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Assistant Professor, Conservation Science and Protected Areas

University of Northern British Columbia

Assistant Professor
Conservation Science and Protected Areas
Department of Ecosystem Science & Management
Faculty of Environment
Full Time, Tenure-track

Posting #FAESM02-22 BW

The University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in conservation science and practise, recreation ecology, parks and protected areas, and/or ecologies of travel and tourism to serve the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM) program (unbc.ca/ortm). ORTM recognizes the need to diversify mentorship and approaches to conservation, parks, and outdoor recreation, and the associated opportunities in doing such work. The program also has an ongoing history of working with First Nations and Métis communities. ORTM sits alongside allied programs within the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, which is housed in the new Faculty of Environment. The proposed start date is January 1, 2023.

We seek candidates who will develop a vigorous, externally funded, long-term research program among the specified research area(s). UNBC values interdisciplinarity, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with diverse members in the Department, Faculty, and University as well as national and international colleagues. Current faculty in ORTM have expertise in sociocultural and socioecological approaches to outdoor and adventure recreation and nature-based tourism, wilderness philosophy and ethics, as well as place-responsive outdoor and environmental education and leadership.
The successful candidate can anticipate working collaboratively with colleagues at UNBC as well as scholars and managers within conservation groups, First Nations, government, and/or industry.

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management at UNBC offers two degrees: a Major in Wildland Conservation and Recreation within the BSc Conservation Science and Practice, and a BA in Nature Based Tourism Management. This combination of a BSc and a BA is unique in Canada, and we seek candidates who will enjoy working across and contributing to these two degrees. In addition, UNBC offers opportunity to teach and supervise in relevant graduate degrees at the Masters and PhD levels through the Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (NRES) graduate program (unbc.ca/nres).

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. and have suitable experience demonstrating research, service and teaching competencies. The successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly activity and productivity, and be willing to work towards teaching several courses a year in conservation science and practice, parks and protected areas, recreation ecology, and/or tourism impacts at both undergraduate and graduate levels. UNBC is a research-intensive university, within which the ORTM program and degrees incorporate contemporary scholarship with an approach that is student-centred and service-oriented. ORTM classes typically use field-based experiential education. The ability to lead and work with students in backcountry and remote settings is a significant asset.

UNBC provides support for faculty to develop their research and teaching capabilities, a modern and comprehensive campus, and a distinctive quality of life in northern British Columbia. UNBC has significant research facilities and infrastructure including two research forests, the Quesnel River Research Centre, and a GIS lab. UNBC enjoys strong community connections, diverse ecosystems and a resource-based yet diverse economy.



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 the 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. 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
Since its founding in 1990, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have walked gently on the diverse traditional territories where the University of Northern British Columbia community is grateful to live, work, learn, and play. We are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge their traditional lands, and we thank them for their hospitality. UNBC’s largest campus in Prince George is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, in the spectacular landscape near the geographic centre of beautiful British Columbia.

UNBC’s three regional campuses are located in Quesnel, Fort St. John, and Terrace. The South-Central campus in Quesnel is situated on the traditional territory of the Lhtako Dené (Red Bluff Band), Nazko, Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation (Kluskus Band), and Esdilagh First Nations (formerly Alexandria Band). Lhtako, Nazko, and Lhoosk’uz are Dakelh First Nations, and Esdilagh is a member of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. The Peace River-Liard campus in Fort St. John is situated on the traditional territory of the Doig River, Blueberry River and Halfway River First Nations. They are the Dunne-Za people. The Northwest campus in Terrace is situated on traditional Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory of the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas First Nations. It includes a satellite campus in the coastal community of Prince Rupert.

UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

With a diverse student population, the University is friendly, inclusive, and supportive. Prince George is a city of ~74,000 people with impressive cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. For more information about living and working in Prince George, please refer to http://www.unbc.ca/experience and https://moveupprincegeorge.ca. Make your mark with this leading post-secondary institution.





To Apply

The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) as well as the LGBTQ2+ communities and individuals with intersectional identities.

Applicants should forward the following documents to FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca or mail to Office of the Provost quoting the posting number (#FAESM02-22 BW):

o cover letter indicating potential contributions to the Program;
o curriculum vitae;
o a brief statement of teaching approaches and research program;
o the names and addresses of three references (including telephone and email information); and
o the Statement of Eligibility to Work in Canada form, which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/statementofemploymenteligibilityjan0520221.pdf.

Voluntary Form:
o the Self-Identification from, which can be found here: https://www2.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/sections/human-resources/finalunbcself-idfillablenovember2021.pdf


Applicants who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact UNBC Health & Wellbeing at wellbeing@unbc.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.


Mail Submissions: 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. Brent Murray, Acting Chair,
Dept of Ecosystem Science and Management
Brent.Murray@unbc.ca
(250) 960-5638

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 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 July 4, 2022, will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.