Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology – Fellowship in Sustainable Urban Food Systems

The Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University invites applications for a three-year Fellowship in Sustainable Urban Food Systems to assist in research, outreach, and public program coordination in Indianapolis. Applicants with training in sustainable agriculture, urban ecology, urban planning, environmental policy, environmental studies, or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Master’s degree is required and PhD is highly desirable. Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is desirable. Applicants with experience and interest in interacting with culturally diverse groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Fellow will work with faculty and staff in the Center for Urban Ecology as well as the leaders in the food system of Indianapolis to accelerate recent initiatives connecting urban ecology to urban agriculture (UA), UA to Indianapolis communities, and Indianapolis communities to their broader foodsheds. Specific tasks include:

  • Development of programmatic activities that link existing and future UA sites with the larger Indianapolis food system and pilot programmatic activities at a established site based on ecological principles
  • Collaboration with academic researchers and other stakeholders to use a geodatabase to produce research and outreach materials related to UA and facilitate dissemination of these materials
  • Development of methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and future UA programmatic activities at accomplishing community development, food access, and/or environmental restoration goals
  • Working with CUE staff and other leading stakeholders to establish a Food Council for Indianapolis
  • Teach one course in the fall and spring semesters in urban ecology or a related subject in the applicant’s area of expertise

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Fellow will also be provided with full benefits including health insurance.
Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring and other employment-related decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance and other employment-related criteria. It is the policy of the University to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally-protected category.

Review of applications will begin April 13, 2012. We anticipate a start date in Summer 2012. Electronic applications will be accepted in a single pdf file. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a two-page statement of research and professional interests, and three letters of reference to:

Timothy Carter, Director
Center for Urban Ecology
Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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