Climate Economist
Union of Concerned Scientists - Berkeley, CA

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UCS has an exciting, new opportunity for a CLIMATE ECONOMIST in its California Office

Organization Description
Founded in 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists ( UCS ) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Today, UCS is an independent, financially robust, nonprofit organization with 135 full-time staff, an operating budget of $22 million, and an alliance of more than 300,000 citizens and scientists from all walks of life. In its recent five-year strategic plan, UCS identified its strategic goals for 2011-2015: ensure robust science informs and motivates public policy; limit the magnitude of global warming and its impacts on people and the environment; accelerate the transition to a sustainable, clean-energy economy; advance sustainable agriculture and land use; and reduce the nuclear threat worldwide.

Position Description
Working in the California Office, located in Berkeley, the Western States Climate Economist (Climate Economist) will lead UCS’s work in California and the Western States to bring sound economics to bear on building support for, developing, and implementing strong climate policies. Under the direction of the California and Western States Director and in coordination with the Climate and Energy Program Director, the Climate Economist’s work will also focus on the following key activities: 1) Evaluating and analyzing the economic feasibility of various climate policy approaches at the state and regional level, and 2) Providing top-quality research, reports and analysis on climate and energy policies in California and the Western US.

Ideal candidates will have five to seven years of related experience, including a background in environmental and energy economic policy development and analysis and project management. A PhD in economics or a closely related field is required. Other requirements include: a comprehensive understanding of the appropriate use of economic and technical information in the policymaking process; a strong analytical orientation and a strong interest in policy with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with economists, other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public. Familiarity with the economic costs and benefits of economy-wide and sectorial climate and energy policies strongly preferred. Knowledge of basic climate science and energy technology issues helpful, but is not required.

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Direct inquiries to Johnston and Company, Attn: UCS -Economist. E-mail electronic résumés and cover letters to Phone: (310) 410-3905