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Cultural Ecologist
South Dakota State University in Rapid City, South Dakota
Date Posted 01/20/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details
Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Cultural Ecologist
Posting Number F00887P
Department SDSU-Natural Resource Management
Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City
Posting Text
South Dakota State University’s Department of Natural Resource Management (NRM) is offering an exciting career opportunity for an Assistant Professor position with expertise in Cultural Ecology. This 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track position has research, teaching, and service responsibilities. The appointment is 40% research and 60% teaching. The preferred start date is August 22, 2022. The position will be in Rapid City, SD, at our West River Research and Extension Center (WRRE) and is supervised by the Department Head of Natural Resource Management. The successful candidate will also be the SDSU West River Wizipan Program liaison for the Wokini Initiative located on the main campus in Brookings, SD. The candidate will be expected to be active in undergraduate and graduate teaching and training programs and obtain competitive research funding to address research questions in their area of expertise. The successful candidate should have a strong research background in natural resource management or closely related field, with an emphasis on addressing questions that inform natural resource management, and experience working with diverse groups and cultures.
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Contribute to our undergraduate curriculum including courses such as People and their Environment (with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives), a graduate course in Grazing Ecology and Management, and develop a graduate course in area of their specialty. Some of these courses will also contribute to the SDSU Wizipan program led by the West River faculty.
  • Periodically teach seminars and special topics. 
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Establish a nationally recognized research program which attracts extramural research funding, including support for graduate students, and produce publications in national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Participate in University, College, and Department governance and service as well as professional service and outreach activities. 

  • Completed Ph.D. in natural resource management or closely related discipline by application date. 
  • Demonstrated record of research and scholarly activities, including a strong contemporary analytical skill set. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • A valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.  
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

  • Postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups and/or cultures. 
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and manuscript publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated experience with innovative methodologies applicable to their research program.
  • Demonstrated experience in outreach and scientific communication.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching in-person and online and/or interest in innovative pedagogy. 
  • Professional service.  
  • Demonstrated collaboration with other scientists and with natural resource agencies. 
  • Commitment to a collegial work environment. 

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching & Research Statement attached as other (no more than 3 pages), and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check. 
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. 
It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.  
Posting Date 01/19/2022
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/21/2022
Advertised Salary Commensurate with experience
Duration of the Term 9 months
If Other, describe duration
Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
Work Hours
8-5 M-F
Typical Hours Worked Per Week 40
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
If internal, define scope of search
Department Description and Cultural Expectations
South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
The Department of Natural Resource Management is in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs. The Department houses the USGS, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The Department trains students through five undergraduate programs: Conservation Planning and Park Management, Ecology and Environmental Science, Natural Resource Law Enforcement, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. There are approximately 330 undergraduates and 50 graduate students within the Department. There are currently 17 faculty members in the Department, including 3 USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit scientists, in addition to 4 Extension Field Specialists located throughout the state. Natural Resource Management faculty have secured, on average, $2.5 million in grants annually. The Department also has research support facilities within one mile of campus and at Oak Lake Field Station, approximately 30 minutes away near White, SD. 
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling. 
The position is located at the West River Research and Extension Center (WRRE) in Rapid City, SD. The WRRE is home to faculty members in Natural Resource Management, Animal Science, and Agronomy departments as well as SDSU Extension personnel.  Two Agricultural Experiment Station sites are also located in West River – the Cottonwood Field Station near Philip, and the West River Research Farm near Sturgis – that are easily accessible for research, outreach, and teaching purposes.
Located in the foothills of the scenic Black Hills mountain range, Rapid City is the State’s second largest city, with a population of approximately 68,000. The city has outstanding K-12 schools, major medical facilities, parks, and cultural, outdoor, and tourist amenities. Rapid City is located on the western border of South Dakota and is 400 miles west of the SDSU main campus in Brookings.
Distance technologies connect West River remote faculty with campus and other SDSU remote sites. The faculty member will be expected to participate in and lead collaborations with Department and College faculty and staff located both West River and on-campus.
Affirmative Action Statement
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.
Diversity Statement
We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.
Contact Information
Further inquiries may be directed to the Search Chair, Lora Perkins by email: lora.perkins@sdstate.edu.

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