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Positions in Water Research and Ecosystem Services, China

The School of Nature Conservation of Beijing Forestry University (China) invites applications for regular university positions (e.g. lecturer, associate professor) or post-doc positions in the area of water research and ecosystem services. Research areas sought include: hydrology and water resources, water footprint, wetland hydrology, e-flows, climate change, ecological impacts of hydrological changes, ecosystem services and management. One main task of the School of Nature Conservation is to carry out internationally outstanding research on hydrology and water resources, and ecosystem services, and will closely collaborate with a number of international partners/organizations including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria), Cambridge University (UK), Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag, Switzerland), UNESCO-IHE (Netherland), Water Footprint Network (WFN, the Netherlands), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, USA) etc.

Successful candidates will have the ability to develop an active research program, and form interdisciplinary connections with international partners. The candidates are expected to perform independent research and provide administrative support. If desired by the candidate, integration into the academic teaching at BFU is possible.

Required qualifications include:

  • Doctoral degree in hydrology and water resources, environmental science, ecology, or ecological economics, or closely-related field;
  • Level of offer from post-doc to associate professor depends on years of post-graduate experience;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and strong computer and analytical skills;
  • High level experience in statistical, mathematical and numerical modeling and programming skills are preferred;
  • Ability to work across disciplines and ability to publish on peer-reviewed, international scientific journals.

Review of applications will start immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit in one single PDF document: a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, copies of no more than three publications or manuscripts, and the names and contact information for two references to (Prof. Junguo Liu). Position Enquires: Prof. Junguo Liu, +86-10-62336761,

Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics, Position # 0082432, 9 Month Tenure Track, Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Management (NREM), College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Application review begins January 18, 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach (or co-teach) core course(s) in NREM undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum, which could include environmental policy or environmental problem solving. Develop and teach new undergraduate and/or graduate course(s) in ecological economics, agroecological risk assessment, climate change economics and policy, renewable energy economics, greenhouse gas emissions, energy modeling and individual’s areas of expertise that meet instructional needs of NREM students. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Advise the M.S. Plan B students and supervise their Capstone experience. Conduct research in modeling of integrated ecological/economic systems, ecological and risk management, and/or policy. Research should address current issues in ecological and environmental management and economics due to human behaviors, with emphasis on island and tropical settings. Pursue competitive extramural grants and contracts on issues relevant to Hawaii and the region.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in applied economics such as ecological, behavioral and/or experimental economics or another relevant field from an accredited college or university. Demonstrated ability as a teacher; expertise in conducting quantitative and interdisciplinary research (e.g., bioeconomic modeling, mathematical modeling and agent-based modeling). Experience working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate knowledge from natural, biological and social sciences in addressing ecological and risk management and policy issues, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications: College-level teaching experience, post-doctoral research experience in ecological economics and policy, and/or training in complex system modeling, post-baccalaureate professional experience in instructional and research areas listed above. Publication of research in scholarly journals, presentation at professional conferences, demonstrated ability to obtain competitive extramural funding, post-baccalaureate degree in ecological science and/or other transdisciplinary science. To apply submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts and contact information (telephone number and email address) for three (3) professional references as to: Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Management, CTAHR, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1910 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 Inquiries: Dr. Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, 808-956-7530,

The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

E3 Network Summer Internships

Economics for Equity and the Environment Network
2011 Summer Internship Program for
Graduate Students in Economics

Economics for Equity and the Environment Network (E3) is a national network of economists developing new and better arguments for environmental protection. We support improved decision making in public policy by involving our economists in dialogue and cooperation with NGOs, decision makers, the public, media and stakeholders. We support and promote research that demonstrates fair and effective solutions to real world environmental problems.

E3 Network’s internship program offers economics graduate students the opportunity to work directly with environmental organizations. Graduate students gain real world insights into environmental protection and explore possible avenues for their research and professional development. Organizations benefit from the expertise and training of these junior economists. Recent interns have been placed with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, International Rivers Network, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Conservation Strategy Fund, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Forest Guild, New Voice of Business, Center for Environment and Population, Stockholm Environment Institute, Global Development and Environment Institute, and The Trust for Public Land.

