Kuskokwim Area Subsistence Fisheries Program Coordinator

Agency - Orutsararmiut Native Council
Location - Bethel, Alaska
Job Category - Full time Positions
Salary - 70,000+ DOE with full-time benefits
Start Date - 09/01/2023
Last Date to Apply - 07/01/2023
Website - https://nativecouncil.org/

This is a unique opportunity to engage with rural communities, Native and non-Native organizations, Tribal governments, and federal and state agencies on cross-cultural Federal subsistence resource research and management and educational projects. This position involves serving as the primary investigator on Federal subsistence harvest projects that prioritize and incorporate the local knowledge and observations of the community and other critical partners; supervising field technicians or college interns; and working with rural people, schools, and communities regarding Federal subsistence fisheries related programs and educational outreach.

This position combines standard research and resource monitoring with multi-directional capacity building of the researcher to listen and learn in order to understand local culture and priorities and to apply these learned perspectives to increase community knowledge and participation in the Federal subsistence management program. These activities are guided by the pursuit of ensuring sustainability for Alaska Natives’ subsistence way of life by informed participation in the Federal subsistence management program. This is a full-time multi-year position funded through the Federal Office of Subsistence Management. Work schedule will be 8:30AM-5PM, except during summer and fall projects when longer hours and weekend work will be required.

Candidates must have the ability to work with people of all ages from small communities in Western Alaska; have strong leadership and/or supervisory skills; openness to experiential learning, excellent cross-cultural and listening skills, ability to find commonality among diverse perspectives, clearly show dedication to ensuring sustainability of subsistence fisheries; and experience working with Native people and Native communities.

Candidates must have a solid understanding of fisheries and ecological principles; a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited college with a major in biology, ecology, fisheries, environmental science, natural resource management or a related field in contemporary social science including cultural anthropology. Additional studies or familiarity with human dimensions and resource management issues in rural Alaska is preferred. Experience working with Tribal organizations is highly desired along with knowledge of Alaska’s subsistence management concerns, grant writing, budget management, project management, and program capacity-building skills.

Preferred candidates should also have two years of relevant professional work experience (M.S. Degree substitutes for 2 years’ experience) ; possess good field/outdoor skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and be willing to travel to Kuskokwim area villages and regional or statewide meetings. While this position involves working with many diverse groups and agencies, it also requires a great degree of vision, initiative, and ability to work independently without direct supervision in order to achieve established program goals. Applicants must be open and dedicated to learning and growing on the job and be adaptable to dynamic work environments. Applicants with an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in the above will be considered.

Contact Person - Delen Hooper
Contact Phone - (907)545-6001
Contact eMail - dhooper@nativecouncil.org

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