Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
December 10, 2013

Environmental Economist
Montana Institute on Ecosystems

Search Number     14-178
Start Date August 1, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Montana Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University invites applications for the position of Natural Resource or Environmental Economist. We will consider qualified individuals at the Assistant, Associate and Full Professor rank, with the home department to be determined at the time of hire. We seek an active teacher and researcher in the area of environmental and natural resource economics who can provide expertise on economic and social dimensions related to climate change, water and resource vulnerability in the western U.S.

Duties and

We seek an individual who can lead basic and applied research that enhances understanding of coupled natural and human systems. The scholar’s specific expertise could include but is not limited to such topics as the valuation of ecosystem goods and services; the economics of regional climate change, urbanization, land-use change, and resource extraction; environmental amenity-based economies; and economic-ecological interactions. The individual should be willing to contribute to interdisciplinary team-driven research initiatives, have demonstrated empirical and analytical skills, and be eager to build a nationally competitive research and teaching program that supports undergraduate/graduate education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower-division and upper-division/graduate courses in their specialty area and contribute to a diverse University community. The individual will hold a partial appointment in the statewide Montana Institute on Ecosystems, which facilitates research and broader engagement on fundamental issues in environmental and ecosystem science relevant to Montana, the region, and the nation. Through participation in the Institute, the successful candidate will be able to interact with a diverse group of environmental scholars and students across the Montana University System.

1.   Ph.D. in economics or related field with a specialty in natural resource or environmental economics.
2.   Demonstrated ability or potential to teach effective courses related to natural resource or environmental economics, including introductory courses and upper-level courses in the candidate’s specialty.
3.   Demonstrated ability or potential for leadership in natural resource or environmental economics as evidenced by a record of scholarly publication and external funding, appropriate for stage of career.
4.   Demonstrated ability or potential for excellence in graduate instruction and mentoring.
1.   Evidence of research focused on natural resource or environmental topics in or applicable to the western U.S. including: coupled natural and human systems; valuation of ecosystem goods and services; the economics of regional climate change, urbanization, land-use change, and/or resource extraction; environmental amenity-based economies; and economic-ecological interactions.
2.   Evidence of successful collaboration in interdisciplinary teams.
3.   Evidence of proficiency with modeling and statistics.
4.   Evidence of effective teaching of large lower-division classes, including use of new technologies.
5.   Evidence of broader engagement and communication on research topics, beyond traditional university and professional forums.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will be a dynamic researcher and educator who will: (i) help MSU continue to provide outstanding research, teaching and service; (ii) have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, and students from different disciplines; (iii) have superior written and oral communication skills to communicate with diverse audiences, (iv) have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the University.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on February 10, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) a sample of written work, and
  • (4) a statement of teaching experience, and
  • (5) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-178" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Diane Eagleson
    • Fiscal & Budget Manager
    • Institute on Ecosystems
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 173490
    • Bozeman MT 59717-3490
    • (406)994-2374
    • In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (12/10/13 ses)