Position Title: Economist

Location: Portland, OR (downtown)

Reports to: Director of Economics Research

FSLA: Exempt


The primary responsibility of the Economist is to conduct applied economics research on a range of topics related to plantation forestry in developed and emerging market countries in support of the company’s investment and forest management activities.


 Provide regular forest products price and market analysis based on independent and third-party research for a range of products including traditional forest products (e.g., logs, lumber, panels, pulp) and biomass

 Maintain a database on product prices, consumption, production and trade in all regions of interest to GWR

 Conduct independent economics research, analysis and modeling of topics related to GWR’s investment strategies, including land and product markets, international trade, portfolio design, silvicultural activities, etc.

 Participate in professional activities that support GWR’s mission

 Present analytical results to investors and at professional conferences

 Prepare GWR research publications including white papers and research notes; contribute to the quarterly newsletter

 Write occasional papers for peer-reviewed journals when circumstances warrant


 Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with the Director of Economics Research and with other forestry investment professionals including biometricians, quantitative silviculturalists, acquisitions and portfolio managers

 Utilize resourceful thinking, responsible decision making and problem solving skills

 Perform multiple tasks in an environment of changing priorities

 Capable of analyzing forest product markets outside the U.S., with the possibility of some international travel


 Master’s degree or Ph.D. in economics, resource economics, forest economics, finance or statistics

 Three to five years of experience in forest or agricultural economics

 Excellent quantitative skills with a focus on econometric modeling and statistical analysis

 Proven ability to apply analytical skills to forestry or financial economics, market analyses estimating forest product supply/demand functions, and/or price forecasting

 Experience using Stata or similar statistical software; knowledge of @RISK or other stochastic simulation software desirable

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 Excellent oral and written communication skills

 Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese or Polish desirable


GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR), was founded in 1998 and is a global timberland investment management company that acquires, develops, and manages sustainable, short-rotation hardwood in addition to more traditional hardwood and softwood timberland assets. GWR specializes in creating value through the integrated deployment of improved plant material and intensive silvicultural management strategies to create attractive risk-adjusted returns in selected regions of the world. The firm’s focus on the science and technology of tree breeding and growth distinguishes it from other timberland investment management organizations. GWR’s core competencies include capital management, superior plant material, tree improvement methodologies, tree farm operations, and sales and marketing. These skills are uniquely integrated to produce superior, risk-adjusted returns for investments in forestry. The company’s strategy meets the growing demand for sustainably harvested trees and provides responsible environmental stewardship for renewable forest resources. Today, GWR is a subsidiary of the leading financial services provider, TIAA-CREF, and the firm has more than 100 professionals with offices and field locations in North America, South America, Central Europe, and Asia. GWR currently manages approximately $1 billion of assets or commitments.


Please submit CV, cover letter and writing sample on our website or email to:

Mimi Henninger, Director of Human Resources

GreenWood Resources, Inc.


Application Deadline: March 20, 2016

For questions about the position, please contact Gwen Busby, Director of Economics Research at gwen.busby@gwrglobal.com or +1 971 645 4462.


This position description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position. While this description is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, GreenWood Resources, Inc. reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.