Geography, Environment and Planning is an ambitious Subject Group in the School of Life and Medical Sciences, ranked 14th in the Guardian (2022) for Geography and Environmental Studies in the UK. We have a strong focus on applied and research-informed teaching, excellent pastoral care and graduate employability, (ranked 10th for career prospects). BSc degrees are offered in Environmental Management and Ecology, Geography, Human Geography and Physical Geography, and MSc programmes include Environmental Management, Sustainable Planning and Transport Planning. Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Field Ecology. The post is based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, situated in a leafy campus within commuting distance from London.
Main duties and responsibilities
The post-holder will contribute to teaching, assessment, supervision and fieldwork in field ecology and other degree programmes (as appropriate) in Geography, Environment and Planning. You will be accessible and supportive of students in the role of personal tutor, and will also assist in the administration, admissions and marketing of degree programmes. You will be expected to contribute to, strengthen and develop the research and enterprise activities within the area of ecology and related areas.
Skills and experience needed
You will have demonstrated teaching excellence in field ecology (preferably UK flora and fauna and aquatic ecology) and other related areas at HEI level, including experience of assessment, project supervision and teaching and academic administration. You will have excellent ecological field skills and knowledge of core areas of teaching and training in field ecology at HEI level, and excellent identification skills in at least one taxonomic group and/or be a licensed practitioner for one taxonomic group.
You will have a track record of academic publication in ecology research, commensurate with their career stage. You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills consistent with the highest quality of teaching and learning, along with evidence of successful teamwork and a caring and collegial approach. Proficiency in English is essential.
You will hold a Bachelors or a Masters degree in Ecology or a closely related subject, or equivalent level qualification. You will also hold a PhD, (or within three months of viva), in Ecology or a relevant field, or have equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience. Membership of the British Ecological Society or Institution of Environmental Sciences, and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy are desirable. If the post-holder is not a FHEA, they will need to obtain this via the University of Hertfordshire’s Continuing Professional Academic Development programme.
The University offers every individual the opportunity to succeed. We want our staff to represent multi-faceted life experiences, varied cultural heritage and to encourage cognitive diversity. We recognise that the field is not ‘level’ and want to actively address barriers to progression. Markers of success to date include a small gender pay gap within the School where this post sits (6%) and holding an Athena Swan Bronze Award. We also challenge stereotypes and partner with networks both within and outside of the University to enhance inclusion in the workplace. We wholeheartedly encourage applications from BAME and LGTBQ+ candidates, who are currently under-represented within the programme.
We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave and discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts