The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), an international organization responsible for transboundary salmon fisheries management in Canada and the United States, is seeking a Chief Biologist for its headquarters in Vancouver, B.C. This position is open to Canadian and non- Canadian citizens.
This is a senior position within the PSC Secretariat, reporting to the Executive Secretary and part of the management team. In coordination with division staff, the Chief Biologist is responsible for general scientific program administration and delivery of Fraser River salmon stock assessments.
The Chief Biologist is the Secretariat’s principal officer for scientific and technical initiatives. In general, the Chief Biologist is responsible for ensuring the Secretariat’s technical programs are suited to the needs of the Parties, cost effective, and scientifically defensible. In addition to routine deliverables, this entails strategic planning in the areas of stock assessment, data management, workforce strategy, and scientific policy. While subordinate staff are responsible for significant data collection and analysis in Fraser River salmon assessments, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring cohesive and timely delivery of final results to the PSC’s Fraser River Panel and Fraser River Technical Committee. This requires review and collation of staff work for transmission and explanation to scientists, fishery managers, and industry representatives from Canada and the United States. The Chief Biologist is also a point of contact for media, and represents the scientific staff at Commission meetings and other forums where PSC technical expertise is required.