Senior Researcher in Natural Resource Economics

Senior Researcher in Natural Resource Economics
Policy Analysis Group
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho

The University of Idaho invites applications for a Senior Researcher to join the Policy Analysis Group in the College of Natural Resources ( We seek a skilled economist to join our interdisciplinary team of policy and economic specialists working on natural resource issues important to the state of Idaho.

APPOINTMENT: Senior Researcher. Fiscal Year, full time. Salary commensurate with experience. Renewable annually depending on performance and funding. Duty location is Moscow, Idaho.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Research responsibilities: The Senior Researcher is responsible for modeling and tracking the economic contributions of wildlife, timber, grazing, water, outdoor recreation, and related natural resources important to Idaho’s economy. We seek a motivated individual who will assist in the development of statewide, regional and local economic information systems and analytical tools. We seek individuals who are innovative, thrive in a team environment, and will initiate and contribute to all aspects of project design, implementation, analysis, and reporting.

Service and outreach responsibilities: The Senior Researcher will provide expertise to collaborators, scientists and stakeholders by participating in the design and delivery of publications, workshops, and related outreach activities and analytical tools.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Masters or doctorate degree in natural resource economics or related field at the time of starting the position, and at least 2 years’ relevant experience. Candidates must demonstrate experience or ability to learn advanced economic modeling techniques, have strong skills in statistical analysis and data interpretation; and demonstration of strong verbal and written communication skills. Applicant selected as finalist must pass a criminal background check.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may have experience or advanced training in applied natural resource economics and policy analysis; strong project and data management skills; and the ability to publish research in refereed journals. Working knowledge and advanced training in computer programming or modeling in an area related to the position is also highly desired (e.g., Visual Basic, GIS, IMPLAN, REMI, InVEST, FVS), as is the ability to work with project teams including other scientists and across disciplines. Familiarity with natural resource industrial activities in the western United States is desired.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply online, visit We require a letter of application, curriculum vitae or resume, academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable), and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled. For first consideration, please submit your application by August 26th, 2016.

THE INSTITUTION: The University of Idaho is the Land Grant institution of Idaho, located in the panhandle of northern Idaho. The College of Natural Resources has 700 undergraduate majors and over 250 graduate students in three departments. The Policy Analysis Group is an independent program within the College of Natural Resources responsible for providing objective, scientific information and policy analysis on resource and land use questions of interest to the people of Idaho. For information on the Policy Analysis Group, please visit

CONTACT: Dr. Dennis Becker, Director, Policy Analysis Group (; 208-892-9865)

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