2/25/20 – SAFMC Recruitment Announcement: Fishery Scientist


February 25, 2020

Fishery Scientist

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

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The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, headquartered in North 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 Fishery Scientist oversees aspects of fishery management plan (FMP) and plan amendment development and serves as a fishery biologist providing general fishery scientific advice regarding fisheries managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council).


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a Fishery Scientist for the Council.
  • Compiles and analyzes biological or other technical data.
  • Develops fishery management plans/amendments and other related documents in coordination with other Council and NMFS technical staff at the direction of the Council.
  • Serves as project manager for fishery management plans.
  • Actively participates with the AP and SSC in the presentation and defense of draft FMPs or amendments to ensure thorough discussion and review of all plan aspects as appropriate for each group. Addresses AP and SSC comments and provides staff recommendation to Council Committees and the Council.
  • Responsible for the external Council review process including the preparation and presentation of summary and other material for public hearings, coordinating, and conducting the plan/amendment review for NMFS, regional, and science center staffs by addressing questions and responding to recommendations raised during the review process.
  • Responsible for monitoring implemented FMPs, for which responsible, as specified by the plan.
  • Responds to written and oral inquiries from fishery participants, government agencies and the general public on FMPs for which responsible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Deputy Executive Director for Management.


Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:


Minimum Education Requirement: A Master's Degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with major study in fishery science or sciences related to natural resource or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major study in fishery science or sciences related to natural resource with 2 additional years of full-time relevant experience.


  • Ability to research and analyze pertinent technical data.
  • Understanding of various technical information sources.
  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis and technical writing skills.
  • Ability to communicate with fishermen, scientific personnel, and Council members concerning all aspects of plan/amendment development, review, and implementation.

All offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.


Supervisory Responsibility:



Supervision Received:

Works under the general supervision of the Deputy Executive Director for Management.


Travel Requirements:

Duties require overnight travel of varied frequency, duration and destinations.  Travel to at least 4 Council meetings per year (5 days each), three of which usually require overnight travel.  Frequently, there are other meetings out of the office.  Some of those meetings may require overnight travel.


Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in an office or hotel meeting space. Work requires interacting with other staff, colleagues, and partners, informally and formally, individually and through various teams and work groups.

This position is eligible for remote work on a limited basis after successfully serving a probationary period.


Starting Salary (ZP II): $62,000, negotiable depending on education and experience.

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


Closing Date:  All application materials must be received no later than 5 pm EDT, March 27, 2020.  Late applications or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References to 

Dr. Brian Cheuvront

Deputy Executive Director for Management

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201

North Charleston, SC 29405