Position: Membership Coordinator

Part-time: 10-15 hours/week
Contract: with ongoing review
Application deadline: February 9 (however applying asap is advantageous)

Location: Suite 202 – 195 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario  N2G 1B1


The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is a Learned Society formed in 1993 to connect environmentally leaning people from various disciplines in areas related to environmental studies in Canada. Alternatives Journal (A\J) has been the official journal of ESAC from 1993, and the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo has provided space for ESAC administration.

ESAC hosts a conference as part of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the conference will be June 2-4 at the University of Ottawa.

We are looking for an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic organizer to manage and build ESAC’s membership. You will also be assisting the ESAC board to coordinate the conference. You will be working among the passionate and committed team at A\J.

You should have excellent written and verbal communications skills as you will be in contact with your academic and environmental colleagues across the nation. You will report to the ESAC conference coordinator on matters with the conference, and you will report to the A\J outreach manager on matters of membership development. This position intends to be continuous, contingent on funding. There is room to grow in this position, particularly if major funding is attracted.


• 50-60% of your time will go to membership development • promoting ESAC and attracting new members
• Assist with the ESAC conference coordination
• Enter payment info and maintain membership database
• Manage bookkeeping and financial transactions
• Manage ESAC social media (twitter, facebook, newsletter, keep ESAC.ca updated, etc.
• Assist Board of Directors with promotional and other projects


• Experience with promotions and marketing
• Excellent customer service and telephone skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Impeccable attention to detail
• Experience handling finances
• Strong computer skills (plus familiarity with WordPress or other CMS platforms is an asset)
• Experience working in a university setting, +/or with other academics across the nation.
• Interest in environmental issues

Please send your RESUME and a LETTER OF INTEREST to: jobs [at] alternativesjournal.ca

DEADLINE: February 6, 2015.
Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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McGill University is seeking an outstanding individual with demonstrated leadership, excellence in scholarship, and administrative abilities to become the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES).

McGill University has established a global reputation for academic and research excellence across a wide-ranging number of disciplines that distinguishes it as Canada’s most international university and a leader in higher education. Information about McGill can be found at www.mcgill.ca. FAES is housed on McGill’s Macdonald Campus, located on a beautiful 650 hectare waterfront setting on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The Macdonald Campus contains state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, training and research, an arboretum, working animal and seed farms, horticulture centre and greenhouses, and is connected to the downtown campus by public transit and a McGill-operated shuttle service.

FAES comprises the following academic units, all of which have both strong undergraduate and graduate programs: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Bioresource Engineering, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and the Institute of Parasitology. In addition, the Dean of FAES presides over the multi-Faculty program housed in the McGill School of Environment. The Faculty has approximately 1400 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, over 100 tenured and tenure-track academic staff, as well as lecturers and other teaching staff, professionals, and administrative and support staff. The Faculty has strong research programs that are supported by national and provincial competitive funding programs. Further information about McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences may be found at www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of FAES is expected to possess the expertise and vision to lead the Faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. He/she will be an innovative thinker and excellent communicator and will be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research and the success of all students, faculty and staff. Experience in building diverse and collaborative teams, relating to a range of partners including local communities and municipal, provincial and federal governments, and an interest in or experience with fundraising will be important assets. The new Dean must have, or be willing to develop, the skills to work in French as well as English.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified candidates will be considered; Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The review of nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. This appointment is for a five-year renewable term, and will take effect 1 July 2015 or as soon thereafter as possible. Applications and nominations should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded electronically in confidence, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7

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The School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) invites applications for an 11-month limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing August 1, 2014.

SRES provides a dynamic setting for creative interdisciplinary scholarship, and excels in delivering policy-relevant scholarly knowledge in its research, teaching, and community-service activities. Teaching at SRES is delivered principally in three degree programs: the Bachelor of Management, the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM), and the Master of Environmental Studies (MES).

