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Sustainable Landscape Design Contract Instructor

Sustainable Landscape Design Contract Instructor – Competition ID: 1537

POSITION TYPE: Non-Regular, Type 1 (contract) instructor and Qualified Faculty List
POSITION START: September 1, 2022

KPU proudly offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  


As Canada’s only polytechnic university, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is the fourth largest university in the province of British Columbia and serves communities in the South Fraser region and beyond. A leader in innovative education with a teaching-focused mandate, KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve the highest standards of academic performance. 

Within KPU, the Faculty of Science and Horticulture (FSH) has over 1,500 full-time students and over 200 faculty members and instructors from across the natural and applied sciences. FSH includes nine departments and over 30 programs at the undergraduate level, with offerings at four KPU campuses. The Faculty is also home to two Canada Research Chairs: Dr. Paul Adams as Sherman Jen Research Chair and Dr. Karen Davidson as Canada Research Chair in Nutrition Informatics. 

FSH offers experiential learning through hands-on curriculum, co-ops and research collaboration opportunities with KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH), Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS), and Applied Genomics Centre (AGC). As well, our faculty is home to over a hectare of horticulture field lab, a working farm and a state-of-the art teaching brewery, which has been recognized internationally and locally, winning BC Brewery of the Year in 2019.  

For more information about the Faculty of Science and Horticulture, please visit our website at:


Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) School of Horticulture invites applications for part-time non-regular type 1 contract instructor(s) to teach one to two courses in our Landscape Horticulture Systems Diploma program. The program runs during our Fall and Spring semesters. Fall semester commences September 1 and runs until December 20, 2022. Spring semester commences January 1 and runs until April 26, 2023. All classes are offered at the Langley campus and contracts have possibility of extension.

The successful applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills to teach effectively in English. Experience with online instructional delivery and use of Moodle will be an asset.

Qualified instructors are needed to teach Landscape Horticulture Systems Diploma program courses in the following specializations:

HORT 2327 Sustainable Landscape Design 1 – Fall 2022.  Students learn to document and communicate various aspects of the residential landscape design process. Students study and practice basic manual drafting techniques and standards for producing residential concept and technical landscape drawings. Potential landscaping sites will be measured, documented and analyzed for design ideas and the creation of concept planting plans. Sustainability principles will be applied to urban landscape design.

HORT 2427 Sustainable Landscape Design 2 – Spring 2023. Students will explore conventional and sustainable approaches to landscape design associated with residential sites and small-scale spaces. They will draft landscape plans. Students will practice design skills such as client interviews, preparing site inventory and analysis diagrams, and grading sloped sites for level areas. They will assess plant and material choices and design solutions that promote sustainability in landscape design. Students will prepare a portfolio including concept and working drawings such as planting, grading and layout plans, and construction details. 

The program curriculum and success of KPU’s graduates have established the Landscape Horticulture Systems Diploma as a highly valued credential in the workplace. The degree program uniquely combines theoretical and technical sciences with the practice of horticulture.

For more information about horticulture programs, visit KPU’s Calendar webpage at

Visit KPU’s calendar to learn more about the Landscape Horticulture Systems Diploma program:

More information concerning the working conditions for a faculty member are outlined in Article 12 of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA) Collective Agreement


Candidates are asked to submit:
•    Letter of application
•    Current curriculum vitae that includes any teaching experience 
•    Contact information of two (2) professional references

For all application documents, please quote competition #1537

Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?

We at KPU understand that experiences and qualifications may look differently for everyone and, if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Note to Applicants:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at   [email protected].

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.  




Qualifications for this position include 5 years of relevant sustainable landscape design experience. Preference will be given to individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher and experience teaching in a post-secondary design or sustainable landscape design program. Individuals that are currently members of, or eligible for membership in the BC Society of Landscape Architects are encouraged to apply.

It is understood that instructors have specializations and that not all instructors will be qualified to teach all courses listed above. 

The successful applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills in order to teach effectively in English.  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72 Avenue
Surrey Upper West, BC V3W 2M8
Darlene Leitch
(604) 599-2150
Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Westminster Pier Park
Landscape Architect / Firm: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia
Photo Credit: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.