Department of Economics

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Research/Business Analyst: Southwick Associates

Southwick Associates is a market research, economics and statistics consulting firm specializing in serving the outdoor equipment industry, state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation and sportsmen’s NGOs and supporting businesses. Celebrating more than 30 years, we are known as problem-solvers, developing solutions and new products now widely used by our client base. We are the go-to firm in the natural resources and traditional outdoor recreation fields when challenges surface and difficult-to-find insights are needed.  Based in Northeast Florida, our employees work remotely from locations of their choosing across the U.S.

Position: Research/Business Analyst for hunting, fishing, target shooting, outdoor recreation, and natural resources consulting.


Responsibilities: The professional in this position will conduct quantitative survey and statistical-based analyses.  They will also be someone who can go beyond summarizing the data in front of them to better support client’s needs with substantive insights.  We want someone interested in identifying research opportunities, new methodological approaches, and processes. As a representative of Southwick Associates, strong communication skills are a must.  Occasional travel may be required.  This professional will join a skilled and experienced team. Analysts work independently or collaboratively, depending on the client’s needs.



  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a quantitative field such as statistics, economics, or business analytics plus a minimum of two years of related work experience is preferred.  Strong analytical skills in the areas of primary and secondary research are required.
  • Experience with designing, managing, and executing research projects that include data collection, analysis, and reporting (technical report, infographic, or presentations). 
  • Proficient with statistical software (such as R or SPSS) and MS Office suite.  Experience with online survey platforms is beneficial. 
  • Independent self-starter, organized, self-disciplined and able to work individually or as part of a team with limited oversight.
  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills a must.
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy, quality, and meeting or exceeding deadlines.
  • Hunting/target shooting/fishing experience is preferred.


  • Salary commensurate with experience. We also provide annual profit share, 401K plus company contributions, paid time off including vacation and holidays.

Please send cover letter and resume to

Posting closes when filled.


CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that offers a unique opportunity for individuals that are passionate about environmental and community resilience to build professional experience in the public sector through national service.

By building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging resilience challenges, Fellows create a lasting impact in local communities while building a robust statewide network of peers, and gaining technical and leadership skills.

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Natural Resource Economics Research Assistant : U.S. Geological Survey, Science and Decisions Center  


The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Science and Decisions Center is seeking multiple research assistants to support environmental and natural resource economics projects. The incumbents will work alongside principal investigators to support studies on invasive species and wildlife management, outdoor recreation, water resources, and natural hazards. Key tasks include identifying and reviewing relevant literature, data collection, model development, interpreting results, and contributing to peer-reviewed publications or other means of disseminating findings.  


The USGS Science and Decisions Center is an innovative and interdisciplinary research team that integrates physical, biological, socioeconomic, and information sciences to help diverse stakeholders make more informed decisions ( The research assistants will collaborate with Center scientists and research partners from within and outside the federal government. 

A research assistant must have:  

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree in economics or related field within the past twelve months. 
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary literature reviews.  
  • The ability to identify and collect data by contacting a wide range of sources, such as other federal bureaus and state or county government agencies.  
  • Excellent writing capabilities. 
  • Experience conducting research.  

A preferred candidate will have: 

  • Completed a master’s degree in economics or related field within the past twelve months.  
  • A degree related to and/or experience with natural resource management or policy.  
  • An understanding of federal land management agencies, outdoor recreation management, water policy, and/or the natural hazards context. 
  • Experience with statistical software.  

The position is a USGS Student Services contract position. This means: 

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 
  • Applicants must either have graduated within the past twelve months or be currently enrolled as a student.
  • For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No Social Security or Medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard Form 1099. The student is not considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form. 

    The positions are full-time and anticipated to begin on or around July 1, 2022. Currently, one year of funding is available, and additional time may be allocated based on availability of additional funding and performance evaluations. The positions are physically located in either Fort Collins, CO or Reston, VA and are telework eligible. The pay rate is determined by duty station location and level of education completed and ranges from $20.54 per hour to $38.66 per hour. 

    Contact information: For questions related directly to the job, contact Chris Huber, Economist, at

    How to applyPlease submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and a relevant academic writing sample to by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Please use “Natural Resource Economics Research Assistant Application” as the subject line for your email. 

    Chris Huber


    U.S. Geological Survey

    Science and Decisions Center

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