Washington State Maritime/Fisheries Manager - Commerce Specialist 3 in Seattle, Washington


Governor Inslee's top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state.

How would you like to help support one of the Governor's top priorities? We are searching for a savvy professional with experience in the maritime and fishing industry. This position will work closely with Commerce's Maritime Sector Lead to support the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and economic development opportunities in order to support sustainable and thriving fisheries in federal and adjoining state waters.

If this sounds like you, please keep reading!


  • Contribute to the Washington State team for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), working in coordination with the Washington members of the Council.
  • Prior to Council meetings, assist Council members in reviewing and analyzing Council meeting materials.
  • Interface regularly with Washington stakeholders for the NPFMC process – identifying concerns, increasing understanding about Council actions, answering questions and suggesting resources.
  • Attend Council meetings, as well as Washington State distant waters advisors meetings, in order to assist Washington Council members with tracking issues, maintaining communications with stakeholders, and researching materials as necessary to support Washington interests and positions.
  • Attend stakeholder group meetings as necessary to keep Council members informed on issues and to provide information on Council actions to stakeholders.
  • Track marine fishery issues on the west coast, Canada and elsewhere with respect to measures that can improve the sustainability and health of the Washington marine fishery, as it relates to and informs North Pacific Council members.
  • Assist Maritime Sector Lead on economic development opportunities regarding fisheries in federal and jointly managed state waters in the fishing, seafood, and processing sub-sectors.
  • Support efforts to identify scope of potential economic impact of modernizing the fishing fleet.
  • Support companies, shipyards, suppliers and support services for increasing capacity for modernizing the fleet.
  • Identify and support workforce development expansion opportunities related to modernizing of the fishing fleet.
  • Identify and compare incentives for recapitalization/modernization of the fishing fleet including but not limited to tax incentives, R&D;, clean technology, financing options.
  • Support planning and implementation of the Alaska & Puget Sound Leadership Summit.
  • Develop public communications regarding modernization of the fleet including, but not limited to, the use and expansion of clean technology, best practices and increased safety.
  • Assist in supporting sustainability certifications for fisheries in federal and jointly managed state waters.
  • Provide support to state and federal efforts to control Illegal, Undocumented & Unregulated (IUU) fishing.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in business, public administration, marine affairs, fisheries management or related fields.
  • Experience in program/project planning, implementation, and management, policy analysis, and economic development preferably in maritime, marine affairs or fisheries management.
  • A graduate or advanced degree in business, public administration, marine affairs, fisheries management or related fields may substitute for experience. Knowledge of:

  • Program, policy, and funding issues regarding maritime and fisheries industry.

  • Public policy-making and public process.
  • General business practices.
  • Public outreach.
  • Fiscal and programmatic management.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training.
  • Local and regional community development issues.
  • Statistical analysis and other evaluation techniques.
  • Negotiating techniques.
  • Financial and statistical record-keeping techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Basic economic development techniques. Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of federal fishery management law, particularly the Magnuson Stevens Act.

  • Experience with rationalized federal fisheries management.
  • Program, policy, and funding issues regarding Washington's maritime industry and the North Pacific fishery.
  • Previous maritime experience or experience working with a fishing/seafood related company.

Supplemental Information

Who we are:

At Commerce, we're a little different. But for you, it might just be the perfect fit. We're a state agency but operate like a business with the understanding we need to know our customer's needs to fulfill them. We are located in the Westin Building, centrally located in the shopping district and only a few blocks from Pike Place Market but empower our employees with the hardware and autonomy to work from where the work needs to be done. Washington State also offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are 300 of us in the Agency, 33 in the Seattle office, but our executive staff now us on a first-name basis. We take pride in our work but value the balance with our personal lives. We hire people for a position, but encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Special Notes:

  • This project position is funded through June 30, 2017 with the possibility of being extended.
  • This position is covered by a union security provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, or pay other representational fees within the first 30 days of employment.

Additional Information:

The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-08979

Department: Dept. of Commerce

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,313.00 - $5,657.00 Monthly

Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA