Director of Extension, California Sea Grant

The California Sea Grant College Program is seeking to expand its extension program.

The Extension Director will work at a program-wide level to develop new and maintain ongoing partnerships and collaborative opportunities for the CASG extension program within the state of California and nationally. CASG currently employs a network of eight full-time Extension Specialists distributed throughout California who work individually and as part of a team. CASG Extension Specialists develop their own programs of integrated outreach, education and research, based on their expertise and the needs of the communities that they serve. They then apply that expertise and/or collaborate with other experts to address coastal and marine issues. Rather than conducting his/her own outreach and research, the Director of Extension will support and grow the capabilities of the extension program.

The new, full-time position of Director of Extension, will be based in La Jolla, California at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Click here for more information

12-month position with tenure accruing in the SFRC and joint appointments in the Program for Resources Efficient Communities and Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. The assigned responsibilities will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This is one of four advertised positions in a multidisciplinary cohort that will work together and with other scientists to address issues related to environmentally resilient, resource efficient land use and community planning. In research, the faculty member will develop active, successful, nationally recognized and externally funded programs in the use of geospatial sciences to enhance community resilience and urban natural resource conservation. In extension, the emphasis will be on collaborating with land development, community management and natural resource professionals in both the public and private sectors to quantify impacts associated with specific land use patterns, land management plans and mixed-use community proposals. The faculty member will teach one class per year. A doctorate in Urban Regional Planning; Geography; Forest Resources; Geomatics; Engineering; or other discipline is required. Skills and experience directly related to geospatial analytics are essential and their applications in land, community and/or natural resource development, sustainability and/or resilience are highly desirable. For questions about the position, contact Dr Michael Andreu, To apply go online to

The University of Florida is an equal employment opportunity employer.

The University of Utah has created a new, interdisciplinary faculty cluster focusing on Society, Water, and Climate (SWC). This transformative cluster connects research on ecology, hydrology, air quality, climate change, societal response, and policy, melding multiple scientific perspectives to lead society towards sustainable solutions in a changing world. This interdisciplinary cluster is focused on enhancing the University of Utah’s core commitment to sustainability, and complementing ongoing, related research across departments, colleges, and centers on campus. The University of Utah has hired an ecohydrologist, air quality scientist and a glaciologist as part of the first round of funding. A full description of the SWC team can be found at

As part of this cluster initiative, we are seeking Social or Behavioral Scientist applicants for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the advanced Assistant or Associate rank to begin in July 2016.

Candidates should have an excellent and sustained record of research, a demonstrated ability to generate extramural funding, and extensive experience in working with diverse researchers from across the disciplinary spectrum on projects that link the natural and social sciences in the areas of climate and/or water.

The successful candidate must examine the human dimensions of environmental change, as they relate to water and climate change.

Research should address at least one of the following areas:

sustainability, policy, governance, institutions, communications, planning, behavior change, conservation, cultural adaptation, human behavior, conflict, energy, food security, land use, decision-making under conditions of scarcity, effects of the natural environment on healthy human development, environmental influences on human cognition, behavior, and health, or experiences that promote engagement with the environment and environmental issues. Research should include theoretically-grounded quantitative approaches. Possible home departments for the hire include: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The successful candidate may also have an affiliation with the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015, with position open until filled.

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SUSPLACE is a Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission that will kick-off October 1, 2015. SUSPLACE aims to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to study sustainable place-shaping practices. These 15 ESR positions at six universities are now open for application till October 1, 2015. Click here and here for more information.

The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University ( is seeking an assistant professor of Rural Sociology to begin Fall 2016. An earned doctoral degree is required in rural sociology, sociology, or equivalent. This position is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position intended to build capacity in our school’s social science expertise and interdisciplinary work in the areas of development sociology, community sociology, and environmental and natural resource sociology. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: processes of social change (domestic or international), inequality, food and agriculture, political economy/ecology, rural communities, including resilience and/or adaptation to climate change and other environmental and natural resource challenges. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, contribute to research goals of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, secure extramural funding, publish in refereed journals and other venues, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. Preferred qualifications include program, teaching, and research experience; experience working in interdisciplinary teams; and experience mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups. To see the full position description and for instructions for submitting an application, go to

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. The university, the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources are committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, and we encourage all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), University of Saskatchewan, invites applications from outstanding scholars for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in Human Dimensions of Sustainability. The appointment is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2016.

