Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer

Oregon State University Fisheries and Wildlife Department
Corvallis, OR
Closing Date

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, non-tenure track Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head. This position is based on the Corvallis campus. 

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is an administrative unit that reports to the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Department is composed of approximately 300 staff – including academic faculty, research assistants, classified staff, and graduate students. The Department’s Corvallis campus and online programs include over 1000 students enrolled in 6 degrees and 2 graduate certificates. We are a vibrant department that promotes a supportive “family” atmosphere for all students and employees.

The mission of the Department is to discover, integrate, and disseminate knowledge about wildlife and fisheries resources, as well as ecosystems and human communities with which they interrelate. It accomplishes this through an interconnected program of 1) undergraduate and graduate education; 2) scholarly research; and 3) extension education and outreach. 

Position Summary

The primary purpose of the Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer position is to foster critical thinking and advance students’ knowledge and skills through the teaching and coordination of the Bachelor of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences (FWS) experiential learning program. 

The incumbent will be the instructor for the FWS internship courses, FW209 Career Skills in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and research credits as necessary. FW209 Career Skills in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences is a required, 1-credit course that serves to prepare students for obtaining internships and jobs in fisheries and wildlife sciences as well as practice the skills needed to search, apply, and attain internships and jobs. As the instructor for the FW410 Internship courses, the incumbent will use assignments and evaluations to help students synthesize learning from their internship experiences.

The incumbent will coordinate internships and participate in the development of other experiential learning activities for FWS students. The FWS Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer supports students in their process of obtaining a placement to conduct an appropriate internship. Acts as a liaison between the student and the internship site as necessary. The FWS Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer oversees each student’s process of choosing and engaging in an internship experience. The FWS Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer is responsible for supporting students in the identification of internship experiences both within the US and internationally; guidance in the development and refinement of internship learning objectives; and final evaluation of internship and other experiential learning experiences.

The teaching and coordination consists of guiding students from the foundational career skills class into meaningful internships and transferring those skills from college to career. A portion of this role includes advising students on their career paths therefore, the incumbent should have a strong background in FWS from which to draw. Due to the unique, applied nature of this field the background allows for helping students set realistic career expectations.

The FWS experiential learning program serves students in FWS and provides professional development experiences for students in the Bachelor of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degree program. The organizer works with both distance and on campus students to ensure they meet the internship degree requirements. The organizer ensures each individual in our diverse student body, which includes non-traditional students and students with varying backgrounds and/or challenges, finds appropriate opportunities for their situation and career goals. 


Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Natural Resources, Marine Biology, Environmental Sciences, Zoology or related discipline; or bachelor’s degree in fields similar to aforementioned masters degree fields and a masters in education, college student services, advising, counseling or related discipline.
  • At least two years of work experience in fisheries and wildlife sciences organizations. This can include a combination of seasonal, part-time and permanent positions. 
  • Evidence of effective written communication skills including email and documents.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal communication skills and empathy for those with different life experiences than their own.
  • Evidence of a  commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion. 

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Teaching experience at the college or university level (e.g. graduate teaching assistant, instructor, or faculty)
  • Experience supervising student interns.
  • Experience with instruction of distance education courses.
  • Employment with two or more organizations/agencies from different sectors (e.g. state and federal agencies, NGO’s focused on environment/fish/wildlife, environmental consulting firms, zoos/aquariums, and nature centers.
  • Experience coaching/mentoring people on career development, including cover letter and resume writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with local, state, and national stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of federal and/or state application processes. 
  • Record of creating or coordinating learning opportunities and/or experiences for underrepresented/underserved student populations.

To Apply

How to apply
Apply online at jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/90158. For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2020  at 11:59 p.m.

Direct questions to Danielle Jarkowsky, Danielle.Jarkowsky [at] oregonstate.edu.

OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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