Ocean Career: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Program Coordinator

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking a coordinator for the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review Program (SEDAR) to assist with planning and managing stock assessment projects. SEDAR, headquartered in North Charleston, SC, is a cooperative Fishery Management Council process to provide quality scientific stock assessments and other relevant information to address fishery management issues.

SEDAR is managed by the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Councils in coordination with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions. SEDAR emphasizes constituent and stakeholder participation in assessment development, transparency in the assessment process, and a rigorous and independent scientific review of completed stock assessments.

The SEDAR Coordinator is a full-time position that will work closely with the SEDAR Program Manager. The position will primarily focus on planning, coordinating, and managing fisheries stock assessment projects. The Coordinator will function as a liaison between the Program and the various program Cooperators, and will organize and facilitate in-person and webinar-based meetings and workshops.

Applicants must be willing to live in or around Charleston, South Carolina. This position is eligible for telework up to four days per week, but full-time remote work is not available.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, coordinate and manage fisheries stock assessment projects. This includes addressing meeting logistics and travel requirements in cooperation with administrative staff and liaison with the SEDAR Cooperators to secure appointments, provide workshop notices, and approve workshop objectives and schedules.
  • Organize, arrange, and facilitate SEDAR workshops, which include state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, Council members, Council advisors, and the fishing industry with a goal of including a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.
  • Monitor progress to ensure projects are completed as scheduled and in accordance with SEDAR guidelines. Provide project progress reports to Cooperators, participants, and stakeholders.
  • Manage project documentation and administrative records, including website posting of workshop materials. Distribute briefing materials prior to meetings and ensure workshop proceedings and reports are distributed and included in the administrative record.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

Minimum Education Requirement:

A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries science, natural resources policy and administration, marine biology, science communication, or a related field.

Minimum Professional Experience:

A Master’s degree or at least 1 year of professional experience related to fisheries, natural resources, or science communication


  • Knowledge of fisheries management systems, fisheries population dynamics and biology, and scientific peer reviews.
  • Written and oral communication skills, involving communication with managers, scientists, and stakeholders.
  • Project coordination and planning abilities including the ability to work on multiple ongoing projects at one time.
  • Self-discipline and the ability to work independently to manage complex projects.
  • Ability to work with multiple agencies and entities. Agencies include NOAA Fisheries SEFSC, SERO, and HMS; MFMC, CFMC, ASMFC, and GSMFC staff, and state agencies.
  • Knowledge of species occurring in the Southeastern United States.
  • Ability to post materials to a website using WordPress.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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