Assistant Professor, Landscape Conservation

Ecosystem Science and Management
Faculty of Environment
Tenure track

The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a Tenure-Track faculty position in Landscape Conservation in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the rank of Assistant Professor. The proposed start date is September 2024. As an institution committed to the fostering of an inclusive and transformative learning environment, UNBC values innovative teaching and scholarship.

UNBC’s Dept of Ecosystem Science & Management oversees BSc degrees in Biology; Conservation Science & Practice; Forest Ecology & Management; Wildlife & Fisheries; and a BA in Nature-Based Tourism Management.  Faculty supervise graduate students (Masters and Doctoral) and contribute to teaching within the Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (NRES) Graduate Program.  The Faculty of Environment and is well equipped with modern on-campus research facilities, three field research stations, and two research forests. UNBC is located in the midst ofintact  and diverse ecosystems as well as provincial, national, and Indigenous managed and conserved lands. Our environment and surrounding communities offer a wide range of opportunities for conservation research.

We seek candidates who will develop a vigorous, externally funded, long-term research program among the research areas specified below. UNBC values interdisciplinarity, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty from across the university as well as national and international colleagues, conservation groups, First Nations, government, and industry.

This position is offered as part of a new degree in Conservation Science and Practice, with majors in Landscape Conservation and Management and Wildland Conservation and Recreation. Conservation Science addresses the policy, planning, and practice of conserving biological diversity. The successful candidate will contribute research and teaching expertise that use novel methods and tackle the challenges of conservation at broad scales. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in the natural sciences and that have a demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research that contributes to core issues in conservation science. Desirable areas of research and teaching include: landscape and watershed management, conservation planning, applications of spatial analyses to conservation and protected areas, structured decision making for conservation, climate change, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and disturbance and restoration ecology.

Applicants for this position should normally hold a PhD directly relevant to Conservation Science, which includes Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Physical Geography, among others. The successful candidate will have a growing record of scholarly activity, as well as present evidence of and commitment to teaching excellence.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Employment Equity

The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “he/she/they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Employment equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. Research has shown that women and members of minority groups are less likely to apply for positions even if they meet many requirements for a position. If you think you are a good candidate for this position, we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the criteria listed. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person ** **

About the University and its Community

Located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia, UNBC is one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a core campus in Prince George and three regional campuses in Northern BC (Quesnel, Fort St. John and Terrace). We have a passion for teaching, discovery, people, the environment, and the North. Our region is comprised of friendly communities, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work.

UNBC provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, sciences, and the environment. As one of BC’s leading research-intensive universities, we bring the excitement of new knowledge to our students, and the outcomes of our teaching and research to the world. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place, with a learning environment that is friendly, inclusive, and supportive.

Small classes and a connected community exemplify UNBC and mean that our students and professors get to know one another. Outstanding academics, hands-on research, unlimited adventure and a tight-knit campus community result in strong student satisfaction at UNBC.

For the past 10 years, UNBC has placed in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings, the only university of its size to achieve that feat. UNBC also recently placed among the top 4 per cent of higher education institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

For more information about living and working with the University of Northern British Columbia please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and http://www.unbc.ca/provost/new_faculty.html . Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.

To Apply

Applicants should forward their cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program, the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information), and the following form which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/form-statementofeligiblitytoworkincanada-fillablepdf.pdf quoting posting #FAESM04-23 to:

Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9

Email submissions: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca   

Inquiries:
Dr. Ken Otter, Chair, Dept of Ecosystem Science & Management
Ken.otter@unbc.ca
+1 (250) 960-5019

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

We thank all applicants for their interest in UNBC however, only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Applications received on or before 30 January 2024, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.