Full Time Lecturer, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA, US

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES – Full-time, academic year (9 month), lecturer position within the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Beginning date is September 10, 2020. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Cal Poly has a tradition of excellence in teaching and our motto is “Learn by Doing. Strong interests in laboratory/field-based undergraduate teaching along with excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The successful candidate will teach environmental management courses in the NRES Department. The successful candidate will also nurture overall student development. 

Courses taught depend on student demand with the successful candidate having expertise to teach the following courses: Introduction to Environmental Management (NR 142), Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management (NR 323), Ethnicity and the Land (NR 360), Ecosystem Management (NR 465), Research Planning (ESCI 501), Research Methods and Data Analysis (ESCI 502), and Environmental Sciences and Management Project (ESCI 596). These courses are taken by NRES undergraduate majors and graduate students, as well as by students from many of the departments within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate will share teaching responsibilities for these courses with tenure-track and part-time lecturers within the department.


Ph.D. degree in natural resources social science or closely related fields by the starting date is required.


Specialties in human dimensions of natural resources management, socioecological systems dynamics and sustainable development preferred. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in teaching.


The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The NRES Department offers B.S. degrees in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences, Environmental Management and Protection, and Forestry and Natural Resources, and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Management. The programs enroll approximately 750 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students.


To apply, applicants must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) copy of unofficial transcripts (from Bachelor’s to highest degree awarded), (4) a list of university courses previously taught, if applicable, and courses requesting consideration to teach, (5) a statement describing the candidate’s experience(s) with diversity and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts of highest degree awarded prior to appointment for final consideration. Review of applications will begin June 26, 2020. Applications received after that date may be considered. For questions, please contact: Dr. Nick Babin, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; phone (805) 756-2373; fax (805) 756-1402; nbabin@calpoly.edu.

Cal Poly welcomes and encourages diversity. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.





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