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Job Opportunity: Research Economist, US Forest Service

Location: Portland, OR

Application Deadline: June 11th, 2020

This economist is a research scientist within the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station Goods, Services, and Values Program located in Portland, OR, The Program mission is to conduct and communicate research to advance understanding of relationships among people and forest and rangeland ecosystems.

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Plans and conducts research related to understanding the preferences and effects of peoples decisions regarding natural resources on ecosystem services with the goal of improving government policies and programs.

Plans and conducts both basic and applied research with a focus on the social and economic dimensions of forest management, ecosystem restoration, and/or natural and human-caused disturbance, such as wildfire and climate change.

Conducts research in areas such as timber markets; climate change and associated risks (e.g., wildfire); carbon policy and markets; socio-ecological resilience in rural communities; collaboration and public engagement; and public lands recreation.

Uses approaches that may integrate theory and methods from a number of inter-related social science disciplines, such as political science, economics, cultural geography, anthropology, and sociology, as well as biophysical and computer sciences.

Collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, potentially including community leaders, land managers and policymakers, as well as other scientists to produce research that addresses the needs of natural resource managers and policymakers.

Participates in research that contributes to understanding the characteristics and processes of social-ecological systems at the heart of many natural resource policy and management issues.

Disseminates research results to peers, managers, policymakers, and others in a variety of formats including articles in refereed journals, presentations at scientific meetings and workshops, and by direct communications with users.

USGS Social Science Research Assistant

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch ( of the US Geological Survey in Fort Collins, CO, is hiring a social science research assistant to start summer 2020.  

They are looking for a BA/BS (or possibly MA/MS) level candidate with experience doing social science research. This would be an ideal opportunity if you have students who might eventually be thinking about graduate school and/or with an interest in federal service. The research assistant will have the chance to interact with a range of scholars and federal agency managers while contributing to applied social science and economics research about water, natural resource management, and/or wildland fire. 

Please pass this announcement and position description below along to any of your current students or recent graduates who might be interested. 

Employment Opportunity: Social Science Research Assistant

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, CO, ( is looking for a research assistant to support multiple projects about water, natural resources, and wildfire.

The research assistant will provide support for projects investigating environmental decision making processes; how policies, institutions, and decision support tools influence management outcomes; and decisions about wildfire risk. Key tasks include: identifying, obtaining, synthesizing, and reviewing interdisciplinary literature from a range of social science fields such as social-ecological systems, political ecology, and institutional analysis; and producing written summaries of these literature reviews. Additional duties may include analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data, interpreting results, and contributing to peer-reviewed publications or other means of disseminating results.

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch is a dynamic, collegial group of social scientists and economists providing applied social science for a range of government agencies. The research assistant will have the opportunity to interact with Branch scientists, project partners from other institutions and government agencies, and collaborating natural scientists.

The research assistant must have:

● At least a bachelor’s degree in a social science field.

● Experience conducting social science research.

● Demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary literature reviews.

● Excellent writing ability.

Our preferred candidate will have:

● A degree related to and/or experience with natural resource management or policy.

● An understanding of federal land management agencies, water policy, and/or the wildland fire context.

● Experience with any of the following: qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods, interview studies, document analysis, network analysis, NVIVO, Stata, and/or R software, and interdisciplinary research environments.

● A U.S. driver’s license as operation of a Government vehicle may be required.

This position is a USGS Student Services contract position. This means:

● Applicants must be U.S. citizens

● Applicants must either have graduated within the past year or be currently enrolled as a student.

● For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No Social Security or Medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard Form 1099. The student is not considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form.

This is a full-time position and begins on or around July 1, 2020. Employee will be physically located in Fort Collins, CO. Currently, one year of funding is available for this position.

Contact Information:

For questions related directly to the job, contact Amanda Cravens, Research Social Scientist, at or James Meldrum, Research Economist, at

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial ok), and a writing sample demonstrating your ability to synthesize social science literature to by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) Sunday, April 19th. Please use “Social Science Research Assistant application” as the subject line for your email.

Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy: Job Openings

The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CANSEE) is looking to hire a Communications Specialist, and an Ecological Economist to join their team. For more information on either of the positions described below, contact Brian Czech, Executive Director, at

Position Description:  Ecological Economist


The Ecological Economist analyzes, interprets, and synthesizes environmental and economic data. The purpose of such analysis is to help CASSE elucidate limits to growth and the need for a steady state economy as the sustainable alternative to growth. The Ecological Economist also helps formulate public policies and identifies consumer reforms conducive to a steady state economy.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Analysis, Interpretation, and Synthesis
  • Monitors environmental, economic, and demographic variables with a focus on trends reflecting limits to growth.
  • Assesses the impact of economic growth on biodiversity, soils, water quality, air quality, climate and other key ecological components and functions.
  • Synthesizes macroeconomic, ecological, and social variables (for example, GDP, Genuine Progress Indicator, Ecological Footprint, Human Development Index, Happiness Index) to demonstrate the perils of prioritizing GDP growth in the 21st century.
  • Interprets microeconomic variables (e.g., natural capital prices) in the context of limits to growth.
  • Maintains CASSE’s ecological and economic databases.

