Assistant Professor of Natural Resources & Environment

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources & Environment

  • 527383
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Faculty Full-time
  • On Campus
  • UNAC Grade 30
  • UAF College of Nat Science & Math

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Department of Natural Resources & Environment seeks innovative candidates for a 9-month tenure track faculty position (approximately 70% teaching, 20% research, and 10% service) at the Assistant Professor level. This is a joint appointment with the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (75%) and the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE) (25%). The successful candidate will have the option to extend the position to 12 months through external funding. Possible areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: environmental policy and/or law, sustainability science, forest sciences or ecology and human dimensions of natural resources.

This position is expected to teach approximately 4 courses per year which may include, but are not limited to: Introduction to Sustainability Science (NRM 111), Environmental Ethics and Action, (NRM 303), Environmental Laws (NRM 407), and Resource Management Planning (NRM 430). You will also have the ability to develop other courses pertaining to your specialty and the university's interest and needs. You will be responsible for advising and mentoring students (undergrad and graduate), obtaining internal and external research funding, and providing service to our clients and community.

UAF offers undergraduate (BS in Natural Resources and Environment) and graduate programs (MS in NRE, MS in Earth System Science, Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability, and Ph.D. in Earth System Science).
Our programs integrate knowledge in natural science, policy, economics and human values to advance the sustainable management of natural resources and agricultural systems. Students learn through classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences, internships and independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Caring for the Earth's resources makes for interesting study and rewarding careers.
Our courses and curriculum were developed in cooperation with groups and agencies that work professionally with resources management in Alaska. These agencies, including the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, contribute significantly by providing guest lecturers, internships and research opportunities for students.

We are a part of building the trail to a sustainable future.

To thrive in this role candidates need to have a record of excellence in teaching (including as a teaching assistant), experience or potential and interest in mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students. The applicants also need to demonstrate research competence in a relevant field of study including but not limited to: decision making, environmental policy and law, sustainability, forest sciences or ecology, and the human dimension of natural resources. To contribute to the diversity and inclusion goals of the University, experience or demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population is required. In addition, the applicants need to demonstrate a record of research publications and presentations, and history of active participation in collaborative research, awareness of and ability to incorporate innovative and up-to-date technology in research and teaching.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or terminal degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field.

Position Details:

This position is located on the Troth Yedda campus in Fairbanks, AK. This is a full-time, 9-month base appointment, FLSA non-exempt faculty position complete with a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, paid holidays, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be offered a competitive salary based on education and experience.

This position is open until filled however a 1st review of application will occur on January 16, 2024. To ensure consideration, make sure all required documents listed below are submitted prior to 11:59 pm AKST, January 15, 2024.

Required documentation:
-Cover Letter
-Curriculum Vitae
-Statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
-Statement of research interests (1 page)
-Statement of commitment to and/or experience with improving diversity, equity and inclusion in science and education (1-2 pages)

-Please make sure the 3 references listed on the application are professional, work related.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


There are places in this world where you are destined to discover who you truly are. Here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as wisdom passes from one generation to the next, revolutionary ideas are thriving and a new academic culture is taking shape. Smarter questions. Better answers.


The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. UAF integrates teaching, research, and public service as it educates students for active citizenship and prepares them for lifelong learning and careers.

Researchers associated with IANRE focus on creating knowledge and solving problems in agriculture, natural resources and the forest sciences. The Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES) of IANRE administers the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, the Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center and the Delta Junction field research site. The Georgeson Botanical Garden is at the Fairbanks farm. The University of Alaska campus is located in the vicinity of LTER and NEON sites. State and federal agencies, private industry, and the university sponsor and fund AFES research.

With seven campuses across the state, we are home to more than 8,500 students from all over the world — each in pursuit of something extraordinary. Whether you're looking for a greater sense of purpose or a true sense of belonging, the UAF community lives authentically, believing that life is what you make of it, that knowledge is indeed power, and that a natural curiosity about the world around you will always be your best GPS.

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sheri Hall, CNSM HR Manager, at sahall5@alaska.edu or (907) 474-6714.

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