Extension Instructor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

To be determined based on rank 

Department Profile:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture has ~30 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. The Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts is housed within the Department and conducts research, extension, and education programs in invasive and exotic species, damage mitigation, and other aspects of human-wildlife conflict resolution. The National Training Academy is a part of the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts. For additional information see, and

Area of Specialization:

Professional development, human-wildlife conflicts

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
1. All aspects of organizing, developing, and conducting training programs for the new and existing employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to meet specific, prioritized training needs.
2. Rigorous and ongoing assessment of training needs and identification of gaps in skills and competencies related to the profession of wildlife damage management and human-wildlife conflicts.
3. Collaborating between MSU and the employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to identify subject matter experts and instructional design of courses.
4. Development of peer-reviewed course curriculum for all training activities.
5. Facilitating learning through a variety of delivery methods including but not limited to classroom instruction, field application, virtual training, and on the job training using recognized training techniques and tools.
6. Planning and leading meetings, workshops, and presentations necessary for training completion including presenting to large groups of people in regional or national arenas.
7. The design and application of assessment tools to measure training effectiveness and track/report training outcomes, and providing ongoing feedback to program participants and NTA directorship.
8. Coordinating logistics for on and off-site training activities including venues and equipment, and manage and maintain in-house training facilities and equipment.
9. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in wildlife, education, natural resources, or training-related field. Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and implementation, curriculum development, and modern training methods/techniques. Proven ability to complete full training cycle (needs assessment, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate). Adequate knowledge of learning management systems and web delivery tools. Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate should have advanced organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments, proficiency in MS Office, and familiarity with web-based training. Valid state driver's license required.

Salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background and experience. Position includes frequent overnight trips to various training locations. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in wildlife-related or natural resources field with an emphasis on professional development and training. Advanced knowledge of traditional and modern training methods and techniques, curriculum development, program evaluation, and learning management systems. Ability to successfully coordinate multiple training events in a professional environment. Abilities to independently research, plan, develop, and coordinate training activities. Demonstrated abilities to partner with internal and external stakeholders regarding employee training needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Advanced abilities in planning and organizing events, facilitation skills, and training coordination. Excellent communication skills with an emphasis on presenting, reporting, evaluating, and monitoring. Knowledge of data collection and analysis.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Ability to multi-task and perform routine office work as well as field work in a variety of landscapes and conditions. Up to 50% travel required.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding. 

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must be completed on line and cover letter, resume, and transcripts uploaded.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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