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Instructor and Experiential Learning Organizer

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Oregon State University

Date Posted:

Apr 3 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

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.


70% – Teaching and Other Assigned Duties:
Teach internship courses for the FWS programs. Deliver up-to-date content in internship courses including both online and on campus sections during the academic year, as well as sections in summer session. Coordinate other experiential learning activities such as undergraduate research credit or student club advising. Participate in efforts to enhance innovation in course delivery and design. Participate in developing and conducting student assessments. Work to enhance undergraduate education and student success. Mentor FWS students as appropriate in their professional development. Identify new internship sites. Evaluate the appropriateness of internship sites. Work with supervisors to evaluate student performance. Develop and maintain positive relationships with potential and current internship supervisors and sites. Collaborate with other internships coordinators and faculty on identification of new internship sites, maintenance of relationships with sites and supervisors, assessment of student experiences, and associated activities. Collaborate with college administration, faculty, and staff on events that promote and support our internship/experiential programs. Foster equity, inclusion, and an appreciation of diversity through responsibilities related to teaching and service, within the framework of fisheries and wildlife sciences. Teach other courses and/or perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair or Associate Department Chair. Travel to state and national conferences annually to identify potential internship sites and supervisors.

20% – Administration:
Serving as a single point of contact regarding internships for internal and external audiences on behalf of the department, and pursuing new initiatives and innovative ideas directed at enhancing the experiential learning of students. Administer the internship scholarship award program in partnership with the Department Head Advisor. Work with the department marketing team to maintain and enhance print and electronic (website) presentation of the internship opportunities and experiences for marketing purposes. Provide information on FWS internships to college leadership for assessment and accreditation purposes. Manage database of student experiential learning records. Develop and update internship program materials, web site, social media, etc.

10% – Service:
Participate on various program, school, college, and /or university committees. Participate in faculty meetings, working groups, and other appropriate activities and events. Participate in position-relevant professional and/or community service, if desired.

Application Process

Visit the web site and search for posting number P03684UF for details about the position and complete information on how to apply. For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Institution Information

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.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Direct questions to Danielle Jarkowsky,


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.