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Faculty, School of Environment and Sustainability - (F0328)

Royal Roads Univeristy
Victoria, British Columbia (CA)
RRUFA collective agreement:
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Feb 13, 2022

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Royal Roads University acknowledges that the campus lies on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who have lived here for thousands of years. It is with gratitude that we now learn, work, and conduct research on these Lands, where the past, present and future of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff come together.

Royal Roads University is seeking applications for a one year limited term position to oversee and coordinate the development of an under-graduate micro credential (4 courses) in the new Indigenous Environmental Leadership program. The program will be developed for the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education, a partnership with ECO Canada that delivers the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Environmental Practice and the Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of Climate Change in the School of Environment and Sustainability. We are seeking Indigenous scholars to fill this one year contract position. (Full-time, March 2022 to March 2023). The School of Environment and Sustainability invites applications from Indigenous scholars who maintain ties to their ancestors and families through regular connection to their traditional culture(s) and who are interested in developing the new undergraduate credential in Indigenous Environmental Leadership. Successful candidates may also wish to design and teach one or more of the four courses offered for the credential.

Royal Roads University has a rich cultural and natural heritage, grounded in connection to the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Located on the Hatley Park National Historic Site just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia, RRU is on the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and surrounded by old growth forest, formal gardens, and awe-inspiring mountain views. Established by the provincial government in 1995, RRU was created with a unique mandate and governance structure to provide labour market-responsive, applied, and professional programs. RRU has over 20,000 alumni in 65 countries. With a reputation for providing transformative learning experiences and innovation, RRU is a leader in the delivery of online course work, allowing students to learn while they work. RRU delivers learning, teaching and research that change careers, lives, and communities.


Based on broad community consultation, including input from local Chiefs and our Heron People Circle members, a planning framework for delivering on our commitment to Indigenous Peoples was established in 2019 that includes a set of principles and six core elements. The six core elements all have direct connection to learning, teaching and research.

Indigenous Environmental Leadership is a new undergraduate program at Royal Roads University designed to prepare Indigenous learners to identify and address environmental issues in their Nations and communities.  The four online courses investigate environmental issues in Indigenous communities in Canada and approaches to restoring and maintaining environmental quality and addressing accelerating problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The program focuses on integrated environmental planning and intersections with sustainable economic and social development. The program provides pathways to further post-secondary education at both the Bachelor and Master’s levels, potentially leading to the Bachelor of Environmental Practice and the Masters of Environmental Practice. Graduates will become environmental leaders in their Nations and communities. The Indigenous Environmental Leadership program is offered in partnership with ECO Canada and the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads and provides graduates of ECO Canada’s BEAHR program with pathways to environmental credentials and professional certification. The Program is designed and taught by Indigenous scholars and is based on Indigenous science and knowledge as well as Indigenous values and laws.  An advisory board made up of Indigenous scholars, elders, knowledge keepers, leaders and practitioners as well as local advisors from learners’ communities will oversee the development and implementation of the program.

Job Requirements:

In accordance with Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this opportunity is limited to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.  Candidates must self-identify (in their cover letter) in order to be considered for this position.

  • The ideal candidate for this position is an Indigenous scholar with a PhD or Master’s degree in a discipline related to environment and sustainability and with experience as a scholar and a practitioner in Indigenous communities and issues
  • Professional experience in areas of Indigenous environmental issues
  • Experience in online program and course design, teaching and administration
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate level
  • Familiarity with Indigenous knowledge systems, laws and values. Prior experience teaching at the college or University level or in Eco Canada’s BEAHR program would be welcome.

Application submission information: 

Please include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of your interest and experience in the topic of Indigenous Environmental Leadership.

We welcome additional relevant materials, including up to two letters from Indigenous community groups/organizations you have worked with (along with names and contact information of community references).

Please note you can add as many attachments as you like to your profile as long as the file size of each item does not exceed 2MBs.

Additional Information:

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience. For more information on salary, please review page 73 of the RRUFA collective agreement: This is a limited term position for one year.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please contact us directly at attention: Lorisha Bühler or 250-391-2600 extension 4408 so we can offer you individualized assistance and ensure equity in our recruitment and hiring process. ALL COMPETITIONS WILL CLOSE AT 10.00 P.M. ON THE DATE OF CLOSING

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