Employment Opportunities

Nicholas School Dean Search
The Dean of the Nicholas School is the school’s chief academic and administrative officer and reports to the Provost and the President. The School’s mission is to create knowledge and leaders of consequence for the sustainable future of our planet; to further understanding of basic earth and environmental processes and human behavior related to the environment; and to serve and Inform society about environmental challenges. Committed to a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty in the Nicholas School include preeminent researchers and educators whose expertise spans the physical, life, and social sciences relating to the earth and environment. 
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Staff Positions - To apply, visit the “Careers” tab on the Duke HR website at https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply. (Updated Jan. 4, 2018)

  • Admissions Officer II

    The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE)'s Student Services Office consists of residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree programs, a Distance learning MEM program (DEL-MEM) for mid-career professionals, executive education short courses, and the Career & Professional Development Center. This department supports all day-to-day operations for approximately 350 students and periodic cohorts of visiting non- matriculated students participating in executive education courses.

    As part of the admissions and recruiting team, this position will manage a variety of duties with a primary focus in the recruitment of professional master’s degree student applicants for admission to Duke University through the development and execution of key admissions responsibilities.

    To see full job description or to apply visit:  Admissions Officer II - NSOE

Research Positions – Applications are accepted through:  Academic Jobs Online

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  • Natural Resources Finance – Executive in Residence
    The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) at Duke University seeks a practitioner with experience in natural resources finance for an Executive in Residence faculty position. The growth of investment in forestland, water rights, mitigation banks, and other natural resources since the 1980s has created demand for professionals who combine skills related to natural resource management with skills in financial analysis and investment management. It has also increased the value of natural resources professionals who are conversant in financial concepts, and the value of finance professionals who have a basic understanding of natural resources. Financial innovation related to natural resources has continued to evolve. Conservation is being transformed by a variety of financial mechanisms and approaches, including payments for ecosystem services, conservation easements, mitigation banks, and impact investing, which tap private capital to fund the provision of carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, watershed services, and other environmental public goods and services from private lands. Investments in forestland and other natural resources are increasingly global, generating both new opportunities and new challenges and creating a need for professionals who are able to operate successfully in international settings.

    The Executive in Residence is a 3-year term position. Its chief responsibilities include:

    (1) establish and administer an educational program in natural resources finance through a sequence of 3-4 courses (some existing; some to be developed) within NSOE’s Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree programs;
    (2) teach core courses in the sequence, and related courses in NSOE’s Executive Education program;
    (3) develop private- and public-sector partnerships, along with alumni relationships, to support student internships and traineeships;
    (4) assist the NSOE admissions office in recruiting MEM and MF students interested in the program;
    (5) work with the NSOE Dean and Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations to raise resources required to sustain and grow the program; and
    (6) serve as liaison to other programs within NSOE, other units at Duke University (in particular, the Fuqua School of Business, Duke Financial Economics Center in the Department of Economics, and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions), and relevant organizations outside Duke.

    The successful applicant will have substantial practical experience in natural resources finance, as a practitioner working with forestland, other land-based resources, freshwater resources, or related sectors. A desire to build and develop a master’s-level educational program, including teaching core courses in it, is required, as is an ability to teach, advise, and mentor master’s-level students from a diverse range of backgrounds in ways that will expand and enrich the culture of inclusiveness at NSOE. A PhD or professional doctorate in a field related to natural resources finance is desired but not required.

    To apply, submit:  (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position; (2) a statement of your vision for a master’s-level educational program in natural resources finance; (3) a statement of your teaching philosophy and experience with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body; (4) a statement of your relevant professional experience; (5) a detailed resume or curriculum vitae; and (6) names and contact information for three references. You may also include up to three examples of professional or scholarly works related to natural resources finance, although this is not required. Applications should be submitted at AcademicJobsOnlne.  See Job # 10605.

    Further inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Martin Doyle (martin.doyle@duke.edu t: 919-613-8026).  The search committee will begin reviewing applications February 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Visiting Scholar
    Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment invites applications from highly promising junior scholars to spend a paid semester or academic year as a full-time resident Visiting Scholar on either the Nicholas School’s main campus in Durham, NC or its marine lab campus in Beaufort, NC. Applications from distinguished senior scholars will also be considered. The ideal candidates will have strong research profiles and records of effective teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. The Visiting Scholars will fully participate in the Nicholas School’s teaching and research activities, by teaching courses and/or leading seminars and workshops and collaborating with faculty on research projects. Appointments may begin with either the 2018 fall semester or the 2019 spring semester.

    Committed to a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty in the Nicholas School include preeminent researchers and educators whose expertise spans the physical, life, and social sciences relating to the earth and the environment. We are seeking Visiting Scholars who can expand and enrich the intellectual and cultural climate of our school. Individual qualifications, academic excellence, collegiality, and demonstrated multicultural competence, rather than specific research expertise, will be the primary criteria for selecting Visiting Scholars. Successful applicants will be expected to engage collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds in ways that support diversity and inclusion.

    The Nicholas School administers educational programs at the undergraduate, professional master’s, and doctoral levels. The signature professional degrees, the Master of Environmental Management (campus-based and online) and the Master of Forestry degree, prepare students for leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Nicholas School faculty oversee doctoral degree programs in Environmental Science and Policy, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Marine Science and Conservation, and participate in Duke University doctoral programs in Ecology, Environmental Policy, and Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health. The School administers undergraduate majors in Environmental Sciences and Policy and in Earth and Ocean Sciences, as well as certificates in Energy and the Environment and Marine Science and Conservation Leadership.

    We invite you to explore the opportunity to spend a semester or two at Duke University Nicholas School by following the application process below. Further inquiries may be directed to Laura Turcotte at ljturco@duke.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on February 01, 2018.

    Application process: Submit applications through Academic Jobs Online. See Job # 10517