Water Markets Analyst

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Join the National Drought Mitigation Center and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute in the analysis of data and methodologies to understand and improve the performance of water markets and related incentive-based management tools as water scarcity and drought management tools. The full-time analyst will work with University of Nebraska researchers as well as public and private sector partners and water managers to collect and undertake economic analysis of existing transfer data across the U.S., as well as documenting the institutional setting under which transfers are occurring. Additionally, the analyst will assess the potential use of tools such as the U.S. Drought Monitor in forecasting near-term water transfer needs and trading implications.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in agricultural economics, economics, public policy, or related field plus two years of experience designing, implementing, and analyzing social science research projects. Advanced data collection, analysis, interpretation and report writing skills. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, pertinent quantitative research and empirical methodologies. Demonstrated ability to conduct critical analysis of research literature and data and synthesize complex information. Expertise in statistical software such as R or an equivalent analysis platform. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD degree in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, or related field. Two or more years of experience conducting economic analyses. Research or applied experience of water markets or other environmental markets. Expertise in ArcGIS or equivalent GIS platform. Project management and supervisory experience. Knowledge of methods for quantifying economic impacts of policies and programs related to water resource management. Knowledge of and ability to design statistical models and analyses. Experience working with stakeholders, including policy makers, on needs-based research. Demonstrated ability to transform academic research into readily comprehensible reports. Excellent organizational skills.

Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program.

Hiring Timeline: Applicant review begins February 1, 2019, with a start date as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled. This position will have guaranteed funding for one year, with a high likelihood for continued funding up to three years. The position will be renewed on an annual basis.

Application Instructions: To apply, email resume/CV and cover letter to Lacey Bodnar, Research Project Manager, at . Additional application materials, such as writing sample or references, may be requested later. Criminal history background check will be conducted following interview and before final employment offer is made. International candidates or persons requiring U.S. work visas are welcome to apply. Visa sponsorship will be considered in the case of exceptional candidates.

Questions: Contact Lacey Bodnar, Research Project Manager, with any questions. Email:

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The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska is working to achieve greater food security with less pressure on scarce water resources by improving water management in agriculture. Through scientific and policy research, education and communication, the institute is helping the world’s farmers produce greater yields while maintaining water supplies to meet other vital human and environmental needs. More information at waterforfood.nebraska.edu.