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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: California Ecology and Conservation Lecturer (Open until filled. Apply by 11/6/17)

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The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department ( ) of the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a qualified instructor to teach an entirely field based upper-division course in ecological methods and conservation: California Ecology and Conservation. The course will be offered in the spring, summer, and fall quarters. Each course offering consists of 7 weeks entirely in the field at UC Natural Reserves (see the following website for general course details, which constitutes a full-time appointment. Outstanding candidates with experience in teaching college level courses in ecology, biology, botany, field methods, zoology, natural history, and field-based courses in the natural sciences are encouraged to apply.

Fall, spring and summer duties: The successful candidate will be responsible for co-teaching the course with one other instructor. The course will be assigned a TA and two course logistical support staff to assist with food preparation, equipment and gear organization, etc.

Winter duties: During winter quarter when the course in not being taught, the candidate will be assigned miscellaneous duties (which constitute a full-time appointment) that may include the following: coordinate courses on specific reserves for summer course trips; develop and compile additional course materials; hire logistical support staff for future course offerings; develop program and website content; serve as undergraduate mentor for students (e.g. assist students with scientific writing of data generated while in the field); review student applications; plan future projects and field trips; work with other universities to promote the course; handling various course logistics (e.g. coordinate vehicles, pay invoices, etc.); and travel to other UC Campuses and UC Natural Reserves to promote the course.

RANK: Lecturer

SALARY: Minimum annual salary $61,946; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Biology or related field and a demonstrated record of university-level teaching experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Winter Quarter 2018

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching, and three confidential letters of recommendation* that evaluate the candidate’s teaching ability. Applicants may also submit teaching evaluations (a maximum of three will be accepted) and sample course materials, such as syllabi, handouts, etc. (a maximum of three will be accepted). Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Refer to Position #JPF00489-18T in all correspondence.

*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

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 29, 2018.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.


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Santa Cruz, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application

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

  • Teaching Evaluations - Set one of three

  • Teaching Evaluations - Set two of three

  • Teaching Evaluations - Set three of three

  • Sample Course Materials - Sample one of three

  • Sample Course Materials - Sample two of three

  • Sample Course Materials - Sample three of three

  • Statement of Teaching

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required