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Assistant Professor of Indigenous Forestry

Northern Arizona University
School of Forestry

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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Indigenous Forestry
Location: School of Forestry
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605923
Workplace Culture

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Job Description

The School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Indigenous Forestry. This is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment (40% teaching and student-related activities, 50% scholarship and research, and 10% service). We seek an applicant with expertise in Indigenous forestry (Native American, First Nations, or other Indigenous communities), broadly defined, whose interests will support, build, and complement the School of Forestry’s and NAU’s programs in these and related areas. We seek applicants with skill and experience demonstrating they can work in an Indigenous context such as working in tribal communities, on tribal lands, on federal lands and incorporating ancestral Indigenous practices in partnership with Native communities or focusing on issues important to Indigenous peoples. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in support of our undergraduate and graduate forestry programs, develop a productive, externally funded research program, advise graduate students (MF, MS, and PhD), and serve the School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, and the profession. They will prioritize NAU’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while engaging students, faculty, and external stakeholders on challenging issues critical to a just and sustainable society. The School of Forestry provides an equitable, inclusive, and diverse environment where all in the community feel safe, respected, and welcome to participate. We welcome all applicants, including those who have non-traditional career paths, have taken time off, or who have achieved excellence in other aspects of their career.

NAU affirms the importance and critical need for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEIJ) in higher education and we seek to hire an individual with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors. We require as part of your application inclusion of a one-page DEIJ statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ. We highly encourage the integration of one or more of the following considerations into your statement and to be as specific and concrete as possible in any examples you provide.

  • Past and future integration of DEIJ aspects and issues into your teaching and research activities, and any impact of that DEIJ inclusion on students, the institution, your discipline, and the larger community.
  • Academic, professional, industry, and/or community service that contributes to building respectful and inclusive organizational climates, advances institutional recruitment of marginalized people, and raises awareness of DEIJ issues.

The anticipated start date for this position is August 2022.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) with an emphasis or substantial component in Indigenous forestry in one of the following areas: Wildlife Biology and Management, Forest Management, Forest Economics, Forest Health, Climate Resilience, Wildland Recreation, Urban Forestry, or Forest Ecology; ABDs will be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with and advance Indigenous people’s views and rights in forested ecosystems

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least one degree in forestry or closely related natural resources field.
  • Demonstrated experience with or commitment to teaching, working, and engaging others from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, especially Native American and Latinx populations
  • Demonstrated record of securing, or evidence of the potential to secure, external funding to support research.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: Wildlife Biology and Management, Forest Management, Forest Economics, Forest Health, Climate Resilience, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Wildland Recreation, Urban Forestry, or Forest Ecology.
  • Demonstrated research experience in forest and natural resource management in an Indigenous context.
  • Professional experience working in related fields applied in forest and natural resource management in an Indigenous context
  • Life experience and/or education that would broaden our capacity and demonstrate a commitment to advancing and equalizing undergraduate and graduate student success across individual identities, including but not limited to racial/ethnic categories, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills

General Information

The School of Forestry offers B.S., M.F., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Our faculty represent a diversity of scholars and educators from multiple disciplines and cultures who address local, regional, and international forestry issues. Our academic and research programs are internationally recognized for their excellence. Our location in the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona and our proximity to life zones ranging from Sonoran Desert to alpine tundra provide an ideal place to teach and conduct research. Our well-equipped facility jointly houses the School of Forestry, the Ecological Restoration Institute, Centennial Forest (education and research forest), and a unit of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

NAU is located amongst numerous tribal nations with one of the highest population densities of Native Americans in the U.S. Forest resources are critical to tribal nations, with Native American forest and woodlands making up approximately 5 million ha in the Southwest and ancestral Native American lands comprising Forest Service and Park Service land base as well. NAU´s Mission statement includes strong support for diversity and inclusiveness, specifically including partnering with Native American communities, tribal colleges and universities; currently 24 Tribal Colleges and Universities are partners with NAU. There is a Native American Cultural Center that houses the Office of Indigenous Student Success as well as a department of Applied Indigenous Studies. The NAU School of Forestry has a long history of Indigenous engagement including a Native American Forestry Program, extensive research and outreach links through Native undergraduate and graduate students, and a legacy of educating a high proportion of southwestern tribal foresters.

Flagstaff is at the center of nationally recognized examples of collaborative landscape-scale restoration of forest ecosystems, such as the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) and the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Ongoing and planned comprehensive restoration and fuel treatment activities, including thinning of small diameter trees, present unique challenges and opportunities for forest utilization and provision of forest products. A variety of local and regional stakeholders (such as the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership) and state, tribal, and federal land managers are interested in effective product/market/technology options that are compatible with restoration-oriented forest management.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 28,718, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online. NAU’s Indigenous students represent 5% of our student population, with 1,500 Native American students from over 127 tribal nations throughout the country. While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000 and is rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Canyon de Chelly, and the San Francisco Peaks, a Traditional Cultural Property sacred to numerous Tribes.

At NAU, we want an environment in which all members of the community feel safe, respected, and free to participate. We embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity as foundational values of NAU and welcome all applicants. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$63,500 - $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This position will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605923, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest highlighting your qualifications for this position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial graduate transcripts of all college level work, (4) one-page DEIJ statement (see description above), (5) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references (phone number, email, and address). Save all items as PDF documents.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carol Chambers, Search Committee Chair, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ 86011-5018; phone: 928-523-0014. Email: [email protected]

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value.  Students are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

Our educational programs are designed to prepare our students for personal and professional success after graduation.

Whether they earn their degrees at our historic Flagstaff campus, regionally throughout Arizona, or online, we prepare our students to achieve their human potential in ways that serve the state, the region, the nation, and the world.

If you can see yourself as part of a university community dedicated to its students and their success, NAU might be the right fit for you.

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