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Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Marine Terrestrial Interactions

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 18-Oct-19

Come teach exceptional students in a hands-on coastal learning environment. Take advantage of a fleet of boats, an extensive flow-through seawater system, helpful support staff, and unparalleled access to diverse coastal habitats.


We are looking for an instructor to teach Marine Terrestrial Interactions (June 15 – July 24, 2020). Our Summer Semester courses are immersive, requiring intense commitment from students, TA’s, and Instructors.

The Organization
For more than 45 years Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) has supported year-round education and research on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BMSC is owned and managed by a not-for-profit organization, the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, whose members are University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

Educational programs focus on marine and coastal environments, and include short programs for middle and high school students, multi-week courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, and multi-day workshops. BMSC has been the field station for award-winning teaching and world-class researchers for decades. BMSC is an important member of the local community of Bamfield and works collaboratively with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the Alberni-Clayoquot regional district, the RCMP and the Coastguard.

Our Summer Courses inspire investigation, promote critical thinking, and offer opportunities for independent research. Courses run in 3 or 6 week blocks. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday, with some work expected from students over the weekend.

The Position
We are looking for an instructor to teach Marine Terrestrial Interactions (June 15 – July 24, 2020). This course explores the biological and physical processes that link marine and terrestrial communities of coastal B.C. Experiential-based learning will be a key focus with students spending the majority of their time conducting field research.

The course will introduce broad topics in landscape, community, and food web ecology, possibly incorporating specific sections on salmon streams, coastal marine environments, and salmon hatchery/resource management. Field trips and experiments may include topics such as physical (abiotic) atmosphere, ocean and land processes that shape coastal communities such as wind, waves, and currents, exploration of the processes that structure biodiversity of intertidal zones, followed up by analysis, write-up and presentation of the final student projects, with the data collected via a multi-day field trips to the local islands are forests.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in Ecology or related field
  • Demonstrated teaching experience relevant to the position
  • Knowledge of local marine species identification and ecology

To Apply, please submit the following information in a single *.pdf via email to Dr. Heather Alexander (Associate Director, Education, Acting):

  1. Your current curriculum vitae
  2. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position
  3. The names and contact information of three references

This position will remain open until filled.

Member University Faculty may have additional arrangements to facilitate this opportunity and are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Alexander, and visit our website.