Ethnobotany/Ehnobiology Instructor Needed

Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC)
Employment Type: Short term, full-time contract.
Job Description: An instructor is needed to teach a four-week Summer Session field course in ethnobotany or ethnobiology.  The instructor will be responsible for designing and executing a college-level field course that emphasizes field research techniques as applied to a various ethnicities living in lowland tropical forest environments.  The course will take place at the Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama, during Session C, 15 July-9 Aug., 2018.  The course is limited to 10 students and a teaching assistant will be provided with sufficient enrollment.  The instructor will be responsible for developing a syllabus and executing their field course within ITEC’s general framework of lectures, group projects and student independent research.  The course should include but is not limited to formal lectures, group projects or exercises, exams, student independent research projects, reports and oral presentations at the end of the session.
Field Site Description:  The Bocas del Toro Biological Station on Isla Colon represents an ideal site for ethnographic study and education.  The field station is located on a hill overlooking Almirante Bay and surrounded by tropical lowland wet forest.  There are four distinct cultures residing in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, including non-indigenous (AfroAntillean, Mestizo) and indigenous (Ngöbe, Kuna).  The Ngöbe are most abundant locally and are eager to share information.  Field trips and other travel related to the execution of the course will be supported.
Remunerations:  ITEC will cover all travel, meals and lodging related to travel to and from the field station, meals and lodging while at the field station, and travel and lodging during the three-day cloud forest fieldtrip.  Instructors receive a salary and accrue additional wages determined by level of enrollment.  Contact ITEC for details.
Requirements:  Applicants for this position should have the Ph.D. in hand (or are doctoral candidates) and have a background in ethnobotany, ethnobiology, ethnography, ethnomedicine or related field.  Candidates with previous experience teaching field courses will be most competitive, particularly those who have completed field work in the Neotropics.  Spanish speakers are preferred but interpreters can be provided.
To apply for this position, please submit the following:
1. Letter of Intent describing your interest in applying for the position.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Three academic or employment-related references including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses

Send application to: Dr. Peter N. Lahanas, Executive Director, Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th Place Gainesville, Florida, 32605, USA Ph: 352-367-9128, fax: 352-375-1474, Email:  Applications may be submitted electronically.
The Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Inc., (ITEC) is a non-profit (501(c)(3)  , education, research and conservation organization founded in 1996. ITEC owns and operates the Bocas del Toro Biological Station on Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama.  Visit us at:
 ITEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion with regard to staff employment, acceptance of students, research assistants or volunteers, or in any aspect of its operation.