3/02/16 – SAFMC Recruitment Announcement: Fishery Economist

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Recruitment Announcement

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Council Seeks Applicants for Position of Fishery Economist

Date: March 2, 2016

Title: Fishery Economist


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West. The Council is responsible for Coastal Migratory Pelagics from New York to Florida and for Dolphin/Wahoo, from Maine to Florida.

The Fisheries Economist is responsible for all aspects of economic analysis for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council as it relates to managing fisheries stocks through fishery management plans.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As designated, assists the plan coordinators for fishery management plans (FMP), including, but not limited to:

  • Coordinates all economic phases of management plan/amendment development with the plan coordinators, Council(s), Council Steering Committees, Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Advisory Panels (AP), Federal Agencies, Contractors and Sub-Contractors, Plan Development Teams, and others, as necessary.

  • Performs analyses to determine the economic effects of proposed fishery management actions using data from multiple sources and databases.

  • Serves as the principal staff member responsible for the economic aspects of fishery management plan formulation and development in coordination with other technical staff of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Deputy Executive Director for Management.

  • Responsible for plan coordinator duties on some FMPs.  Requires ability to work with other Interdisciplinary Plan Team (IPT) members including coordinating efforts, leading IPT meetings, putting together plan amendments, reviewing documents, and preparing documents for sending to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for formal review.

Performs economic, statistical, and operations research analysis for fishery management plans and proposals, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for the economic analysis of fishery regulations to meet Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) requirements.

  • Prepares background material on the economics sections of plans/amendments and conducts final staff review of the economics sections in all FMPs.

  • Prepares the economic components of RIRs.

  • Compiles and analyzes economic and other technical data.

  • Conducts applied economic research related to fishery management.

  • Develops operations research type models for fishery analysis.

  • Writes comprehensive economic reports, draft plans, and final fishery management plans or amendments.

  • Determines economic research needed to strengthen the management database for each fishery and designs research approach to address needed research.

Functions as contact with government agencies, universities and others alerting them to Council activities and requesting consideration for conduct of economic research and data collection in areas that would benefit Council FMP/amendment preparation and/or monitoring.

Prepares technical justification to request programmatic funding for economic research/data collection, prepares request for proposal (RFP) and evaluates proposals in response to contract bids; serves as Contract Officers Technical Representative coordinating and monitoring information contracted for by Council.

Responds to written and oral inquiries from fishery participants, government agencies, and the general public concerning economic issues, as well as other Council issues as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director for Management.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director for Management.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skills Required:

A Master's Degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with major study in fishery economics, natural resource economics or closely related field.  Demonstrated quantitative analysis and technical writing skills are required.  Incumbent must have the ability to communicate with fishermen, scientific personnel, and Council members concerning all economic aspects of plan/amendment development, review, and implementation.

Professional experience in or directly related to fishery economics and experience related to fisheries of the South Atlantic is desired.  A comprehensive knowledge of fishery management including the development of fishery management plans/amendments would be desirable.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Supervision Received:

Works under the general supervision of the Deputy Executive Director for management who makes assignments in terms of broadly defined missions or projects.  Incumbent is responsible for planning, designing and carrying out projects or studies independently.

Starting Salary Range (ZP III 01-02): $59,246 - $84,967 negotiable depending on education and experience.

This is a permanent, non-federal position with benefits.  Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

To Apply: Include a recent resume/CV, a brief statement of interest that also describes your relevant job skills and experience, and contact information for three references.

Closing Date: April 1, 2016

Send Application to:          Dr. Brian Cheuvront

                                    Deputy Executive Director for Management

                                    South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

                                    4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201

                                    North Charleston, SC  29405