UNH Extension seeks a Field Specialist, Natural Resources in Cheshire County

Location: UNH Cooperative Extension Office-Cheshire County, Keene, NH
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Natural Resources Field Specialists, Forestry, conduct county-based programming and state-wide programming as described in this position announcement.

Cheshire County is located in southwestern New Hampshire, bordered by Massachusetts and Vermont.  The City of Keene is in the geographic center of the county and surrounded by rural and suburbanized towns.  In this landscape, the field specialist, individually and in cooperation with co-workers, state specialists, program coordinators and faculty, natural resources-related organizations and agencies, and the county advisory council provides extension forest resources education and assistance to landowners, citizens, natural resource professionals, forest industry, community groups, volunteer organizations, citizen scientists, town government, county government, state agencies and natural resource organizations. The field specialist implements programming using the principles outlined in the 2016-2021 Cooperative Extension Strategic Plan.


Specifically, the Natural Resources Field Specialist, Forestry develops, implements, monitors, evaluates and reports on the following:

County-Based Programming

  1. Woodlot visits with landowners, providing technical and educational advice regarding all components of forest stewardship, including timber products, wildlife habitat, best management practices for water resource protection and erosion control, invasive species, recreation, protection of threatened and endangered species and other needs based upon the landowner’s objectives.
  2. Educational programs and technical assistance for county residents, businesses and communities on forest management, wildlife, forest stewardship planning, urban and community forestry, Christmas tree management, maple syrup production, tree insects and diseases, shade tree care, estate planning, current use and timber tax, federal income tax, forest products marketing, selling timber, cost-share programs, water resources, wetlands, land protection, forest protection, forest laws, and access to resources related to the economic viability of forests, forest-related businesses and communities.
  3. Managing the county-owned lands with guidance and approval of the county administrator and commissioners through timber sales, stewardship plans, marketing information and assistance, cost-sharing and other revenue-generating opportunities.
  4. Public awareness promotion of the benefits and uses of local forests for products, wildlife habitat, water resources, erosion control, tourism and quality of life, with individuals and groups through mass media, social- networking, computer technology, and demonstration areas on county and other public and private lands.
  5. Supporting programs for youth in forestry, wildlife and related areas (e.g., through schools, 4-H, Project Learning Tree, scouts and other outlets).
  6. Recruiting, supporting and using natural resource volunteers and citizen scientists (e.g., NH Coverts Cooperators, NH Natural Resources Stewards and NH Tree Farmers).
  7. Marketing UNH Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Marketing & Communications team and co-workers.
  8. Engaging the County Extension Advisory Council members in aspects of the Natural Resources Team programs by keeping council members well-informed and seeking guidance from the council regarding meeting the needs of people in the county.
  9. Other responsibilities to meet the needs of clientele, County Extension Advisory Council, funders and key partners such as the NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Fish and Game Department, US Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  10. Serve as the UNH Cooperative Extension County Office Administrator when the need is identified by Extension Administration.
  11. Serve on other internal Extension committees as requested.
  12. When appropriate, and in keeping with the mission, seek external funding and/or cost recovery to sustain and enhance programs.

State-Wide Programming

In conjunction with the Extension Forestry State Specialist, and other state and county specialists, assist with and conduct regional and statewide programming consistent to the specialist’s particular expertise to meet the needs of forest landowners, natural resource professionals and other stakeholders, as well as participate in the design and delivery of programs funded by grants and gifts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline. One degree must be in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree in forestry, wildlife, or a closely related field from an accredited institution with 3 years of experience may be considered—but will be required to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire.
  • Required to become a New Hampshire Licensed Forester, if not already.
  • Driver’s license and personal vehicle.
  • Willing and able to work some nights and weekends for programs, events or meetings as well as accomplish extensive, year-round, field work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with co- workers and people with a variety of values and interests; a willingness to participate in professional development activities to add and enhance knowledge.
  • Demonstrated competency managing forest land and related resources.
  • Extension (or related) education, outreach and/or related programming experience.
  • Ability to provide natural resources programming in an urbanizing and suburbanizing environment.
  • Competency with computers and current technology, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years’ experience in extension or related landowner outreach and/or forest land management, with strong knowledge of silviculture, forestry operations, climate change (its effects on NH’s forest resources), forest-based recreation (including its effects on forest resources and wildlife habitat), best management practices, wildlife habitat management, forest markets, and NH forest harvesting laws
  • Experience with adult education
  • Experience with social media
  • Hybrid and/or online course instruction/development

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition and paid time off.

A background check will be required as a condition of employment.


The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.