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Fisheries Specialist

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
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Job Type:
Full Time
Rhode Island
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Job Description:

Working directly with RI DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Program,
the Fisheries Specialist will be responsible for assisting DEM biologists with fulfilling the goals and objectives of
the DEM Age and growth Study.
1) Collect biological data through port sampling conducted at RI seafood dealers including lengths,
weights, and age structures.
2) Process finfish samples in the laboratory that have been donated to DEM by recreational and
commercial fishermen or collected through DEM fisheries independent surveys.
3) Process age structures in the laboratory for ageing. Processing may include pressing scales, sectioning
otoliths and/or processing operculum.
4) Enter and maintain biological data in the DEM age and growth database. Perform routine QA/QC
protocols on the database.
5) Perform related duties as assigned.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a science related field (e.g. Marine Biology, Biological Science, Natural Resource Science, or a related field) and experience synthesizing and analyzing fisheries data. Applicants must have proven analytical skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Must have the ability to work on multiple tasks, general knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Access, Web browsers), and a valid driver’s license. Must be eligible to work in the United States.
Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in science-related field and 1 -2 years related experience in the marine environment, graduate degree and 0-1 year of experience, or equivalent combination. Prior field experience conducting finfish or lobster sampling and/or age and growth work strongly preferred. Knowledge of local or regional marine finfish species and management of those species strongly preferred. Ability to work independently and/or with minimal supervision, manage and prioritize multiple project components, and complete multiple tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Experience communicating/working with seafood dealers is preferred.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter referencing the vacancy number to Laura Leach,
Director of Finance and Administration, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1050 N. Highland Street; Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201 ( The vacancy number must be identified in the
subject line.