The successful candidate will be required to teach five half-credit courses, advise students in MREM internships and projects, as well as engage in School-level administrative work. We seek applicants with demonstrated teaching competence across a range of course offerings at the School. In particular, applicants must be able to teach a minimum of four of the following courses: MGMT 2702: Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management II; MGMT 3702: Sustainable Industries; ENVI 5500: Socio-Political Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5505: Biophysical Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management; ENVI 5031: Economics for Resource and Environmental Management; and ENVI 5035: Research Design and Methods. Calendar entries for these courses can be seen in the Dalhousie University undergraduate and graduate calendars: https://www.dal.ca/academics/academic_calendars.html.

Applicants must have a completed PhD, enthusiasm and demonstrated potential to teach in diverse settings (large and small undergraduate classes as well as graduate classes) across the range of courses listed above. Ability and willingness to work with colleagues are required.

The School for Resource and Environmental Studies is part of the Faculty of Management, which has a unique commitment to values-based management and interdisciplinary research and learning. Thus, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work with like-minded colleagues in the sister Rowe School of Business, School of Public Administration and School of Information Management. Information about SRES can be found at http://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/sres.html.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

Applicants should send a cover letter, c.v., contact details for three academic referees, and a statement of teaching competencies related directly to four or more of the courses listed above to Ms. Brenda Smart (Brenda.smart@dal.ca), School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University 6100 University Avenue, Suite 5010, PO Box 15000, Halifax NS Canada, B3H 4R2, no later than April 15th, 2014.

Dalhousie SRES Assistant Prof.

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Ecoexist is a five-year program aimed at reducing human-elephant conflicts and fostering coexistence in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. In areas of heightened competition for access to water, food, and space, we seek and facilitate solutions that work for both species. Moving from conflict to coexistence requires a portfolio of management tools and strategies. The Ecoexist project focuses on applied research, land use planning, community-based conflict management, agricultural experiment and innovation, and tourism development (http://www.ecoexistproject.org).

Posting Date: December 2013

Background: This year the Ecoexist project has funding for four PhD Fellows to conduct research on multidisciplinary facets of human-elephant conflicts: 1)Cultural, economic, and political factors influencing resource use; 2) Natural resource availability and use impacts; and, 3) Household agroeconomics and food security. A fourth Ecoexist Fellow will focus on Elephant Ecology and Resource Use, enrolled at the University of Oxford in England.

Position: Selected students will begin studies in August 2014. Funding is available for each Ecoexist Fellow, totaling $64,000, to cover tuition, fees, insurance, stipends, international travel, and research. Students will apply to Texas A&M University and spend at least one year in Botswana.
Responsibilities: Successful applicants will work with Ecoexist project directors to develop a research protocol, apply for grant funding, conduct field research, analyze data, and prepare publications and presentations.

Qualifications: Minimum Master’s degree in relevant field; background in social or ecological field research related to conservation, wildlife management, and/or sustainable development, with a demonstrated interest in human-elephant conflicts. Applicants should be highly motivated and organized, with strong writing and communications skills.
Ecoexist Fellows will be expected to conduct field research in Botswana and work collaboratively with project directors and other students, interns, and field staff. All research must be designed and carried out in a participatory manner, engaging actively with local communities, government officials, and other stakeholders in Botswana and the region.

To apply: Interested applicants should submit the following materials:
· Letter of interest (two pages maximum), describing interests, experience, and career plans in the relevant topics associated with human-elephant conflicts;
· Three letters of reference;
· Unofficial transcripts, and GRE and TOEFL scores (or plans for taking the tests);
· Current CV

Deadline: Letters of interest and supporting materials are due to Project Directors: Dr. Amanda Stronza (astronza@tamu.edu), Dr. Anna Songhurst (anna.songhurst@hotmail.com), and Dr. Graham McCulloch (gpmcculloch1@gmail.com) by January 30, 2014.
In addition, applicants will need to apply to the Texas A&M Graduate Office (http://ogs.tamu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/applying-to-graduate-schoo/) by March 1, 2014.
Please email Amanda Stronza with questions at astronza@tamu.edu.

