Fisheries Analyst, Principle 2, MSC Fisheries

SCS Global Services

SCS Global Services

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Company Overview
Since 1984, SCS Global Services has been a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, working across the economy in the natural resources, built environment, food and agriculture, consumer products, and climate sectors. Partnering with companies, government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders, we are striving to advance sustainable development goals through independent assessment, the application of sound science, and innovative solutions. Through these services, we are enabling decision-makers and purchasers to make informed decisions, giving innovators a competitive edge, and helping to drive the development of leadership standards to create a framework for continuous improvement.

Job Overview
The Fisheries Analyst supports the successful operation of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Program at SCS. Fisheries employ the MSC Fisheries Standard certification worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to providing sustainable seafood. This position is responsible for successfully interpreting and implementing the MSC Fisheries standards for sustainable fisheries emphasizing Principle 2 - impact of the fishery on ecosystem components. In addition, this role will be responsible for managing a portfolio of clients, conducting MSC assessments as part of an audit team, and providing administrative and technical support to the audit teams, clients, international affiliates, and colleagues.

The position also includes periodic field auditing, with international travel up to 20% yearly. More information on the MSC Fisheries Standard can be found at

Relevant Standards/Schemes

  • MSC Fisheries (Principle 2)
  • Others as approved by MSC Fisheries Program Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of fishery assessments
  • Coordinate internal resources and external auditors for project execution
  • Monitor and track individual project progress to ensure deliverables meet established timelines
  • Point of contact for clients, providing advice and assistance in response to operational and technical questions
  • Produce and review reports, ensuring these meet MSC standard requirements

Auditing & Technical Oversight

  • Review and interpret scientific information related to the impact of fisheries to score and assess their performance in line with the requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard
  • Conduct technical reviews, providing support and training to new auditors on technical aspects of the MSC standard
  • Responsible for leading and facilitating stakeholder consultation with scientists, conservation groups, fisheries management groups, and industry
  • Establish and maintain communication with MSC staff to ensure accurate and consistent standard interpretation
  • Complete training for MSC assessment team leader, responsible for providing guidance to the assessment team and overseeing the assessment process

Program Quality and Development

  • Support the MSC Fisheries Program in the development and maintenance of program procedures and documents in compliance with all relevant standards and company policies
  • Participate in the internal and external audit processes and ensure ongoing compliance with relevant standards and policies

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in fisheries, marine conservation biology, natural resources, environmental management, or relevant field (e.g., economics, mathematics, statistics)
  • 3+ years of experience in the fisheries sector in management or research experience in marine conservation biology, fisheries science, or fisheries management
  • 3+ or more experience in research into, policy analysis for, or management of, the impact of fisheries on aquatic ecosystems, including at least two of the following topics: Bycatch, Endangered, threatened, or protected (ETP) species, Habitats or Ecosystem interactions
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% as needed
  • Fluency in English and work experience that includes professional verbal and written communication
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills
  • Proficient with business software including Outlook, Word, Excel, and database management
  • Strong attention to detail, customer service, and teamwork orientation
  • Initiative, good judgment, and ability to work independently under pressure in a changing environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in leading teams and projects, mainly involving collaborative report deliverables and stakeholder engagement
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, or Japanese
  • Prior experience working directly with the fishing industry or MSC scheme

The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Additional duties outside of normal responsibilities may be required from time to time as assigned.

Working Remotely
SCS is recruiting all open roles to be remote; allowing our employees the ability to work flexibly and allowing SCS as a company to diversify the experience and perspectives of our growing workforce. This is a home-office based role and may include travel with local, domestic, and/or international trips. Details will be clarified during the recruitment process.

Estimated Annual Salary

$52,000 - $70,000

EEOC Statement
SCS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.