Job Opportunities

The Environmental Studies Minor program recruits temporary lecturers to teach a variety of Environmental Studies course offerings during the academic year as well as current UCSD students as teaching/instructional assistants.

Temporary Lecturer Positions

We are interested in recruiting lecturers who can integrate topics in environmental justice and climate change with a qualitative approach to natural sciences and lecturers who have a critical approach to the concept of "wilderness" from Indigenous and decolonial perspectives.

Recruitment generally occurs in Winter and Spring quarters for the following academic year, although candidates may submit an application at any time and they will be reviewed if a position has not yet been filled. Lecturer positions are generally fixed-term commitments from one to three quarters depending on instructional needs. For more information and to apply for a position, please see the Job Position for Lecturer - Environmental Studies on the UCSD Open Recruitment website. Please see the Environmental Studies Minor core courses in the UCSD General Catalog.

Teaching Assistant

Tutor/Instructional Assistant Positions

Please note: There are no Teaching Assistant nor Tutor/Instructional Assistant positions available at this time. For future opportunities, please check our site again during Weeks 6-10 of the current quarter for any available positions for the upcoming quarter

The Environmental Studies Minor program may have opportunities for graduate or undergraduate students to apply for TA/Tutor positions for a particular quarter. These opportunities are variable and depend on the instructional needs of the particular quarter.

If a position is open, students may apply during the submissions period indicated in the posting.  Interested students must meet the university's eligibility criteria for the position.

If there are no open positions for a particular quarter, please check this page at a later date for possible upcoming opportunities.

What is the Difference between a TA and a Tutor?

Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant (TA) designates a graduate student who assists in the instruction of an upper or lower division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member. The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by attending all lectures, leading discussion section(s), grading exams and assignments, proctoring exams, answering student questions, and attending any requested meetings with the instructor.

In order to apply to TA, graduate students must meet the University eligibility criteria:

The graduate student must be enrolled in 12 units (full-time).

The graduate student must be in good academic standing according to their home department including maintenance of a 3.0 GPA and no more than eight units of F and/or U grades overall.

Be within the departmental support time limit: See your graduate advisor in your home department to verify that you are within your time limit.

Tutor / Undergraduate Instructional Assistant

A Tutor or Undergraduate Instructional Assistant (UGIA) is an undergraduate student who serves as an assistant in an undergraduate course under the supervision of a faculty member. The faculty member is responsible for the course content and maintaining the overall quality of instruction, including supervision of the Tutor/UGIA. The purpose of the apprenticeship is to learn the methodology of teaching through actual practice in a regularly scheduled course. Tutors/UGIAs typically attend all lectures, lead discussion section(s), grade exams and assignments, proctor exams, answer student questions, and attend meetings with the instructor.

In order to apply to Tutor, students must meet the University eligibility criteria:

The Undergraduate student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at UC San Diego. The Undergraduate student must have completed 90 units prior to serving as a Tutor/UGIA.

Please note: The first time that an undergraduate student serves as a Tutor/Instructional Assistant for the Environmental Studies program, they will earn credit through an ENVR 195 (4 units, P/NP grading option).

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