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November 23, 2020 Author: UBC Forestry

Job Summary

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a Lecturer (term appointment). The successful candidate will lead the development, teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) graduate program with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed. The MUFL program provides education and training in urban forestry management to an international student body that includes recent graduates, early and mid-career professionals.

The lecturer will teach or co-teach courses such as Developing Green and Resilient Cities: The Urban Forestry Approach (UFOR 500, online course), Urban Forest Governance (UFOR 512), Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept (FCOR 599), Advances in Arboriculture and Urban Ecology (UFOR 521), Urban Forest Resources and Benefits Assessment (UFOR 522), Strategic Urban Forest Planning and Management (UFOR 523), and the MUFL capstone course (UFOR 531). Courses will often be taught collaboratively, with the involvement of other Faculty members as well as industry experts. The lecturer will also play a key role developing, coordinating, managing, and promoting the program in close collaboration with the Program Director. Student mentoring and advising will also be an important part of the lecturer’s role.

The MUFL program provides an international perspective to urban forestry and we anticipate a diverse student cohort in terms of experience, discipline, and cultural background. The lecturer will play a central role in curriculum development in consultation with relevant urban forestry stakeholders. The program will be taught online, at least for the initial 2021-2022 academic year, with the possibility of in-person delivery in the future. As a result, integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into curriculum is highly desirable.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a proven track record in teaching governance, planning, and management aspects of urban forestry or related fields (e.g., forestry, conservation, landscape architecture, ecology, urban design). The successful candidate must provide evidence of demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, teaching. The candidate should also demonstrate experience and ability to create innovative instructional environments in the classroom and online. Experience in curriculum development, course design, student mentoring and advising, and other initiatives that advance the University’s ability to excel in its teaching and learning mandate is also an asset.

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are desirable: a PhD in urban forestry or a closely related topic is preferred; three or more years of proven relevant experience in field and classroom instruction and course development; experience with online course delivery; and experience with teaching in programs with an international focus. Also desirable is two or more years of practical experience in urban forest or urban green space planning and/or management.

The lectureship appointment will start as soon as possible, but no later than 1 June 2021. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for a period of one year (subject to successful performance), with the expectation of renewal for subsequent years.

How to Apply for this Urban Forestry Lecturer Position

Applicants should apply online on the UBC Faculty Careers page, JR207. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, statement of teaching interests relevant to the position, a one-page maximum diversity statement explaining how you would contribute to the University’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment that includes those under-represented in urban forestry sciences, and full contact information for three individuals that can provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Please submit applications by January 1, 2021.

More About UBC

The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.  UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC embraces innovation and challenges to the status quo. UBC is dedicated to ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded throughout the university’s academic and work life, recognizing that significant work remains to be accomplished. For example, UBC’s vision is to be a world leader in the implementation of Indigenous people’s human rights and is guided in a mission of reconciliation as articulated and called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is firmly committed to recruiting Indigenous faculty, students, and staff as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan. As one of the world’s leading universities, UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

The UBC Faculty of Forestry is one of the world’s leading academic institutions in forestry, conducting both national and international research, and providing undergraduate education in six programs: Urban Forestry, Forest Resources Management, Forest Operations, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Science, and Wood Science. The Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to urban forests in both urban and peri-urban settings. For more information on the UBC Faculty of Forestry visit

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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