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Lecturer in Urban Horticulture (Multiple Opportunities)

Job no: 0062915 & 0062909
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing (tenure track)
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Level B – $119,231 – $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super

Join Us in Shaping a Sustainable Future
At The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystems Sciences, we're dedicated to advancing education and research in environmental and ecosystem sciences, sustainable agriculture, and healthy food systems. We inspire and empower future leaders to champion sustainability, innovate solutions to global challenges, and foster partnerships across diverse communities and disciplines. Grounded in values of community, leadership, excellence, creativity, and sustainability, we strive to make a meaningful impact on both people and the planet.

We also offer salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, public transport discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses for our staff and their immediate families. If you're driven to create positive change and contribute to a better world, we invite you to join our passionate team.

About the Roles
The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences at the University of Melbourne is seeking two academics to join the urban horticulture team.

One role focuses on education and would entail the development and delivery of initiatives in either community food production, urban greening, garden design and/or landscape design.

The other role emphasises both education and research equally, with responsibilities that would include teaching of a similar range of initiatives, whilst also establishing an urban horticultural research program, and collaborating on projects with external partners.

Successful candidates for both positions will collaborate closely with industry, government, and NGO partners to enhance urban horticulture education at our prestigious Burnley Campus, celebrated for its horticultural excellence and dynamic multidisciplinary focus.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely within the urban horticulture teaching team to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate horticulture and urban greening subjects.
  • Design and develop curriculum in either i) horticultural for community food production and urban greening for social and environment benefits, or ii) garden and urban landscape design with a focus on plant-led design for social and environmental benefits.
  • Undertake scholarly activity that supports, enables and disseminates teaching practice within the discipline of urban horticulture.
  • Actively participate at School meetings and contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity building in the School/discipline.
  • Prepare and delivery lectures, tutorials, practicals and seminars as appropriate.

Who We Are Looking For
You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to build positive, professional relationships with staff, collaborators, and students. Additionally, you will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a diverse workforce.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in urban horticulture, urban ecology, urban design, landscape architecture or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in urban horticulture and expertise in one or more of the following areas: urban food production, plant propagation or urban planting and establishment, plant selection approaches for urban greening or garden design, garden and landscape design and graphics.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching including developing engaging undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching programs.

For Position 1 (Education & Research) you will have:

  • A demonstrated aptitude for independent research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and relative to opportunity.
  • Experience in supervising research students, relative to opportunity.

For Position 2 (Education) you will have:

  • A demonstrated aptitude for independent scholarship as evidenced through a sound publication record or scholarly and creative outputs from professional practice, commensurate with experience and relative to opportunity.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PDs.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – “School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences“
The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences (SAFES) brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, biodiversity conversation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices.

With deep expertise across a variety of disciplines, the School offers a range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including six Master coursework programs: Master of Agricultural Sciences, Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation, Master of Food and Packaging Innovation, Master of Food Science, Master of Urban Horticulture and Master of Environment.

The School is situated across four University campuses, with dedicated agriculture, forest and fire, and urban horticulture facilities that enable a unique hands-on learning experience. The School is actively engaged in partnerships with industry, government, alumni, and the community to share knowledge and co-develop solutions to real-world problems. Join a vibrant community committed to benefiting people and nature through education and research.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Oliver Bukasa via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description: 0062915 - Lecturer in Urban Horticulture (Education focused) - PD.pdf

Position Description: 0062909 - Lecturer in Urban Horticulture (Education & Research) - PD.pdf

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