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Oregon State University
Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Program
Various locations
Posted: 09/14/2023
Extension Forester

Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement, Forestry and Natural Resources Program invites applications for three (3) Extension Forester positions. These are 12-month, full-time, fixed-term, county-based Assistant Professor of Practice positions. Minimum starting salary is $57,000 per year. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

These full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term county-based Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Forester positions will have the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Practice and will have an academic home either in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management or the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society within the College of Forestry at OSU. The academic home must be designated within one year of the start date. Reappointment will be at the discretion of the Extension Forestry & Natural Resources Program Leader and the Regional Director of the assigned region.

These positions will serve the following locations:

  • Columbia/Washington/Yamhill
  • Deschutes/Crook/Jefferson/Warm Springs
  • Jackson/Josephine

The Extension Forester will be part of the Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension team that provides non-formal education on forestry and natural resource issues to a wide range of audiences. “Non-formal” refers to off-campus, non-credit learning opportunities such as workshops, field trips, property tours, and demonstrations, as well as indoor presentations, narrative communications such as blog posts and other social media, videos, and articles. Educational audiences and partners may include adults who are private woodland owners, homeowners in the wildland-urban interface, professional natural resource managers such as foresters and forest workers, collaborative conservation groups and watershed councils, Tribes, policymakers, economic development officials, and teachers. Extension foresters also commonly engage a broad spectrum of youth through teacher professional development or directly through outdoor schools, camps, and other youth events. Educational topics could include sustaining forest health, wildlife habitats, and forest productivity through subjects such as forest ecology, silviculture, wildfire preparedness, reforestation, forest restoration, water resources, climate change, bioenergy, and collaborative conservation and recreation.

The Extension Forester will address clientele’s needs using their own skills and knowledge along with those of local partners and the collective resources of the FNR team. These positions will work independently and also collaboratively with FNR colleagues to address both local and statewide needs. The Extension Forester will use modern learning tools including online and hybrid classes, to help Extension build a culture of engaged scholarship where we seek active partnerships between the university and community and promote integration of programs across disciplines. We rely on active and effective communication with colleagues, staff, partner organizations, and stakeholders. The position will require travel.

About the division:

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.

Commitment to inclusive excellence:

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, faculty members will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

OSU Moving Forward Together


Position Duties

This faculty member embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed while fostering a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.

80% – Extension Programming

10% – Applied Research and Scholarly Outcomes

5% – Extension Program Development and Management

5% – Service

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with at least one degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field (e.g., watershed management, entomology, wildlife). Master’s degree must be completed by the start date.
  • Demonstrated experience in forestry, woodland management, or related natural resources science or management.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching and facilitating learning and discussion in non-formal (non-credit learning opportunities such as presentations, workshops, field trips, property tours, demonstrations) or formal (for credit) settings.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to manage competing time demands.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team to work towards shared goals and objectives.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred/Special Qualifications

  • Experience working in collaborative settings to achieve common goals.
  • Experience working with private woodland owners.
  • Experience working with individuals from historically marginalized populations.
  • Ability to accommodate multiple perspectives and learning needs in educational design and delivery.
  • Ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences with bi-lingual/bi-literate abilities and/or bicultural experience.
  • Ability to learn and use multiple forms of electronic communication, including websites, collaborative work platforms, and social media.
  • Ability to secure external funding in support of program activities (such as educational or research programs).
  • Ability to provide leadership to teams and individuals that could include volunteers, supervisees, and students.

Working Conditions/Work Schedule

  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends, possibly with limited overnight travel.
  • Ability to work outside in inclement weather and in uneven or rough terrain, according to program needs.
  • Travel is required to provide Extension educational programming and services throughout assigned counties.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


  • Top 1.4% university in the world
  • More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
  • 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
  • 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
  • 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
  • 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
  • 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
  • 217k+ alumni worldwide
  • For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
  • Retirement savings paid by the university.
  • A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
  • Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/143484. Apply to posting P07300UF. For full consideration, apply by 10/9/23. Closes 10/16/23. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.