Extension Instructor/Training Coordinator
National Training Academy
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a full time, 12-month non-tenure track faculty position at the Extension Instructor rank. The purpose of this position is to prepare, monitor, evaluate, and document professional development activities for the National Training Academy (NTA), a partnership between USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU). This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.
Begins January 1, 2018, or earlier as negotiated.
LOCATION: This position is on the main MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi, with frequent overnight trips to various training locations. A description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture can be found at http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife, and the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts at http://humanwildlifeconflicts.msstate.edu/.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of organizing, developing, and conducting training programs for the new and existing employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to meet specific, prioritized training needs. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, rigorous and ongoing assessment of training needs and identification of gaps in skills and competencies related to the profession of wildlife damage management and human-wildlife conflicts; collaborating between MSU and the employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to identify subject matter experts and instructional design of courses; and development of peer-reviewed course curriculum for all training activities. This position will facilitate learning through a variety of delivery methods, including, but not limited to, classroom instruction, field application, virtual training, and on the job training using recognized training techniques and tools. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and leading meetings, workshops, and presentations necessary for training completion, including presenting to large groups of people in regional or national arenas. Position responsibilities also include design and application of assessment tools to measure training effectiveness and track/report training outcomes, and providing ongoing feedback to program participants and NTA directorship; coordinating logistics for on and off-site training activities including venues and equipment; and managing and maintaining in-house training facilities and equipment.
QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in wildlife, education, natural resources, or training-related field. Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and implementation, curriculum development, and modern training methods/techniques. Proven ability to complete full training cycle (needs assessment, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate). Adequate knowledge of learning management systems and web delivery tools. Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate should have advanced organizational skills with
the ability to handle multiple assignments, proficiency in MS Office, and familiarity with web-based training. Valid state driver’s license required. Ability to multi-task and perform routine office work as well as field work in a variety of landscapes and conditions. Up to 50% travel required.
Salary will be commensurate with the individual’s qualifications, background and experience. Position includes frequent overnight trips to various training locations. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.
PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS: M.S. or Ph.D. degree in wildlife-related or natural resources field with an emphasis on professional development and training. Advanced knowledge of traditional and modern training methods and techniques, curriculum development, program evaluation, and learning management systems. Ability to successfully coordinate multiple training events in a professional environment. Abilities to independently research, plan, develop, and coordinate training activities. Demonstrated abilities to partner with internal and external stakeholders regarding employee training needs.
Applications must be submitted online (http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en- us/job/496327/extension-instructor; position (PARF# 496327) and should include a cover letter and resume.
Upload official and complete college transcripts to application website, or mail/e-mail to:
National Training Academy
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Box 9690
MS State, MS 39762 (Office) 662-325-7245
Mississippi State University is an AA/EEO employer
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.