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Water Economist Fellowship

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 15/11/2011
Company Name NRDC
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Telephone 3127807434
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Directory Entry : The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit global environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national nonprofit conservation organization, has an opening beginning in November 2011 for a two-year, full-time, economist in our Washington, DC office.  The Fellow will work with NRDC’s Water Program as part of a team focused on implementing, defending, and strengthening the Clean Water Act.  S/he will also collaborate with other science fellows in NRDC’s Science Center.  This position is designed as an opportunity to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical information in environmental policy decision-making.

NRDC’s Water Program seeks to develop a major economic analysis: a cost-benefit analysis of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The Fellow will develop the research plan to quantify the costs and benefits of the implementation of the CWA from its passage in 1972 to the present day, to the fullest extent possible considering the time limitations of the position.  The plan will include the development of protocols for quantifying the benefits delivered by the CWA that have not yet been quantified and an analysis of the existing cost-benefit literature with respect to CWA programs or particular regulations.  The plan should prioritize areas of research that are most likely to yield quantifiable results (e.g., focusing on developing benefits estimates for targeted geographic areas or for specific categories of benefits), so as to result in the most comprehensive estimate possible within the fellowship period. After the research plan is developed, the Fellow will undertake the actual analysis and present her/his results in a rigorous written piece.  Throughout this process, the Fellow will be assisted by an advisory committee of academics focused on economics and natural system valuation; one of the Fellow’s first tasks will be to work with NRDC Science Center and Water Program staff to recruit the committee members.

Required Skills

The Fellow’s work will result in one or more peer-reviewed, published articles in the academic literature.  The Fellow will also use NRDC’s outreach capacity and its relationships with government decision-makers to communicate results as they are available. This will ensure that the Fellow’s work will be relevant to critical policy decisions soon after the beginning of her/his assignment.  It will also help to provide transparency to the process and results.  We will also seek other ways to disseminate the work, including presentations at professional conferences.

NRDC seeks a PhD economist, with experience in cost-benefit analysis and in valuing natural systems or other harder-to-quantify endpoints.  The ideal candidate will have applied traditional cost-benefit tools to establish and apply valuation protocols for natural or similar benefits, including establishing protocols to value real, but difficult-to-quantify, benefits.  The candidate will be entrepreneurial in seeking out other experts in the field with whom to share ideas about how to value these resources and to validate her/his own proposed protocols.  The successful applicant will  have excellent writing skills, enjoy working on an interdisciplinary team with people from different professional backgrounds, and thrive in a fast paced environment.

Required Experience

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.  We offer excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment.  NRDC is an equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage women and people of color to apply.  Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest, which addresses: (a) why the fellowship is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified; (c) what issues interest the candidate; and (d) how the candidate hopes the fellowship will affect her/his career goals.  Applicants should also submit a resume and a writing sample.

Interested applicants should email application materials by November 15, 2011 to www.nrdc.org/jobs. No phone calls or faxes, please.

Job Location
Washington, DC, US.
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