North Pacific/Salmon Coordinator (Contract)

Location: Home-based, U.S. West Coast/British Columbia/Alaska ideal

Duration of contract: January ; December 2013 (possible extension)

Language: Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English. Fluency in Russian and/or Japanese desirable.

Level of Employment: Fixed Term Contract, approximately 70% FTE equivalent

Rate: Competitive, depending on experience


The mission of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems, enhance fishing livelihoods, and secure food supplies. SFP improves access to information to guide responsible seafood sourcing, and enhances the ability of seafood companies and partners to influence government fisheries policies and management practices to improve fisheries.

SFP works to improve fisheries through Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs). A FIP is collaboration between retailers, their suppliers, and NGO advisors that aims to influence government policies and management practices and improve marine conservation and fish farming practices and their sustainability. More details can be found on

Position Description:

The North Pacific/Salmon Coordinator is primarily responsible for overseeing all aspects of SFP’s engagement around salmon issues. This includes tracking developments in individual fisheries, reporting internally and externally, and coordinating with numerous stakeholders. The North Pacific/Salmon Coordinator may be asked to support engagement in other North Pacific fisheries and issues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all SFP’s efforts related to wild salmon fishery improvements throughout the range of pacific salmon.
  • Provide regular updates to buyer engagement team to relay to partners through talking points on the Metrics system,, FishSource FIP trackers, and other FIP workplan and reporting processes.
  • Work with partners to address Japanese imports of IUU Russian salmon.
  • Engage new and existing supply chain partners and propose, improve and refine joint work plans and proposals for cooperation.
  • Identify regional science and policy experts to contribute to FishSource/FisheriesWiki.
  • Work with the FIP team to coordinate sectoral strategies and share FIP best practices.
  • Attend fishery management meetings, workshops, FIP meetings and other events as needed.
  • Other North Pacific FIP initiatives as required
  • Build/maintain relationships with regional industry stakeholders and groups, fishery managers, scientists, local NGOs that work on fishery issues, etc.
  • Document and report all FIP activities through various SFP reporting mechanisms, including the SFP website, FishSource Improvement Tracker, internally through Planet, and as needed for grants and other processes.

Qualifications and Experience:

Essential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in fisheries science/seafood/marine conservation sectors in the North Pacific, particularly wild salmon.
  • Practical knowledge of sustainable seafood issues and a passionate commitment to fisheries improvement and marine conservation.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, informal, and often online environment, and to balance independent initiative with working as part of a team.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Experience, or at least familiarity, with the Marine Stewardship Council standards and processes.
  • Experience building partnerships between companies, i.e., through industry associations, roundtables.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Experience:

  • Ability to speak and write Russian or Japanese (not required but highly desireable)
  • A MSc in fisheries science / management;
  • Experience working in seafood sector – ideally from procurement in a branded seafood supplier company;
  • Familiarity with other North Pacific commercial fisheries (whitefish, groundfish, crabs, etc.)
  • Experience buying from producers / exporters in SE Asia / Russia / South Pacific;
  • Experience with marine conservation / NGOs in the North Pacific and globally

Please submit cover letter and curriculum vitae with compensation history to:

Closing Date: 2013-1-11 or until filled. Position open immediately. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Portland, Oregon
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation
Human Resources