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Horticulture Lecturer

Position overview

Position title: Horticulture Pre-Six Lecturer
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for an appointment to teach a two-credit course is $3,313 - $3,841 (based on salary points 1 - 6), please see the UCSC Salary Scales and refer to the Non-senate Instructional (NSI) Unit 18 Pre-six Lecturer Academic Year scale. Instructional Workload Credit (IWC) valuation may vary and the course salary will be adjusted accordingly. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year (see Summer Session Faculty and Lecturer Pay).
Percent time: Part-time (15% )
Anticipated start: We are currently seeking to fill a vacancy for Summer 2024, but there may be other vacancies during the 2024-25 academic year. Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments made in Summer Session 2024 through spring quarter 2025. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment.
Position duration: Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), but they may also be made during Summer Session.

Application Window

Open date: March 1, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Horticulture Lecturer who may be appointed to teach during the academic year or summer session. This position is specifically designated for teaching BIOE 16, Introduction to Horticulture, which covers the production of indoor crops and landscape plants, providing students with a working knowledge of how light, temperature, water, fertilizers, and soilless media interact in a controlled environment. It also covers pest management and propagation. The students develop practical skills and familiarity with agricultural technology while mastering basic principles in plant biology.

An instructor with practical horticulture experience is paramount to the success of the course and outstanding candidates with professional experience in the following specialties are encouraged to apply: propagation, restoration planting, commercial horticulture, plant collections, agroecology, plant disease diagnostics, greenhouse management, and/or nursery management. Experience working with a wide range of plant species is beneficial.

We are especially interested in applicants who have a record of supervising/mentoring in an academic environment or overseeing undergraduate student internships, demonstrated experience teaching horticulture, and/or completed specialized coursework in plant biology and horticulture.
The campus values candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • A bachelors degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in plant science, education, biology, or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience working in horticulture or plant production.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position. Please describe your horticulture experience, relevant professional achievements and activities, experience mentoring/supervising students and/or interns, and any teaching experience.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 1 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 3 of 3) (Optional)

  • Sample Course Material (1 of 2) - E.g., Syllabus, handout, assignment, exam, etc.

  • Sample Course Material (2 of 2) - E.g., Syllabus, handout, assignment, exam, etc.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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