The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fisheries Scientist 1 located in Juneau or Anchorage!
What you will be doing:
This is a senior-level position within the Division of Commercial Fisheries to provide support to the Alaska delegation to the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) on salmon resource and fishery issues arising during the negotiation and implementation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) and on state, federal, and tribal agency actions related to restoring Pacific Northwest salmon stocks of importance to Alaska fisheries, some of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); and to advise ADF&G leadership on technical issues with potential policy implications. Duties include participation on technical committees, involvement with stock assessment and escapement goal development, modeling, identifying critical research priorities, providing technical advice to policymakers, and communicating information to the public. The incumbent has significant responsibility through the three primary duties of 1) representing the State of Alaska on various national and international forums, including the PST Chinook Technical Committee (CTC) and other technical bodies; 2) participating in reviews and analyses of various federal actions and proposed actions under the ESA and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and drafting appropriate responses; and 3) serving as a scientific advisor to the PST Coordinator and divisional leadership regarding salmon assessments and actions under the PST and other statewide initiatives.
Our organization, mission, and culture:
This position helps fulfill the division’s mission to manage subsistence, commercial, and personal use fisheries in the interest of the economy and general well-being of the citizens of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle by conducting scientifically sound assessments to help secure and manage for Alaska’s Treaty salmon allocation and maintain Alaska’s interests while conserving wild stocks of salmon.
To achieve this mission the incumbent: 1) proposes and/or reviews policies and practices related to all salmon activities by the PSC to ensure the best available scientific practices are used; 2) synthesizes data and analyzes effects of proposed federal actions under the ESA and MMPA on Alaska’s fisheries and formulates appropriate responses; 3) provides advice to department leadership and stakeholders on public policy issues related to Alaska’s salmon fisheries; 4) strives to improve methods for assessing harvest and escapement of salmon; 5) fosters collaborations within ADF&G and across state, tribal and federal agencies.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount, and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.
Benefits of joining our team:
As part of the Chief Fisheries Scientist for Salmon (CFS) Office, this position is part of a diverse, dynamic, competent, and committed team of specialists that work together to develop real-world applications of the technology, statistics, research, and analysis necessary to assess and manage salmon species across Alaska. This position offers the incumbent a challenging and fulfilling professional opportunity to collaborate with decision makers, biometricians, and scientists across state, federal, and tribal agencies to ensure the best available science is used to sustainably manage the resources of the State of Alaska for the benefit of the people of Alaska.
The working conditions you can expect:
This position may be staffed in the ADF&G office in Juneau or Anchorage. Juneau is a mountain town, a coastal community, and the most scenic capital city in the U.S. Juneau is nestled in a park-like setting, is a wildlife hotspot, and is rich in history, art, music, and Native heritage. Anchorage has all the benefits of a large city yet is close to Alaska wilderness. The city combines wild Alaska beauty, convenient urban comforts, vast parks and trails, and captivating arts and culture. The daily work environment is variable, including hybrid telework, regular in-person work with colleagues in an office setting, and regular travel (approximately 8 weeks annually) to meetings in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This position occasionally requires working outside normal business hours and on weekends for meetings and work sessions. When possible, duties can include field sampling at remote locations.
Who we are looking for:
The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:
Knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts, methods, procedures, and techniques of fisheries science research and management, statistical analysis, sampling design, and population modeling.
Experience supervising other scientific professionals and ability to lead a group in a new direction.
Working knowledge of overarching policies, practices, and plans affecting Alaska’s fisheries, such as the ESA, MMPA, and Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act.
Strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills for evaluating and presenting scientific and policy issues to a wide range of audiences.
Proven ability to work with a high degree of independence, as part of a team, and as a contributor to a positive and supportive working environment.
To view the general description and example of duties for a Fisheries Scientist 1 please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs
A Ph.D. degree in fisheries science or fisheries biology or any closely related discipline such as, but not exclusively, biometrics, fish pathology, fisheries genetics, fisheries economics or wildlife science.
Three years of experience conducting fisheries research at the lead or supervisory level equivalent to a Fishery Biologist 3, Biometrician 2, Fish Pathologist 2 or Fisheries Geneticist 2 with the State of Alaska.
A masters degree in fisheries science or fisheries biology or any closely related discipline such as, but not exclusively, biometrics, fish pathology, fisheries genetics, fisheries economics or wildlife science.
Five years of experience conducting fisheries research at the lead or supervisory level equivalent to a Fishery Biologist 3, Biometrician 2, Fish Pathologist 2 or Fisheries Geneticist 2 with the State of Alaska.
Degree preference is for a Ph.D. with emphasis on population dynamics of fishery resources.
Definitions of degree fields:
Biometrics: a branch of biology involving the statistical analysis of biological observations and phenomena.
Ecology: a branch of biology concerned with the interrelationship of organisms to their environment, however for the purpose of this classification series, the degree must focus on animals versus human groups.
Fish pathology: the study of the essential nature of diseases of fish.
Fisheries genetics: a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of fish species.
Fisheries science: knowledge of multiple disciplines obtained and attested through scientific method and applied to the act, process, occupation or season of taking fish.
Fishery biology: a branch of biology that deals with the origin, history, physical characteristics, life processes, habits, etc., of fish as it applies to the act, process, occupation or season of taking fish.
Additional Required Information
A cover letter is required for this position.
At the time of application submission or within 48 hours of the close of the announcement, applicants should provide:
A list of three (3) professional references with current contact information.
A resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
A cover letter (which will also be used as a writing sample)
Copy of college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
At least two examples of professional and technical writing.
In your cover letter, please clearly identify knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences related to the job described in the posting (if you do not have a particular experience, say so). Your cover letter will also serve as an example of your writing and communication capabilities.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or within 48 hours of the close of this recruitment to the contact person listed below.
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Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
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This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
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