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Survey Human Resources Coordinator

Location: Seattle, WA

Department: Fisheries Statistics and Services Branch

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

IPHC Job Reference Number 2017-01

Survey Human Resources Coordinator

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking a Survey Human Resources Coordinator for its Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) program.

The IPHC manages the Pacific halibut resource for the US and Canadian governments, with offices in Seattle, Washington, USA.  

Principal Duties

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator position has a human resources focus and is responsible for hiring, training, deployment, supervising, and evaluating IPHC sea samplers (GS-5/6 equivalent) for the FISS, other IPHC research projects on IPHC-contracted vessels, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) trawl surveys. This includes:

·         Developing and directing sea sampler recruitment and hiring, including interviewing and onboarding documentation;  

·         Working with other FISS Program staff to provide sea sampler training, including handling the logistical support (e.g., lodging, travel, and transportation); and

·         Working with the Survey Manager, coordinating vessel and sea sampler deployment schedules and travel, and alerting the Survey Manager of any problems associated with carrying out the FISS.

This position, in conjunction with the other members of the FISS Program, must be available while vessels are under charter. This includes weekends and holidays as necessary to coordinate vessel activities. Cell phone coverage will be shared with the other FISS Program staff on a rotating basis in-season.

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator goes to sea on IPHC FISS vessels periodically. The goal is to allow the FISS Program staff to go out on survey operations every few years to maintain current knowledge and experience of field operations. If necessary, the Survey Human Resources Coordinator can substitute for a sea sampler in case of unexpected emergency.

Secondary Duties

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator is also responsible for:

·         Assisting with writing reports related to the FISS Program, reviewing data forms, and reconciling data, as needed;

·         Assisting other FISS Program staff as needed.  This may include, but is not limited to, fish sales, permitting, data management, bait logistics, and gear maintenance and logistics; and

·         Other duties as assigned as a member of the small and flexible IPHC Secretariat staff.

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator may be involved in special data collection or research projects.

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator may go on port tour periodically, if office duties are covered. The goal is to allow all FISS Program members to have the opportunity to understand vessel offload operations in the Pacific halibut fishery and allow an opportunity to formally meet individuals and organizations that are involved in FISS operations.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree; supervisory experience in a fisheries-related field; and experience working at sea.  

The Survey Human Resources Coordinator will be required to rapidly develop a comprehensive knowledge of:

·         Fisheries biology and the Pacific halibut longline fishery, including vessels and fishing techniques;  

·         Longline gear and fishing techniques, and safety and survival equipment,

·         IPHC’s FISS operations;  

·         IPHC’s FISS objectives and procedures, sampling methods, and fish sale procedures;   

·         Scientific gear and sampling techniques;

·         The geographic details of ports and port logistics, including processing facilities; 

·         Transportation options in the USA and Canada;  

·         IPHC’s personnel policies and procedures (e.g., hiring, contracts, travel, expenses, payroll); and

·         IPHC policies relating to vessel charters and sea sampler responsibilities.

The incumbent will be required to direct interviewing for hiring and training the field employees, be detailed-oriented, able to multitask and possess excellent organizational skills, and be good with logistics to coordinate sea sampler travel in a timely, cost-effective manner.

This position requires computer skills for documenting, tracking, and querying data, and technical expertise for communicating with vessels at sea.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for this position is equivalent to the U.S. federal civil service GS-9 level (Seattle Locality), which ranges from $53,735 to $75,672 (2017 rates), 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).


Applications are due by 24 October 2017. The IPHC is an International Governmental Organization and as such will consider applicants regardless of nationality. Due to the nature of the work and the agency, a background check is also a condition of employment. Candidates will be selected for an interview based on meeting basic qualifications and additional demonstrated experience.  For more information about this position, please email: admin@iphc.int and cite Job Reference Number 2017-01.

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