Assistant Director - Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative

Location: New Haven, Connecticut with frequent travel to the American West
Employment Status: Full-time, Salaried

Organization Overview 
The Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (UHPSI) is a science-based research program focused on land stewardship in the American West. At its core, UHPSI seeks to support research and management practices that embrace our ever-changing ecological, social, and political landscapes with strength and resiliency.
UHPSI is housed at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) in New Haven, Connecticut. As a research program at F&ES, UHPSI is fortunate to interact and work with the future environmental leaders of the world.
Position Overview
The Assistant Director will assist the UHPSI Director in program development, strategy, and outreach. The position requires significant time interacting with students, faculty, staff, and Western collaborators, often times including travel to Western states. The position is based in New Haven, CT during the academic year. During the summer, the Assistant Director will have the option to split time between New Haven, CT and the American West. 
Primary Responsibilities
Program Development
  • Coordinate with Yale faculty, staff, and external partners to develop on-the-ground research and applied projects pertaining to land management in the American West
  • Supervise and advise graduate and undergraduate student research and applied projects
  • Direct and expand experiential learning opportunities (current examples include a 2-week applied rangeland rapid assessment in Wyoming and an  experimental grassland competition in partnership with Yale West Campus)
  • Option to pursue one’s own research interests as they pertain to the UHPSI mission
Program Strategy
  • Assist the Program Director in formulating a new strategic plan for the organization that aligns with the strategic vision for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the needs of our Western collaborators
  • Strengthen and expand partnerships across the university and the American West. Our network of current collaborators spans ranchers, researchers, non-profit organizations, academics, and public agencies
  • Finding opportunities for integration and collaboration with centers and programs at F&ES and across the Yale campus
  • Attend and present UHPSI work at conferences
Desired Experience and Skills 
  • A Master’s Degree (or 3-4 years of equivalent experience) in a field related to land management, including ecology, data science, policy, sociology, etc.
  • Demonstrated success navigating complex social dynamics and building trust with people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives
  • Capacity to direct and manage numerous projects and collaborations simultaneously
  • Ability to actively listen and engage
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Desire to spend time in remote regions of the American West
  • Existing network of relationships in the West (optional, but preferred!)
  • GIS/Remote sensing experience
Please send a cover letter, CV and list of three references to Program Director Charlie Bettigole ( with subject line ‘Application: Assistant Director’. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
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