Dear all-

The deadline for the position of Assistant Professor and Director of the
Restoration of Natural Systems Program in the School of Environmental
Studies at the University of Victoria has been extended to January 20th.
This position is an opportunity to grow and develop an ecological
restoration program located in the Pacific Northwest but with projects
around the world.  Please see below for details.

Have a great weekend-


Brian Starzomski
Ian McTaggart Cowan Professor
Graduate Advisor
School of Environmental Studies
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
+1 (250) 853-3564

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Assistant Professor and Director, Restoration of Natural Systems Programs
School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
May 1, 2019 start date

The School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, located
on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ
peoples, invites applications for an Assistant Professor and Director,
Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) Programs. The interdisciplinary field
of ecological restoration investigates the causes, consequence and
remedies for ecosystem degradation. A joint project of the School of
Environmental Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies, the
Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program at UVic, since 1996, is a
comprehensive training initiative for restoration practitioners in North
America. The RNS program emphasizes a holistic approach that combines
research and theory of the biophysical sciences with skills for effective
collaboration with communities in restoration work. The program has
evolved to include significant distance education as well as hands-on
field-based learning, and has expanded to include Diploma, Certificate,
and Professional Specialization Certificate opportunities. Ecological
restoration is also now integrated into the undergraduate and graduate
programs in the School of Environmental Studies. We seek a restoration
ecologist who would like to combine their passion for research and
training to continue and enhance the delivery of the RNS program. The
School of Environmental Studies,, is supported
by three overlapping streams of scholarship: political ecology,
ethnoecology, and ecological restoration. We are a relatively small group
and depend on close cooperation, mutual respect, and camaraderie for our

The workload for the position is divided between Program Leadership and
Administration (40%), Research (30%), and Teaching (30%), although we
anticipate that initially a larger percentage may be spent on Program
Leadership. The successful applicant will be a tenure-track appointment at
the rank of Assistant Professor.  The anticipated start date for this
position is May 1, 2019.

Candidates will be evaluated on the criteria that follow. The successful
candidate will offer evidence of excellence in program leadership and
administration. Previous experience in the development of professional
courses, working with adult learners, and/or working in collaboration with
institutional, community and professional groups would be an asset. The
candidate will hold a PhD and will be an active researcher in the field of
restoration ecology who demonstrates particular research and teaching
creativity. The candidate must have a critical understanding of the
complex ecological restoration challenges involved in the interaction of
social and biophysical systems, and be proposing an original, innovative
research program of high quality. The candidate will also offer evidence
of high-quality teaching and supervision, and of research that is
responsive to and respectful of the needs of Indigenous and/or local

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages
applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities,
Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and
others who may contribute to the further diversification of the

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any
part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations
and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost
at Any personal information provided will be maintained
in confidence.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with
Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will
be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are
a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the
provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the
University of Victoria Faculty Association ( )

Please submit your application by e-mail to:   Applications
should include in a single PDF: (1) a cover letter providing an overview
of the candidate’s qualifications and how they fulfill the criteria
defined above, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-3 page overview of
leadership and administrative experience, (4) a 2-3 page description of
the candidate’s proposed research program, (5) a one page description of
the candidate’s three most important research contributions to date, (6) a
2-3 page statement of teaching experience and approach, including evidence
of teaching effectiveness, and (7) contact information for three referees.

Application deadline:  January 11th, 2019.

Contact for questions:
Dr. Karena Shaw
Director, School of Environmental Studies

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