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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Pacific Institute Announces Research Associate or Senior Associate in Resource/Environmental Economics

The Pacific Institute has a position open for a Research Associate/Senior Associate in resource economics. The Pacific Institute is an independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to conduct research and policy analysis in the areas of environmental improvement, sustainable development, and international security. Underlying all of the Institute’s work is the recognition that the pressing problems of environmental degradation, regional and global poverty, and political tension and conflict are fundamentally interrelated, and that long-term solutions must consider these issues in an interdisciplinary manner. The Institute strives to improve policy through sound research and dialogue with policymakers, activist groups, and the general public from international to local levels. The Institute has three major programs: Water and Sustainability, Economic Globalization and the Environment, and Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice. Through our research we aim both to understand the world better and to change it in positive directions. A staff of around 15 conducts research and runs the day-to-day operations of the Institute. A Board of Directors oversees Institute activities.

We seek an individual to work on ongoing projects related to sustainable water management and use (cost/benefits of water-use efficiency programs and technology, agricultural economics), economic globalization (trade, international economics), and environmental economic assessment. Interest and experience in one or more of these areas is an important advantage.

Current projects include development of an Excel-based water conservation program cost-of-implementation calculator, analysis of energy use in water management, efforts to ensure that implementation of the California Public Utility Commission’s Water Action Plan is sound and effective, and Excel-based calculators for resource efficiency measures such as water efficiency in new buildings.

Job Responsibilities

The Associate will report to the President and will work across programs at the Institute. Depending on entry level, responsibilities will include the following:

  • Collaborate with other Institute staff and contribute expertise to existing programs in the areas of water, community development, and economic globalization.
  • Prepare Institute reports and written products in both technical and non-technical areas. Peer-reviewed publications are encouraged.
  • Identify funding opportunities, write grant proposals, and secure funding for programs.
  • Design and conduct new research projects related to the Institute’s programs.
  • Widely present Institute results in public speaking and written and oral testimony before policymakers.
  • Manage research projects and coordinate with administrative staff to ensure smooth operation of research programs.


  • Advanced degree in Resource Economics or comparable field preferred.
  • Two years experience for a Research Associate (three to five for a Senior Associate) in related fields and a broad interest in global environmental issues;
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills;
  • Understanding of both the research and policy aspects of global environmental issues;
  • Ability to raise funds from a variety of sources, including foundations, research contracts, and individuals;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as a team player, and colleague;
  • Public speaking experience is a plus;
  • Ability to manage time effectively, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines. Must be self-directed;
  • Advanced familiarity with Windows-based software including Microsoft Word and Excel, with a particular interest and experience in Excel (or comparable) model development;
  • Flexibility, curiosity, and a sense of humor.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This job can be filled at a Research Associate or Senior Associate level, depending on experience. The Institute provides a highly competitive benefits package including a fully paid group health plan, employer sponsored retirement plan, and provisions for vacation, sick leave, and observed holidays. This is a full-time, salaried position.

Application Process

Position will remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Dr. Peter Gleick, President
654 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

You may also fax your resume to (510) 251-2203

First notice date, June 6, 2006.



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