2. Writing, Reviewing, and Editing

  • Writes a monthly column for the Steady State Herald (CASSE’s blog).
  • Drafts journal articles on the theoretical and empirical evidence of limits to growth and the occurrence of uneconomic growth.
  • Produces internal briefing statements to apprise CASSE staff of key ecological and economic developments.
  • Contributes to online discussion of the fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection, economic sustainability, national security, and international stability.
  • Reviews book manuscripts for consistency with the principles of ecological economics.
  • Contributes content for the Steady Stater (CASSE newsletter).

3. Policy Formulation

  • Assists in development of Full and Sustainable Employment Act (CASSE’s featured legislative initiative).
  • Advises counties, boroughs, parishes, townships, towns, and other local or regional polities on planning for a steady state economy, including stabilized populations, consumption, and ecological footprint.
  • Assists with international policy initiatives such as Harmony with Nature and the Kiev Communique.

4. Public Speaking

  • Gives talks on limits to growth and steady state economics at ecological and economics conferences.
  • Provides guest lectures at colleges and universities.
  • Addresses political and other public assemblies for purposes of advocating the steady state economy.

5. Networking

  • Serves as a CASSE ambassador to the ecological economics community.
  • Maintains a CASSE presence in professional ecological and economic societies.
  • Serves as a liaison to conventional economics programs and think tanks.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in economics with a graduate certificate in ecological economics. The minimum academic requirement is a master’s degree (in ecological economics, economics, natural resource economics, or a closely related field). A strong ecological background is also required.

Supervision and Logistics

Supervision:  The Ecological Economist is supervised by the Executive Director. Given instructions, the Ecological Economist is expected to be independently productive for significant periods of time. The Executive Director prioritizes duties as needed and has final discretion on CASSE activities and operations.

Office:  4601 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia

Starting Salary:  $45,000–$60,000 depending on education and experience. Standard benefits package.Promotion potential depending on performance.

Starting Date:  March 1, 2020 (with some flexibility)

To apply:  Send resume, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references to:


Position Description:  Communications Specialist


The Communications Specialist conducts public outreach and marketing activities for print and the web, including creating email campaigns and newsletters, managing email lists, creating outreach activities, managing public engagement, and helping with market research, grant writing and external communications planning. This is a full-time salaried position. Incumbent works in an office setting in Arlington, Virginia.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Marketing  & Promotion
  • Develop marketing campaigns for CASSE projects that can be sent to our lists and the public
  • Develop newsletters that highlight recent activities and that invite donations and signatures
  • Organize and maintain email lists using online email list management programs
  • Create and mail press releases for CASSE news items to the appropriate lists and news outlets
  • Contribute ideas to the organization’s branding assets such as boilerplates, taglines, logos, etc.

2. Public Relations & Communications

  • Help identify target audiences and develop marketing strategy for reaching audience segments
  • Assist/design outreach programs to effectively communicate CASSE concepts to the public
  • Work with media outlets to place CASSE news items and provide information to journalists
  • Field inquiries about CASSE mission and activities from both partner and opposed organizations
  • Manage social media channels and publish information in tandem with marketing campaigns

3. Business Development

  • Develop plans for building affinity with various target audiences through the appropriate channels
  • Design and execute successful donation campaigns and help staff track incoming donations
  • Maintain leads drawn from donor lists, signatory lists, and CASSE related events
  • Create lists of actionable insights drawn from email campaign results
  • Analyze and troubleshoot email list opens, clicks, bounces, etc.

4. Outreach Activities

  • Attend events to promote the organization, obtain signatures, and gain insight on audience needs
  • Facilitate communication among head office and subchapters and write/obtain bios and photos
  • Assist with branding projects and assessing consistency and effectiveness for target audiences
  • Help with projects such as educational outreach for K-12 audiences and college students
  • Identify new, untapped audiences for CASSE outreach and market projects to new segments

5. Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with subscription and signatory list management via WordPress website
  • Work with director, staff, interns on various projects to develop marketing and outreach strategies

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate would have knowledge about the communication tasks at a nonprofit including print, online, written and multimedia assets. This knowledge would be supported by technical ability using Microsoft Word, Excel and online email list management programs such as Send in Blue, Vertical Response, Feedburner, MailChimp, etc. Basic knowledge of WordPress websites or a willingness to learn will benefit the candidate in working with other project teams. Ideally, the candidate would have a strong ability to view the big picture of various communications and outreach needs and to provide services across the spectrum of marketing, public relations, communication, and outreach. This knowledge and ability should be demonstrable on a resume with relevant academic and/ or work experience.

