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Assistant/Associate Agent; Forestry - Central Arizona (Payson, AZ)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant/Associate Agent; Forestry - Central Arizona (Payson, AZ)
Department Gila County Office (1534)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location County Extensions and Farms
Position Summary

This continuing-eligible Assistant/Associate area Agent position, is located in Payson, Arizona, with programmatic duties in Gila, Navajo, and Yavapai Counties. This position serves the multi-county region providing leadership for Extension programs in: 1. Forest and woodland management (including community forestry, public lands forestry, and individual tree health); 2. Harvesting, processing and marketing; of forest restoration products as a means of rejuvenating rural economies to recover the costs of forest thinning and restoration; and 3. Support and provide programming for rural, natural resource dependent communities’ economic viability and sustainability. The successful candidate will develop and maintain a close collaborative working relationship with federal and state resource managers as well as all private users of public land resources. Target audiences for other program delivery will be private and non-federal municipal forest managers, resource user groups and organizations, and representatives of Environmental Organizations active in Arizona. The overall goal of the position will be long-term sustainability of Arizona’s forests and resource dependent forested communities. Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and/or Extension Administration.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating an effective outcome-based program that supports identified issues in the regional area of responsibility. The agent will also be responsible for effectively reporting, marketing, and interpreting results of programming efforts. This includes communicating those results to both professional peers and clientele through creative and scholarly works. The agent will integrate new science-based knowledge, technologies, decision-support systems and best management practices (BMP) to assist in optimizing efficient, economical and environmentally sustainable forest management systems appropriate in size and scale.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Program Development:

  • Conducts a systematic analysis of National, Arizona, and county data to develop and focus local resources, and historical Information in order to identify community assets, program needs, and teaching opportunities.
  • Identify resources (grants, contracts, gifts, in kind contributions, etc.) to develop and enhance programing.
  • In cooperation with community groups, local leaders, Extension Advisory Groups, and other Extension professionals, develop and implement an annual Plan of Work.
  • Consult with Extension and Experiment Station faculty, State and USFS mangers and researchers, forest health specialists, wildlife management agencies, Northern Arizona School of Forestry staff and faculty, plus county and community emergency management organizations, and others with professional expertise in the development of educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works.

Program Implementation:

  • Conduct creative programming and utilize new technology that may include problem solving research, to address priority needs of target audiences.
  • Participates in statewide working groups to develop new and creative programming efforts.
  • Prepares educational material, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and publicity information in support of state, county, and community Initiatives.
  • Functions as a resource for other agencies and organizations.
  • Disseminates educational materials through county wide and/or multi-county events, workshops, websites, newsletters and other mass media methods, use of volunteers, and other methods.
  • Provides for recruitment, training and recognition of volunteers and assists them in conducting educational programs as appropriate.
  • Promotes communication and teamwork with county and state Extension, other faculty and youth professionals and promotes Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences within the community.

Program Results:

  • Evaluate and documents results and impacts of educational programs.
  • Communicate program results to both professional peers and clientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types of publications.
  • Consult with the County Extension Director to evaluate program effectiveness and personal achievements as an Extension faculty member.


  • Maintain professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  • Maintain standards in accordance with University Policy. Promotes public understanding and support for Extension and University programs.
  • Perform as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

This position is administratively and programmatically responsible to the Gila County Extension Director and the Director of Extension. Additional oversight is provided by the other County Extension Directors in areas of assignment, as well as the Associate Director for Extension Agriculture/Natural Resource Programs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources Management, or a closely related discipline.
• Strong academic training or experience in forest health and forest products.
• Candidate must reside in the area where position is located.
• The successful candidate needs to have obtained a valid Arizona Driver’s License by their first day of employment, be able to travel year-round providing their own reliable transportation when necessary (mileage reimbursed), and able to travel statewide and nationwide using a variety of modes of transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience or training in applied research and problem solving as may be applied to forest protection and forest products enterprises. Coursework and experience in forest management.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity and willingness to engage diverse constituents in educational programs.
• Have a working knowledge of forest management, wildfire behavior, and fire issues in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).
• Have experience working collaboratively with forestry related agencies and partners.
• Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication. Demonstrated ability to conduct programs that address issues related to sustainability, and environmental stewardship of forest resources.
• Experience and knowledge of emerging issues in sustainable forest management, with an understanding of environmental regulations impacting forest management.
• Demonstrated record of publications or other scholarly activities. Flexibility in exercising both leadership and team membership roles. Demonstrated success with grants, contracts, and gift development. Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities.
• Have, or exhibit a willingness to complete supplemental training valuable to the successful execution of this job such as NFPA Firewise Advisor Certification training and related wildland fire science topics.

Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Continuing-Eligible (CE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 some evenings/weekends
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F20927
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 07/01/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Stephen Campbell,

Open Date 04/12/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 05/01/2017
Special Instructions Summary

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a Master's degree in Forestry, Natural Resources Management, or a closely related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents