Fishery Economist

State of Alaska
Full Time $2,601 - $2,730 Per month AK 333 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99518, United States Apply before 7/5/2024 5:00


This position is open to Alaska Residents only.
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries Entry Commision is recruiting for a Fishery Economist located in Juneau or Anchorage!
What you will be doing:
As a Fishery Economist for the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC), you will analyze and assess economic data related to all Alaskan fisheries, providing insights into both state and federally managed fisheries by examining the economic impact of policy and management decisions on Alaskans and permit holders. In this role you will draw upon a comprehensive historical data set extending back to 1975. You will gain an in-depth understanding of Alaskan fisheries, including their management and economic implications; conduct detailed assessments of various fisheries, focusing on permit holder earnings and how decisions impact earnings; use high-quality data sets to provide accurate information to decision makers; and work in a collaborative environment with a hybrid schedule. Come join our team and contribute to the sustainability of Alaskan fisheries.

Our organization, mission, and culture: 
CFEC works to conserve and maintain the economic health of Alaska’s commercial fisheries by permitting commercial fisheries, and, when necessary, limiting the number of participating fishers. The Commission is a quasi-judicial agency that issues permits and vessel licenses to qualified individuals in both limited and open access fisheries. CFEC also provides due process hearings and appeal processes for disputes related to limited entry permits.
As CFEC’s Fisheries Economist, you'll become an integral and respected partner in a small, dynamic team environment where:
  • You will engage your analytical skills daily, enjoying the challenge of answering complex policy and economic questions related to fisheries.
  • You will be valued as a key team member, learning to contribute fully in economic research, policy analysis, regulatory improvements, and understanding fisheries management and limitations.
  • Your education in fisheries, statistics, and economics will be supported. We strongly encourage continued education and are willing to support educational goals that directly relate to fulfilling our objective as a commission.
  • You will be encouraged to innovate, improve processes, create new systems, and contribute to the continuous improvement and innovation of our work.
You’ll collaborate with positive, supportive, and creative team members, all dedicated to maintaining a pleasant and productive work environment where everyone thrives and grows. Join us and make a meaningful impact on the management and sustainability of Alaskan fisheries.

Benefits of joining our team: 
The CFEC research section encourages independence and exploration. Many reports are published on a yearly or seasonal basis and have strict deadlines, but we still have time for exploration when it comes to the unique aspects of Alaskan fisheries that interest you. As an organization we value a meaningful work-life balance. You will be part of a small team that works to support each other at a professional level, where all members understand the importance of family and educational obligations. Our busy season typically starts in August and ends in May, leaving a good portion of the Alaska summer open for recreational leave. You’ll find plenty of support and encouragement to continue pursuing educational opportunities.

The working conditions you can expect:
CFEC offices are located inside the Jordan Creek Mall in beautiful Juneau, Alaska – not far from the Mendenhall Glacier. The inside mall location makes breaktime and lunch walks comfortable and accessible regardless of the weather, and you’ll have opportunities to get out of the office from time to time to visit our records archive facilities near Lemon Creek. Most important, you’ll enjoy working with a team of bright, dedicated individuals who appreciate a work-life balance.  
  • This position may require occasional travel within the state to meetings and conferences.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for an individual with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • A solid understanding of economic theory, preferably through formal education.
  • Ability to independently perform univariate statistical analysis, and with oversight apply theoretical and empirical statistical and economic models.
  • Proficiency with SQL, SAS, and R programming language, as well as database structure and function. 
  • Ability to independently comprehend, interpret, and apply complex written material such as statutes, regulations, fishery management plans, ADFG emergency orders, and/or similar resource material. 
  • Ability to manage your time and multiple priorities, prioritize deadlines, and maintain flexibility and positivity in response to changing workflows and priorities. 
  • Ability to build and maintain effective, positive relationships with CFEC employees as well as employees of other agencies such as ADFG.
  • Ability to explain commission decisions or policy to people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds including those who may disagree with commission decisions or policy.
To view the general description and example of duties for a Fishery Economist please go to the following link:

Minimum Qualifications

This is an exempt position – see specific job posting for additional information.

Additional Required Information

This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet in order to be considered for employment at this time.

A cover letter is required for this position and will be used as a writing sample. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the position-specific competencies listed in the job description. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax or email it to the contact provided in the job posting. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview:

  • A list of three (3) professional references.
  • A writing sample for which you are the primary author.
  • A copy of your two (2) most recent employee evaluations. Letters of recommendation from previous supervisors will be accepted in lieu of evaluations.
  • A copy of your college transcripts.
Special Note:
While no minimum requirements have been established for this position, the following qualifications are strongly preferred:
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university, including Economics, Fisheries Science, Statistics, or Natural Resources. 
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in a fisheries management, fisheries economist, or economic analysis position.
To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
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Contact Information

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:Reid Johnson
CFEC Research and Planning Section Supervisor

Phone: 907-717-6512