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Fishery Specialist

The New England Fishery Management Council seeks candidates for the position of Fishery Specialist. The specialist will assist in the preparation of fishery management plans which requires a broad range of technical and communications skills. The Council manages fishery resources that are primarily in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the New England region (Maine through Connecticut).

The Specialist will have an opportunity to further develop professional skills in the preparation of documents supporting fishery management actions for public natural resource management actions. The Specialist will work closely with the Council staff as well as other professionals from the states, federal government, fishery user groups and academic institutions. Successful performance in this position will prepare the Specialist for increased responsibilities in state or federal natural resource management agencies.

Responsibilities:
Assist in the preparation of documents including Environmental Impact Statements for fishery management plans/amendments and other related documents
Compile and analyze fisheries, environmental, biological, socio-economic, or other technical data
Prepare meeting summaries and assist in the conduct of public meetings
Work collaboratively with fisheries scientists and technical teams
Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications: Applicants should describe their experience working cooperatively with small teams to complete high pressure tasks under demanding deadlines. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to explain complicated issues to diverse audiences. Minimum educational requirements: Masters of Science Degree in fisheries science, marine biology, natural resource economics, or closely related discipline.

Analytical skills: Ability to research and analyze pertinent technical data and an understanding of various technical information sources. Demonstrated quantitative analytic and technical writing skills are required. Desired computer skills include familiarity with accessing Oracle databases, basic plotting and analysis of data with Geographic Information Systems, experience with statistical analysis software and solid understanding of Microsoft Office software packages.

Communication skills: Strong interpersonal and writing skills. Ability to synthesize technical information from a variety of sources. Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

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