The successful candidate will have established him/herself as an upcoming leader in problem-oriented, interdisciplinary research in one or more of SENS’ research focal areas: 1) Sustaining Ecosystems; 2) Sustaining Communities; and/or 3) Water Security. We are looking for a dynamic candidate who has a self-funded, innovative and successful research program, engages in creative teaching excellence at the graduate level, and will complement the expertise of the SENS faculty. The successful candidate will join a highly-engaged interdisciplinary faculty working across engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, and physical sciences.

SENS is a premier site internationally for practicing problem-oriented and socially relevant interdisciplinary research. Our faculty are community-engaged scholars working in a variety of research areas, including water security, policy, governance, food security, environmental health, and Indigenous issues. Our school embraces an interdisciplinary teaching and learning model, and emphasizes hands-on experiential learning and team-teaching. (click here fir more information)

The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track social scientist at the associate professor or professor level. The position will be located at the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The position is research and classroom teaching or extension education with a focus on coupling social and natural science to ensure sustainable water resources that improve agroecosystems in parallel to improving resilience to climate change. Ideal candidates will have experience leading/working in interdisciplinary research teams. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s research on resilient and sustainable food security. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to model complex interactions as community systems that function at watershed or regional scales. A range of theoretical approaches and specific areas of research interest may be suitable for this position and candidates may emphasize community, organizational, or governmental-level decisions related to water resource management and related social and ecological services. This can include social relations pertaining to point and non-point source pollution, nutrient flows, and land use. Candidates who have a history of both outstanding disciplinary expertise and collaborative and interdisciplinary team research leadership, especially in programs focused on resilience and sustainability issues in food systems, are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is filling a tenure-track faculty position in Rural Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor with a 40% teaching and 60% research appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program that draws on her/his expertise in rural communities and livelihoods, including in one or more of the specific areas of community resilience, community sustainability, community development and community entrepreneurship, including farm and other businesses and livelihoods. The candidate will also be expected to teach 3 courses per year in undergraduate or graduate programs.
Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, demography, community development, or related field preferred. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing research, being competitive for external research funding, excellence in research methods, teaching effectiveness and strong interest and skills to mentor and advise graduate students, and interest in and ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, integrated health solutions, human and community connections, and citizens’ socioeconomic well-being. An ability to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students is required.
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with background and experience.  An attractive benefits package is available.
Visit to apply. Applications received by September 1, 2015 will receive full consideration, though review will continue until the position is filled.   Candidates will need to provide curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, statements of teaching and research experiences and interests, up to three relevant publications, and a list of references. Position will begin January 2016 or as negotiated.
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

The University of California – California Naturalist Program seeks an excellent natural resources/environmental educator to work as our Academic Coordinator (AC II).

This Davis-based, full time, career position will coordinate and provide leadership to our Statewide Program, which seeks to foster the development of a diverse network of naturalists who provide stewardship for and education about California’s natural systems, and engage in and help promote citizen science. UC California Naturalist develops capacity with our partner organizations to train these individuals.

You can find out more about California Naturalist at

The job description and application instructions can be found at

Closing Date: July 10, 2015

A 3-year PhD assistantship at SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is being offered in the areas of environmental governance and social and livelihood dimensions of land use change in Latin America as part of two large interdisciplinary projects.  These NSF funded projects are focused on: 1) socio-ecological impacts from bioenergy development across the Americas; and 2) coupled socio-ecohydrological systems in Mexico. The selected PhD student will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Brazil and Argentina for the bioenergy project, and in Southern Mexico’s cloud forest for the project focused on payments for hydrologic services. For both projects, the PhD student will work will participate in qualitative interview collection and analysis, and quantitative household survey collection and analysis. He/she will function as part of an international team of students and scientists and it is expected that his/her dissertation will be related to these projects.

Desired attributes include a passion for social science research, excitement about international field research, a strong interest in interdisciplinary science teamwork, background in social or environmental science, and Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills. Preference will be given to students already holding a master’s degree in a relevant field. To apply for this position, please send your CV and a 1-page letter describing your qualifications to Dr. Theresa Selfa at .   Please put “PhD Assistantship” in the subject line. The PhD assistantship at SUNY-ESF includes a stipend, tuition, and most fees for a 3 full years. The selected student will complete their PhD in the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Program at SUNY, an interdepartmental program that combines social and biophysical science training. The start date for the position is as early as Winter (January) 2015, or in Fall 2015. Questions are welcome – contact Theresa at