The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) seeks a Wildlife Participatory Engagement and Collaboration Specialist. Successful candidate will work with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division (MDNR-WD), MSU Extension (MSUE), and FW to develop an engagement program that provides meaningful engagement opportunities for individuals and organizations on applied wildlife management activities in Michigan.
This position is a 12-month, 75% engagement, 20% research, 5% teaching appointment offered at the rank of fixed-term, academic specialist - engagement. This position is jointly funded by MSUE and the MDNR-WD and reports directly to the Chairperson of the MSU FW.
The successful candidate will work with MDNR-WD, MSUE, and FW to develop an engagement program that provides meaningful engagement opportunities for individuals and organizations on applied wildlife management activities in Michigan. The successful candidate will design and deliver science-based, applied wildlife management information to support successful outcomes of the engagement process.
The goal of this position is to build capacity to make informed decisions through resident and stakeholder engagement that is participatory, inclusive, deliberative, and collaborative. The position seeks to improve the quality and outcomes of engagement on sustainability of human environments and wildlife resources in Michigan while increasing the trust and confidence of the MDNR-WD, FW, MSUE, and other organizations responsible for public trust resource management. The successful candidate will interact with university colleagues, private landowners, federal and state agencies as well as the media, private consultants, students, and NGOs. For MDNR-WD projects, the successful candidate will work with the Public Outreach and Engagement Section supervisor and the Human Dimensions Research Specialist for direction and coordination.
Minimum Requirements: Ability to learn, distill, and effectively communicate substance of scientifically and politically complex issues to stakeholders, the public, and the media.
Experience mobilizing people toward accomplishing a shared vision and set of goals.
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques related to designing effective engagement and communication strategies, critical thinking, conflict management, systems thinking, and meeting facilitation.
Ability to manage, plan, resource, implement, and evaluate engagement efforts.
Strong cross-cultural interpersonal skills and collegiality and the ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituents.
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline, and commitment to the position.
Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
Demonstrated evidence of effective communication skills across a diverse array of stakeholders.
MS in wildlife or closely related field with two years or more of professional wildlife conservation, science communication, engagement, human dimensions, or another relevant field preferred.
Desired Qualifications: PhD in wildlife or closely related field with two years or more of professional wildlife conservation, science communication, engagement, human dimensions, or another relevant field preferred.
Applications from individuals with experience in applied human dimensions of wildlife conservation in northern ecosystems that includes developing and implementing engagement processes with scientific communications are encouraged.
Required Application Materials: Letter of interest that includes a philosophy on outreach and engagement as well as the candidate's vision on how research will be integrated. CV and names and contact information of three references.