An interest in sustainability and/or economics is a bonus. The ideal candidate would already be familiar with the concept of a steady state economy. However, candidates interested primarily in communications initiatives at a nonprofit organization are encouraged to apply as well.

Supervision and Logistics

Supervision:  The Communications Specialist is supervised by the Executive Director. Given instructions, the Communications Specialist is expected to be independently productive for significant periods of time. The Executive Director prioritizes duties as needed and has final discretion on CASSE operations.

Office:  4601 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 1200, Arlington, Virginia

Salary:  $43,000-$51,000 depending on education and experience

Starting Date:  March 2020 (with some flexibility)

To apply:  Send resume, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references to:

Tenure track Applied Environmental Economist at U-Hawaii Manoa

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii Manoa seeks an applied environmental economist who will apply cutting edge modeling and statistical techniques as part of a novel, integrative research program that is relevant to the sustainability and resiliency of Hawaii and the Pacific Region. Our ideal colleague will contribute knowledge and tools that complement and strengthen the department, college, and university (e.g., data science, systems modeling, policy evaluation). The person will be excited to support undergraduate and graduate research and employment preparation by teaching analytical study designs (e.g., quasi-experimental techniques), statistical approaches (e.g., mixed effects models), and/or system modeling approaches (e.g. system behavior and structural equation modeling). This is a 9-month, tenure track position to be filled at the Assistant Professor level, with 60% teaching and 40% research responsibilities. 

Apply: Interested individuals can apply at and search position #83848. Please include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, along with contact information for three references.

Inquiries: For further information, contact Dr. Kirsten Oleson ( with subject line Applied Econ Search. 

Assistant Professor – Urban Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor from applicants who conduct research on fish and wildlife conservation in urban environments. We encourage applications from social scientists working on urban conservation issues. The full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment will be based at the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech, a land-grant university. This position will complement existing departmental strengths and contribute to our growing undergraduate human dimensions curriculum and a college-wide priority of scholarship in urban natural resources. This hire is part of the Global Systems Science Destination Area, a university-wide initiative to build scholarly capacity related to socio-environmental issues. The appointment is in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and reports directly to the Head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Anticipated start date is August 2020. 

All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at, referring to posting No. 512414. Review of applications will begin on January 24, 2020. 

For more information, please contact Ashley Dayer:

Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Affiliated Faculty, Global Change Center

Virginia Tech

Cheatham Hall, Room 101 (0321)

310 West Campus Dr.

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Gund Postdoc Positions for 2020

The Gund Institute seeks exceptional postdoctoral scholars to start Fall 2020 and conduct interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges. Applications are due February 15, 2020.

The Gund Institute is a newly expanded campus-wide research accelerator, where 180 faculty, global affiliates, postdocs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. We explore environmental issues at the interface of four pressing research themes: climate solutions, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities.


Gund Postdocs pursue rigorous, original research that spans traditional disciplines and advances Gund research themes. Postdocs are supervised by at least one Gund Faculty Fellow. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged.

These two-year positions have an annual salary of $49,000, plus benefits, and a $5,000 per year discretionary fund for research costs and travel. Postdocs also benefit from professional development opportunities, including communications and policy training.

Learn more about Gund Postdoctoral Fellowships online.

The Gund Institute catalyzes environmental research, develops real-world solutions to global issues, and connects UVM with leaders in government, business and beyond. We are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives are active and welcome. We encourage applicants who bring diverse perspectives to our community.


Bailey Rowland

Program Specialist

The Gund Institute for Environment

University of Vermont

Tel: 802.656.2906  I  Email:

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Assistant Professor in Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position.

They are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in investigating interconnected biological and/or environmental systems and will interact widely with colleagues in our department and across the university to build an understanding of the multiple trade-offs and competing objectives that may be present at the systems nexus. 

The successful candidate will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses critical problems of society today. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to, sustainable agriculture and/or food systems, food safety and security, and interconnected systems of food/agriculture, energy, water, and climate.

A brief summary of the position is below.

More details on the position and how to apply are available at:

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development: Appalachian State University

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2020. We seek a dynamic teacher, scholar, and activist/practitioner whose work addresses the ecological and environmental dimensions of global change, the ecological dimensions of coupled human-natural systems, and the ways that global environmental change undermines human well-being and the potential for sustainable development.

