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Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

Utah State University
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Department of Environment and Society


Andrew J. Senti Endowed Assistant Professorship of Ecosystem Services

The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an endowed, tenure-track faculty position in Ecosystem Services at the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a permanent, full-time (nine-month) appointment based at the USU main campus in Logan.  The position is weighted as 50% research, 40% teaching/advising, and 10% service.  The start date is August 1, 2018. The title of the position will change to the Andrew J. Senti Endowed Chair of Ecosystem Services when promotion and tenure to Associate Professor is achieved.

Position Summary:  We seek an innovative, inter-disciplinary scholar with a strong background in human-environment interactions who has interest in policy-relevant work concerning ecosystem services in both managed and natural settings.  Important research applications could include public land management, water systems management, agroecosystem assessments, or sustainable urban development.  A focus on dynamic natural-resource issues relevant to Utah and the Intermountain West is a priority.  Cultural ecosystem services could also be a vital aspect of research given the diverse attributes of outdoor recreation in public spaces.  Other relevant fields for intellectual integration include political ecology and ecological economics.  Analytical tools such as geospatial analysis and systems modeling would be very useful for the types of broad-scaled inquiry that are envisioned.  Successful research program development will also involve recruiting, supporting, and training graduate students.  Teaching will include up to three courses per academic year with  undergraduate and graduate instructional assignments.  Topics may include environmental and natural resource policy, land use, or other offerings within the faculty member’s area of expertise.  Courses may be delivered face-to-face, via distance learning, or in blended formats.  The service component includes participation in professional endeavors on and off campus.  This includes involvement in university governance or supervisory committee assignments and providing assistance to scholarly societies or natural-resource management and policy entities.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates must have an earned doctorate at the date-of-hire in a field relevant to ecosystem services.  They should have a publication record consistent with their career stage, and be able to show the potential to build and maintain a productive research program, including the ability to secure competitive external funding.  Because large-scale research involves interdisciplinary teams, candidates must have the ability and willingness to collaborate effectively, and sometimes lead, on projects involving a diverse array of scholars.  In addition, applied research requires collaboration with governmental and non-governmental groups off campus.  Excellent skills in communication, mentoring, teamwork, problem-solving, and collaborative leadership are required for success.

Preferred Qualifications: The following attributes are not required but are advantageous: postdoctoral research experience; experience conducting relevant work in arid or semi-arid environments; experience working with interdisciplinary research teams; genuine interest in natural-resource management challenges of the Intermountain West; prior teaching experience; and the ability and willingness to offer instruction via distance-education methods.
Utah State University Highlights: USU is a public Land- and Space-grant research, teaching, and Extension institution founded in 1888 ( The Department of Environment and Society in the Quinney College of Natural Resources conducts research and offers degrees in fields that include ecology, environmental studies, geography, sustainable systems, and recreation resources management ( Many  opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department, College, and University.

USU has an enrollment of 28,000 that includes 3,280 graduate students.  About 17,900 students are at the main campus in Logan.  Logan offers the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone; the local population is around 115,000 (  Logan is a 90-minute drive north of Salt Lake City.  Positioned within the scenic mountain landscapes of northern Utah, the region offers many outdoor activities (e.g., biking, hiking, camping, fishing, snow sports) within a few minutes of campus.  Cache Valley is also within a day’s drive of eight national parks, numerous national monuments and state parks, and vast expanses of publicly owned rangeland and forest. USU is classified as a Carnegie research university having high research activity.  Sponsored research awards for USU during 2016 exceeded $240 million with an upward trend, placing it at or near the top of comparisons with peer institutions.  USU has heavily invested in programs to mentor and support junior faculty in grantsmanship and teaching arenas (

USU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) employer, dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits.

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12-month Postdoc Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University is looking to fill a 12-month postdoctoral position (to be extended to 18 month based on contingent funding). The successful applicant will be dedicated to mixed-methods analysis, publishing, and outreach related to an interdisciplinary research project investigating and modelling the socioecological and economic benefits of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the flagship restoration federal program for the U.S. Great Lakes. The project is supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation, and pursued in collaboration with partners at the University of Michigan, and the Great Lakes Commission. In addition to this main role, the post offers the opportunity to work on the applicant’s research, developing her/his own research agenda in the transdisciplinary, and active research environment of both the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and the Institute for Great Lakes Research, the premiere research Institute for research on the U.S. Great Lakes.

For a detailed description of the post, please see:

W3-Professorship ‘Biodiversity Economics’

Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University, Germany, offers the following position at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science:
W3-Professorship ‘Biodiversity Economics’
Application deadline: 15 October 2017

Integrative biodiversity research is interdisciplinary at heart, bridging different disciplines like biology, ecology, forestry, agriculture, economics, and social sciences. In contrast to classical ecology, it recognizes ecosystems as complex socio-ecological systems where humans impact on as well as manage and obtain benefits from biodiversity. This requires a transdisciplinary program linking scientists to practitioners and decision-makers. The importance of engaging different disciplines in biodiversity assessments is increasingly recognized, and thus, it is also reflected in the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In particular, economics has been providing important contributions in fields such as ecological-economic modeling, valuation of biodiversity, financial mechanisms to conserve biodiversity, policy instruments and governance of biodiversity management, among others. At the same time, evolutionary economists have started to adopt and develop theory on fundamental ecological and evolutionary concepts that are common to both economic and biological systems, such as diversity, stability, and facilitation. Further integration of economics and biology to understand the common underpinning of social and ecology systems is emerging as major research frontier, to address not only questions at the interface of both fields, but also to promote cross-fertilization of economics and ecological theory. The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) provides a unique environment to address this research frontier. Therefore, we are opening a professorship in Biodiversity Economics hosted by iDiv and affiliated with the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at Leipzig University.

iDiv is a world-leading institute for integrative biodiversity research. Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in integrative biodiversity research. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change (

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

• 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 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: by July 14, 2017. Prospective applicants with questions about this position may contact Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist at .

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

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


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 ( 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, 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:

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

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.