# Fisheries Economist; The International Pacific Halibut Commission

Job Title:
Fisheries Economist
Job Location:
Seattle, WA
Duration:
Full-Time
Salary:
$81,283 to$105,672
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Description:

THE INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC HALIBUT COMMISSION (IPHC) SEEKS A FISHERIES ECONOMIST FOR A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT, RENEWABLE PENDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING AVAILABILITY. AS PART OF THE FISHERIES POLICY AND ECONOMICS BRANCH OF THE IPHC, THE FISHERIES ECONOMIST WILL PRIMARILY WORK IN THE IDENTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC ISSUES PERTAINING TO PACIFIC HALIBUT WITHIN THE IPHC CONVENTION AREA.

THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVES FOR THE POSITION ARE TO PROVIDE 1) AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE PACIFIC HALIBUT RESOURCE; AND 2) ADVICE, CONSULTATION, GUIDANCE, AND REVIEW OF FISHERY REGULATIONS AND POLICIES PROPOSED TO, OR IMPLEMENTED BY, THE IPHC.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

UNDERTAKE AND GUIDE A BROAD ECONOMIC STUDY, INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION OF ANY KNOWLEDGE GAPS, OF THE PACIFIC HALIBUT RESOURCE UNDER THE FOLLOWING SIX CORE TASKS:

• SURVEY PREVIOUS STUDIES AND EXISTING ECONOMIC INFORMATION.
• DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE QUALITATIVE STRUCTURAL DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRENT ECONOMICS OF THE PACIFIC HALIBUT RESOURCE, ENCOMPASSING ALL PACIFIC HALIBUT SECTORS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMMERCIAL, RECREATIONAL, BYCATCH, SUBSISTENCE, CEREMONIAL, AND RESEARCH.
• DEVELOP A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC VALUE AND IMPACT OF THE DIRECTED PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERY, FROM THE HOOK TO THE RETAIL OR END-USER LEVEL, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL AND SUBSISTENCE USE.
• DETAIL THE GEOGRAPHY OF EACH SECTOR’S ECONOMIC IMPACT AND ITS EFFECT ON LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND NATIONAL ECONOMIES.
• ANALYZE THE COMMUNITY IMPACTS OF THE PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERY THROUGHOUT ITS RANGE, INCLUDING ALL USER GROUPS, EXPRESSED AS QUANTITATIVELY AS POSSIBLE.
• SUMMARIZE THE METHODOLOGY AND RESULTS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER ECONOMIC DATA AND REPORTS FOR THE PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERY, OTHER REGIONAL FISHERIES, AND COMPARABLE SEAFOOD INDUSTRY SECTORS.

ADVISE ON ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES, COMPLIANCE WITH IPHC GUIDANCE ON ECONOMIC ISSUES, ECONOMIC RESEARCH, OR THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF PROPOSED ACTIONS, INCLUDING:

• ANALYZE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF PROPOSED REGULATORY AND POLICY CHANGES IN SUPPORT OF IPHC INITIATIVES TO DEVELOP AND MODIFY MANAGEMENT REGIMES FOR THE PACIFIC HALIBUT THROUGHOUT THE CONVENTION AREA.
• AS REQUESTED, ADVISE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRANCH MANAGERS, OR THE COMMISSIONERS, ON THE ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF MARINE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES OR POLICIES RELEVANT TO PACIFIC HALIBUT.
• PREPARE STATEMENTS OF WORK, AND ASSIST IN MONITORING CONTRACTS FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSES AND OTHER RELATED WORK.

PREPARE WRITTEN ANALYSES OF THE COSTS, BENEFITS, AND OTHER IMPACTS OF PROPOSED IPHC FISHERY REGULATIONS OR POLICIES ON AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES, INCLUDING:

• PREPARE ECONOMIC REGULATORY IMPACT REVIEWS, REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ANALYSES, OR OTHER ECONOMIC ANALYSES OF PROPOSED IPHC FISHERY REGULATIONS OR POLICIES.
• PREPARE ANALYSES CONSISTENT WITH ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES AND THEORY, AND IPHC GUIDANCE.
• PRESENT THE RESULTS OF ECONOMIC ANALYSES TO THE IPHC, ITS SUBSIDIARY BODIES, OTHER GROUPS, OR THE PUBLIC, AS APPROPRIATE.
• MANAGE PROJECTS AND COMPETING PRIORITIES TO COMPLETE ANALYSIS REVIEWS WITHIN ESTABLISHED DEADLINES.

AS IN ALL POSITIONS AT THE IPHC, COMPLETE OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

THE FISHERIES ECONOMIST MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

• MASTER’S DEGREE IN ECONOMICS AND THREE (3) OR MORE YEARS OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS.
• KNOWLEDGE OF THE THEORIES, PRINCIPLES, AND METHODS OF THE ECONOMICS OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, AND SKILL IN APPLYING THIS KNOWLEDGE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW METHODS AND APPROACHES.
• PROVEN ABILITY TO ANALYZE THE FISHERY AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF PROPOSED FISHERY REGULATIONS OR POLICY CHANGES.
• PROVEN ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE ECONOMIC ANALYSES RESULTS IN WRITTEN AND ORAL PRESENTATIONS TO VARIED AUDIENCES.
• PROVEN ABILITY TO WORK COOPERATIVELY AND PROFESSIONALLY WITH PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND POSITIONS ON ISSUES, AND WHO HAVE VARYING DEGREES OF UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS METHODS.
• PROVEN ABILITY TO PREPARE STATEMENTS OF WORK FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSES AND EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF CONTRACTORS HIRED TO PREPARE ECONOMIC ANALYSES.
• PROVEN ABILITY TO PRIORITIZE AND BALANCE A SHIFTING WORKLOAD IN A DEADLINE DRIVEN WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS ARE DESIRABLE:

• EXPERIENCE PROVIDING ECONOMIC ANALYSIS IN SUPPORT OF FISHERY OR OTHER NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
• KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS THAT GOVERN FISHERIES CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACTIONS IN CANADA AND THE USA.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

THE ANNUAL SALARY FOR THIS IPHC-GS POSITION RANGES FROM US$81,283 TO$105,672, DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE AND DEMONSTRATED SKILLS. THE IPHC OFFERS A RANGE OF BENEFITS INCLUDING MEDICAL (100% EMPLOYER-PAID), LIFE AND LONG-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE, VACATION, SICK LEAVE, AND 403(B) PROGRAM (EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION AND MATCH).

APPLICATION

THE COMMISSION IS AN INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND AS SUCH WILL CONSIDER APPLICANTS REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE WORK AND THE ORGANIZATION, A BACKGROUND CHECK IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 30 APRIL 2019. CANDIDATES WILL BE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW BASED ON MEETING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL DEMONSTRATED EXPERIENCE.