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Instructor of Watershed Science

Colorado State University Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Fort Collins, Colorado
$65,000 - $73,000
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a faculty instructor in Watershed Science beginning spring semester 2023. We seek applications from candidates who have expertise in watershed science, field sampling techniques, water quality regulations, analysis of hydrological data, and conceptual understanding of the effects of land use and land management on water resources. Teaching expectations are approximately 15 credits per year (~5 classes) , including lecture and lab-based courses primarily in Watershed Science, with potential contributions to other quantitative and geospatial courses in the ESS department. Advising and mentoring will include mentoring and advising professional science masters students. Teaching assignments for this position could include Sustainable Watersheds (WR204), the watershed component of Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements (NR220), Land Use and Water Quality (WR418), Watershed Measurements (WR417), and GIS for Water Resources (WR514).

Conditions of Employment:

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications:

  1. An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a related field (completed by December, 2022)
  2. Broad background in watershed science
  3. Data analysis skills, including geospatial data analysis
  4. Demonstrated ability to lead field-based courses and research projects

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  1. Experience and interest in working on interdisciplinary teams
  2. Proficiency using and/or teaching field and lab-based watershed measurement techniques
  3. Demonstrated commitment to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and creating inclusive classroom and field practices
  4. Demonstrated skills with using and teaching programming languages. Several watershed courses have modules in the R programming language, so the interest to integrate courses with this language is desired, though programming background can be diverse and non-R
  5. A developed interest and ability to lead improvements in curriculum across the Watershed programs
  6. Expertise in water quality analysis, research, and/or teaching which could include topics like aqueous chemistry, biogeochemistry, and water quality law

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than 9/12/022 for full consideration. For more information, please access the official job posting at

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