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MMPA & NEPA Policy Analyst

Honolulu HI

Ocean Associates Inc. is seeking a candidate who will provide professional support to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The position does not require a presence in Hawaii but can be accomplished remotely. Ocean Associates Inc. conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries, protected species, and habitats.



Engage in Section 7 interagency consultation and coordination efforts for protected resources.

Engage in interagency consultations for Sustainable Fisheries division as they relate to protected resources.

Assist with ESA and MMPA rulemakings, as needed, including conducting literature reviews, writing portions of rules, reviewing documents and assisting with meetings.

Assist with division management tasks as needed.


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii or remote work considered

Work schedule: Full-time (average 40 hours per week)

Preferred start date: ASAP


Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent employee benefits are provided including paid medical insurance, retirement plan, and holiday, vacation and sick leave.


Please note that this is a policy/management position and not a science position. It does not involve scuba diving or training marine mammals.


Minimum experience or background requirements

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 specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus five (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education and experience. Master’s Degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.

In addition to the above basic qualifications, the candidate must have the following specific qualifications:

High degree of familiarity with the MMPA and NEPA.

Strong working knowledge and understanding of Indo-Pacific marine biology and ecology, especially within the U.S. Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIAs).

Strong working knowledge and understanding of global threats facing marine life, and local threats facing Indo-Pacific marine mammals especially within the U.S. Pacific Islands Region, including Hawaii, Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, and PRIAs.

Ability to work well both independently, and as part of a team, to accomplish stated objectives.

Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Advanced technical writing skills.

Organizational skills.


If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply online: http://oceanassoc.com/Jobs/jobslist.html

Include your name in the document file name.

Sending your resume in readable (not scanned) PDF or Word format is preferred.

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

Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.


Previous experience or training with similar requirements.

Three professional references.

Posted July 11, 2018

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