Assistant Professor of Urban Forest Design


University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Start Date

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Department of Forest Resources Management at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in urban forest design. The successful applicant is expected to play a key role in undergraduate and graduate teaching in design- and planning-related aspects of urban forestry, as well as supervising graduate students and conducting research.

The UBC Faculty of Forestry ( is one of the world’s leading academic institutions in forestry, conducting both national and international research, and providing undergraduate education in six degree programs: Urban Forestry, Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Science, Wood Science, and Forest Bioeconomy. The Bachelor of Urban Forestry (BUF) program, which was launched in 2015, embraces an interdisciplinary approach across ecological, socio-cultural, and economic domains in both urban and peri-urban settings. The Faculty has also recently launched a new Master in Urban Forestry Leadership professional program. Urban forestry education and research provides opportunities for collaboration with other faculties and departments at UBC, including the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and the School of Community and Regional Planning. The urban forestry program at UBC benefits from its location in Vancouver, a city recognized for its international leadership in sustainability.

About the Position

The successful candidate will significantly contribute to the Faculty by playing a key role in anchoring the design aspects of urban forestry through teaching and research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. They will provide leadership for the Minor in Landscape and Recreation Planning, and in maintaining a close relationship with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) and others in the design community.  The successful candidate will be involved in teaching and coordinating courses on topics such as urban forest design, landscape planning and management, plant materials and planting design, aesthetics, and public participation. They are expected to contribute to the teaching and research supervision of graduate students in urban forestry and may also contribute to teaching in the Urban Forestry Field School, the Integrated Urban Forestry Capstone Studio or summer courses, as required in the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program. The successful candidate will also support the Program Director in the continued development of the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program as well as contribute to the Faculty’s and UBC’s strategic goals on sustainability and biodiversity.