Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Administrative Permitting Specialist; Lynker Technologies LLC and NOAA

Job Title: 
Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Administrative Permitting Specialist
Job Location: 
Long Beach, California

Lynker is seeking to hire a Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Administrative Permitting Specialist to support an upcoming contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s West Coast Region (WCR) in Long Beach, California.  The hiring of this position is contingent on receiving the award for the contract.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) WCR ensures the productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities through science-based decision-making and compliance with regulations, and to recover and conserve protected resources including marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish.  The Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD) works with the Pacific Fishery Management Council in developing federal policies and regulations for fishing in waters off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and the Eastern Pacific ocean. The Permits and Monitoring branch issues permits to fishermen, responds to their requests for assistance with their permits and permit applications, and typically provides and organizes permit and other data for use in fishery management decisions. The Highly Migratory Species (HMS) branch is responsible for implementing the Tuna Tracking & Verification Program (TTVP) which monitors domestic cannery production and importation of all frozen and processed tuna products nationwide and authenticates any associated dolphin-safe claim. 

The SFD requires contractor support services to assist the Permits and Monitoring Branch with administrative responsibilities associated with its Groundfish, Highly Migratory, and Coastal Pelagic Species permits and the HMS branch with TTVP compliance. 

Duties include:

  • Provide assistance in reviewing permit applications, renewals and transfers. Incoming requests shall be tracked from the time they arrive to the time they are completed.  Applications shall be reviewed and verified regarding completeness of submission and inclusion of supporting documentation.  Applicants who have submitted incomplete requests shall be notified that they need to provide additional information. 
  • Coordinate issuance of exempted fishing permits.  
  • Develop use cases for permits database maintenance and improvements.
  • Assist in data entry, monitoring, and verification of NOAA Form 370, Fisheries Certificate of Origin. The employee shall participate in coordination calls and assist with other TTVP activities as needed.
  • Answer phone calls and emails to assist constituents with understanding the regulations and requirements of the permit programs, including how to transfer, apply for, and renew permits/licenses. 
  • Field incoming calls, if needed consult with Permit Leads, and answer routine calls on catch data errors.  
  • Assist fishermen in accessing their quota share and vessel accounts, which are akin to banking and investment accounts, and aid fishermen who encounter password problems.  
  • Assist the general public with questions concerning permits and quota share and vessel accounts, many of which can be answered by referral to the websites. 
  • Utilize existing contact lists to mail or email logbooks to industry. 
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of information, including assisting in the production of text, tables, and graphics of internal and external analysis and outreach materials.  
  • Assist in responding to data requests.  
  • Assist in the mailing of such materials and undertake associated mail merges, printing of labels, letters, worksheets, and similar. 
  • Audit and modify public-facing content for compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as necessary.  
  • Assist in website postings of materials, as appropriate, and initiate maintenance and update of incorrect or outdated website content when it is discovered.  
  • Track correspondence and maintain files.   
  • Document and catalog non-disclosure agreements for certain types of data requests, using established criteria. 
  • Submit sanction checks to the Office of Law Enforcement personnel via secure electronic communications (e.g. Kiteworks).
  • Assist in simple “bookkeeping” type analysis that supports permit fee assessment or providing overviews of the permit systems.

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in the field of study as related to the requirements of the specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus one (1) year of experience in related field or combination of such totaling five (5) years combined education/experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with use of spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Ability to draft correspondence. 
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience using and administering west coast fishery permits and databases, such as the National Permits System, groundfish permits database, the Vessel Account System, PacFIN, and vTrack. 
  • Understanding of the Tuna Tracking and Verification Program and the laws governing the TTVP.
  • Experience with groundfish catch monitor and electronic monitoring programs.
  • Experience developing use cases for database maintenance and improvements. 


About Lynker

Lynker is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers’ scientific and technical priorities – creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

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