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Branch Manager: Fisheries Statistics and Services

Location: Seattle, WA

Department: Fisheries Statistics and Services Branch

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

The International Pacific Halibut Commission seeks a Fisheries Statistics & Services Branch Manager to direct and evaluate data collection programs necessary for Pacific halibut fishery and stock monitoring, as well as for Pacific halibut fishery management. This includes the commercial port sampling program to collect fisheries-dependent data, the fisheries-independent setline survey (FISS, or setline survey) to collect fisheries-independent data, programs to gather data from domestic agencies of Canada and the USA on recreational and subsistence fisheries and bycatch in other fisheries, and their resulting databases.  

In addition to its primary data collection tasks, this Branch of the organization provides support for IPHC research and collaboration with research partners, via the setline survey platform and commercial port sampling programs. This Branch also provides data to domestic agencies of Canada and the USA, and licensing services for Pacific halibut fisheries in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A (Washington, Oregon and California).

Within this Branch are nine permanent Seattle staff members and a seasonal field staff of 9-10 port samplers and 25-30 sea samplers (scientific observers). These permanent and seasonal staff members are organized into two groups, headed by the Fisheries Data Manager and the Survey Manager, who report to the Branch Manager. The Branch Manager supervises the planning, budget and expenditures, and personnel management for both groups through the Fisheries Data and Survey Managers.

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

Primary duties

The Fisheries Statistics and Service Branch Manager is responsible for:

  • Directing, monitoring, and evaluating the operation of the Commission's fisheries data programs, including the commercial port sampling program, the fisheries-independent setline survey (FISS) program, and programs that gather Pacific halibut fisheries and bycatch data from outside agencies. This includes staffing, developing operational plans and related budgets, ensuring adherence to data collection standards, timely delivery of data, and documentation.
  • Supervision and evaluation of the Fisheries Data and Survey Managers, and ensuring that their program objectives are met.
  • Developing budget inputs and supervising budget execution for the fisheries data and survey groups.
  • Working closely with the Commission’s Quantitative Sciences Branch and the Database and Information Technology Branch to ensure that data collection programs, including data collected by the IPHC and data received from outside agencies, meet the Commission’s data needs, and developing modifications and incorporating new data collection processes and technologies as required.
  • Working closely with the Commission’s Biological and Ecosystem Sciences Branch to support IPHC research and collaboration with other researchers through the FISS and commercial port sampling programs, ensuring that data collection meets the research data needs and developing modifications and incorporating new data collection processes and technologies as required.
  • Maintaining the Commission’s data confidentiality policy, and supervising data provided to outside entities or individuals to ensure that they meet data quality and confidentiality standards.
  • Providing licensing services for Pacific halibut fisheries in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A via the fisheries data program.
  • As a member of the IPHC Management Committee, participating in the development of policies affecting Commission and staff operations.

Secondary duties

  • This position will be required to travel to ports periodically in conjunction with the fisheries data program.
  • This position may go to sea on IPHC-contracted vessels periodically in conjunction with the FISS program or other research activities.
  • While the majority of work for this position is typically performed in an office environment, the work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items, such as fish measuring cradles, research gear, and record boxes.
  • This position may involve sampling at sea or in port, the position involves work on fishing vessels or in ports in isolated locations and requiring above average agility and dexterity.
  • Other duties as assigned as a member of the small and flexible Secretariat staff.

Qualifications and Experience

The Fisheries Statistics and Services Branch Manager must possess the following minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, biology, or allied field.  
  • Direct experience with fisheries data management and documentation.
  • Detailed knowledge and demonstrated competence in developing and managing data collection programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • At least five years’ supervisory and administrative experience, including personnel and project financial management.  

The following qualifications are desirable:

  • Master’s degree in fisheries, biology, or allied field. 
  • Knowledge of fisheries management practices in Canada and the USA.
  • Knowledge of the Pacific halibut fishery, including its history and management.
  • Personal experience gathering fisheries data in the field.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with the Microsoft Office suite.  Experience in SQL and relational databases.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for this IPHC-GS position is equivalent to the US federal civil service GS-13 level (Seattle Locality), which ranges from $94,618 to $133,239, 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).


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 26 April 2018. Candidates will be selected for interview based on meeting basic qualifications and additional demonstrated experience. For more information about this position, please contact the IPHC Secretariat at secretariat@iphc.int or (206) 634-1838.

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