We are seeking an organized HMS Climate Policy Analyst to support the Atlantic HMS Management Division of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries. The Atlantic HMS Management Division manages HMS fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean waters and is involved with several projects contributing to the agency’s efforts to address climate change in U.S. fisheries. The HMS Climate Policy Analyst will assist with planning and conducting a comprehensive, cross regional climate vulnerability assessment (CVA) for Atlantic HMS fisheries.
Having high attention to detail and the ability to manage short project timelines are critical skills for this position. Potential candidates must also possess the curiosity and ability to find solutions and resolve issues based on available resources. Applicants must be able to operate independently, manage their own work schedule, and dedicate blocks of time for uninterrupted focus.
Work is anticipated to be conducted remotely and is full-time (40 hours per week). During workdays, candidates must be able to respond to all communications within 24 hours and conduct calls and meetings as necessary during normal business hours. Beyond the communication requirements, work hours are extremely flexible. Some travel to in-person meetings is required.
The employee shall
- assist with or coordinate development of a project work plan, a scoping document, and other products – including drafting, analysis, publication, outreach, and incorporating feedback from constituents;
- obtain and prepare technical information that will be used in the CVA, including species profiles that will be used by experts during the scoring process;
- leverage effort and crosswalk information from related division projects (e.g., Highly Migratory Species Predictive Spatial Modeling Tool (PRiSM), Essential Fish Habitat, Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM), Regulatory Amendments) that can inform the CVA;
- assist with administrative and planning tasks, including development and management of work plans, team contracts, Smartsheets, or other project management products. Coordinate with members of the core planning team and Atlantic HMS and climate change experts to schedule, participate in, and manage online meetings throughout all stages of the process. Coordinate, plan, provide staff support, and facilitate an in-person workshop during the evaluation and analysis phases of the assessment;
- develop products that communicate outcomes from the CVA and species narratives effectively and in plain and accessible language. Assist with other products, including websites, web stories, and other communications products or tools, and the preparation of scientific manuscripts;
- communicate results of the CVA and integration with other programs such as national or regional EBFM; Climate, Ecosystem and Fisheries Initiative; or other agency climate initiatives; and
- where appropriate, attend meetings conducted by the Atlantic HMS Management Division or other entities within NOAA Fisheries to conduct outreach, improve coordination, and increase project visibility (e.g., Advisory Panel meetings, division meetings, regional office or in-person core plan team meetings).
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Experience in large meeting (20+ people) planning and logistics, including scheduling, agenda development, and meeting facilitation. Ability to diplomatically work with a variety of people with varied opinions.
- Ability to effectively and efficiently to work under tight deadlines and scheduled action dates
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information in writing and conduct data analysis
- Strong organizational, analytical, written, and verbal skills
- Proficiency in working with Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Specialized advanced studies, degrees, or applicable work experience with Atlantic Highly Migratory Species, fisheries management, and/or climate resiliency
The rate of pay will depend on experience and qualifications. The position is eligible for full benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance; a 401(k) plan with employer match; and paid time off for vacation, sick leave, and federal holidays. The position is expected to last for one year with the possibility of extension.
In compliance with federal law, all applicants must be able to prove that they are legally able to work in the United States and pass a security/background check.
Azura Consulting LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply for this position.
If you are interested in this position and have all of the required qualifications listed above, please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. In your resume, please describe how you meet all of the required qualifications and list contact information for three professional references who can provide a knowledgeable assessment of your job-specific qualifications. In your cover letter, please describe why you would be a good fit for this position.
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