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Project Director – Earth Economics

Earth Economics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Tacoma, Washington with a 20-year track record of innovation and success. Our mission is to quantify and value the benefits nature provides. Our work drives effective decisions and system change through a combination of education, natural capital analysis, and policy recommendations. We are currently seeking a Project Director (PD) to join our team. The PD is responsible for leading client and partner engagements throughout the full lifecycle from concept through research and report publication. Projects will range in topic from ecosystem service valuations to complex benefit-cost analyses, and funding mechanism recommendations. Projects may include small, rapid assessments or multi-year endeavors. In this role, you will help leaders around the world understand, protect, and expand their natural capital to provide safe drinking water, flood protection and many other critical benefits.

Responsibilities and Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Define project scope, approach, and budget with input from internal and partner stakeholders
• Assemble and manage project teams of internal and contract resources
• Engage proactively with the partner teams providing regular updates and leading working sessions
• Review published literature, public data, and conduct outreach to subject matter experts
• Write technical reports with input and contributions from multiple team members
• Present results to partners and the public at workshops and conferences
• Participate in national and international conferences, often as a presenter
• Manage all project logistics including schedules, deliverables, tasks, and invoicing
• Participate in business development, fundraising, and strategy development for Earth Economics

Qualifications
• Curious, flexible, and pragmatic with excellent attention to detail
• Experience successfully working within and leading matrixed teams
• Expertise and professional experience in ecological economics and/or benefit-cost analysis
• Excellent written communication including technical reports, presentations and fact sheets
• Strong verbal communication both 1:1 and through professional presentations
• Aptitude for conducting web- and journal-based research and integrating and summarizing information in a concise and timely, manner.
• Strong proficiency with MS Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Degree in economics, applied science, or policy relevant to listed responsibilities (masters preferred.)

Other Details
• This position may require up to 25% domestic/international travel depending on project need.
• Positon comes with a robust benefit package including fully paid healthcare.
• Compensation will depend on qualifications.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to info@eartheconomics.org with the subject: Project Director Position.

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Ecosystem Services Scientist – Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is seeking a wetlands ecologist, hydrologist or natural resource economist to synthesize existing science to quantify and communicate ecosystem services outcomes of its conservation programs. The successful applicant will focus initially on three higher order objectives: (1) development and/or synthesis of science-based information to assess effects of DU’s conservation work on water quantity and quality; (2) synthesis of the science-based information into a form that can be easily communicated and conveyed to DU staff engaged in development of partnerships with industry and foundations, and to policy staff and others engaged in advocacy to secure favorable wetlands public policy outcomes; (3) active participation in the scientific community by publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and participating in professional meetings and discussions, and engaging and cooperating with DU’s science staff across Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.

Education, Experience, and Reporting

The successful candidate will have a M.S. or Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Economics, or a related field, a minimum of 5 years of related experience, and the ability to develop and/or synthesize science, and communicate science-based information to fundraising, marketing and public policy staff. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop relationships with scientists in academia, industry and government to foster development of innovative conservation solutions that lead to significant advances in landscape scale wetland conservation. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation related policy and legislation, and the ability to locate, review and synthesize technical information related to ecosystem services with emphasis on wetlands and associated uplands is essential. We seek a highly motivated, self-starter with a willingness to work with a team of dedicated conservation professionals to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues. This position will report to the Chief Scientist at DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, TN., and will cooperate with DU scientists located across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Please submit a cover letter detailing experience and interest in the position, and resume via our website: http://www.ducks.org/About-Ducks-Unlimited/Jobs-at-Ducks-Unlimited by July 14, 2017. Prospective applicants with questions about this position may contact Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist at tmoorman@ducks.org .

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Modeling of Long-Term Macroeconomic and Natural Resources Interdependence

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Location: Austin, TX, USA

Keywords: energy, economics, debt, biophysical economics, post-Keynesian, Michal Kalecki, Hyman Minsky, system dynamics

Deadline for application: July 15, 2017

Start date: approximately September 1, 2017

Duration: 12 months

Contact:  Dr. Carey W. King (careyking@mail.utexas.edu). For specific questions on the job description, e-mail or call Dr. King at +1 (512) 471-5468.

Research Associate Position: Michigan State University

Research Associate
Department of Community Sustainability
The Center for Global Change and Earth Observation
Michigan State University

The Department of Community Sustainability and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation at Michigan State University is searching for a full-time Research Associate/post doc to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found, preferably by summer 2017. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan, with significant fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower– not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydroengineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The research teams will assess land cover change to understand deforestation risk in and around dams, and identify agricultural areas that can benefit from sediment application. Coupled hydrological and climate models, linked to land cover changes in different landscape and socio-ecological settings, including international collaborations, will identify better hydropower solutions including ways to move sediments to farms and/or locations for in-stream turbines. Institutional and governance analysis will examine the multi-tiered dimensions that intrude upon the way civil society benefits from hydropower. The project will generate innovative solutions to produce renewable energy from hydropower, increase food production, and lessen negative environmental and social impacts that have reduced the acceptability of hydropower development, in the U.S., Europe and across the world.

