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.
Center Objective: The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies
(CMRS), a field station located on South Caicos Island in TCI, is
committed to providing educational and research opportunities to
visiting students while collaborating with local stakeholders on
setting the research agenda and sharing research outcomes. We
operate year-round, delivering two semester and two summer
programs. The Center strives to make a meaningful contribution to
the sustainable management of South Caicos marine resources and
ecosystems, to the better management of the terrestrial
environment, and towards the preparedness of the local community
for the advent of mainstream tourism. The Center research
activities are carried out in three areas: the ecology and
assessment of marine environments and species, conservation and
management of marine resources, and socio-economic conditions of
Tropical Marine Ecology:
The Tropical Marine Ecology course examines the interactions of living and non‑living components of tropical marine environments and how these shape/form different ecosystems. This course focuses mainly on the marine environment from the intertidal areas of South Caicos to its shelf edge. Coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grass beds are important eco-system foci. Ecological principles will be used to explain the interdependencies of species, populations, communities and ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on the nutrient flow and energy cycles within and between ecosystems with references to the potential consequences of human alterations and natural perturbations of the environment. Today's problems related to marine resource exploitation will be addressed by looking at the limiting factors of biological productivity. The impacts of onshore tourism development on the coastal and reef environments, and on exploited marine resources, will also form part of the teaching and research agendas.
Summer Session 1: Fundamentals of Marine Conservation
Students explore the spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos, snorkeling or diving with rays, turtles, brilliantly colored fish, and other marine life. In this fundamentals course, they’ll learn about the environmental issues and policies affecting these ecosystems and the island community, and gain the skills needed to conduct marine research.
Summer Session 2: Marine Megafauna
Students spend their summer studying sharks, turtles, and rays in the waters surrounding the island of South Caicos. In this specialized course, they’ll learn about the ecology and conservation of these and other marine megafauna through in-water field lectures, snorkel or dive sessions, and video tracking exercises.
[Note: summer courses may change from year to year. The above courses will be taught in summer].
The successful candidate will provide high quality, modern and experiential teaching in critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum and participate fully in the implementation of the Center’s strategic research plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is necessary. The successful candidate will work closely with the lecturers in Environmental Policy and Marine Resource Management to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting.
Applicants are encouraged to review the course syllabi and
programs descriptions on the SFS website: www.fieldstudies.org/tci
Duties and Responsibilities
Each lecturer is expected to provide high quality, inquiry-based teaching and will lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the Center’s research plan.
As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one-third
of the academic program (minimum 60 lecture hours per semester, 20
per summer program)
Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum
Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner
Adhere to the daily academic schedule
Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations
Supervise and mentor up to 12 students in Directed Research projects
Actively support and counsel students on academic issues
Maintain records of lectures, exams, quizzes, readings, field experiences and homework assignments
Conduct designated research according to the Center's Strategic
Identify appropriate components of the Center's research plan suitable for student Directed Research projects
Prepare research results for clients and partners and for publication and conference presentations
Assist in the creation and implementation of Center research policies, priorities, budgets as required
Follow data management, record keeping, and reporting systems
Present research findings at local and international conferences (budget dependent)
Participate in planning activities prior to the program start
and in review/analysis following students' departure
Participate in training activities for new Center staff prior to and during the program, particularly interns
Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
In cooperation with other Center staff, provide day-to-day coordination of interns as delegated by the center director
Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook revisions and other required reports
As requested by the Center Director, assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks
Safety & Risk Management
Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the
Center faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program
Participate in the review and revision of Center risk assessment and management plans
Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
Know the emergency procedures plan for the Center, including evacuation plan
Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
Complete incident reports when appropriate and contribute to safety audits
Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures
Ensure that first-aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
Daily Center Life
Live on-site (or near-by) for the duration of each program
period and take most meals with the students
On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures
Ph.D. and university-level teaching and field experience in
Tropical Marine / Coastal Ecology, or related field
Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team
Track record of research publications
Certified SCUBA diver, Rescue or Divemaster preferred
Small boat handling experience
Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with small
Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable
Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field
station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US
undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
Participate in the residential campus activities and community outreach
Represent SFS at local and international conferences
At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community
Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package and onsite room and board is included.
Center for Marine Resource Studies - South Caicos, The Turks and Caicos Islands
The Center Director and the Office of Academic Affairs
January 6, 2020
To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online at https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/7681-General/jobs/12741217-Resident-Lecturer-in-Tropical-Marine-Ecology
Recommendation letters will be required upon request.
Inquiries about the position may be directed to SFS Dean at Academics@fieldstudies.org .
Equal Opportunity Employer.