CASSE Ecological Economist Position


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

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.

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).

Policy Formulation

  • Assists in the development of the 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.

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.


  • 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 a resume, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references to

For more information, contact:

Brian Czech, Executive Director

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