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AMCC Seeking Science Consultant- Apply by July 31

AMCC seeks a science consultant with expertise in population dynamics modeling, fisheries stock assessment, and fisheries management strategy evaluation to analyze two management actions being developed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council). A successful applicant will have a:

  • PhD in fisheries science, with a specialization in fisheries population dynamics modeling, fisheries stock assessment, and fisheries management strategy evaluation;
  • A background in fisheries management and policy, with preference for experience with the Council and IPHC processes;
    Sufficient time and capacity to dedicate to project in the timeframe identified and ability to attend the Workgroup workshop on September 12 (in Seattle);
  • An appreciation for the social, biological, and economic dimensions of fisheries management.

All proposals shall be submitted as soon as possible but no later than July 31, 2016 (note deadline was extended from July 15th). Proposals should be submitted via email to Shannon Carroll (shannon@akmarine.org).

For full details on the position click here.



Apply by February 15th to be AMCC’s Summer Fisheries Conservation Intern!

Date Posted: February 4, 2016       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Fisheries Conservation, Internships, Jobs, Our Team

Love Fish? Love Alaska? We would love you to join our team as the summer Fisheries Conservation Intern!

Jobs and InternsAMCC’s summer intern will be an important team player who brings added capacity, energy, skill, and vision to help advance AMCC’s mission. AMCC employs an innovative, triple-bottom line approach to fostering small-scale fisheries, community sustainability and long-term conservation in coastal Alaska. The intern will perform a variety of important duties specifically in support of efforts to reduce bycatch and catalyze community-based fishing opportunities. The intern will conduct outreach on behalf of AMCC in coastal Alaska, especially southcentral communities (Seward, Kenai, etc.) and play a lead role in creating new material that better tells the story of AMCC’s work and more effectively engages the public. For a full job description click here.

Please apply through the Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program by February 15!

 



Join Our Team: AMCC is Hiring Three Positions

Date Posted: December 8, 2015       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Our Team

If you have ever been interested in working for AMCC now is your chance! Our team is growing and we’re seeking three talented individuals to join AMCC and support important communications, development, and seafood sales functions. We’ll be hiring a 1) Development and Engagement Director, 2) a Local Seafood Operations and Sales Manager, and 3) a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Read on if you want to join a great team of passionate and committed fish-lovers interested in making change on and off the water to build a brighter fisheries future for Alaska.

Position #1:  Development & Engagement Director **Deadline to apply extended to January 15th 

Working Waterfronts.

Work trips to Kodiak?! Just one of many perks of a job with the AMCC team.

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council, a savvy fish-focused nonprofit, is seeking a bright, creative, motivated, and charismatic individual to serve as our Development and Engagement Director. This fast-paced, multi-faceted position is responsible for developing and executing innovative and successful strategies to engage supporters in AMCC’s work through financial support, advocacy, and volunteerism. AMCC is continuing to carve out a unique niche in the fisheries landscape and this position will play a key leadership role in catalyzing the organization’s growth and development. This position reports to the Executive Director but works closely with all of the AMCC staff team as well as board members, contractors, and partners. We are seeking an individual with an interest in long-term growth with our entrepreneurial organization.

Position Requirements include:

  • More than 5 years of work experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, and/or outreach/organizing.
  • Demonstrated experience and success overseeing individual giving programs and cultivating donors.
  • Experience and ability to develop effective print and electronic communications and marketing materials.
  • Experience organizing successful events that engage supporters and generate revenue.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to oversee and work collaboratively with other staff, board members and contractors, to engage volunteers and be a team leader.
  • Ability to successfully work with databases, word processing and design programs.
  • Ability to determine meaningful and achievable goals and meet them.
  • High level of energy, motivation and dedication to creativity and innovation.
  • Extremely well-organized and detail-oriented and able to successfully and efficiently manage a significant workload.
  • Superb writing and editing skills.
  • Passion and commitment to AMCC’s mission, vision and approach.
  • Ability to operate the AMCC vehicle (acceptable driving record) and lift objects over 25lbs.
  • Ability to travel within and out of state and work on some evenings and weekends when needed.

The salary for this exempt full-time position is D.O.E. and includes a unique benefits package with generous vacation leave, flex holidays, retirement, dental coverage, flexible work weeks and individual medical coverage. We are an organization that seeks to accommodate an active outdoor lifestyle, families, and fishermen. The position is based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office and start date is as soon as possible but no later than February 2016.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

Development, Fundraising & Donor Engagement: ~65%

  • Play a key role in implementing AMCC’s 2015-2018 Fundraising Plan to help increase and diversify organizational funding.
  • Oversee and expand AMCC’s individual giving program and business membership programs. This includes executing regular renewal mailings, annual and special appeals, building relationships with donors and business partners, making donor asks, and ensuring appropriate acknowledgment.
  • Oversee AMCC’s engagement in the Pick. Click. Give. PFD contribution program including developing and executing an annual campaign plan to increase the number of donors and total donation amount through the program.
  • Oversee AMCC’s annual cash raffle including securing the needed permits and ensuring regulations are followed.
  • Play a lead role in executing fundraising events including ensuring a successful revenue strategy and community/partner support.
  • Work with Executive Director to identify grant opportunities, develop grant applications, and ensure proper grant administration.
  • Serve as a staff liaison for the Board of Directors Fundraising Committee and all Board related fundraising.

