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Fishery Economist (applications due by Nov. 30, 2021)

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Fishery Analyst / Fishery Economist

Term: 2-year appointment, extension possible based on funding and performance

Announcement date: October 29, 2021

Deadline for application: November 30, 2021, or until filled

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking a Fishery Analyst to work in the identification and analysis of economic, environmental, and social issues pertaining to fisheries management in the US Pacific Islands. This person will participate as part of a team of economic, social, and biological 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 US Exclusive Economic Zone waters off of the Territories of American Samoa and Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and State of Hawaii.

Primary responsibilities will be to analyze potential economic, social, and/or biological impacts of proposed regulatory changes in support of Council initiatives to develop and modify management programs for the Federal insular and pelagic fisheries in the Pacific islands. 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 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 decision-makers, scientific review bodies, and stakeholders.
  • Working in collaboration with the agencies with which the Council cooperates, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the local fishery agencies, institutions, organizations and other Council staffs.
  • 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 participation in 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.


  • Familiarity with Pacific Island fisheries and current management issues.
  • Demonstrated experience with inter-agency and multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in the compilation and/or review of environmental impact statements (EIS) or related environmental or economic analyses supporting regulatory actions.
  • Persons with qualifications less than the specified minimums may be considered, but placement of such persons may be accordingly lower.

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

TERM: This announcement is for a full-time staff position, one year probation and two-year review of employee performance.

LOCATION: The Council office is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Travel may be required to attend meetings in throughout the Region (Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the CNMI) and other domestic and international 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

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