Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
August 14, 2013

Wildlife Habitat Ecologist (Assistant Professor)
Department of Animal and Range Sciences

Search Number     14-061
Start Date January 1, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track, academic year appointment

Salary to commensurate with qualifications, education, and experience

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Animal and Range Science program at Montana State University is growing, and this position will complement recent hires in range ecology, genetics and ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology. The new wildlife habitat ecologist will serve as one of the nuclei for the department’s Natural Resource Rangeland Ecology (NRRE) program. The NRRE program has two options including Rangeland Ecology and Management and Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management. The focus of the NRRE program is on managing natural resources with an emphasis on the interactions among animals, vegetation, soil, and water and their influence on the ecology and management of livestock and wildlife

Presently, there are 11 animal science and 5 range science faculty in the department. Animal science faculty focus teaching and research on nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproduction, genetics and entomology; whereas range faculty focus teaching and research on rangeland ecology and management and riparian/livestock interactions. Extension Specialists in the department focus their off-campus educational efforts on beef cattle, equine, range management, sheep, veterinary entomology, and wildlife management. With approximately 300 undergraduate and 20 graduate students in the department; on-campus teaching focuses on “hands-on” experiences designed to provide latest scientific information for decision-making.

Animal and Range Sciences is located in the Animal Bioscience Building. This building which was completed in 2010 is equipped to deliver on-line courses with modern laboratory facilities. More information on the department can be found at

Duties and

The position is 67% research (Montana Agricultural Experiment Station), 23% teaching (College of Agriculture) and 10% outreach. The incumbent will develop and implement a nationally recognized program in wildlife habitat ecology which will complement and expand existing research and teaching efforts. Research opportunities exist to evaluate habitat ecology and management questions for a variety of wildlife species along a gradient of resource management intensity from crop agriculture through extensively managed rangelands to national parks. The tenure-track faculty member with expertise in wildlife habitat ecology will have opportunities to participate in the multi-disciplinary research efforts with the Institute on Ecosystems and the College of Letters and Science’s Department of Ecology’s Fish and Wildlife Management program. As a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, it will be expected that the incumbent will utilize multi-media and active learning methodologies in their educational efforts. State-of-the-art technologies are available in the Animal Bioscience Building. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in wildlife habitat management and wildlife habitat ecology. As a tenure-track faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to publish in refereed journals, secure extramural funding, mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, contribute to the teaching and learning effort and provide appropriate departmental, college, university and professional service.

1.   An earned Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Habitat Ecology or related discipline at the time of hire.
2.   Knowledge of wildlife habitat ecology and wildlife-livestock interaction.
3.   Knowledge of plant identification and botany, particularly related to western vegetation.
4.   Demonstrated accomplishments in research and evidence of teaching experience.
1.   Ability to interact positively with other disciplines within the university and with external constituents.
2.   Potential to secure extramural funding from multiple sources.
3.   Knowledge of livestock management strategies and production systems.
4.   Quantitative modeling experience.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to outreach, teaching, and research.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) a copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon hire) and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualifications as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-061" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Wildlife Habitat Ecology Search Committee
    • c/o Julie Hager
    • Department of Animal and Range Sciences
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172900
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2900
    • (406)994-7953

      For additional information, contact Bok Sowell, Search Committee Chair at (406) 994-5558 or

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted 8/14/13 bbclark