The successful applicant will become part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to investigating the multi-tiered and multi-sector governance structure of the food-energy-water system. The research associate will conduct an institutional analysis of the FEWs nexus to help achieve an integrated policy assessment of this nexus for the Amazon basin. Necessary skills include knowledge of the study of governance and institutions (e.g. Ostrom, North).  The work will require qualitative and quantitative skills since the work will cover communities in three river basins in the Brazilian Amazon. Statistical skills are required to be able to collaborate in interdisciplinary research across the social and natural sciences. Desirable experience includes knowledge of the literature on the food-energy-water nexus and the impact of hydropower dams, along with livelihood analysis.  Responsibilities will be divided between fieldwork, analysis, and writing. Candidate is expected to work independently but contribute to team-based science.

Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who:

  • Are committed to a research career in interdisciplinary science, active publication of research results, and communicating them to communities.
  • Have an outstanding academic record is expected, preferably with evidence of research publications.
  • Completed Ph.D. degree in a social science or interdisciplinary field that includes a social science component.
  • Expertise in institutional and governance analysis along the lines of the work of Elinor Ostrom and Douglas North.
  • Fieldwork experience, such as survey and interview data collection.
  • Acquainted with dataset management and statistical methods, mixed methods.
  • Fluency in Portuguese.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills; ability to think creatively about collaboration, and scientific inquiry; ability to work with rural communities in the Amazon region.
  • Comfortable interaction with members of other disciplines and with integration of concepts from related fields; strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Flexibility to travel and work as needed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically through Michigan State University’s website, http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ under Job Posting No 432771. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) a summary of your experience with diversity in your research endeavors, and any experience mentoring diverse student, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence, and (d) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search Committee.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 – Economic and Business Approaches to Low-Carbon Transitions

The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (salary range $85,000 to $125,000 per annum) with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2018.  The successful applicant must have a PhD and be eligible for nomination as a SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 on the following theme: economic and business approaches to low-carbon transitions.

We seek an energetic and dynamic scholar with demonstrated potential for leadership and international recognition in the study of economic and business approaches to identifying and implementing solutions for transitioning towards low-carbon development and economic pathways. Applicants with expertise relating to societal transitions to a low-carbon economy will be considered, with preference being given to candidates with research backgrounds in environmental or ecological economics, sustainable finance, sustainable business and management practices in established or developing economies or entrepreneurship and innovation systems in support of sustainability. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching interests complement and connect with the current strengths in sustainability management and international development in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development or another academic unit in the Faculty of Environment. A demonstrated ability to forge and sustain fruitful partnerships with scholars from a variety of disciplines is considered an asset.

Full position listing can be found here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is June 1st, 2017.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Seeks Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Natural Resources Economics in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries

Appointment: Twelve month tenure track (40 % teaching; 60% research)

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Applied Economics with research focus and academic training in fisheries/ natural resource economics or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to develop a productive research program in fisheries economics focusing on resource valuation, institutional and social issues in fisheries and sustainable management of natural resources, to publish peer-reviewed publications, and to develop effective and innovative teaching techniques is required. Expertise in market and non-market valuation techniques, forecasting and bio-economic models that identify optimal management strategies for fisheries resources, conservation and revival of fish species facing extinction threats, welfare analysis including market failure, institutional analysis, provide economic rationale for multiple uses of fisheries and water resources, strategies that minimize costs of stock enhancement strategies for recreational fishing is strongly preferred. A commitment to developing a dynamic research program that has a strong impact on the state of Arkansas is required.  The full description can be found here.

A letter of application, resume, official transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to:
Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics)
c/o Human Resources Department
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4942
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
TEL: (870) 575-8124 E-mail: lochmannr@uapb.edu

Visiting Assistant Professor Positions at UMass Boston

The Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston is seeking two visiting assistant Professors for the 2017-2018 academic years. We hope to find a candidate who can teach  Economic Approaches to Environmental Problems, as well as other courses in microeconomics or macroeconomics, or other electives. We are especially interested in candidates who include an international comparative approach, heterodox political economy, feminist approaches, applied policy analysis, and/or innovative methodologies in their research.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a successful teaching record and the capacity to contribute to undergraduate general education and the economics major. Evidence of successful teaching with diverse students, including international students, is highly desirable. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by no later than August 31, 2017.  Evidence of progress towards an excellent scholarly record is necessary.

All applications must be submitted online at http://umb.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=82944

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and email addresses of three references.  Please include in your letter of application an explanation of how your work would complement the heterodox nature of the Department.

UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. However, because of the one-year nature of the position, only applications from U.S. citizens, Green Card holders, and new graduates eligible for Optional Practical Training will be considered. We have been informed that our university will not sponsor visas for one-year visitors.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, GUND INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is recruiting one or more Postdoctoral Associates to pursue research at the interface of environmental, social, and economic systems. We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to important sustainability challenges. These two-year positions are the first in a new competitive postdoctoral program, with new associates to be appointed each year.

About the position:

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with UVM scholars and the institute’s wide network of external colleagues, and to participate actively in seminars, workshops, and other events hosted by the institute.

We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000 /year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is summer 2017.

About the Gund Institute:

The Gund Institute mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems. More than 60 faculty, postdocs, students, and staff collaborate to study the interactions between people and nature and to build a more sustainable future.

To fulfill its mission, the institute catalyzes cross-cutting research, nurtures a global community of scholars, and connects findings to local and global decision-makers. The Gund Institute is poised to broaden its scope significantly, with substantial new resources to support this growth.

Eligibility and application:

Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural or social sciences, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.

If interested, first contact potential advisors to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with proposed advisors. Then, submit an application online by April 21. Applications comprise a cover letter, CV, research proposal, and letter of support from your proposed advisor (see website for further details). Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.

About the University of Vermont:

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Position Announcement: Chairperson, Department of Community Sustainability at MSU

Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites nominations and applications for the full-time, tenure-track annual position of Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability, an interdisciplinary department that provides a stimulating intellectual environment for engaged scholarship. Most members of the faculty are social scientists, but the Department also includes individuals with backgrounds in the natural sciences and humanities. Research, teaching, and outreach programs in the Department engage with a broad array of communities to address sustainability challenges and goals. The Department’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, recent growth in student enrollment, a cadre of newly hired faculty, and an identity that emphasizes community engagement provide a rich opportunity for leadership to support and enhance an inclusive departmental vision. Formal review of applications will begin April 17, 2017 and the position is available as early as August 16, 2017.

Download the full announcement here or visit jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70076 for details on how to submit a nomination or application.

Responsibilities

The Chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability provides facilitative leadership to the Department in all teaching, research, extension, and outreach programs and is expected to maintain and enhance a creative and productive environment for the faculty, support staff, and students. The Chairperson serves as the chief administrative officer of the Department, and reports directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and interacts with senior leadership of the College, Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch (formerly Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station) on a regular basis. Specific responsibilities of the Chairperson include:

  • Provide facilitative leadership to advance the mission and vision of the Department;
  • Advance strategic short- and long-range program planning and development for research, teaching, and extension/outreach programs;
  • Support faculty and student achievement throughout the Department, and foster a culture of collaboration, creativity, and mentorship;
  • Work cooperatively within the governance structure of the Department, which currently includes an associate chair, coordinators of undergraduate and graduate programs, and a faculty-elected Faculty Advisory Committee;
  • Work cooperatively within the larger governance structure of the College and University;
  • Foster diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department and its programs;
  • Foster a community of Department alumni;
  • Recruit excellent faculty and staff, assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote faculty, student, and staff development;
  • Manage and administer Department budget and provide oversight in the procurement of financial and other resources; and
  • Advance fund development at the Department, College, and University levels.

Formal review of applications will begin on April 17, 2017, and the search will remain open until the Chairperson position is filled. The position is available as early as August 16, 2017.

Official Job Posting: jobs.msu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70076.

GDAE: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/POSTDOC SCHOLAR POSITION

This is a 1-year limited appointment position with opportunity to renew pending continued funding.

The Tufts University Global Development And Environment Institute is seeking a Research Associate or Postdoc Scholar to be a co-author of the texts Macroeconomics in Context and Microeconomics in Context.  The position also includes contributing to coordination of other research, administration, and outreach by the Institute.

Requirements for the position include Ph.D. or near completion in economics, and familiarity with Keynesian, post-Keynesian, and heterodox economics perspectives, including social and ecological economics. Creativity and openness to innovative approaches are important, and teaching experience is a plus.  Good pedagogical writing ability essential.

The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), affiliated with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. GDAE pursues its mission through original research, policy work, publication projects, curriculum development, conferences and other activities.

Salary commensurate with experience.   Send C.V., the names of at least three references, and a professional writing sample.  Applications will be considered upon receipt, preferred by January 31, 2017.     See further details and application instructions

Basic Requirements:

  • Three years’ experience in postdoctoral research position for Research Associate status. If less than three years, position will be filled as a Postdoc Scholar.
    • PhD or equivalent Doctoral degree, or near completion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional and/or pedagogical writing experience
    • Familiarity with heterodox economics perspectives
    • Teaching economics courses
    • Research in macroeconomics