Fishery Ecosystem Plan Coordinator – application due May 30, 2023

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Fishery Ecosystem Plan Coordinator

Term: Full-time permanent, with 1 year probation and 2-year review,
extension possible based on funding and performance

Deadline for application submittal is May 30, 2023
Anticipated Date Position to be filled: June 30, 2023

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking to hire a Fishery Ecosystem Plan Coordinator to support the Council’s management of insular and pelagic fisheries in the Pacific Island Region under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (MSA). This person will participate as part of the Council’s staff providing economic, social and biological analysts in the development of plan amendments and other documents. The Council is one of eight regional Councils established by the MSA 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 develop technical reports, working papers, fishery ecosystem plan amendments and NEPA and other informational material to support Council decision making on insular and pelagic fishery management actions. In addition, this person will:

  • Provide technical analysis of biological, social, economic and other information to the Council, staff and advisory bodies to ensure timely development of Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) amendments, NEPA and other statutory requirements.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of electronic monitoring and reporting in Pacific Island fisheries.
  • Work with Executive Director and staff to plan, coordinate and support meetings held by the Council and its advisory bodies.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a community network with local, national and international fishing sectors (non-commercial and commercial), institutions, non­-governmental organizations, and other interested parties.
  • Maintain dialogue with state/territorial and federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties in coordinating management activities and research initiatives in support of effective monitoring of the Council’s FEPs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Master of Science degree in fishery policy or resource management, fisheries, environmental science/planning or natural resource economics.
  • Minimum four-year college degree focused in areas of biology, geography, marine science, ecology, resource management, planning or other closely related field
  • Previous work experience in marine or fisheries management, fisheries research or monitoring, or other resource management experience/training. Preferred experience working with Pacific Island communities and fisheries.
  • Working knowledge of MSA and principles of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Working knowledge of statistics, mathematical models, database management and data manipulation;
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex issues to non-technical audiences; write clearly and succinctly; and work professionally with people from diverse scientific and technical backgrounds.

SALARY: This is a non-federal GS-13/14 equivalent position that will include Hawaii cost of living adjustments (COLA)/locality pay. Fringe benefits include life and health insurance, retirement program, accrual of annual and sick leave, long term care and parking reimbursement. Starting salary approximately $100,000 – $120,000/year, depending on experience.

TERM: This announcement is for a two-year appointment with an opportunity for extension beyond two years based on available funding and employee performance and review.

LOCATION: The Council office is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Travel will be required to attend meetings 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