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Sr. Parks and Conservation Economist - Location Flexible

Boston, Massachusetts
Join an award winning Research and Innovation team! We are the data backbone of an extraordinary organization that has created more than 5,000 places, protected 3 million acres, generated $74 billion for parks and conservation, and helped put more than 8 million people within a 10-minute walk of a park. Be part of an ambitious team with limitless potential as we partner internally and externally to uncover insights around our ‘land for people’ mission. Help us enhance the quality and pace of park and trail creation, land protection and public funding for conservation.
We are a team of planners, economists, researchers, data scientists, and geospatial analysts and we are looking for a Park and Conservation Economist to join us. In this role you will collaborate directly with park and conservation professionals and stakeholders across the country to create parks and trails, protect land, and enhance funding for special places in communities large and small. We are open to this position being based in any TPL office.
The Senior Park and Conservation Economist will create effective economic research that is used to advocate for land conservation and parks across the country and increase access for rural and urban communities that are underserved by existing park and open space infrastructure. This position is responsible for the following primary tasks: 1) managing a portfolio of simultaneous economic projects of varying levels of complexity, scope, budget, and team size. These projects expand the full scope of the research process, from initiation of investigation and planning of methods, through interpretation of finding and preparation of final reports; 2) conducting economic research and technical analysis including econometrics, benefit cost analysis, benefits transfer, input-output modeling, and other methods; 3) writing reports and developing factsheets and other marketing collateral to disseminate research findings to diverse audiences; 4) presenting research findings and collaborating with TPL’s marketing team to leverage opportunities; and 5) advancing TPL’s economic program by making presentations to demonstrate thought leadership, initiating research proposals, generating new business/funding streams, and making important and often sophisticated contributions to a larger pattern of research.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative research and develop new methodologies for data collection, analysis, and review
  • Manage a portfolio of projects conducted by teams comprised of colleagues with diverse sets of expertise (e.g. GIS, marketing, finance, field programs), consultants, and partners (including nonprofit and academic)
  • Manage economics projects from scoping and budget through kickoff, data collection, data analysis, report writing, review, design, and public release
  • Effectively communicate results to broad audiences, including the general public, elected officials, park and county commissioners, as well as newspaper, radio, and television outlets
  • Advise internally and externally on how to use economic research to build partnerships and inspire nontraditional advocates for parks and land conservation
  • Apply knowledge of federal, state, local, and nonprofit land conservation and park policies and programs across the country
  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on environmental economics and policy or natural resource management, economics, or related field, Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in economics, policy, project management, or relevant field
  • Excellent client relationship building and project management skills
  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize workloads in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to identify needs and work independently on projects
  • Attention to detail, organization, diligence and commitment to rigorous research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentations and report writing
  • Computer literacy, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Statistical Software (e.g., R, SAS, STATA), and Salesforce
  • Ability to travel nationally occasionally once travel is safe and internal policies allow for in-person meetings
On the Research and Innovation team, we all have a role to play. We believe in cultivating a culture of inclusion, curiosity and connectedness. The collective sum of our individual differences, life experiences, self-expression and innovation contributes to our achievements and how we collaborate, share our perspectives, and encourage others to do the same. In turn, our team culture inspires us to speak up and helps us stand out. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that each person brings with them, including perspectives informed by culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, religion, education and beliefs. In pursuit of a diverse and inclusive workplace, TPL is an equal opportunity employer that maintains an affirmative action program.  
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