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Resident Lecturer in Natural Resource & Wildlife Management

Kimana, Kenya
The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Kenya seeks an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual to serve as part of a residential team of faculty and staff that delivers an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience to students spending a semester abroad. We are especially interested in candidates with experience teaching to a diverse student body, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in a learning environment. SFS Kenya has a thematic focus on wildlife and natural resource management and community livelihoods in the rift-valley of rural Kenya.

The Resident Lecturer participates in overall program development, leads the development, delivery, and assessment of the Techniques in Natural Resource Management course, and oversees one-third of the Directed Research course. The Resident Lecturer also contributes to student learning in the areas that complement the Natural Resource Management course including wildlife conservation planning and monitoring and natural resource management. Lead designated components of the program's research plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade student directed research projects.
                                                                                                            
Institutional Mission:

SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to responsible environmental stewardship.

Institutional Position on Diversity and Inclusion:
SFS was founded with the belief that stewardship of our planet is the responsibility of people all around the world. Addressing complex global issues requires the active inclusion of stakeholders with varying perspectives and identities. We recognize that to successfully address threats to our natural world, we must look beyond social constructs designed to divide us. Just as we value biodiversity in all of its forms, we value and engage with a multitude of diverse perspectives and people in the countries where we work and the students and staff we serve.

Program Focus:
Kenya’s spectacular wildlife, diverse ecosystems, and tribal communities face environmental threats such as climate change and decreased availability of important natural resources. Our research focuses on understanding these threats and their impact with the primary emphasis on wildlife and their ongoing resource needs. In the Maasai Steppe of southern Kenya, finite resources are stretched in many directions. With continued human expansion and fragmentation of wildlife habitats, the immense pressure on this resource will only continue to grow.


Through coursework, field exercises, and Directed Research, students will study people’s dependence on wildlife and other natural resources, examine the threats to the environment and to social networks, and explore the tools and strategies for mitigating the threats and promoting well-being among communities. A strong component of the program will be examining the ecological patterns and processes that underpin the high diversity of wildlife in the region.


Course Description: Techniques in Natural Resource Management
The course will introduce the discourse and underlying scientific principles of natural resource and wildlife management as well as applied techniques for managing and studying natural resources. Following the SFS curricular model, the course is taught through a juxtaposition of field-based experiential learning through hands-on activities and interactions with experts in the field. Student learning activities center on the socially and ecologically unique environment of the Amboseli Tsavo Ecosystem (ATE) of southern Kenya and in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosytem (TME). The broad objective of the course is to expose students to the realm of biodiversity conservation in East Africa in context of the status, management strategies and the challenges. This will be achieved through a case study approach in ATE and TME. Major course themes and skills include natural resource assessments, monitoring, planning, and strategies for sustainable natural resource and wildlife management.

Course Description: Directed Research
The objective of the directed research (DR) is to provide students with the opportunity to apply ecological, biological, and/or social-science methods to a field research project that addresses a local issue related to wildlife and natural resource conservation issues. We investigate the ways that various methods and theories distinguish fact from unsupported suppositions, cause from correlation, and advocacy from objectivity. The DR topics are derived from the Center’s Research Plan as defined by the Center staff and local stakeholders. Through the DR, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions. SFS program lecturers lead a small group of students in this research component of the program focused on the human dimension of wildlife and natural resource conservation



Duties and Responsibilities

Provide high-quality teaching on critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum, and participate fully in the implementation of the program’s research plan. Work closely with other program lecturers to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting. Each lecturer is expected to provide engaging inquiry-based teaching and will lead students in DR projects defined in the program’s research plan.

Teaching
 
  • As part of an interdisciplinary faculty, teach a significant portion of the academic program (minimum 55-60 lecture hours).
  • Plan and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum to learners from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.
  • Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner
  • Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations
  • Supervise and mentor a student research group in DR projects
  • Actively support and counsel students on academic issues
  • Maintain an organized course portfolio

Research
 
  • Help design the program’s research plan and conduct designated field research
  • Identify appropriate components of the program’s research plan suitable for student DR projects that prioritize community needs and build on local knowledge networks
  • Prepare research results for community stakeholders and broader scientific and non-scientific audiences using accessible communication methods
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of program research policies, priorities, and budgets
  • Follow data management, record-keeping, and reporting systems
  • Actively seek collaborative research opportunities that leverage skillsets and resources across local partner organizations
     
Administration
 
  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new program staff before and during the program
  • Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program
  • In cooperation with other program staff, provide day-to-day coordination as delegated by the Center Director
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook revisions, and other required reports
  • As requested by the Center Director, assist with logistical, group management, and administrative tasks

Health and Wellbeing Management    
 
  • Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the program faculty/staff team, for the health and wellbeing of program participants
  • Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and program policies and procedures including the creation of an inclusive living-learning environment for all Center community members
  • Participate in the review and revision of program risk assessment and management plans (RMPs), and submit RMPs for course field sites in a timely manner
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the field station, including the Center evacuation plan
  • Participate in the health and wellness portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete incident reports when appropriate and contribute to safety audits
  • Ensure that first-aid certifications are kept up to date

Daily Center Life
 
  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take most meals with the students
  • Actively model skills in competence, awareness, and knowledge necessary for meaningfully working with, living with and learning from others who may differ from oneself in identity and/or lived experience
  • Contribute to the creation of a living-learning community that is inclusive of diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, in which all learners have the opportunity to thrive
  • On a rotating basis, assume "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, site upkeep projects, as well as social and field activities
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles as needed
  • Adhere to and actively model and enforce all SFS and program policies and procedures

Minimum qualifications
  • PhD and university-level teaching experience in areas related to wildlife management, natural resource management and conservation, conservation biology, large mammal ecology and behavior, community conservation, or related field
  • Experience with GIS and spatial mapping techniques and analysis
  • Experience using statistical analysis
  • Field research and/or project implementation experience essential
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team
  • Record of research publications
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment in which all learners have the opportunity to thrive
  • Fluency in English
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in East Africa (Kenya preferred)
  • Experience teaching field courses and mentoring students
  • Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable
  • Fluency in a language of the region
  • Comfort with camping in the parks and other field expeditions in the field
  • Enjoys working with others, taking the initiative, and functioning without close supervision
Other Expectations
  • Obtain First Aid certification prior to first day of work (SFS reimbursable available)
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on-site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, and groups of US undergraduate students
  • Participation in all program activities
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community
  • At all times, uphold the values of the SFS Position on Diversity and Inclusion.

Compensation/Benefits

This is a contract position starting in January 2022 and ending in mid-May 2022 with the likely continuance in the fall semester of 2022 and beyond, depending on successful completion of duties and sufficient student enrollment. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board included.

Location:

Center for Wildlife Management Studies, Kilimanjaro Biodiversity Camp, Kimana, Kenya

Reports to:

The SFS-Kenya Center Director and the Office of Academic Affairs

Start Date:


Late January 2022

To Apply

Submit online a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae. Cover letters should include how your teaching and/or research demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. References will be required upon request.

For additional information, please email the Office of Academic Affairs at academics@fieldstudies.org.

 

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