Student Researcher Needed for Valuation of Ecosystem Services

The position will be part of ongoing collaborative research efforts between ISER and Earth Economics focusing on ecosystem services valuation.

Candidates must live in Southcentral Alaska, be familiar with the Mat-Su Borough, and be seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree in economics, public policy, environmental science, geography or a related field. Ideal candidates will have deep local knowledge of the area and have an aptitude for interdisciplinary research. Ardent multi-taskers who seek to positively shape Alaska’s economy for future generations and have a positive can-do attitude should apply.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  •      Review of primary ecosystem service economic valuation studies applicable to the region (50% of workload).
  •      Assist ISER and Earth Economics staff with economic research with an emphasis on ecological issues, sustainable development, watershed resources and history, and economic analysis of ecosystem health and dynamics (30% of workload).
  •      Support a cross-organizational team with administrative tasks such as workshop and focus group planning and execution, grant seeking, fundraising, and grant writing (20% of workload).
  •      Work 10 to 15 hours per week (anticipated).

Qualifications:

  •      Knowledge of microeconomic theory, natural resource and environmental economics, and/or natural resource management preferred.
  •      Strong written, verbal and organizational skills.
  •      Demonstrable ability to conduct and summarize research or literature reviews in a concise, timely, and intelligible manner.
  •      Self-motivation and ability to work independently are critical.
  •      Understanding of the local ecology, economy and community of the Mat-Su.
  •      Ability to commit to a one year project is desired.

Compensation:

  •      Compensation and course credit is available. Federal work-study is desired, but not required.
  •      Anticipated duration of this project is one year, starting September 2012.

Students interested should apply online following this link!

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