Associate in Policy and Research – Ecosystem Services Program, Duke University


Associate in Policy and Research – Ecosystem Services Program



Position Posted May 16, 2011

Job Opening–Associate in Policy and Research

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Ecosystem Services Program


Summary: The Nicholas Institute invites applications for a 2-year position with opportunities for extension. The Associate will work directly with the Director of the Ecosystem Services Program in the Durham office on project and initiative development and follow-through. Responsibilities may include policy research, synthesis and review of environmental science, geospatial analysis, writing policy memos and reports, coordinating events and workshops, and developing grant proposals.

The associate would be supporting the development and completion of a number of projects potentially including: a Duke and World Wildlife Fund collaborative research project on ecosystem services programs and social economic outcomes; a project developing ecosystem and watershed services infrastructure for the state of North Carolina; a project on greenhouse gases mitigation potential from agriculture; and a research paper on implications of scope on the design of reduced emission from deforestation policy for UNFCCC negotiators.  In addition to research and policy support activities, the associate would help the program director to coordinate Duke’s Ecosystem Services Working Group and the National Ecosystem Services Partnership.  This associate may also be involved in early efforts to assess connections between corporate sustainability initiatives and ecosystem services, and new explorations of land use planning, real estate investments and ecosystem services.  Future work may involve developing policy briefs and outreach to US Congress as negotiations begin on the next Farm Bill. 

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is a nonpartisan institute founded in 2005 to help decision makers in business, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector understand their options, anticipate their choices, and make the most of opportunities for leadership in creating a more economically and environmentally sustainable future.

Requirements: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Experience in environmental science, law, economics, policy or other related discipline. Masters, JD, MBA or other relevant degree, or comparable experience. Sense of humor and positive can do perspective.

Experience: Applicants should have demonstrated experience in the environmental field; the ability to evaluate and communicate environmental science and policy analysis with stakeholders and policymakers; and the ability to conduct detail-oriented technical research. Applicants should also have proven ability to work effectively and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams on complex projects, and be comfortable taking initiative, working independently when the opportunity arises.

Start Date: summer 2011, negotiable.

To apply: attach a cover letter, resume, contact information for two references and a writing sample, attn: Lydia Olander  with “NI Associate Program” in the subject line.  Deadline May 30th.  Please contact Lydia if you cannot make this deadline.