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Department: Wyoming EPSCoR

College of Agriculture

The successful candidate for the Economic Modeler (Position #4680) will provide technical and modeling support to natural resource economics research projects underway in the University of Wyoming Department of Agricultural &; Applied Economics.

Position Responsibilities:

The current focus of this position is to contribute to development of a management layer for a hydro-economic model of parts of the Upper Colorado River Basin (specifically in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado). Specific tasks include:

· Developing a thorough understanding of existing models used by the Bureau of Reclamation and others to analyze supply and demand conditions for water in the Colorado River Basin;

· Acquiring management information from operators of Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs and non-Bureau reservoirs and water utility managers of irrigation districts and municipalities in the Upper Colorado River Basin;

· Developing algorithms that reflect operators' decision-making and management processes using water management data;

· Performing economic analysis on the relative benefits of water use versus storage and the value of storage on intra-seasonal and inter-annual bases;

· Generating municipal, agricultural, and industrial demand functions based on current water use patterns;

· Integrating the management layer into the underlying physical and hydrological components of the model;

· Interacting productively with hydrologists and engineers working on the project as well as water managers and other economists.

A future focus is likely to be economic modeling and analysis related to reclamation after energy extraction in Wyoming.

Required Qualifications:

· Master's degree in agricultural economics or a related field;

· Knowledge of software programs generally used by economists (GAMS, Mathematica, Matlab) and hydrological engineering modelers (Java, C);

· Demonstrated ability to develop software systems to enhance work flows in environmental systems modeling, input and output processing and visualization.

· Familiarity with laws, policies, and management practices that govern water resources and reclamation after energy extraction, to facilitate data acquisition and modeling;

· Demonstrated ability to work well with hydrologists and engineers, economists, and other academics working on water resources modeling and reclamation modeling;

· Demonstrated ability to interact well with reservoir operators, irrigation district managers, and others involved in managing water resources on the ground;

· Experience working independently with little or no supervision.

· Experience conducting economic analysis using dynamic computer models in a natural resource context.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characterisitic protected by law and University policy. Please see

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.


Application Materials Required:

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and CV or resume to Beth Cable (

The successful candidate will report to:

Dr. Kristi Hansen (Assistant Professor, UW Agricultural &; Applied Economics) and Dr. Roger Coupal (Associated Professor and Chair, UW Agricultural &; Applied Economics. Questions? Please contact Kristi Hansen (307-766-3598,




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