Interns will be placed with an environmental organization for 8 weeks and will be paid a stipend of $5000. E3 prioritizes graduate students who are dedicated to applied economics research and who support E3’s commitment to social justice. Applicants must be willing to relocate to accommodate their NGO placement.

The deadline for applications for summer 2011 is February 21. To apply, please email the following information to Kristen Sheeran, Director, by the deadline:

  • Curriculum vita
  • One letter of reference
  • A three-page statement of your research interests and how they relate to E3 Network’s mission.

Director of Transformational Ecology Initiative

Director of Transformational Ecology Initiative
The Garrison Institute

The mission of the Garrison Institute is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. It is both a think tank and a convening center for thought leaders in the fields of environment, education, and trauma recovery. The Institute acts as a neutral hub for the growth of knowledge in multidisciplinary fields, gathering scientists, professionals, and contemplatives.


The Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Transformational Ecology (ITE) examines how mental models and patterns of thought affect our relationship with the environment and how, by examining and shifting them, we might transform our relationship with the earth. ITE works with advocates, scientists, business leaders, and policy and communications experts to create new learning networks, nurture innovative thinking, and find scalable ways to shift mindsets, alter behavior, achieve systems-level change and transform human-caused ecological problems, including climate change.

The ITE’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior (CMB) project was launched in 2009. The project’s first step was to survey the economic, social science and climate change fields to identify research that explained the cognitive biases of the human mind, and how to shape environmental communication and policy so as to be more effective in reducing human caused climate impacts. This work also identified leaders from a range of fields, who joined the CMB steering committee to guide the development of the program, and to identify additional participants.

In 2009, the Institute also posited that there might be a “behavioral wedge” – a gigaton of GHG reduction that could come from simple changes to human behavior. Working jointly with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we have defined and quantified the ways Americans can achieve a gigaton reduction through simple, voluntary, no-cost, low-cost or cost-saving behavioral shifts adopted on a large scale.

The Institute also began to build a web hub of knowledge, with links to relevant articles and research. In March 2010, the Institute held the first Climate, Mind, and Behavior Symposium, where 72 thought leaders and activists explored how to connect emerging behavioral and social science to climate change policy and on-the-ground solutions, as well as strategies to bring these policies more in line with the way that humans really think and behave. The symposium was a terrific success, increasing the call for ongoing work from the Institute in this area.

In April 2010, the CMB program began disseminating the highlights of its web hub via a monthly email blast to a growing community of academics, government officials, and entrepreneurs. This community, in turn, sends us additional links, articles and research, contributing to the growing depth and relevance of the CMB hub. This has led to a call for the Institute to design and deliver behavior-based programs to large institutions and sectors of society, ranging from building owners to the military.

Position Description

The Garrison Institute is currently looking for a Director of the Transformational Ecology Initiative to build on this exciting momentum. The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Expand the knowledge base:

* Track emerging neurological and behavioral sciences that relate to environmental decision-making
* Track any academic or applied work on the application of the neurological and behavioral sciences to environmental behaviors at the individual, communal, and at larger scales, in the US and in other societies
* Identify, assign or implement relevant research

  • Communicate and connect:

* Edit and archive acquired knowledge in useful formats, including on our website
* Communicate this knowledge in monthly e-blasts, newsletters, conferences etc.
* Connect the science with applications in general
* Serve as the hub of an emerging network of scientists, policy analysts, and sector leaders concerned with environmental sustainability

  • Develop programs:

* Develop new applied programs in current areas of work: building operations and management, energy efficiency program design and a developing program connecting behavior to City Climate Change initiatives
* Plan and develop annual Garrison Institute conferences on these subjects
* Commission or carry out original work in the field

  • Manage the program:

* Write funding proposals, build relationships with existing funders, and help to create new funding partners
* Manage partnerships and relationships with other institutions, university centers, and the like
* Supervise program support staff
* Report on the program’s status to the Garrison Institute’s CEO and Program Steering committees.

Candidate Qualifications

    We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in the mission of the Garrison Institute, who thrive in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, and who demonstrate a record of achievement. We seek someone who is an energetic, engaged leader, convener, collaborator, and integrator. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about both the emerging science of the nature of the mind, and well versed in the social sciences and in environmental issues, especially as they pertain to human impacts on climate change, and will be able create links among these fields with an eye to practical implementation and measurement of social change.

