Contract Lecturer Job Postings for Natural Resources Management - 2023-24 Academic Year

Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Contract Lecturer Positions for the Anhui 3+1 Program 

It is preferred that instructors will teach in Hefei, Anhui, China in person, but there is a possibility of teaching over zoom. 

Application Deadline: July 31, 2023

Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a Contract Lecturer in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. Applications are requested to teach:

NRMT-1110-FAU – Natural Resources Inventory I (Sept. 5- Dec. 31, 2023)

General principles of measurement; theory and use of mensurational instruments; measurement of length, area and volume; construction of standard and local volume tables; estimation of stand volume from simple sampling designs; measurement of non timber resources.

NRMT-1330-FAU - Natural Resources Biometrics I (Sept. 5- Dec. 31, 2023)

Applications of microcomputer spreadsheets and software for data management and statistical analysis in environmental and forest resources analysis will be introduced. Included in this course are the use of electronic data capturing devices, graphics, spatial distributions, intervals, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling techniques, regression and correlation as they apply to forest conservation and resources.

NRMT-2054-FAU – Indigenous Peoples & Natural Resources (Sept. 5- Dec. 31, 2023)

An overview of Indigenous Peoples and natural resources, with an emphasis on Indigenous participation in forest management. Topics include: historical and modern-day treaties and their impacts on natural resources development and management; what it means to incorporate Aboriginal and treaty rights in natural resources development and management; Indigenous Peoples’ relationship to forest land and resources; natural resources policy developments and practices related to Indigenous issues at international, national, regional and local levels; and Indigenous Peoples’ relationships with provincial and federal governments and stakeholder groups such as environmental non-governmental organizations, natural resources industries and forest dependent communities.

NRMT-3116-FAU - Fish & Wildlife Fundamentals (Sept. 5- Dec. 31, 2023)

Students will develop skills in wildlife observation and identification with an emphasis on vertebrates of the boreal system. Lectures will introduce the taxonomy and life requisites of individual species and life forms, and compare aquatic and terrestrial systems at various scales. Other topics include fish and wildlife planning, management investment, tracking, trapping, hunting, rare and endangered species, and the use of ecological land classifications or forest inventory to classify habitat. Field trips and a lab setting will assist in the learning of fish and wildlife specimens.

NRMT-2270-WAU - Photo-interpretation & Remote Sensing (Jan. 8 - Apr. 30, 2024)


An introduction to photo-interpretation and digital remote sensing. In the first part of the course, students will learn principles of air photo-interpretation with a focus on species and feature identification. Photo-interpretation of forested landscapes, tree species, wetlands, and anthropogenic land use will be covered in both ortho and stereo as well as frame and linear scanner imagery, displayed in both true and false colour. The application of the subjects will be shown in the case of the Ontario Ecological Land Classification. The second part of the course will be an introduction of digital remote sensing principles. Image acquisition technology (passive and active) is covered in detail. Enhancement and classification techniques are taught and evaluated. Land cover classification will be taught as well as the processing of raw data into formats suitable for analysis.

NRMT-2350-WAU - GIS in Management Planning (Jan. 8 - April 30, 2024)

A study in the utility of operational remote sensing and geographic information systems standards and procedures. The emphasis of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the transition from interpreted aerial photographs and classified digital satellite imagery to a digital database, and its utilization within a GIS for forest resource management. Forestry applications include forest resource inventory mapping and analysis, terrain analysis, depletion mapping, as well as disease detection and monitoring.

NRMT-3170-WAU – Forest Economics  (Jan. 8 - Apr. 30, 2024)

Introduction to the economics of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services produced by, and dependent on, the forest resource. Course objectives are to appreciate the management of forests as an economic activity; to apply some of the concepts and tools of economic analysis to the management of forest resources; and to analyze and critically appraise important forest policy issues from an economic perspective.


 Please note:  This schedule is tentative and subject to change.  Instructors should refer to the online timetable prior to the start of classes.

Qualifications Preferred:  PhD in Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Studies or related field, with significant expertise related to the topic they will be teaching. The minimum requirement is a Master’s degree.  Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Our campuses are located in Thunder Bay on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 and in Orillia on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, and Rama First Nation. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses and is committed to a relationship with Métis and Inuit and First Nations peoples. Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

For further information, please contact Dr. Brigitte Leblon ( Detailed information on the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) should include: a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package.  We encourage applicants with the Right of First Refusal (as outlined in article 19.03.02 of the LUFA/LU Collective Agreement) to indicate their status in their application.

Applicants should submit their electronic application with the subject line including the course name (e.g., NRMT-1234-WA) to:

Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1

Attn: Dr. Brigitte Leblon, Dean


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2024 with a goal to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as measured by increasing representation of under-represented groups among applicants, candidates and hires. Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience or worked experience of any of these issues is preferred.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8010 ext. 8334 or human.resources@lakeheadu.cato make appropriate arrangements.

These positions are subject to budgetary approval.