Position #34053

The University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation, invites applications for a probationary or tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor/Full Professor, in the natural sciences fields of ecology of Natural Resources Management, Environment, or Sustainability. The appointment will commence on or before July 1, 2024, or as soon thereafter as possible.  The successful candidates will become a member of the Natural Resources Institute Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.RESPONSIBILITIESThe candidate will contribute to research, teaching, graduate student supervision, outreach, and administration within the NRI. The successful candidate will develop a teaching and research program in applied ecological health and/or conservation ecology related to natural resources management, environment, or environmental sustainability. There are many different research foci that could fill this requirement; some examples include impacts of anthropogenic development on wildlife or plant communities, impacts of climate change on biodiversity, Indigenous community-based environmental monitoring, impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity, or many other possible foci. The applicant must be well prepared to teach a course in Ecological Dimensions of Natural Resources Management, and other courses related to their areas of expertise. Service will be required both within the University and through various professional and public organizations linked to the candidate’s area of expertise. 


We consider many research areas to fall under the banner of ecological health, including conservation biology, conservation ecology, applied ecology, field ecotoxicology, ecological applications, environmental management, and conservation, etc. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in ecology, conservation biology, or a related field, and proven success in conducting research related to the proposed research area and in the areas of natural resources management or environmental sustainability. Success may be indicated in many ways, such as number and quality of journal publications, demonstrated influence on government or industry policy, contributions to and support sustainable communities, and a diversity of other evidence that the applicant has positively impacted academic knowledge and sustainable communities. Experience in teaching is expected. 

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions and personal circumstances can have on an applicant’s record of research achievement. Applicants are welcome to explain the impact of any such interruption(s) in their submission if they choose to. Measures will be taken to ensure that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation process. 


The University of Manitoba and Natural Resources Institute deeply value diversity and inclusion, which are vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, creativity, and complex problem solving. The NRI is committed to developing and maintaining a culture that is positive, collegial, and respectful of all members, which we believe contributes to research and teaching excellence. 

Consistent with this paradigm, The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to applicants who identify as belonging to at least one of these designated groups: Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). Recognizing the underrepresentation of these designated groups at the University of Manitoba, this opportunity is to support the University’s commitment to Equity and has been developed based on the special measures provision of the Manitoba Human Rights Code. Similarly, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We also note that 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 above.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

The University of Manitoba is a driving force of innovation, discovery and advancement. Our momentum is propelled by our campus community – UM faculty, staff and students whose determination and curiosity shape our world for the better. Our teaching, learning and work environment is uniquely strengthened and enriched by Indigenous perspectives. With two main campuses in Winnipeg, satellite campuses throughout Manitoba, and world-wide research, UM’s impact is global.

Discover outstanding employee benefits, experience world-class facilities and join a dynamic community that values reconciliation, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion. We are one of Manitoba’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. At the University of Manitoba, what inspires you can change everything.

The City of Winnipeg (, located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, is recognized for its vibrant, multicultural community and diverse culture. The city, with a growing population of more than 766,000, is home to internationally renowned festivals, galleries and museums, the historic Exchange District and The Forks, and ever-expanding research, education, and business sectors. From the Hudson Bay waters, across the farmland fields, to the pulse of the cities and towns, The Province of Manitoba’s ( people and places – its 100,000 lakes, 92 provincial parks, winding river valleys and storied prairie skies – inspire.

Application materials, including references, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that application materials may be provided to participating members of the search process. Application materials should include: 

  • A cover letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications and how they fulfill the above-listed criteria, including whether they identify as belonging to one of the underrepresented groups;
  • A curriculum vitae (including examples of significant research contributions); 
  • A statement outlining the proposed research program (two-page maximum), including its potential to attract funding, contribute to student training and other broader societal impacts; 
  • A statement on the candidate’s values, experiences, and plans to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in their research and teaching programs (one-page maximum);
  • A teaching statement that documents the candidate’s teaching philosophy and experience in and approach to training and mentoring university students (two-page maximum). Experience teaching or mentoring students with diverse or marginalized backgrounds will be considered an asset;
  • The names and contact information of three referees.  Letters from referees will only be requested to those who are short-listed for an interview.  

Please send application materials as one PDF file to Shannon Wiebe at by January 5, 2024.  Applications received after this may be considered until the position is filled.