Senior Data Tech

Duke University

Durham, NC, US

Occupational Summary
The policy assistant will sit with the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, but may provide some support for the Water Policy Program as well. The policy assistant will report to the Ecosystem Services Program director Lydia Olander on project and initiative development and follow-through. The policy assistant will work with the two current research associates in the program, the many other students and faculty collaborators at Duke and other Universities involved in this work, as well as agency and NGO collaborators. This position will begin with a full-time summer contract that is expected to roll into a full time contract with annual renewal.

Below is a summary of the work that may take place over the first year.
  • Engage in project work supported by the Southeast Climate Science Center (CSC).Duke University has recently joined the CSC consortium and will increase its engagement with the center’s mission and work. One project involves literature research, geospatial mapping(GIS) and database management for natural capital accounting and for assessing how ecosystem service provision in the Southeast region is affected by global change. Another project involves developing a framework for incorporating ecosystem services into CSC assessments of how eco systems or their management will be affected by global change.
  • Support the work of a project recently funded by the Gulf Research Program to develop eco system service logic models related to commonly applied gulf restoration strategies. This work may involve logic model development with resource managers in the Gulf, ecological and/ or socio-economic research, and support for 5 Gulf-state working groups.
  • Support the work of a recently funded project to develop eco system services logic models for the Department of Defense across a broad set of land and coastal management issues for base management. This is part of a project to develop a flexible and adaptable tool to model ecosystem services provision/impairment by the bases and by surrounding communities.
  • Another possible project is on ecosystem service logic model development for coastal restoration strategies for the National Estuarine Research Reserves in North Carolina and Florida. There may be opportunities to engage in other work of the eco system services and water programs if it is of interest to the person in this position. Responsibilities may include policy research, literature reviews, data management, GIS, statistical analysis, synthesis and review of environmental science, editing, drafting memos and sections of reports, drafting presentations, and coordinating events, webinars, and workshops.
Work Performed
Ecosystem Services Program of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The summer positions will run from early May through late August 2016. Depending on availability of funding, the positions may continue beyond the summer. Summer work, to be divided between the two positions based on the successful candidates skills and other qualifications, may include:
  • A project being conducted with Mississippi State University for the Gulf Coast Ozark Plains Large Conservation Cooperative that involves using GIS for overlaying social data collected from surveys on area maps of existing ecosystems that could be conserved or areas where the systems previously existed and could still be restored. Other data may also be incorporated.
  • A project developing a connectivity for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
  • Coordinating and helping to write examples of federal agency decisions that use eco system services for the NESP guidebook.
  • Assisting with a paper on the National Environmental Policy Act and ecosystem services.
  • Helping to summarize expert statements on how landscape scale planning is currently and can be better incorporated into environmental markets such as water quality trading, wetland mitigation, and other similar programs.
  • A project related to environmental allocation of water (E-Flows).
  • Work on health and ecosystem services in Durham.
  • Opportunities to engage with other work of the Ecosystem Services Program.
  • Assist in conducting specialized research activities, in planning and operations, and in providing relevant expertise.
  • Assist research staff in collection of data and information relating to policy research and internal and external publications in progress by conducting literature reviews and drafting detailed, annotated bibliographies.
  • Work on multiple projects, including across multiple Institute environmental program areas.-
  • Communicate an understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the Institute’s target audiences.
  • Assist research staff with collection of data and information for grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government funders.
  • Assist the research staff with execution of activities related to engagement with university faculty, external stakeholders, and policymakers, including the ongoing development of Nicholas Institute faculty working groups.
  • Work with faculty and stakeholders in planning and executing meetings, workshops, conferences, and events.-
  • Assist the research staff in responding to requests for information, including legislative drafting, from government officials and other key audiences by collecting and reporting relevant information and data.
Preferred Skills, Education & Experience

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills to enable working with groups on large projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with the policy, economic, legal and/or scientific aspects of the environmental program arena, with some understanding of ecosystem services necessary. Additional familiarity with environmental markets desirable.
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • A proactive can do attitude and a sense of humor are required
Candidates with a master’s degree in an environmentally related field or skill set are preferred.
Minimum qualification is a bachelor’s degree with two years of work experience in a relevant field.

To Apply:
We will begin accepting applications immediately and will begin interviewing when we have a strong set of candidates.
This position was posted January 22, 2018. We will remove the position posting once the position is filled. To apply send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

No phone inquiries please.
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