Associate Lecturer or Lecturer (First Nations Ecology and Environmental Knowledge)

University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

School of Agriculture and Environmental Science

Building on its strengths as Australia’s leading regional University, University of Southern Queensland’s vision is to be renowned for innovation and excellence in education, student experience, research and engagement.  The University offers a range of different ways of working and connecting across our physical and virtual spaces to meet the needs of our students, partners and community. We recognise and celebrate the living cultures of First Nations peoples in Australia and recognise the knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the vital roles they play in the ongoing evolution of our University through inclusion and diversity.

Therefore, the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science at the University of Southern Queensland is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a First Nations Associate Lecturer or Lecturer to work and teach in the area of ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or closely related disciplines. The successful candidate will join an active and dynamic group of researchers addressing questions pertaining to ecology and environmental science.

The successful candidate will be a First Nations researcher with demonstrated experience in research and teaching in ecology and environmental science related disciplines, such as ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or a related discipline.

Here’s what we need:

  • An experienced First Nations academic with a passion for ecological and environmental knowledge, issues and practices, particularly Indigenous land and water management, fire management practices, sustainable wildlife utilisation, caring for Country, and kinship;
  • A drive to incorporate First Nations environmental perspectives and knowledge into our teaching and pedagogy in the newly-established Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs; and
  • An excellent communicator with a demonstrated capacity to develop effective and productive relationships with local First Nations groups including Traditional Owners, Elders and respected community organisations and stakeholders to facilitate educational and research outcomes.

What you’ll do:

Reporting to the Head of School (Agriculture and Environmental Science), you will:

  • Contribute to the administration, preparation and delivery of study materials, seminars, tutorials and workshops within the area of ecology and sustainability (including environmental studies, introductory ecology, First Nations environmental perspectives and knowledge, the Australian biota, applied ecology, and sustainability or closely related areas);
  • Develop and deliver an undergraduate course in First Nations Environmental Perspectives and Knowledge;
  • Develop quality assessments in line with UniSQ’s assessment procedures and contribute to the marking of written and practical assessments; and
  • Supervise honours students or postgraduate students in both course work and research projects.

What will help you succeed?

Key to your success in this role will be your strong interpersonal and team-work skills, combined with your demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team. In addition, you will:

  • Possess a doctoral qualification (or higher degree with equivalent experience) or postgraduate degree in a relevant scientific field and highly significant and relevant experience in ecology and Indigenous knowledges, or closely related areas such as environmental science or natural resource management.
  • Demonstrated capability to develop and deliver high quality teaching of ecology and sustainability courses to students with diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform high quality research in an area relevant to the School’s research profile.

For more information on the School and the exciting developments within the new programs, visit us at School of Agriculture and Environmental Science

What we offer:

We offer a range of rewarding career, financial and lifestyle benefits including:

  • generous superannuation
  • flexible working arrangements
  • salary sacrifice
  • professional development programs
  • USQ sponsored Fit and Well Corporate Program which includes gym membership
  • discounted personal travel and health services.

We value diversity and strive to develop an inclusive environment that is underpinned by our values and champions, embraces and respects differences. Applications are supported and encouraged by all diversity groups. We offer a variety of different ways of working and connecting across our physical and virtual spaces to meet the needs of our students, partners and community.

Special conditions

To perform this role, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore 
 a genuine occupational requirement  under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 that applicants are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

For further information on courses contact Dr Christina Birnbaum, Lecturer (Terrestrial Ecology), on + 61 7 4631 2646 or email [email protected]

Reference Number: 

 Full-time, continuing appointment (37.5 hrs/wk)

   One appointment will be made at Associate Lecturer or Lecturer level, dependent on qualifications and experience .

Total remuneration range $84,683 to $141,128 pa (includes salary range of $71,553 to $119,246 pa, employer superannuation contributions up to 17% of salary and annual leave loading)

Sunday, 9 October 2022

At USQ we are united by our core values of Respect, Integrity and Excellence, which guide our daily actions and decision making.

If you know that this role is right for you, we invite you to submit your current resume/CV together with a two-page (maximum) statement, outlining your relevant skills and experience relative to the ‘essential criteria’ in the Position Description. For more information on “How to apply for a job” please refer to  Uni SQ The application process.

Position Description – Associate Lecturer

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