    The ideal candidate will also have:

    • An advanced degree in a field related to one or more of the key disciplines included in the Transformational Ecology Initiative, such as environmental design, policy, and planning; neuroscience, or behavioral science (sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology) applied to environment-related behavior;
    • Evidence of thought leadership in their field as evidenced by publications, actions to advance theory or application, and/or professional distinction;
    • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills and interest in working with colleagues across disciplines;
    • A commitment to producing consistently high quality, detailed work;
    • The ability to learn quickly, work in a fast paced environment, and multi-task effectively;
    • Strong communication and writing skills and facility with Internet communications;
    • Excellent symposium planning, organizational, and time-management skills;
    • Flexibility, good humor, and comfort with ambiguity
    • A contemplative practice and belief in the transformational value contemplation holds for advancing environmental stewardship.


    The annual salary for this full-time position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer an energized and motivated team of colleagues, a collegial atmosphere, a comprehensive benefits plan, and the opportunity to have a direct impact on improving the environment.

    This position will be based at the Garrison Institute, a beautifully renovated former monastery set amidst 90 acres overlooking the Hudson River. The Institute is located an hour north of New York City and is accessible by the Metro-North train line.

    To Apply

    Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:

    Director of Human Resources

    Include in the subject line of email: ITE Director Search.  All submissions will be received in confidence. Please, no phone calls.

    The Garrison Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

    Fisheries Conservation Manager position with Environmental Defense Fund

    The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is currently seeking a Fisheries Conservation Manager to lead the organization’s fishery advocacy work in the Gulf of Mexico.  EDF’s Fisheries Conservation Program works at the forefront with the fishing industry and high-level decision makers to implement innovative, forward-thinking fishery management practices in the U.S. The Fisheries Conservation Manager will help to oversee and coordinate EDF’s projects in the Gulf region, including meeting and communicating with federal and state officials, fishery managers and scientists, fishery council members and other elected officials to coordinate the implementation of commercial and recreational catch shares in the Southeast. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with advocacy experience and/or a strong understanding of policy making processes to engage in a high-impact effort to transform fishery management practices in the Gulf. The position is located in EDF’s Austin office.

    The complete Fisheries Conservation Manager position description and an application link can be found here:

    University of North Carolina faculty openings in environment and ecology

    The Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor.  Candidates must have a PhD in a field related to the environment, including but not restricted to Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, and Public Policy. Deadline November 15.  For more information, see the full position description.

    The program also invites applications for a tenure track position as Associate Professor.  Candidates must have a PhD in a field related to the environment, including but not restricted to Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, and Public Policy. Deadline November 15. For more information, see the full position description.

    Gund Professor and Director Opening at the University of Vermont

    Gund Professor of Ecological Economics, and
    Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT USA

    The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary research center at the University of Vermont, administered by the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and structured to encourage campus‐wide collaborations that study and develop solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. The Gund Professor is an endowed, tenured, 9‐month position, and also serves as the Director of the Institute. The Director provides intellectual leadership for the Institute and works with faculty and students of all of UVM’s colleges and schools, as well as state, national, and international organizations to develop the fields of ecological economics and design through practical systems analysis and problem‐solving.

    Ecological economics is a heterodox approach to economics and the environment, focusing on the human economy as embedded in complex social and biophysical systems. The Gund Institute is developing practical approaches to problem‐solving for sustainability, tested in Vermont’s living laboratory and applied throughout the world. The State of Vermont and City of Burlington are recognized leaders in efforts to redefine economic progress; strengthen rural working landscapes and urban communities; transform energy, food, and health care systems; manage common resources; and design livable human communities. The Gund Institute is ideally situated to play a leading role in developing the science of sustainable development, pioneering policy initiatives, and training the ecological entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

