Post-Doctoral Associate in Natural Resource Communications

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Post-Doctoral Associate in Natural Resource Communications
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University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
University of Arkansas at Monticello campus
November 15, 2015


POSITION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is seeking to fill a Post-Doctoral Associate position to support faculty research in natural resources communications. This position is a 2 year appointment with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

LOCATION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus in partnership with the School of Forestry & Natural Resources. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas Center of Excellence, has the mission of developing and delivering superior programs in research and extension that enhance and ensure the sustainability of forest-based natural resources. Research is administered through the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will work on a project to advance natural resources communications. The project goal is to increase awareness, understanding, and problem solving in natural resource management through communication among multiple stakeholders. The project will identify specific actions that make communication successful for unique categories of stakeholders. Actions will include educational and structural fixes that positivity impact conservation of natural resources. Results from the project will make natural resource outreach efforts more efficient, will increase the natural resource knowledge base, and will better encourage desired natural resource management actions. The successful candidate will take responsibility for conducting research, carrying out the study, analyzing data, presenting work at conferences, and preparing publications.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a natural resource-related field with extensive experience in communications or a communications-related field with extensive experience in natural resources. The applicant must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, knowledge of and familiarity with a variety of communication tools, and expertise in measurement and data analytics in the scientific study of the process of communication. Applicants should exhibit a track record of engagement with natural resource managers, high level administrators, and the public. A record of peer-reviewed publications and relevant conference presentations is expected. Applicants should be able to work independently and also as a member of a team. The position is available as early as January 2016.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits.

APPLICATION: Please visit to apply for this position, # NCA38P. You must electronically submit your cover letter, resume, a copy of your academic transcripts, any prior publications, and contact information for 3 references. Review of applicants will begin November 15, 2015 and continue until the position in filled.

CONTACT: For application questions, please contact Rhonda Parris at