Overview

The University of Nevada, Reno Extension is recruiting an Extension Educator for its White Pine County, Nevada location. This full-time, 12-month position will be filled at the rank of Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) OR Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). This position is located in Ely, NV.

The person in this position will join a diverse team of Extension Faculty members including other county Extension Educators and Extension Specialists.  Extension Educators in the counties closest to and surrounding White Pine County address youth development, human development, prevention of domestic violence, organizational strategic planning, health and wellness, community development, educational technology, rangeland ecology and management, sustainable livestock grazing management, soil health/development, crop production with limited water and animal science.  The Extension system at UNR also includes numerous specialists who collectively cover a broad range of subject areas.

The primary role of this position is to establish community-based educational programming focused on identified local needs with an emphasis in natural resources. Nevada is the nation’s most arid state and is dominated by public land administered by the Federal Government. The preferred candidates will have a strong natural resources background focused on arid land ecology and management (e.g., range management, wildlife management, ecohydrology, fire ecology and management, etc.), with knowledge of public land management issues and policy. White Pine County, like much of Nevada, is an exciting place for Extension Educators and Specialists to address natural resource topics on both public and private lands. In addition to the natural resources focus, the successful candidate will coordinate local community educational programming in children, youth and families, health and nutrition, community development and horticulture through collaboration with other Extension colleagues and programs. The individual in this position will assess community needs, develop and implement relevant educational programming, and document program outcomes and impacts.  Additional roles and responsibilities include: 1) securing resources (grants, gifts, budget enhancements) as needed; 2) providing oversight and management of the White Pine County Extension Office and staff, which includes serving as a liaison between the University and White Pine County; and 3) dealing with all internal and external audiences demonstrating the highest level of professionalism to ensure proactive communication. This position requires a commitment to work effectively with diverse cultural and community interests, and to develop and maintain solid working relationships.

White Pine County Profile

White Pine County is located in east-central Nevada and is often described as a largely rural, mountainous county. The county has an area of approximately 8,900 square miles and is approximately 90-100 mi north to south and 90-100 mi east to west. The economy of White Pine County is driven by natural resources (mining, agriculture and tourism), government jobs, professional and business services. White Pine County boasts many attractions, including Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, Cave Lake State Park, Great Basin National Park which is home to Wheeler Peak, the second tallest mountain in Nevada, the Lehman Cave System and many others.  The city of Ely is the county seat and describes itself as a remote mountain community where history, art and outdoor adventure run deep. Ely is home to an 11-block art walk with over 20 murals and sculptures depicting the town’s history and cultural diversity, and multiple museums including the Renaissance Village and the East Ely Train Depot.

Lecturer Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno reserves the right to hire at any level of Lecturer (I-IV) or Teaching Assistant/Associate/Professor (terminal degree candidates) that is appropriate for the hire.  If you have questions about title, please contact the search committee chair.

Required Qualifications

Lecturer II (non-tenure track) – A Master’s degree, with either the BS or MS degree being in range management, wildlife management, ecohydrology, fire ecology and management, or a similar program.
Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) – A Ph.D. in a field that supports the position’s focus in Natural Resource management, with at least one degree in range management, wildlife management, ecohydrology, fire ecology and management, or a similar program.
Assistant Professor (tenure track) – A Ph.D. in a field that supports the position’s focus in Natural Resources management, with at least one degree in range management, wildlife management, ecohydrology, fire ecology and management, or a similar program.

**For applicants with a Ph.D., the determination of tenure track or non-tenure track is at the hiring manager’s discretion after discussing this with the applicant.

Perform manual labor, lift heavy objects greater than 20 pounds and work in inclement weather.

Work independently/alone including in remote rural and field locations and interact collegially with program teams, committees and community groups.

A valid driver’s license or higher operator’s license is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment

Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) including proficiency with the English language

Schedule or travel requirements

Work a flexible schedule, with periodic evening and weekend work.

Periodically travel throughout the state to assist with multi-county or statewide efforts related to subject matter expertise and attend area and state-wide Extension meetings.

Attend regional, national or international conferences that provide both continuing education and scholarship opportunities within one’s education and research/scholarship program.

About University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s historic land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 20,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

The University’s main campus is located in Reno, Nevada, immediately adjacent a vibrant and growing downtown region, and has a satellite campus in south Reno. Currently underway is the acquisition of a 20 acres residential campus at Lake Tahoe which will complement the University’s presence in each of Nevada’s 17 counties. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which includes two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great Basin, the University’s verdant, 290-acre main campus is a 45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students’ cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education, according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018). The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.