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Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecologist (2 positions)
South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota
Date Posted 12/16/2020
Faculty-Agriculture-Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecologist (2 positions)
Posting Number F00621P
Department SDSU-Natural Resource Management
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

South Dakota State University’s Department of Natural Resource Management (NRM) is offering an exciting career opportunity for TWO Assistant Professor positions with expertise in Wildlife Ecology and Management. These are 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track positions with research, teaching, and service responsibilities. The preferred start date is on or before August 2021. Each appointment is 50% research and 50% teaching with acknowledgement of a service component. The candidates will be expected to be active in undergraduate and graduate training programs, and obtain competitive research funding to address research questions in their area of expertise. Candidates for both positions should have a strong quantitative research background in wildlife biology or ecology and we seek one faculty member focused on large mammals and/or big game and another interested in general mammalian biology/ecology research.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

• Contribute to our undergraduate curriculum including courses such as principles of wildlife management, population dynamics, large mammal ecology and management, wildlife nutrition and disease, mammalogy, habitat conservation and management (team taught), natural resource management techniques (multi-person team taught), and develop a graduate only course in area of their respective specialty.
• Periodically teach Seminars and Special Topics and mentor Independent Study students as needed.
• Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
• Establish a nationally recognized research program which attracts extramural research funding, including support for graduate students, and produces publications in national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Participate in University, College, and Department governance and service as well as professional service and outreach activities.

• Completed Ph.D. in wildlife science or closely related discipline by application date.
• Demonstrated record of research and scholarly activities, including a strong quantitative skill set.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal communication skills.
• A valid driver’s license is required.
• Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

• Postdoctoral experience.
• Experience in grant writing and manuscript preparation.
• Experience with up to date methodologies such as geospatial technologies, quantitative methods, spatial analysis, strong statistical skills, and population/conservation genetics.
• Computer and technology skills as they relate to teaching, research, and service.
• Teaching experience.
• Professional service.
• Experience working with diverse groups or cultures.
• Demonstrated collaboration with other scientists in successful grant and manuscript preparation and with natural resource agencies.
• Desired commitment to a highly collegial working environment.

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, and includes a statement of teaching, research, and service interests and philosophies. Additional required attachments include a Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Posting Date 11/16/2020
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/01/2021
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Department of Natural Resource Management is in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs. The Department houses the USGS, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The department trains students through five undergraduate programs: Conservation Planning and Park Management, Ecology and Environmental Science, Natural Resource Law Enforcement, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. There are approximately 350 undergraduates and 50 graduate students within the department. There are currently 17 faculty members in the Department of Natural Resource Management, including 3 USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit scientists, in addition to 4 Extension Field Specialists located throughout the state. Natural Resource Management faculty have secured, on average, $3 million in grants annually. The department also has research support facilities within one mile of campus and at Oak Lake Field Station, approximately 30 minutes away near White, South Dakota.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics compete as an NCAA Division I member with memberships in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

Further inquiries may be directed to the Search Chair, Alexander “Sandy” Smart, at 605-688-5503 or by email: alexander.smart@sdstate.edu.

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