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Assistant Professor (Applied Environmental Economics)

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Commensurate with and experience
Posted Date
Sep 8, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Title: Assistant Professor (Applied Environmental Economics)
Position Number: 0085403T
Hiring Unit: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM)
Location: Manoa Campus
Closing Date: 10/01/2023
Monthly Type: 9 Month
Tenure Track: Non-Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time (50% Research; 50% Instruction)
Temporary/Permanent: Temporary

Other Conditions: To begin approximately January 2024 or soon thereafter. Funding is approved until 2026 with a possibility to extend, renewal dependent on grants awarded and satisfactory performance.
Position Justification:

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii Manoa has a vision to integrate natural and social science disciplines to promote local to global sustainability and resiliency.
Hawai‘i’s economy and people’s wellbeing depend on a recreation sector that benefits people over the long term. A balance must be obtained between natural resource management, conservation, infrastructure investment, business development, Indigenous peoples’ rights and customary practices, and local community interests. A strong recreation sector requires collaboration across management entities, as well as active engagement with people with an interest in the sector.
We seek a candidate interested in the economics of outdoor recreation. The candidate should have a background in the concepts and empirical research techniques used in studying the economics of outdoor recreation and public sector recreational asset management.
This position will be 50% instruction and 50% soft money research, with three years of secured funding.
Duties and Responsibilities
Research (50%): 

  • Collaborate and join an interdisciplinary team of wildlife biologists, economists, and state resource managers in developing a strategic plan to manage the state’s Na Ala Hele public trail system. Lead economic studies that: (1) determine willingness to pay for user fees and public perceptions of alternative use-management approaches (e.g., fees, reservation system); (2) design mechanisms (e.g., incentives, fees/penalties, reservations) to successfully manage demand; (3) identify and evaluate creative alternatives to fund conservation actions and management activities; (4) contribute to a decision-analytic approach to managing the statewide trail system that balances economic, ecological, cultural, and social objectives. Performs related tasks as assigned

 Instruction (50%): 

  • Develop and teach three innovative courses (9 credits) per year for undergraduate and graduate students in economics, modeling, data analysis, and decision science. Courses may include NREM 220 (Environmental Economics), NREM 310 (Statistics), NREM 429 (Spreadsheet Modeling), NREM 477 (GIS for Resource Managers), NREM 494 (Environmental Problem Solving), NREM 691 (Topics: Valuing Nature) and NREM 658 (Cost Benefit Analysis) Serves as an advisor to NREM graduate and undergraduate students. Performs related tasks as assigned

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate from a college or university of recognized standing in applied economics and quantitative modeling, such as agricultural economics, resource economics, or economic development. ABD candidates may be considered; all degree requirements must be completed at the time of hire. Demonstrated ability as a teacher at the college level. Demonstrated scholarly achievement applying economic analysis to study the outdoor recreational sector.

 Desirable Qualifications

  • Strong skills in quantitative reasoning and statistical/modeling programming, demonstrated by a record of relevant research and teaching. Record of peer reviewed publications and presentations consistent with the candidate's career stage. Experience in applying decision analytical approaches to conservation problems. Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration. Success in mentoring students at graduate and undergraduate levels, as demonstrated by student publications and placement in post-graduation positions. Demonstrated ability to secure competitive funding.

To Apply:
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Submit the following online through NeoGov: 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research, 4) names and contact information for at least three professional references and 5) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).
Dr. Melissa Price;


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