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The New England Aquarium is seeking to hire a consultant for a project that is assessing marine mammal bycatch in three countries: Ecuador, Chile, and one in Southeast Asia (Vietnam or Thailand). Bycatch is the principal and most immediate threat to many species and populations of marine mammals. In many parts of the world, especially in countries with large artisanal fishing sectors, the extent of this bycatch is largely undocumented. This project will take the initial step of understanding the bycatch associated with particular fisheries—industrial and small-scale—in three target countries, so that bycatch reduction programs can be directed at the fisheries where they are most needed.
The consultant will work with a team of in-country data collectors (4) from each of the three countries. The consultant’s responsibilities will be to:

(1) Assist in the design of questionnaires and interview protocols for collecting information from fishermen about bycatch;
(2) Train in-country data collectors hired by the NEAq in administering questionnaires and carrying out interviews;
(3) Assist in the analysis of the results from these surveys; and
(4) Help write the final assessment as a technical report for NOAA Fisheries.

The total period of the consultancy is approximately 30 work days (210 hours) spread over a one-year period. The Social Scientist will be required to make three overseas trips altogether totaling less than two weeks: Two short trips to South America (Ecuador and Chile), and one to Southeast Asia. The consultancy offers a competitive fee for services.

Expertise Required
Experience in community assessment methodologies, in particular using interview and questionnaire administration protocols
A PhD or equivalent experience in the social sciences
Excellent written and verbal communication abilities
Excellent analytical skills with social science information
Familiarity with working in third world countries, and both flexibility and sensitivity when working within different cultures and societies

Expertise Preferred
Fluency in Spanish and/or Thai or Vietnamese
Previous work with fishing communities and marine conservation issues

Starting Date
February, 2014

Interested applicants should Email a CV and expression of interest to: bycatch@neaq.org

Timothy Werner
Senior Scientist, and
Director, Marine Conservation Engineering
John H. Prescott Marine Laboratory
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston MA 02110

Tel. 617.226.2137
Email: twerner@neaq.org
Website: www.bycatch.org
twitter: bycatchorg

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Position Overview
The Pembina Institute is seeking a strong leader with oilsands-related expertise to join the Pembina Institute’s Calgary or Edmonton office. This senior staff person is responsible for coordinating the team assigned to deliver our consulting, research and advocacy work related to oilsands issues.
The Pembina Institute’s oilsands team works to advance responsible oilsands development, which we define as: capping the impacts of oilsands development within the limits of what science shows the ecosystem and climate can support; shrinking the environmental footprint of oilsands development for every barrel produced; and ensuring a meaningful portion of the benefits of oilsands development are used to support Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.
The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic group of nationally recognized professionals who apply their technical acumen, industry knowledge, values and creativity to Canada’s most prominent and pressing sustainability challenges. The full-time (40 hours/week) position will require travel, public speaking, media engagement and occasional work on evenings and weekends.

To Apply
Email your cover letter and resume to careers@pembina.org. Please ensure the following:
• Subject line includes Oilsands Director and your last name
• Cover letter and resume are saved as one PDF document using the naming
convention lastnamefirstletter-application-position-year.pdf
o Example: smithm-application-OilsandsDirector-2014.pdf)
• Cover letter (max. two pages) explains why you are interested in working with the Pembina Institute and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this position. This is a critical step in our evaluation process.
• Resume outlines your relevant skills, education and experience

Application deadline: This competition will remain open until the position is filled.

The Pembina Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted

For more information visit http://www.pembina.org/docs/2013-december-repost-oilsands-director-job-posting-jk-clean.pdf

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Bethany Cutts, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, seeks to hire a six month Academic Hourly to assist with research on Water Resource Decisions.

Primary Position Function/Summary
The main responsibility of the assistant will be to collect, enter, organize, and analyze data as part of an interdisciplinary project focused on perceptions of sustainability in the Upper Mississippi River basin. The applicant will be responsible for assisting in the successful delivery of the social science components of this project and will play a key role in creating data that allows for greater integration of social science into hydrological models developed by Engineers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Collecting and analyzing interview responses from science and policy experts, transcribing data from historical tax documents, preparing both data sets for analysis, and conducting analysis as appropriate, establishing and enacting protocols for good data management practices. The applicant will be expected to engage with study participants and be able to articulate the goals of the research project to a wide range of audiences, which may include academic audiences, as well as local community groups, and undergraduate research assistants. Additional duties will vary depending on the experiences and abilities of the person hired.

