Environmental Studies Instructor and Program Coordinator

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Title:Environmental Studies Instructor and Program Coordinator Job Category:Academic Department:Instruction Req #:F2100105 Salary:$57,995 - $103,454 Perm %:100 Perm Mo:10 Closing Date:03/15/2021 Position Description:

Under the general direction of the Vice President of Instruction and within the Professional and Technical Studies Division, FRC seeks an Instructor for a tenure track position to teach in the area of Environmental Studies (ENVR), and to actively participate in program development, recruiting, and other initiatives in support of this program. The successful candidate will work to support an integrated, multidisciplinary undergraduate curriculum designed to meet the needs of vocational and transfer students. The instructor in this position will be responsible for Environmental Studies curricula focused in the areas of watershed restoration and ecosystem management and for program coordination of the Environmental Studies Department .

Background in wildlife, environmental policy, and environmental data collection is desirable. The instructor may also teach classes in other disciplines appropriate to their experience and training. The successful candidate will be expected to work to create a sense of community among the students in ENVR. Through lecture, laboratory, and field-oriented courses, the instructor shall convey 1) a broad-based understanding of the environment, its interrelated systems, and fluency in the challenges that face humanity and the natural world; 2) a systematic approach to managing natural resources in our ever-changing environment; and 3) a strong inclination towards working in the natural environment.

Essential Duties:

The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties, and not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each employee in the job title.

  • Teach courses related to watershed restoration, ecosystem management, environmental studies, and wildlife management.
  • Teach environmental data collection methods with emphasis on proper and accepted field protocols, data analysis, and data interpretation.
  • Create and implement culturally responsive and equity minded course material, teaching practices, and learning assessment strategies that enhance student success and persistence toward academic/career goals and that help close equity gaps.
  • Participate in analysis and review of curriculum.
  • Act as academic advisor to students on educational plans and career opportunities, primarily in Environmental Studies.
  • Assist in recruitment and retention of students, and the tracking of transfer and job placement of graduates from the programs. Enrollment growth is a primary goal and will constitute a major area of emphasis for the successful candidate.
  • Work to further develop interdisciplinary connections between Environmental Studies and other programs such as Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Agriculture.
  • Assist in the articulation of courses and programs with high schools and four-year colleges.
  • Prepare students to meet employment needs in the job market.
  • Coordinate ENVR Department duties, including class scheduling, associate faculty, advisory committee, supplies and equipment, budget, permits, and certificates including Ecological Farming and Forest Health & Fuels.
  • Participate in college duties such as committee memberships, marketing and outreach events, and other college and community service.
  • Teach online, evening and off-campus classes, and conduct weekend field trips as the need arises.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local employers and public and private agencies in related occupational fields.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties with or without reasonable accommodations are:

  • Instruction involving many hours out in the field in all types of weather, including moderate to heavy physical effort.
  • Ability to reach, walk, carry, and bend; frequent near vision use for reading; constant use of voice (somewhat above normal conversation level); frequent hearing use (ordinary conversation level); evaluative and cognitive thinking and decision making.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic and socio-economic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.


  • Ability to obtain a commercial driver’s license capable of driving 15 passenger vans. (If not held, to be obtained within three months of hire).
Desirable Characteristics:

Desirable qualifications include a strong background in watershed restoration, ecosystem management, climate impacts on natural systems, and/or a broad background in interdisciplinary resource management with teaching experience that will complement existing department strengths. Clearly demonstrable skills and experience in outdoor recreation is highly desirable.

  • Ability to establish equivalency in additional disciplines such as Outdoor Recreation Leadership, natural and physical sciences, or other.
  • Professional experience in natural resources management and restoration.
  • Field skills in forest, meadow, and stream restoration; wildlife or fisheries surveys; habitat management; or environmental impact analysis.
  • Skills and experience with environmental technology (e.g., radio-telemetry, drones, GPS, camera traps, etc.) and ability to apply a range of technology in field teaching settings.
  • Broad knowledge and demonstrated understanding of small-scale agriculture and forest health / prescribed burning.
  • Experience collaborating with government land management and non-governmental conservation organizations.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Teaching experience at the college level, preferably community college.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to incorporate a variety of teaching methods to accommodate a variety of student learning styles.
  • Ability to be certified as Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid.
Required Documents:Cover Letter, Letter of Recommendation 1, Letter of Recommendation 2, Letter of Recommendation 3, Resume/CV, Unofficial Transcripts




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Job No:
Posted: 1/20/2021
Application Due: 3/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time