    We seek a highly entrepreneurial systems thinker to advance an internationally renowned transdisciplinary research program in ecological economics and design; raise funds in support of that research agenda; build relationships with state, national, and international organizations; and teach and advise graduate students. The Director also works with the Gund’s Managing Director in support of business operations, research and teaching collaborations, and campus relations. We encourage candidates from diverse fields, but training or experience in economics is expected. Applicants should demonstrate (1) a record of transdisciplinary research at the interface between ecological and socio-economic systems; (2) established ties to the professional communities of ecological economics, ecological design, or related fields; (3) a history of sustained research funding and support of graduate students; (4) evidence of teaching excellence, including integrative, problem‐based or service‐learning formats; and, (5) a commitment to promoting diversity in educational experiences and staff/student recruitment. The University of Vermont aspires to be among the nation’s premier small research universities with a commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service. In pursuing that goal, the University recently identified three “Spires of Excellence” in which it will strategically focus institutional investments and growth over the next several years. These include Neuroscience, Behavior and Health; Complex Systems; and Food Systems ( For this position, we particularly encourage candidates who take a complex systems approach to environmental problem solving. Interests and experience in complex systems modeling, sustainable food and energy systems, climate change adaptation, health and environment, livable community design, or economic behavior research would all be welcome.

    Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2010, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2011. The expected appointment is at full professor rank with tenure. The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women; underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups; and from people with disabilities. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references, and must be submitted electronically at referencing requisition number 033777. Further information about the Gund Institute, current projects, and collaborations are available at Inquiries may be made to Professor Jon Erickson, Managing Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and chair of the search committee at or 802-656-2906.

    Postdoc position in climate economics

    The Stockholm Environment Institute-US Center has an opening for a postdoc in the economics of climate change. It’s a one-year position, starting summer or fall 2011. Knowledge of the economics of climate change, heterodox economics, and the economics of equity are desirable, as is the ability to write both popular and academic articles.

    The Institute is located on the Tufts University campus in the Boston area; the position involves working closely with senior economists Frank Ackerman and Liz Stanton.

    Please note the rapidly approaching application deadline of October 15.  For more information, see or e-mail

    Wyss Fellow in Collaborative Conservation Entrepreneurship

    Research Associate II
    Position Description for a Wyss Fellow: Collaborative Conservation Entrepreneur
    Title: Collaborative Conservation Entrepreneur, Wyss Fellows Program

    The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) at Colorado State University ( is hiring a Collaborative Conservation Entrepreneur to help lead a diverse coalition of stakeholders to create Colorado’s first Ecosystem Services Marketplace. The purpose of the Marketplace is to bring together buyers and sellers of ecosystem services to conserve and actively steward the public environmental benefits from private and public lands in northern Colorado. The Fellow will work with key partners regionally and nationally, including the USDA Office of Environmental Markets, Environmental Defense Fund, and Partners for Western Conservation.   This position is supported through the Wyss Fellows program, which is designed to develop future conservation leaders. As part of the program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in training and other professional development activities.

    Associate Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions

    The Associate Director serves as an academic and administrative colleague of the Institute for Sustainable Solution’s director (Robert Costanza). Together, they form the leadership team of the Institute and work closely together to achieve the Institute’s goals. The position is a 12 month, 0.5 to 1.0 FTE administrative position. The associate director reports to the director, who reports to the provost (Roy Koch).

    While the director has the primary responsibility to provide intellectual leadership and vision for the work of the Institute, including seeking external funds to support the Institute’s efforts, The associate director will play a central role in ensuring that the leadership vision for the Institute is realized.

    Specifically, the associate director:

    • Manages the day-to-day activities and operations of the Institute and supervises Institute-funded administrative and research staff.
    • Working with the director, ensures that the Institute’s financial resources are utilized strategically and in compliance with University and external regulations and policy to support the Institute’s mission.
    • Provides leadership and promotes Institute activities, primarily within the University, including serving as spokesperson and representative of the Institute.
    • Helps to build and sustain a sense of community and intellectual engagement among the Institute’s Fellows, students, and staff members.
    • Helps ensure that Sustainability Fellows are well integrated into their home academic units as well as the Institute.
    • Manages the appointment and re-appointment of the Institute Fellows and staff on behalf of the Director.
    • Oversees the smooth management of approved graduate certificate programs led by the Institute.
    • Periodically assists the director in assessing the work of staff members and Fellows who are consistently paid from Institute-managed budgets.
    • Supports Institute fundraising efforts.

    For more information, including minimum qualifications and compensation package, download a complete job description here.