The SFS program on Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (TIBS), located in Bocas del Toro, Panama, 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. TIBS has a thematic focus on the tropical island ecosystems, including the coastal and terrestrial ecosystems and the economic and sociocultural systems unique to the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Panamanian Caribbean.
On a contract basis, teach the Principles of Resource Management course during the fall and spring semesters in Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies. Contribute significant content to the Coastal Ecology course on terrestrial ecology. Contribute to student learning in the area of natural resource management, including coastal and forest resources and agricultural systems. Lead designated components of the programs research plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects.
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 environmental stewardship.
SFS is working with various agencies and organizations in Bocas del Toro to develop management strategies to help conserve coastal / marine and on-shore terrestrial biodiversity that may provide economic opportunities for island residents. Student field research is helping to provide the local government, community, and tourism developers with data and recommendations that will help sustain the economic, social, and ecological stability of the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
The program’s objective is to quantify social and ecological baselines, conduct on-going ecosystem and resource monitoring, help to mitigate change to the marine and terrestrial environment, and prepare the local community for the continued evolution of eco- and adventure-tourism through research and education.
Course Description: Principles of Resource Management EE (NS) 374:
The Principles of Resource Management course provides students with the concepts and tools for natural resource management and resource-based productive activities such as artisanal fisheries, agroforestry systems, and forest management in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
This course establishes the link between the complementary courses offered in the program, Environmental Policy and Socioeconomics and Coastal Ecology. Topical areas may include: ecosystem services, forest management, anthropogenic impacts, regulation and enforcement, conservation practices, coastal zone management, tropical marine resources, tropical fisheries and fisheries management, parks and protected areas, natural areas and development, and tourism development and planning. The goal of the course is for students to gain concepts and tools helpful to manage island resources for long-term sustainability.
Applicants are encouraged to review proposed course syllabi and programs descriptions on the SFS website: www.fieldstudies.org/panama
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide high quality, modern and experiential teaching in critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum, and participate fully in the implementation of the program’s research plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is critical. Work closely with the lecturers in Coastal Ecology and Environmental Policy and Socioeconomics to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting. Each lecturer is expected to provide high quality, inquiry-based teaching and will lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the program’s research plan.
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This is an academic year contract position starting in mid-August, 2014 and ending in mid-May, 2015 with the likely continuance in the fall semester of 2015 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.
The SFS program center, Isla Solarte, Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama
No later than August 15, 2014
To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online at http://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=de...
Recommendation letters will be required upon request. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Inquiries about the position may be directed to SFS Dean of Academic Programs Mark Seifert at firstname.lastname@example.org.