Communications, Marketing, and Engagement: ~35%

  • Website, e-newsletter and social media: Oversee AMCC’s online and via social media to ensure effective communication that engages supporters and partners.
  • Print materials: Work with staff to develop compelling materials that describe and report on AMCC’s work including an annual report. Coordinate production of AMCC’s print newsletter 2-3 times per year.
  • Earned media: Work with staff to ensure steady and strategic presence of AMCC in the media. Report on quality and quantity of AMCC media presence.
  • Advocacy & organizing: Work with program staff to develop effective strategies for generating comments and engagement on other action items.
  • Volunteers: Oversee volunteer engagement in AMCC’s efforts and events, build AMCC’s team of volunteers and regularly identify opportunities for engagement. Appropriately acknowledge and thank volunteers.
  • Staff oversight: Effectively oversee a communications/administrative coordinator who will assist with carrying out the above duties including managing the membership database, inputting data, carrying out the raffle and events, managing print jobs, etc.

To apply: Interested applicants should send: 1) a cover letter detailing interest and qualifications for the position, 2) a resume with at least 3 professional references, and 3) at least 3 examples of past work. The examples can be reports, newsletters, appeal letters etc. but should be items that where the applicant had a lead role in their creation. The application package should be sent to Kelly Harrell, Executive Director at kelly@akmarine.org as soon as possible but no later than Jan. 15th, 2015.

 

This could be your new ride if you are hired as our Local Seafood Sales & Operations Manager!

Position #2: Local Seafood Sales & Operations Manager 

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is seeking a fish-loving individual to serve as our Local Seafood Sales and Operations Manager. This new position is responsible for scaling up AMCC’s local seafood sales programs and creating a newly branded seafood hub. Our Catch of the Season community supported fishery and Kodiak Jig Seafoods brand have been successfully selling seafood caught by Alaskans, to Alaskans for over four years. The Manager will have the vision and capability to grow these programs into a cohesive and high-functioning social enterprise of AMCC’s that generates social, environmental, and financial impact. This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with an array of fishing and processing partners, other staff members, as well as contractors. We are seeking an individual with an interest in long-term growth with our entrepreneurial organization.

Position Requirements include:

  • More than 5 years of work experience (or educational equivalent) in sales, marketing, and operations preferably in the food or seafood business.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Alaska’s fisheries and seafood markets.
  • Experience and comfort working with spreadsheets and developing financial projections.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to oversee and work collaboratively with other staff, board members and contractors, to engage volunteers and be a team leader.
  • A self-starter with the ability to determine meaningful and achievable goals and meet them.
  • High level of energy, motivation and dedication to creativity and innovation.
  • Extremely well-organized and detail-oriented and able to successfully and efficiently manage a significant workload.
  • Passion and commitment to AMCC’s mission, vision and approach as well as to the vision and mission of our seafood sales programs.
  • Ability to operate the AMCC vehicle (acceptable driving record) and lift objects over 30lbs.
  • Ability to travel within and out of state and work on some evenings and weekends when needed.

The salary for this exempt full-time position is D.O.E. and includes a unique benefits package with generous vacation leave, flex holidays, retirement, dental coverage, flexible work weeks and individual medical coverage. The position is based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office and start date is as soon as possible but no later than February 2016.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Retail/community supported fishery: Develop and implement strategies to expand the number of communities served and increase subscribers, as well as retain current subscribers.
  • Wholesale sales: Develop and implement strategies to better serve current clients and increase sales of Kodiak Jig Seafoods cod and rockfish products.
  • New business lines: Pilot and test the viability of new lines of business such as mobile food sales at events.
  • Oversee all aspects of sales, marketing, and logistical operations to successfully carry out retail and wholesale sales.
  • Forecast and monitor financial performance of seafood sales to meet or exceed targets.
  • Work with a communications firm to develop a compelling brand identity for the Alaska Community Seafood Hub; ensure implementation of the new brand identity.
  • Develop and track meaningful social, environmental, and financial growth goals for the program.
  • Build and maintain relationships with fishermen and processors to increase supply options and support a broader base of fishing businesses. Successfully communicate with supply partners about the program.
  • Oversee and put in place systems to ensure high product quality standards and manage any issues as they arise.
  • Serve as a spokesperson with the media and promote the program through local events, speaking engagements, etc.
  • Oversee and delegate tasks to a support staff member and contractors.

