioritize, and begin to address critical questions surrounding forested buffers and other sustainable forest practices; 2) broaden stakeholder understanding of benefits of riparian forests; 3) promote restoration of riparian forests and implementation of sustainable forest management in priority watersheds; and 4) work with Partnership members to encourage broad adoption and participation in forest restoration incentive programs, as well as other forest stewardship opportunities in the state.
Applicants should have the following or equivalent:
Master’s degree in forestry or closely related field and two to four years forestry-related experience;
Experience developing and implementing forest outreach programs;
Knowledge and experience implementing forest-related research;
Experience seeking, applying for, and reporting on competitive grants;
Experience engaging multiple stakeholders and viewpoints;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with diverse constituencies;
Knowledge and familiarity in using various web-based tools and programs, and the Microsoft program suite, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Supervisory experience (preferable);
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Ability to work independently and be innovative in solving problems; and
Ability to provide own transportation to and from various work sites and locations.
The position is a 100% term staff position at the University of Vermont for 2 years. The position will be renewable contingent upon funding availability.