Fisheries Specialist; Texas Sea Grant

Job Title: 
Fisheries Specialist
Job Location: 
Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.


Who we want

The Texas Sea Grant College Program is dedicated to the understanding, wise use and stewardship of the state’s coastal and marine resources. It is part of a network of 33 university-based programs in coastal and Great Lakes states that operate as a partnership between the state governments and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Texas Sea Grant is located at Texas A&M University and is part of the College of Geosciences. Texas Sea Grant focuses on three primary, interconnected activities: research, outreach and education. To learn more about us, please visit our website


What we want

We are looking for a Program Coordinator II (also called Fisheries Specialist), to join the dynamic, pioneering Texas Sea Grant College! The Program Coordinator II (Fisheries Specialist), works collaboratively with leadership to plan, develop and implement Texas Sea Grant’s Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) program. This specialist will support the SFA team in planning, developing and implementing an education, outreach and engagement program. This in turn will support Texas commercial and recreational fisheries, and aquaculture. As a part of Texas Sea Grant’s SFA team, the Fisheries Specialist will address a broad range of fisheries-related issues across sectors (recreational, commercial and aquaculture) with a primary emphasis on recreational fisheries. Specifically, the Fisheries Specialist will:-

  • Collaborate with fishing communities to address key issues regarding private and for-hire fisheries in Texas
  • Conduct applied research on fisheries in collaboration with fishermen
  • Facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to support sustainable practices and compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Collaborate with state and federal fisheries management agencies (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, NOAA Fisheries) and other relevant organizations to address fisheries issues in the State of Texas

The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If you are looking for the next opportunity to propel your career, consider this one and apply. 


What you need to know

Please note: The work location is in Corpus Christi and overnight and weekend travel is necessary.


COVID-19 information:  Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible.  Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible.  Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, marine science, natural resource management or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Four years of program administration experience in sustainable fisheries-related programs, including provision of education and technical assistance to fishery participants and stakeholders


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently and cooperatively as a member of the Texas Sea Grant team.
  • Develop and implement annual plans of work with measurable outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through public speaking/presentation skills as well as strong writing skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Expertise and skills with conflict resolution.
  • Expertise with facilitating meetings and working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.


Other Requirements:

  • This position requires frequent travel to build relationships with stakeholders along the Texas coast and other regional partners
  • Overnight and weekend travel as necessary
  • This position is located in Corpus Christi, Texas


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in fisheries, marine science, natural resource management, or related field
  • Two or more years of experience working with fishing communities along the Texas Coast or other coastal area


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Successful track record working in areas that complement the research and outreach interests of area universities and research institutes.
  • Experience in social sciences relating to angler behavior, fisheries management or other human dimensions aspects of fisheries.
  • Experience in securing external sponsored funding for fisheries-related applied research and education projects.
  • Experience with community outreach and education on fisheries issues.
  • Working knowledge of Texas and Gulf of Mexico fisheries and policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage resources of coastal universities.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with coastal communities, diverse fisheries stakeholders, resource managers, and policy- and decision-makers



Program Implementation and Evaluation

  • Work in collaboration with recreational, for-hire and commercial fishermen, fisheries associations, aquaculture industry representatives, state and federal resource management agencies and other fishery-related stakeholders to develop and implement programs that support sustainable and profitable fisheries
  • Provide technical assistance to research communities and stakeholders who have an interest in Texas and Gulf of Mexico fisheries
  • Provide guidance to university and agency researchers on fisheries related sponsored program opportunities through proposal development, project implementation and project reporting
  • Disseminate peer-reviewed information to the public and private stakeholders, including peer-reviewed publications, printed and online outreach materials, and presentations delivered at scientific, industry and local community meetings

Community Outreach and Extension

  • The Fisheries Specialist will support outreach and education programs for state and federal fisheries stakeholders with emphasis on recreational fishing communities (private anglers, for-hire fishing guides, fishing organizations and associated business) to promote sustainable fisheries practices
  • Develop and maintain relationships with recreational, for-hire and commercial fishermen to inform stakeholders of educational and outreach opportunities and updates on fisheries rules and policies. 
  • Establish public-private partnerships with stakeholders and research communities that address recreational fishing activities along the Texas coast
  • Coordinate and conduct informative and experiential workshops and seminars that engage public and private stakeholders across the Texas coast in best practices for sustainable fisheries including ecosystem management and environmental stewardship
  • Educate consumers about the environmental and human health benefits of harvesting and eating locally sourced seafood
  • Coordinate and conduct informative and experiential workshops and seminars that educate the public on economic development opportunities for fisheries resulting in greater tourism as well as environmental and ecological benefits to communities

Administrative Tasks

  • Develop and monitor plans of work through monthly and annual reporting, annual self-evaluation, and tracking of objective-based measures of success in NOAA’s Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Resources (PIER) reporting systems
  • Participate in Sea Grant planning meetings and interdisciplinary projects
  • Maintain close contact with the Texas Sea Grant communications team to promote activities and programs related to sustainable fisheries
  • Provide topic points and technical expertise for Texas Sea Grant products
  • Maintain fiscally responsible best practices with daily fiscal and purchasing activities, and assist in preparation and monitoring of budgets for oyster aquaculture programs and events


  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities for fisheries applied research and outreach
  • Assist university and agency researchers in proposal development, project implementation and project reporting
  • Perform other duties as assigned
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