To apply: Interested applicants should send: 1) a cover letter detailing interest and qualifications for the position, 2) a resume with at least 3 professional references, and 3) communications pieces, marketing materials, or other examples of relevant work (optional). The application package should be sent to Kelly Harrell, Executive Director at kelly@akmarine.org as soon as possible but no later than January 15th, 2015.

Position #3: Communications & Outreach Coordinator 

Events like Fish Expo in Seattle and Salmon Fest in Ninilchik are part of AMCC's suite of outreach activities and events. Want to help us make them great?

Events like Fish Expo in Seattle and Salmon Fest in Ninilchik are part of AMCC’s suite of outreach activities and events. Want to help us make them great?

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is hiring a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. This multi-faceted position supports important communications, fundraising, and administrative functions of our small, unique non-profit as well as our local seafood sales programs. This works closely with all of the AMCC staff team as well as board members, contractors, and partners. This position has the potential for long-term growth with the organization and would be a part of a supportive, passionate, and dynamic staff team.

A successful candidate will posses the following skills and traits:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, outreach, customer service, and or operations/administration.
  • A self-starter with a high level of energy, motivation and dedication to creativity and innovation.
  • Extremely well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • Passion and commitment to AMCC’s mission, vision and approach.
  • Ability to successfully work with databases, word processing and design programs.
  • Ability to travel within and out of state.
  • Ability to lift over 30 lbs., and operate the AMCC vehicle (i.e. an acceptable driving record).

This position is ideally full-time but could be ¾ time for the right candidate that needed a more flexible schedule. Salary is D.O.E. and includes AMCC’s generous vacation, retirement, dental coverage, flex holidays, and personal health insurance. The non-exempt position is based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office and start date is as as soon as possible but no later than end of February/early March.

Duties include:

 Communications and Outreach: ~35%

  • Website, e-newsletter and social media: Work with the Development and Engagement Director to enhance AMCC’s social media presence and send out effective e-newsletters. Maintain the AMCC website and work with staff on content that is accurate and effective.
  • Print materials: Work with program staff to develop compelling materials that describe AMCC’s work. Assist staff with event flyers or promotional materials, advertising, or special projects as needed included development of reports including design, content editing etc. Serve as a liaison with graphic designers and printers.
  • Outreach events: Support an AMCC presence at important outreach events such as Salmonstock, Renewable Energy Fair, Pacific Marine Expo, etc. Prepare materials for events including action items and ensure appropriate staffing for events.
  • Promotional Gear: Assist with the development of AMCC gear such as t-shirts, bags etc. Promote the sale of gear, organize and track inventory.
  • Volunteers: Work with Development and Engagement Director to support volunteer engagement in AMCC’s efforts and events, build AMCC’s team of volunteers, and regularly identify opportunities for engagement. Appropriately acknowledge and thank volunteers.

Development, Fundraising & Donor Engagement: ~30%

  • Support the functioning of AMCC’s giving programs and organization membership. This includes working with the Development and Engagement Director to execute regular renewal mailings, annual and special appeals, and maintain the membership database.
  • Support AMCC’s annual cash raffle including securing the needed permits, ensuring regulations are followed. Promote and oversee ticket sales including working with the board.
  • Support AMCC fundraising events including our annual Ocean Boogies and others to be identified. This includes soliciting donations for auctions, organizing food, entertainment, promotion etc.

Local Seafood Sales/Catch of the Season Program: ~25%

  • Assist Local Seafood Sales and Operations Manager with tasks associated with selling and delivering seafood to individual and wholesale customers. This will include sorting seafood, tracking inventory, being present on pickup days, answering customer inquiries, and tracking orders.

 Operations and Administrative Support: ~10%

  • Answer main office line and direct calls as necessary.
  • Ensure the AMCC office is neat, orderly and well-functioning. Maintain equipment and supplies and serve as liaison for tech support for staff.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director with supporting the Board of Directors including scheduling meetings, carrying out teleconferences and in-person board meetings.
  • Assist with data backup and management systems for the organization including cloud backup for staff and getting all key documents on the network.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position and a resume with three professional references to Kelly Harrell, Executive Director at kelly@akmarine.org as soon as possible but no later than January 15th, 2015. This position will be open until filled.

 

 



AMCC Seeks New Board Members

Date Posted: June 24, 2015       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Board of Directors, Our Team
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is seeking new members to join our dedicated Board of Directors. AMCC’s mission is to protect the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and promote healthy, ocean-dependent coastal communities. AMCC’s Board of Directors meets four times per year (twice in person). You can view other job duties of AMCC Board Members here. If you are interested in becoming an AMCC Board Member, please submit a letter of interest and an application by August 31st. Email kelly@akmarine.org if you have any questions or to submit an application.