• Required: Bachelor’s degree.
• Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of social science. Master’s degree in a
social science discipline or other relevant field.
• Required: Proficiency writing, speaking, and reading English. Capacity to interact with research subjects. Ability to learn new things quickly. Good organizational skills. Experience with quantitative data management and analysis.
• Preferred: Practical experience with interdisciplinary environmental research. Experience working with any of the following data collection and analysis methods: cultural consensus analysis, social network analysis, multivariate regression. Previous experience with statistical programs including: ANTHROPAC, R, and UCINET or related analysis programs.

Training (needed to be considered for the position): None required

Knowledge Requirements:
• Required: Proficiency with a Windows-based computing systems, telephone and internet skills, professionalism, Proficiency writing, speaking, and reading English. Capacity to interact with research subjects. Ability to learn new things quickly. Good organizational skills. Experience with quantitative data management and analysis.
• Preferred: Academic writing experience

Closing Date: January 24, 2013 or until position is filled.

Salary and benefits: This position is for six months. Pay will be commensurate with experience (anticipated range $20-25/hour). The applicant is expected to work 30-35 hours per week. It is not benefits eligible. The position is based on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The position may be extended, pending funding availability.

To apply: submit a cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience, CV, and contact information for 3 references as a single .pdf to:
Dr. Bethany Cutts
Please be sure to write “Academic Hourly Application” in the subject line of your application e-mail.

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The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for the Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed.

A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights (such as workshops, conferences, public lectures, etc.) The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2014-15 fellowship will start on July 1, 2014. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject.

Applications are due by February 1st, 2014.

The fellowship is one of several new initiatives regarding Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics at Queen’s. For more information, visit http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/Jobs.html, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (kymlicka@queensu.ca).

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York University, Toronto and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

A one-year cross-appointed SSHRC funded postdoctoral visitor (PDV) is now available in the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability at York University and the Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies at Lakehead University.

The post-doctorate appointment will be joining the PEASE project (Policy Enactments and Sustainability Education). The focus of this project is a study of contemporary enactments of sustainability and policy in higher education and schooling in Ontario. The appointment will be joining an interdisciplinary faculty research team with a focus on sustainability and education. They will conduct primary interview and archival research on situated policy enactments in specified educational contexts, support and oversee a group of active researchers (masters and doctorate students), contribute to pan university sustainability discussions and educational initiatives, publish articles, update web-based resources and seek funds for allied projects and proposals.

The successful applicant will have completed a Ph.D. within the last 4 years and have experience of academic leadership in areas associated with Environmental Sustainability, Education and Policy. This could include, but is not limited to, doctorates in environmental studies, educational studies, policy studies and Science and Technology Studies.

This is a one-year position, continuation of which is contingent upon funding. The PDV will be based at York University in Toronto. There is possibility of being based at Lakehead University, with travel between both institutions expected. The salary range is $35,000-48,000 per year plus benefits, depending on level of experience.

Applicants should provide the following materials: a current CV; a statement (no more than 500 words) outlining their current research projects, how they relate to issues of policy, sustainability and education, and the work that they would undertake as a postdoctoral fellow with PEASE. Both documents should be provided in PDF format. The name and contact details of two academic referees should also be supplied.

Deadline to apply is January 6th, 2014. Interview are expected to take place the week of January 20th, with the postdoctoral visitor appointed commencing by March 1st.

For further information, please contact: afdubreu[at]yorku.ca. Applications should be emailed to afdubreu[at]yorku.ca with the subject line Postdoctoral Visitor in Policy, Sustainability & Education.

