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Fisheries Data Coordinator (Recreational, Subsistence, Data Entry)

Location: Seattle, WA

Department: Fisheries Statistics and Services Branch

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) seeks a Fisheries Data Coordinator (Recreational, Subsistence, Data Entry) for its Fisheries Data Program. The Fisheries Data Coordinator (Recreational, Subsistence, Data Entry) is the lead for data tracking and reporting on recreational fisheries and subsistence fisheries for the IPHC. This position is responsible for coordinating sampling for IPHC Regulatory Area 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California) commercial fisheries (tribal and non-tribal) and for Alaska landings into Bellingham WA and/or Vancouver BC, as needed. This position is responsible for all equipment needs for the Fisheries Data Program. Additionally, half of this position’s time includes data entry, entering a variety of data accurately into the IPHC databases.

Primary Duties

  • Tracking data on recreational fisheries and subsistence fisheries.
    • This includes editing and verifying the data, as well as recommending actions to address anomalous data and improvements to data collection and tracking procedures. It also includes documenting data receipt and verification procedures, including the metadata for all applicable databases, and updating as required, in coordination with the lead Fisheries Data Coordinator responsible for data management.
  • Delivering data sets to the IPHC’s Quantitative Sciences Branch by due dates, working in coordination with other Fisheries Statistics and Services Branch staff.
  • Directing the completion of annual reporting on these fisheries, including coordinating with the Fisheries Data Program staff and other IPHC Secretariat staff to assure all information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete.
  • Leading the tribal training program for IPHC Regulatory Area 2A-1 with assistance from other staff.
    • This includes coordinating the agenda, speakers, and logistics for the training.
  • Coordinating sampling for IPHC Regulatory Area 2A commercial fisheries (tribal and non-tribal) and for Alaskan landings into Bellingham WA and/or Vancouver BC, as needed.
    • This includes staffing key locations, producing handbooks regarding protocols for sampling tribal and non-tribal landings, ensuring sampling targets are met for the stock assessment and other data needs.
  • Working with Fisheries Data Program staff to ensure IPHC Regulatory Area 2A license applications are complete, entered, and filed; that the licenses are printed and mailed within an acceptable turnaround time; and adherence to deadline dates.
  • Coordinating with the Administrative Services Branch, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Branch, the Database and Information Technology Branch, and the Fisheries Data Program staff to ensure the necessary data are accurate and appropriately stored.
  • Editing Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) fish tickets, which includes using the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) database to determine accuracy.
  • Assisting in the sorting and mailing of “log lacking” letters to fishers and finalized ADFG fish tickets to Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).
  • Documenting data entry procedures, including the editing procedure for fish tickets and logs, and updates as required.
  • Participating in testing and providing recommendations for change on all new IPHC data entry programs and any interagency programs.
  • Editing mailed-in fishing logs.
  • Assisting in review of port sampler’s logs and reconciliation of commercial data through the match process.
  • Inventorying, ordering, shipping, replacing, and repairing all gear for the Fisheries Data Program.

Secondary duties

  • Assist other Fisheries Data Program staff, as needed. This may include, but is not limited to, field staff training, assisting with additional data entry and data reconciliation, assisting with data management (metadata, eLandings, databases, etc.) and data requests, assisting with field staff human resource issues, logistics for field staff, and field work.
  • The position will be required to go on port tour at least once every two years to maintain current knowledge and experience with field operations.
  • The position may be required to go to sea on IPHC-contracted vessels periodically, if office duties are covered.
  • This position may be involved in special data collection or research projects. This position is also encouraged to participate in biological research studies pertaining to Pacific halibut, if time allows.
  • 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; climbing ladders; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items, such as fish measuring cradles, research gear, fish, and record boxes.
  • This position may involve work in a storage facility and workshop environment involving moderate physical activity. Similarly, when sampling in port or at sea, 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 IPHC Secretariat staff.

Qualifications and Experience

The Fisheries Data Coordinator (Recreational, Subsistence, Data Entry) must possess the following minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or Fisheries Technician certificate or diploma. 
  • Direct experience with fisheries data collection and documentation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of data and log editing practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.

The following qualifications are desirable:

  • 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-9 level (Seattle Locality), which ranges from $54,869 to $77,266, 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 23 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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