Puerto Natales Chile
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Resident Lecturer in Earth Science and Climate Science, Chile

The School for Field Studies

Job Title: Resident Lecturer in Earth Science and Climate Science, Chile
Job Location: Puerto Natales
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2019-02-19
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Resident Lecturer in Earth Science and Climate Science, Chile
The School for Field Studies

The SFS program on Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice (spring and fall semester), located in Chile seeks an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual to serve as part of a residential team of faculty and staff who deliver an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience to students spending a semester abroad. This program, based in Puerto Natales, Chile will present a rich learning landscape for students exploring people’s relationship with the environment and conservation.

On a contract basis, the Resident Lecturer will teach the Earth Systems and Climate Science course as well as teach one-third of the Directed Research course. Contribute to student learning in the areas of anthropogenic climate change, conservation planning, and who makes the decisions about conservation in Patagonia. Lead designated components of the programs research plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects.

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:

The Chilean Patagonia region, like other high-latitude regions, is hyper-susceptible to changes in climate, and the Southern Patagonian icefield is shown to be more vulnerable to climate change than Alaskan glaciers. The focus of this program will be the science of climate change from the Quaternary Period to the Anthropocene, the ecology of the Patagonian coast, alpine forests, and exposed terrestrial and fragile habitats, and the complexity of the regional conservation decision-making apparatus. Students will be encouraged to consider the dynamic Patagonian conservation movement from multiple lenses, taking into account perspectives from multiple stakeholder groups. This program weaves the study of human action and impact throughout the fields of earth systems, ecology, and climate change. Patagonia is a place where climate change can be observed and measured in palpable ways.

Course Description: Earth Systems and Climate Science This course focuses on the physical nature of the landscape and the geologic / seismic complexity of a region firmly situated along the ‘ring of fire’. We will learn about active volcanoes and the resiliency of habitats, ecosystems, and people that must constantly adapt to things like ash fall and earthquakes. We will also examine both alpine and sea-level glaciers and the Andes mountain range that is still growing. The focus will be the science of climate change, understanding the dynamics of the Quaternary Period (the time when periodic pulses of warm and cold started to dominate earth systems; e.g., the ice ages) and the Anthropocene (the period where humans have begun to influence earth systems). On a planet whose surface is more than 70% oceans, we will learn the important role of the oceans in the Earth System and how the ocean works. We will study the science of climate past and current, and the evidence for anthropogenic climate change.

As we build our understanding of global function, we will consistently bring it back to touch ground with where we are in Patagonia. From the base of Puerto Natales, we are at the gateway of Tierra del Fuego National Park, with glaciers that belong to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside the polar regions. We will explore the “Fire and Ice,” of Chile, where that fire and ice is comprised of volcanoes and glaciers – both alpine and sea-level glaciers – and also the fire of wildfire.

Course Description: Directed Research The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to apply ecological, biological, and/or social-scientific methods to a field research project that addresses a local issue related to the environment. We will also investigate the ways that various methods and theories distinguish (or don’t) fact from interpretation, cause from correlation, and advocacy from objectivity. The directed research topics are derived from the SFS Center’s Strategic Research Plan (currently in development) as defined by the Center staff and local stakeholders. Through the Directed Research project, students will contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions. SFS program lecturers lead a small group of students in this research component of the program.

Applicants are encouraged to review proposed course syllabi and programs descriptions on the SFS website: https://fieldstudies.org/program/chile-semester/

Program Schedule and Locations:

The Center for Climate Studies is located in Puerto Natales. The program includes field excursions and trips to the Torres del Paine National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego, and Puerto Montt. For fall semester, faculty are required to report to the Center in mid-August (exact date to be determined) for preparation for the program, but earlier arrival is possible and encouraged. Program dates for fall are early September through mid-December, with a debrief and planning period following the close of the program. Faculty are required to return to the Center for the start of the spring semester in mid-January (date to be determined) in preparation for the spring semester which takes place from late January through early May.

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 other program lecturers 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.


As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach a significant portion of the academic 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 a student research group in Directed Research projects

Actively support and counsel students on academic issues

Maintain an organized course portfolio


Help design the program’s research plan and conduct designated research according to it

Identify appropriate components of the program’s research plan suitable for student Directed Research projects

Prepare research results for collaborators and partners and for publication and conference presentations

Assist in the creation and implementation of program 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 program 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 program staff, provide day-to-day coordination of interns as delegated by the program 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 program director, assist with other logistical, group management, and administrative tasks

Safety & Risk Management

Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the program faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program participants

Participate in the review and revision of program risk assessment and management plans

Know the emergency procedures plan for the field station, 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 program policies and procedures

Ensure that first-aid certifications are kept up to date

Daily Center Life

Live near the Center for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students

On a rotating basis, take responsibility for "staff of the day" duties

Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, site upkeep projects, social and field activities

Drive standard transmission vehicles as needed

Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and program policies and procedures


This is a contract position with a start date of mid- August 2019. The contract will end in mid-May 2020 with continuance depending on successful completion of duties and sufficient student enrollment. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package included.


Puerto Natales, Chile

Reports to:

Program Manager and The Office of Academic Affairs

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications

Ph.D. and university-level teaching experience in areas related to ecology or biodiversity conservation with emphasis in mountain or alpine systems. Candidates with a Master’s degree and significant scholarship may be considered

Field research and/or project implementation experience

Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team

Track record of research publications or professional activity

Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues

Preferred Qualifications

Work in Patagonia

Experience teaching field courses or work with study abroad programs

Fluency or high proficiency in Spanish

Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable

Other Expectations

Obtain First Aid certification prior to first day of work (SFS reimbursable available)

Willingness to work flexible hours with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students

Participation in all program 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

Information and Application Process Instructions

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/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=11925631. Recommendation letters will be required upon request.

For further clarifications of roles and responsibilities contact academics@fieldstudies.org

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