4/12/21 – SAFMC Recruitment Announcement: Quantitative Fisheries Scientist

RECRUITMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

April 12, 2021

Quantitative Fisheries 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 (Council) is seeking a Quantitative Fisheries Scientist to provide data and analytical support to the Council’s Science and Statistics and Fisheries Management Programs. The Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit  along the Atlantic coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida to Key West. This position is responsible for providing data summaries, assessment summaries, and analyses of management actions and alternatives for Fishery Management Plan (FMP) amendments; staffing the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC); and participating in Southeast Data Assessment and Review (SEDAR) workshops. Completing these tasks requires working with a wide range of partners and participants including industry participants (recreational and commercial), NOAA Fisheries, non-governmental organizations, researchers, resource managers, state marine fisheries agencies, and universities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide staff support to the SSC. This includes scheduling, organizing, and facilitating meetings of the SSC and SSC workgroups, compiling briefing materials, and producing summary reports.
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret biological, ecosystem, stock assessment, citizen science, and other technical data to support the Council and its advisors.
  • Serve on Interdisciplinary Plan Teams for preparing FMPs and amendments. Contribute data summaries, assessment summaries, and evaluations of management alternatives as needed and conduct technical review of analyses conducted by NMFS staff.
  • Attend SEDAR assessment project activities related to Council managed species.
  • Communicate and interpret results of stock assessments and other related analyses to Council members, other staff, Advisory Panel and SSC members, and the public.
  • Interact with the public, state and federal agencies, and other scientists on a wide variety of fisheries science and data and assessment issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

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 management or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major study in fishery science or sciences related to natural resource management with 2 additional years of full-time relevant experience.

Preferred Experience: 3 years of professional experience related to fisheries data, stock assessment, or management plan evaluation in addition to the education requirements.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Quantitative fisheries analytical experience and familiarity with stock assessment models and techniques or management strategy evaluations.
  • Ability to interpret analytical results for a variety of audiences and apply assessment outputs to management evaluations in support of FMP amendments.
  • Experience developing quantitative analyses of fisheries management actions and presenting the results to peers for review and to managers for decision making.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience communicating fisheries analyses and assessments across the range of Council constituencies and partners including state and federal agency personnel, industry participants, and scientists.
  • Experience with data manipulation, fishery analytical, presentation, and statistical software such as EwE, Excel, Phyton, R, SAS, SS3, or others.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with fisheries data sets, particularly those used in the Southeast such as MRIP, ACCSP, TIP and the ALS, Southeast Headboat Survey, and SEFIS, federal fisheries management process, and species managed in the region.

Supervision Received:

The position works under the general supervision of the Deputy Director for Science and Statistics. This position is expected to complete tasks and assignments with minimal direct daily supervision.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None.

Travel Requirements:

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

Work Environment:

The work environment is a deadline driven environment that requires some tasks to be completed individually and others are completed through collaboration with various teams and work groups which may include industry participants (recreational and commercial), NOAA Fisheries, non-governmental organizations, researchers, resource managers, state marine fisheries agencies, and universities, informally and formally. Work is generally performed in an office or hotel meeting space.

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

Salary Range (ZP III): $64,649, 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 EST, April 26, 2021.  Late applications or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 References to:

Dr. Chip Collier
Deputy Director for Science and Statistics
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
Chip.Collier@safmc.net