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Ocean Career: Fishery Analyst at NOAA

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Anchorage, Alaska, US
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Oct 23, 2022

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Conservation science
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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking a Fishery Analyst to work in the identification and analysis of environmental, social, and economic issues pertaining to fisheries management off Alaska. This person will participate as part of a team of biological, economic, and social analysts from Council staff and from the staffs of other agencies.

The Council is one of eight regional Councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council has authority over the management of fisheries in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and Arctic in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The states of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska are represented on the Council.

Primary responsibilities will be to analyze potential biological, economic, and/or social impacts of proposed regulatory changes in support of Council initiatives to develop and modify management programs for the Federal groundfish and crab fisheries off Alaska. Environmental and regulatory impact analyses are prepared to help the Council develop the best management approaches for these fisheries.

Specific duties will include:
  • Preparing and contributing to a variety of regulatory impact analyses, environmental impact assessments, and reports to assist the Council in the formation of fisheries policy and for use in the amendment of fishery management plans. Conducting critical reviews of other analyses developed in support of plans. Preparing discussion papers to assist the Council in the development of management alternatives for analysis and consideration.
  • Presenting results of analyses or discussion papers to the Council and advisory committees. Communicating complex analyses at a variety of levels for decisionmakers, scientific review bodies, and stakeholders.
  • Coordinating with the Council's stock assessment plan teams to review and prepare annual stock assessment and fishery evaluation documents.
  • Working in collaboration with the agencies with which the Council cooperates, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, other Council staffs, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
  • Acting in an advisory capacity in discussions with the Council or the Council's committees on matters relating to the impacts of proposed fishery management regulations, and providing logistical support for such committees.
  • Travel to and attendance at Council meetings, public hearings, and other meetings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Minimums:
  • Master's degree or higher in resource economics, fisheries science, or resource management, or other related discipline.
  • Progressively responsible experience in research and analysis related to fisheries or other renewable natural resources.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly.
  • Ability to work professionally with people from diverse scientific and technical backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the various laws pertaining to management of the fishing industry, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Ability to conceptualize the scope of a problem, analyze potential impacts, and complete writing assignments on time.
  • Resourceful and self-directed with strong sense of ownership for responsibilities.
  • Must be flexible and demonstrate willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and priorities.

  • Familiarity with North Pacific fisheries and current management issues.
  • Demonstrated experience with inter-agency and multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in the compilation and/or review of environmental assessments or environmental or economic analyses supporting regulatory actions.

SALARY: This is a non-federal GS-11/12/13 equivalent position, plus Alaska cost of living adjustments and a fringe benefits package that includes life and health insurance and participation in the State of Alaska retirement system. Starting salary approximately $70,000 - $100,000/year, depending on experience.

LOCATION: The Council office is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Limited moving expenses are authorized. Travel will be required to attend meetings in other Alaska and Pacific Northwest locations.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest and current resume which highlights relevant experience, training, and education. No format is prescribed. References should be included; however, letters of recommendation, education transcripts, and similar supporting documents are not requested at this time.

Applications or inquiries should be emailed to .
Applications are due by 5 pm Alaska time, Friday, October 15, 2021 .

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