Inter‐American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Policy Support

Ocean Associates

Ocean Associates

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Long Beach, CA, USA · Portland, OR, USA · Lacey, WA, USA · Seattle, WA, USA · Santa Cruz, CA, USA · Washington, USA · Seattle, WA, USA · Portland, OR, USA · La Jolla Ranch, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

NOTE: If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact Ocean Associates at 703-388-9548 to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.

Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI) is seeking applicants to provide Support services to the NMFS West Coast Region (WCR) Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD) Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Branch through the preparation of rule-making documents (rules, decision documents, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis), assisting and carrying out activities related to specific domestic and international fishery management issues and problems, and collaborating with staff in the WCR. OAI is a Virginia corporation established in 2003 that provides consulting and technical services to the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the private sector. We specialize in scientific program and project management, strategic planning, professional and technical services and stakeholder engagement, supporting government contracts.


Key tasks include the following:

  • Support the development of rulemaking packages required for proposed management actions related to fisheries, habitat, and protected resources, in conformance with the requirements of the Magnuson‐Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, NEPA, the Tuna Conventions Act, and other applicable laws. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, drafting proposed Federal Register notices, Decision Memoranda, Issues Advisories, and NEPA analyses.
  • Work with staff of the HMS Branch on assignments related to fisheries management and policy such as in the preparation of briefing papers and/or policy documents and reports for Pacific Fishery Management Council and Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP)/Inter‐American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meetings.
  • Maintain and prepare correspondences to the IATTC secretariat and region stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and oversee data submissions related to IATTC and any associated task.
  • Assist where necessary in meeting planning and logistics.
  • Participate (as a non‐voting member) on committees and in meetings related to the performance and duties listed above.
  • Provide the HMS Branch Chief with an overall review of committee goals, duties, and progress, and meeting results.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: This is a full-time position with a generous benefit package. $32 - $38 per hour DOE

Location: West Coast Regional Office in Long Beach, CA

Travel: Travel is expected


  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of this task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology.
  • Experience in policy and analysis related to fisheries or other renewable natural resources.
  • Ability to articulate, both in the written word and orally, biological and policy information to non‐technical audiences.
  • Ability to work closely with people from diverse scientific and technical backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently, and be solution‐oriented and a self‐starter.
  • Experience preparing regulations is preferable.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.

OAI is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in OAI's online application. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.

Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.