Entry-Level Economist/Analyst in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

RTI International

Durham, NC, US

RTI International is accepting applications for an entry-level associate economist analyst position in the Center for Applied Economics and Strategy at its Research Triangle Park, NC headquarters. This position supports a diverse portfolio of economic analyses in the areas of environmental and natural resource management, energy and climate policy, and food and agricultural policy. 
This position is an excellent opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams, strengthen quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, and gain exposure to applying economics to answer real-world research and policy questions.
Entry-level staff typically work on multiple project teams concurrently. They work closely with senior and mid-level staff to execute a range of tasks that further our objective of delivering sound policy and program guidance to our clients.  common tasks include literature review, data management and programming, statistical analysis, qualitative research, and policy assessment. In this project environment, excellent time management, communication, and collaboration skills are essential.
Our research portfolio encompasses environmental policy and impact assessments, agricultural policy and technology adoption, natural resource management (including water and land use), renewable energy R&D, energy efficiency, climate change, international trade and market modeling, and agricultural development issues. Clients include government agencies, domestic and international non-governmental organizations, regional authorities, and private foundations. 
Responsibilities may include a mix of the following:
• Perform data management, analysis, and visualization using Excel, Stata, R, Tableau, or other tools under direction of senior or mid-level staff
• Assist in drafting technical documents, public-facing summary reports, and/or publications by providing qualitative and quantitative research support 
• Review technical and professional literature to identify specific findings, build background knowledge, and inform study design
• Interact with academic, industry, government, and other subject matter experts on a variety of topics
• Prepare text, tables, and graphics for reports, presentations, and manuscripts
• Compile meeting notes and manage basic project correspondence
• BA/BS in Economics, Applied Economics (e.g., agricultural, environmental, or resource economics), or related social science or business field, or BS in data science, computer science, mathematics/statistics, or related quantitative field. 
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required, proficiency in Stata, R, Python, and/or Tableau preferred but not required
• Some research experience via internships or assistantships preferred, but not required
• Ability to work independently and productively virtually including reliable access to high-speed internet and quiet working space, during work-for-home periods
• To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa sponsorship