Assistant Professor Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation

  • The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)
  • Syracuse, NY
  • May 03, 2021
Full time Environmental Studies

Job Description

Assistant Professor

Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Technology, Land Surveying Technology

State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Department of Sustainable Resources Management - Ranger School

257 Ranger School Road

Wanakena, New York 13695

The SUNY-ESF Ranger School ( in Wanakena, NY invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Technology and Land Surveying Technology programs. 

Responsibilities: The selected individual will teach sophomore-level, technical courses supporting an entry-level career in forest and natural resources management. These subjects may include natural resources measurements, silviculture, water and soil resources, natural resources management, and wildland firefighting and ecology, among others. The successful candidate will be assigned courses with consideration of the expertise of other Ranger School faculty. All courses include both lecture and lab components, and incorporate outdoor field exercises. This individual will also assist in teaching other courses as needed, provide academic advisement, student supervision and oversight of student organizations. All faculty members are expected to hold office hours at least one evening per week. Other responsibilities include participating in administrative and service activities, attending regular faculty meetings, and developing program assessment tools. Ranger School faculty are expected to develop excellence in teaching, conduct scholarly activity, and work effectively as a member of a faculty team to continually update and improve the content and delivery of the Ranger School programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree, with at least one academic degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, or a closely related field
  • At least one year of field-based work experience
  • Valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience, especially the incorporation of field-based problem-solving or other experiential learning techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in forestry and/or natural resources management
  • Experience in northeastern USA forest types
  • Greater than one year of field-based work experience
  • Campus housing may be available at a reasonable cost.

Application Procedure: Application materials must be submitted on-line at Applications should include: a cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position, and a curriculum vitae or resume. Three names of reference should also be submitted independently to the search committee chair, Dr. Mariann Johnston (

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by May 21, 2021 to assure optimal consideration. August 2021 is the anticipated start date.

The College and Programs: The Ranger School confers an associate in applied science degree. This A.A.S. degree can open doors to forestry, natural resources conservation, or land surveying technology careers, or it can serve as a hands-on, experience-based step toward a bachelor of science degree.

The Ranger School curriculum prepares students for outdoor careers in the areas of environmental conservation, forestry and surveying, while also providing preparation for continued education in related bachelor's degree programs. Within the curriculum there are three areas of study: Forest Technology, Land Surveying Technology, and Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation. Students wishing to continue on for their bachelor's degree may transfer to SUNY-ESF's main campus in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Facilities: Since it was established in 1912, The Ranger School has trained over 5,000 students and earned a national reputation for excellence. The program is administered by and is an integral part of the SUNY-ESF Department of Sustainable Resources Management. The 2,800-acre campus, located in the heart of the six million-acre Adirondack Park, supports the field-based education which is a hallmark of The Ranger School experience. The campus building houses state-of-the-art facilities, including classrooms, a conference room, and a dining facility. Additional facilities include a library, a dry lab, a computer lab, student residence rooms, and entertainment and recreation areas. A typical day at the Ranger School includes four hours of lecture in the morning, followed by four hours of lab in the afternoon, often outdoors on the college forest.

For More Information: Visit for information about the College. Direct other inquiries to Dr. Mariann Johnston, by email ( 

Additional Information:

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