Research Officer Forest Economics Teagasc

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Rural Economy Research Centre of Teagasc and the Teagasc Forestry Development Unit have recently been successful in securing funding from COFORD, the national research agency for Forestry for a new project involving an economic evaluation of forestry in Ireland. The project, which will be conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre in conjunction with the Teagasc Forestry Development Unit began in late 2007. The candidate will also be responsible for the integration of forestry into agricultural modeling scenarios for projected land use and specifically, for future rates of afforestation. In particular, it is envisaged that choice modeling techniques will be employed to assess the choices landowners face in terms of afforestation decisions. The collecting of choice experiment data and the use of suitable econometric models to model landowner preferences will be an important component of the project.

The appointee will be based at the Rural Economy Research Centre in Athenry near Galway City in the West of Ireland.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Liaise with Project Leader and Project Team
  • Develop links with other COFORD funded forest economics projects in UCD
  • Using choice modeling techniques and collecting choice experiment data
  • Econometric analysis
  • Simulation of Policy Reforms in Centre’s Economics Models
  • Data analysis for Forestry Development Unit
  • Preparation of presentations and project reports
  • Preparation of peer reviewed scientific articles
  • Academic workshop on forest economics
  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and PMDS processes.
  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service charter and action plan.
  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.
  • PERSON SPECIFICATION 
    Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process. 

    Qualifications

    Essential
    Minimum of an honours Level 8 degree in economics or related discipline.  Applicants with a post graduate qualification will have a distinct advantage

    Desirable
    Completed or near completion of Ph.D in Environmental Economics/Agricultural Economics/Economics

    SKILLS

    Essential
    ICT SkillsStatistics & EconometricsCommunication skillsLeadership

    Desirable
    Choice Modelling, Simulation Modelling, Survey data collection

    KNOWLEDGE

    Essential
    Policy Analysis

    Desirable
    Knowledge of economics of environment, forestry or natural resources

    BEHAVIOUR COMPETENCIES

    Essential
    Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders.Strategic thinker

    spanDesirable
    Ability to communicate effectively to enable knowledge and technology transfer.

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