Resident Lecturer in Principles of Marine Resource Management, TCI

Turks and Caicos (TC)
Sep 21, 2018
Nov 20, 2018
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type

On an annual basis, teach the Principles of Marine Resource Management course during two semester programs and one-third of the two summer courses, Tropical Marine Ecosystems and Applied Marine Research Techniques. Lead designated components of the Center's Strategic Research Plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects related to these research lines.
Institutional Mission:
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.

Program Focus:
SFS works with government departments and other local stakeholders to help develop management strategies that will conserve marine biodiversity and provide sustainable economic opportunities for island residents. With so many local residents dependent upon the marine environment for their livelihood, finding viable options for managing fisheries and conserving critical habitats as coastal development and tourism grow, is crucial.
Course Description:
The Principles of Marine Resource Management course introduces students to concepts underpinning the sustainable exploitation of living marine resources, providing a link between the complementary courses offered in the program, Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values, and Tropical Marine Ecology. Topical areas include: fishing techniques and their impacts; resource assessment and monitoring; fisheries management approaches, particularly as they apply to small island nations; coastal zone management; environmental impacts of coastal development and tourism, and climate change in island systems.
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 plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is critical. The successful candidate will work closely with other faculty members 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 to lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the Center’s research plan.

Applicants are encouraged to review course syllabi and program descriptions on the SFS website:
Duties and Responsibilities

  • As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one-third of the academic program (i.e. 60 contact 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 Research Plan Identify appropriate components of the Center's Strategic 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 and guidebook 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 participants 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 for the duration of each program period and take 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 At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for center during program breaks and center rentals Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures

Minimum qualifications

  •  Ability to obtain Turks & Caicos work permit Ph.D. and university-level teaching experience in fisheries assessment and management, or a related field. Familiarity with spiny lobster and queen conch fisheries would be highly beneficial Field research experience, preferably in the areas of stock assessment and marine reserve planning Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team Good track record of research publications Certified SCUBA diver, Divemaster highly preferred Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues

Preferred Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with small island governments Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable Proven track record of grant writing success Current first aid certification Small boat handling experience

Other Expectations

  •  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 Participation in all Center activities Represent SFS at local and international meetings and conferences At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community


Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board included.
South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Reports to:
Center Director and the Office of Academic Affairs

Start Date:
January 7, 2018 (with some flexibility)

To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online.  Recommendation letters will be required upon request.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Inquiries about the position may be directed to the SFS Dean, Mark Seifert at