Senior Instructor of Environment and Natural Resources Policy

University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO, United States
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
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Job Summary

The Masters of the Environment professional graduate program (MENV) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for an instructor of Environment and Natural Resources Policy in its new Outdoor Recreation Economy (ORE) program. MENV is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. MENV prepares students to become leaders in a wide range of careers in the environment, energy, natural resources and sustainability sectors. ORE creates impact for the broader outdoor industry through applied research and project delivery for organizational partners, the development of strong and productive external partnerships, and the cultivation of innovators and inclusive leaders. We are committed to supporting the entire outdoor recreation economy through innovative approaches to economic development, the management of resilient public lands and waterways, the creation of inclusive spaces, and the promotion of sustainable business practices. 


The successful candidate will possess significant academic as well as professional experience in environmental policy with a special focus on public lands or natural resources governance and policy. The candidate will have a deep understanding of issues facing the nation’s public lands and natural resources, as well as the role of policy in addressing those. Candidates with backgrounds in law and policy in the public lands and natural resources arenas will be considered. An understanding of climate impacts, and associated societal and governmental responses is also of interest to the MENV Program. We are especially interested in candidates who have academic or professional experience related to social change, diversity and inclusiveness.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate Program in the University of Colorado Boulder’ Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to address complex environmental challenges. ORE sits within the MENV program. Through our comprehensive approach to professional education, MENV students receive a graduate degree from one of the world’s top universities in environmental and natural sciences, while simultaneously gaining valuable professional experience with an external client organization. The Masters of the Environment Graduate Program values diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. More information here: Masters of the Environment.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position is comprised of a nine-month academic-year Instructor appointment and includes a summer appointment. The position includes teaching, advising, administrative duties, and research/professional work.


We seek a candidate to teach in the MENV Program (in both the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and ORE specializations), to lead the Environment and Natural Resources Policy specialization, perform a variety of advising and administrative responsibilities, as well as participate in innovative and impactful research and/or professional activities. The position includes a mix of the following primary responsibilities:  

  • Teaching. The candidate will teach both in-person, as well as online professional graduate courses. 
  • Serving as the faculty lead for Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Specialization. This will include overseeing the curriculum and faculty and advising students.
  • Serving as a MENV Capstone Advisor.  The faculty member will advise MENV students in capstone projects.
  • Dependent on the candidate background, this position may also include engaging in research or creative work related to professional practice. This involves:
    • demonstrating a deep understanding of professional practices public lands and environmental policy
    • developing, facilitating relationships with, and serving as a resource to external organizations and communities; 
    • demonstrating impact and innovation within the professional practice; and 
    • engaging in research and thought leadership in the public lands or natural resources policy space.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Ph.D. or a J.D. with an emphasis on environmental or natural resources policy or environmental law. 
  • At least five (5) years of significant relevant experience through innovative professional practice directly related to environmental policy, public lands governance, or natural resources governance.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to contribute toward program efforts to address dimensions of underserved communities, justice and equity, and race, gender, and/or class influence as it relates to the outdoor industry.  
  • Personal qualities should include a spirit of collaboration, a passion for learning and the requisite humility that is required when working in an emergent field with creative, professional students. Strong interpersonal skills and self-directedness are a must for this team-based program with a startup mindset.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Three (3) or more years of experience of teaching, developing curriculum for professional or higher education learning, and/or facilitation and/or eight (8) years or more professional experience directly related to environmental policy, public lands governance, or natural resources governance.
  • Evidence of engaging diverse communities and creating strong partnerships. 
  • Experience in creating innovative learning experiences. 
  • A passion for student mentoring.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter, which includes a thorough description of teaching and professional experience in the outdoor recreation economy. 
    • The cover letter should also include a description of how the candidate will support and encourage a diverse and inclusive learning environment that includes mentorship, classroom, professional, and experiential and project-based learning. 
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae 

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses. 


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Ben Webster

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