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Employer:  Wild Salmon Center.
Categories:  R&D
Travel Required:  16-25%
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Masters
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  OR - Oregon
City:  Portland
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Reports to: Salmon Management Specialist, State of the Salmon

About the Program

Seize this unique opportunity to make a difference as part of a progressive, collaborative organization and program that strives to improve management and conservation of wild salmon across the entire North Pacific. State of the Salmon (SoS – builds knowledge across borders, linking a greater understanding of Pacific salmon (genus Oncorhynchus) to their improved management and conservation around the Pacific Rim. A key vision of the program has been to create international forums where salmon managers, scientists, and conservationists from watersheds across the Pacific Rim can learn from each other's successes and failures and work together to accelerate the adoption of science-based standards for wild salmon conservation. SoS also partners with international organizations to promote the adoption of practices for fisheries harvest and hatchery operations to ensure the sustainability of wild salmon populations.


Position Summary

The Salmon Management Analyst will work with a team of professionals focused on improving fishery management for wild salmon populations. Key strategies include assisting development of best practices and their practical application in actual fishery management settings. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Compile, review and analyze relevant information on current fishery management policies, catch statistics, hatchery practices and salmon escapements in order to evaluate effectiveness, uncertainties and risks of current salmon fishery strategies - recommend adaptive management and evaluation response where appropriate.
  • Synthesize and analyze key salmon management issues and recommend ‘best practices’.
  • Work with interested fisheries, managers and other partners in Russia, Japan, and North America to improve management practices in order to promote sustainable wild salmon populations.
  • Assist the team with engaging in the Marine Stewardship Council process and other market based performance assessment or certification schemes to ensure that related decisions for salmon fisheries are appropriate and result in significant actions to improve management systems where needed.
  • Assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of web-based tools to communicate key information about management issues, best practices, practical fish management improvement strategies, and progress of specific fisheries toward meeting their sustainability goals.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Key Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following:

  • M.Sc. in fisheries science, management or related field, and/or at least three years of work experience in applied salmon population assessment and salmon fishery management. 
  • Experience in managing and analyzing population and fishery data, and an in-depth knowledge of salmon population dynamics.
  • Familiarity with the Marine Stewardship Council process with an understanding of the fisheries assessment methodology.
  • Understanding of a variety of statistical techniques applied to assessing salmon populations and fisheries.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work under minimal supervision – strong work ethic.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to reach a variety of audiences.
  • Great interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team environment – proven collaborator and problem solver.
  • Strong resource conservation ethic and dedicated passion for fisheries sustainability.
  • Familiarity with adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring methods, their respective strengths and weaknesses, and how they are commonly used by fisheries managers and scientists.
  • Comprehension of salmon policy issues and their practical connection to fisheries management approaches.
  • Russian language skills highly desirable but not required; Japanese language skills useful.


The compensation package includes a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package, including generous vacation, retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, flexible spending account, life insurance and disability coverage. The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Wild Salmon Center is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume and references with "Salmon Management Analyst" in the title

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Other languages:  Russian
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