Applicants must have a PhD (or its international equivalent) in an integrative natural sciences field (e.g. sustainability science, ecology, environmental science, or earth systems science). The ability to teach introductory and upper level courses on the science that informs sustainable development as well as a demonstrated commitment to high-quality teaching are essential.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of applied social-ecological or socio-environmental approaches in their research and teaching as well as evidence of potential to collaborate across degree program concentrations within the department for research, curriculum development, and teaching purposes.

Ideal applicants will pursue integrative and collaborative approaches to crucial questions about multiscale, interconnected social-ecological problems.

We are particularly interested in a colleague whose work is visionary and will deepen the department’s strengths in:

  • The climate crisis: drivers and consequences of climate change as well as climate change mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and other responses to climate disruption; and
  • The biodiversity crisis: drivers and consequences of mass extinction, ecological collapse, and reductions in biosphere integrity as well as conservation, restoration ecology, and other approaches to addressing biodiversity loss.

We will prioritize applicants whose work broadens our geographic and disciplinary strengths as well as applicants who demonstrate a commitment to justice dimensions of, and community-engaged responses to, global change. Diversity is a key (though still under-realized) component of our department’s mission. Thus we seek candidates who strengthen our department’s commitment to improving intercultural competencies and working across difference to combat historical inequities and promote positive social and ecological change.

To read the full application instructions and apply for this position, visit

Postdoc Opportunity: U. of Arizona Institute of the Environment

Position Summary: The University of Arizona Institute of the Environment invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in social dimensions of coupled natural-human systems. This appointment is a part of the initiative connected to the Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science (BBCS): Forecasting Future Operating Environments interdisciplinary research initiative. 
The BBCS seeks a researcher with primary expertise in environmental social science. We invite applicants from a broad range of disciplinary fields including but not limited to public health, political science, applied economics and geography. Competitive candidates will apply rigorous quantitative methods to understanding challenges and developing new knowledge related to decision-making, governance and environmental resource management. The BBCS is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and post-docs from departments across campus. Successful candidates must have expertise in one or more of the following: i) an ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and create novel synthetic research, ii) expertise environmental governance and institutional analysis, and iii) expertise or interest in an additional targeted research area such as biodiversity, conservation, public health, food systems, or informatics. The selected candidate is expected to work closely with postdoctoral researchers and faculty members across the natural and social sciences. 
The position is linked to a portfolio of existing and newly funded research projects focused on land management, species conservation, food systems and ecosystem services, with opportunities for qualified candidates to contribute to analysis of existing data and publications. We encourage applicants with specialization in any of these specific areas and it is not required to have prior experience in each area. 

About the BBCS:  The BBCS comprises a team of core faculty, steering committee members, and other affiliated researchers that identified several cross-cutting research projects that use biodiversity as a focal point for interdisciplinary investigation in public health, governance, informatics, and security. 
The scientific goal of the BBCS program is to build a more robust and predictive biodiversity and conservation science and to addresses emerging, critical issues in human health and well-being, and in environmental, food, and national security. 
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here. Duties & Responsibilities The candidate will have an individual lead mentor from one of the following BBCS faculty: Liz Baldwin, public policy & governance; Jose Soto, environmental economics; Tom Evans, geography; But the candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with faculty and pos-docs from multiple fields based on strengths and research interests. 
BBCS post-docs are supported with active mentoring by BBCS faculty and access to funds for conference travel, training, and publications. 

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. from a broad range of disciplinary fields including but not limited to public health, political science, applied economics and geography. 

Preferred Qualifications: Preferably, the selected candidate will be highly motivated, have strong communication skills, and seek to both take a leadership role for specific project components and collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team. 

Posted Rate of Pay: $47,659 Annually 

Posting Number: P20896

 Desired Start Date: 01/13/2020

Contact Information for Candidates:

Open Until Filled! Review Begins On: 11/01/2019

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Diversity Statement: At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Gund PhD Fellowships

The Gund Institute for Environment seeks outstanding PhD applicants interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on urgent global environmental issues.

Students at the Gund get a deep understanding of complex global issues, hands-on training in interdisciplinary research and problem-solving with world-class scholars, and real-world experience collaborating with government and business.

We are committed to ensuring an inclusive environment where diverse voices and perspectives are active and welcome. We encourage applicants who bring diverse perspectives to our community.

Gund PhD Fellowships

  • Gund PhD Fellowships support doctoral scholarship across four global research themes.
  • Students receive up to four years of funding at $32,000 per year, tuition and health insurance.
  • Learn more about Gund PhD Fellowships

Gund Barrett PhD Fellowships

  • Gund Barrett Fellowships support PhD students who collaborate on urgent issues in engineering and the environment.
  • Students receive up to four years of funding, including an annual $35,000 stipend, tuition, and health insurance.
  • Learn more about Gund Barrett Fellowships, a partnership with UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.