York University and Lakehead University are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers.
The Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies contributes to the wellbeing of people and places. The Centre incubates and supports diverse place and sustainability related research, education, and action initiatives within the Lakehead University community, in the region, and internationally in order to create more socially and ecologically just environments. http://www.placecentre.org/
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is a university-wide interdisciplinary research centre at York University dedicated to pursuing multifaceted approaches to the contemporary challenges of sustainability. http://iris.info.yorku.ca/

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Grand Valley State University: Meijer Honors College / Environmental Studies

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Assistant Professor. Grand Valley State University invites applications for an interdisciplinary tenure-track position in sustainable food systems beginning Fall 2014. This position will be housed primarily in the Frederik Meijer Honors College with a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies (ENS) program. A Ph.D., completed by time of appointment, in a discipline or area related to sustainable food systems is required, as is evidence of teaching effectiveness that includes engagement in experiential teaching and learning (e.g., service-learning, field work, etc.), a record of ongoing scholarly activity relevant to the position, and practical experience in sustainable food production. The successful candidate will teach an Honors College foundational interdisciplinary sequence, the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and other courses. Opportunities will be available to develop new courses, work with the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, participate in the new certification program in Sustainable Food Systems, and contribute to the development of the Honors College and ENS programs. Preference will be given to teacher-scholars who have a natural science background, are eager to work in interdisciplinary teams, teach innovative courses that utilize problem-based and/or high-impact pedagogies, collaborate with and supervise undergraduate research, write grants, and have experience in community outreach and small farm management.

Applicants should submit application materials online at www.gvsujobs.org. Please include a CV and cover letter. The letter should explain how the candidate would fulfill the expectations of the job and emphasize the integration of teaching, scholarship, and experiential activities. Three letters of recommendation must be sent directly to Robyn Toth, Office Coordinator, Meijer Honors College, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. (This is a revised review date.) Contact Prof. Kelly A. Parker parkerk@gvsu.edu, Search Committee Co-Chair, for more information. In a continuing effort to diversity our campus community, we actively encourage applications from people of color, women, veterans, people of diverse sexual identities/orientations, and others who may contribute
positively to the diversification of ideas and perspectives. GVSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information and resources about diversity at GVSU, see the website of our VP for Inclusion and Equity at www.gvsu.edu/inclusion.

The Meijer Honors College offers an alternative, interdisciplinary undergraduate general education program which encourages active learning. Courses generally have 25 students or fewer, and are often team-taught. Faculty teach six courses per year, advise and mentor students, maintain an active record of research and publication, and participate actively in service to Honors and the university. We value social justice and encourage service learning. More information: www.gvsu.edu/honors.

The Environmental Studies minor is designed to provide a broad interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues for students in any major. The 21 credit program includes an array of courses from socio-cultural, physical and life sciences, and economic and political disciplines and is guided by an interdisciplinary faculty advisory board. More information: www.gvsu.edu/ens.

The Sustainable Agriculture Project is a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff to experience sustainable agriculture on the Allendale campus. The project began with a group of students in 2008 and has expanded in the past few years to include a variety of different initiatives, including collaboration with the student Farm Club and with faculty teaching courses. We are passionate about sustainable food systems while learning about organic farming practices. More information: www.gvsu.edu/sustainableagproject.

Grand Valley State University serves 24,000 students and is recognized as one of the most sustainable universities in the United States. The 1,280 acre Allendale campus is located in the vibrant, growing Grand Rapids metropolitan area, with the Lake Michigan shoreline to the west. There are additional campuses in the City of Grand Rapids, Holland, and several regional centers.

Required Qualifications and Education:
· Ph.D. in a discipline or area related to sustainable food systems completed by time of appointment
· Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including experiential teaching and learning
· Record of ongoing scholarly activity relevant to the position
· Practical experience in sustainable food production

Preferred Qualifications:
· Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
· Demonstrated ability to use innovative pedagogies, such as problem-based and/or high impact practices
· Experience in collaborating with and supervising undergraduate research
· Grant-writing experience
· Experience in community outreach, such as collaborating with local food professionals
· Experience with small farm management and production

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