Aerial view of Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont and University campus

Position: The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenured position in Watershed Science and Management. Outstanding candidates will be considered for an endowed chair position at the rank of Full Professor. We seek a dedicated, energetic, and inspiring leader with an international reputation as a scholar and teacher in watershed science and management, broadly defined. This position offers an opportunity to lead research and outreach on grand challenges regarding freshwater resources, with significant funding and staff to support the work. The position will also strengthen our commitment to train the next generation of leaders in watershed science, management, and planning. The strongest candidates will explicitly embed considerations of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of their scholarship, leadership, and teaching.

Responsibilities: The major responsibilities of the position include research (~40%), leadership (~40%), and teaching and advising (~20%). The successful candidate will maintain a high-impact program of extramurally-funded research on important topics of watershed science and management. They will lead UVM’s Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute, which comprises four federally-funded programs supporting research, education, and outreach on water and watersheds in the region and beyond. And they will teach upper level and graduate courses.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in watershed science, freshwater ecology, economics, natural resource policy and planning, engineering, environmental chemistry, hydrology, or related fields. Strong record of successful, externally-funded research on watershed science and management, broadly defined. Proven ability as a successful leader in academic, state, or federal institutions, and ideally with partnerships among them. Clear record of impactful teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Well-articulated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in their previous endeavors. Evidence of strong, empathetic, and inspiring leadership. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor and above will be considered, but all applicants must have sufficient experience for appointment to Full Professor with tenure and the awarding of an endowed chair.

Application: Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022. Application materials include a letter of interest (1 page), curriculum vitae, and four brief statements (maximum 2 pages each): a. research interests and experience, b. leadership approach, c. teaching philosophy, and d. how the applicant will center diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work. These materials, along with contact information for three references, should be submitted at Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Taylor Ricketts and Dr. Paul Bierman, search committee co-chairs, at and

The Rubenstein School aspires to promote diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in all aspects of what we do. We apply an equity lens to our scholarship and teaching, and we are committed to creating a climate of inclusivity and empowerment where all faculty, staff, and students flourish. The Rubenstein School and the University of Vermont are especially interested in candidates who will actively advance these goals. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

Setting: The University of Vermont is situated near Lake Champlain between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and is located in Burlington – consistently voted one of the best small cities in the US, with an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population. It was ranked as the #3 Green Campus by the Princeton Review. The Rubenstein School has 50 tenure-track, research, and teaching faculty, 850 undergraduates, 140 graduate students in both Master’s and Ph.D. programs, and 11 post-doctoral associates.  The USGS Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based in the Rubenstein School, and large research groups include the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Aiken Forestry Science Laboratory (jointly operated with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station), and Gund Institute for Environment. UVM owns four research forests and 10 natural areas in the state that are managed by the Rubenstein School, and in 2022, a brand new hybrid-electric research vessel on Lake Champlain.