Extension Field Specialist (Natural Resources)
Cheshire County is located in southwestern
New Hampshire, bordered by Massachusetts and Vermont. The City of Keene is in the geographic center of the county and surrounded by rural and suburbanized towns. In this landscape, the field specialist, individually and in cooperation with co-workers, state specialists, program coordinators and faculty, natural resources-related organizations and agencies, and the county advisory council provides extension forest resources education and assistance to landowners, citizens, natural resource professionals, forest industry, community groups, volunteer organizations, citizen scientists, town government, county government, state agencies and natural resource organizations. The field specialist implements programming using the principles outlined in the 2016-2021 Cooperative Extension Strategic Plan.
Other minimum qualifications
• Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline. One degree must be in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution with 3 years of experience may be considered—but will be required to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire.
• Required to become a New Hampshire Licensed Forester, if not already.
• Driver’s license and personal vehicle.
• Willing and able to work some nights and weekends for programs, events or meetings as well as accomplish extensive, year-round, field work.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with co- workers and people with a variety of values and interests; a willingness to participate in professional development activities to add and enhance knowledge.
• Demonstrated competency managing forest land and related resources.
• Extension (or related) education, outreach and/or related programming experience.
• Ability to provide natural resources programming in an urbanizing and suburbanizing environment.
• Competency with computers and current technology, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Additional Preferred Qualifications
• At least 3 years’ experience in extension or related landowner outreach and/or forest land management, with strong knowledge of silviculture, forestry operations, climate change (its effects on NH’s forest resources), forest-based recreation (including its effects on forest resources and wildlife habitat), best management practices, wildlife habitat management, forest markets, and NH forest harvesting laws
• Experience with adult education
• Experience with social media
• Hybrid and/or online course