AMCC Welcomes New Staff Members to Team

Date Posted: May 28, 2015       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Our Team, Staff

New Fisheries Policy Director – Shannon Carroll

AMCC is pleased to welcome Shannon Carroll as one of the newest members of the AMCC staff team. Shannon will fill the important role of Fisheries Policy Director recently vacated by Becca Robbins Gisclair.

Shannon originally hails from Maine where he received a law degree with a focus on ocean and coastal law. He has lived in Alaska for several years and fished in Alaska even longer, crewing on salmon and crab vessels out of Petersburg.Shannon‘s professional experience includes working with the Conservation Law Foundation, NOAA General Counsel’s Alaska Section, the Wild Salmon Center, and the State of Alaska. Shannonalso served on AMCC’s board for two years before stepping down to apply for the position, giving him a strong familiarity with AMCC’s mission, values and programs. Shannon is an avid skier and fly fisherman and lives in Girdwood with his wife Claire.

Please introduce yourself when you see him at North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings and around town. Shannon will be based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office and can be reached at shannon@akmarine.org.

AMCC Summer Intern – Kate Vollrath

AMCC is also excited to introduce our Fisheries Conservation & Local Seafood Intern for the summer of 2015, Kate Vollrath. Kate first became acquainted with AMCC as a dedicated volunteer last fall. We are thrilled she is now joining our team as an intern! She will be organizing local seafood and fisheries conservation outreach events this summer, as well as helping with our Community Supported Fishery: Catch of the Season.

Kate was born and raised in Wisconsin where she first developed an appreciation for local and sustainable food systems. Between studying geography and environmental studies at DePaul University in Chicago and working summers on an organic farm, Kate‘s love for the natural environment and her passion for food intersected in a powerful way. After graduating from college, Kate ventured to Alaska to live with family. What began as an Alaskan adventure morphed into a new found passion for local, sustainably-caught seafood. Kate is eager to learn about the challenges faced within the Alaskan fishing industry and to be a part of preserving the world-class resources that Alaskans cherish and depend upon. She is also looking forward to lots of Alaskan seafood this summer!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Kate and AMCC’s newly painted Local Seafood Mobile (below) at festivals, parades and markets throughout Southcentral Alaska this summer. More to come on that soon!

You can read Kate and Shannon‘s full bios and view our entire staff team here.



Talking Fish from Portland to Portland, Coast to Coast

By Hannah Heimbuch, Community Fisheries Organizer

Gloucester Snow

Very snowy Gloucester, where the sidewalks were buried in at least 5 ft. of snow!

At the end of February, while Homer basked in 40-degree weather, I ventured out for a visit to a very wintery New England. In Gloucester I was able to spend three days with members of the Fish Locally Collaborative, a diverse group of marine conservationists that work to create a healthy ocean through community based fisheries and other important efforts.

This valuable face-to-face meeting allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of the unique members and joint capacity of the FLC. I have a broader understanding of the social, environmental and economic movements taking shape within the marine conservation world, and how our work in Alaska informs and is informed by those efforts.

I was particularly excited to hear about the ways other organizations have translated positive energy and good ideas into meaningful actions for healthy marine ecosystems, and marine based coastal economies. I met leaders of the Slow Fish movement, individuals doing important research into community-based fisheries models, sustainable seafood marketers building direct relationships between chefs and fishermen, and many others. The diverse projects and programs being run by the independent members of this collaborative reflect a worldwide community of people working hard for sustainably managed fisheries and strong fishing communities.

Fish Locally Collaborative dinner in Gloucester - Chef Amanda Parks from Slow Fish is holding a paella dish with crab and mussels - yum!!

Fish Locally Collaborative dinner in Gloucester – Chef Amanda Parks from Slow Fish is holding a paella dish with crab and mussels – yum!!

After several days of conversation with these inspiring people, I ventured up to Portland, Maine for visits with our marine conservation colleagues in the north. An FLC member from Penobscot East Resource Center let me hitch a ride with him up from Gloucester, and gave me the rundown on Maine lobster fishery management. The next day I met with Susie Arnold from the Island Institute to talk about Ocean Acidification awareness and research. (Click here to see an excellent video on ocean acidification that AMCC collaborated with the Institute to create a few years ago.)

I met Lucy Van Hook from the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association to talk community fisheries. Hugh Cowperthwaite from Coastal Enterprises Inc. took a chilly walk with me through some of Portland’s small, thriving fish markets as well as the Portland Fish Exchange. The PFE is a seafood auction warehouse — one of only a handful on the eastern seaboard — that handles nearly 100 percent of Maine’s finfish. I wrapped this incredible visit up with a conversation with Alexa Dayton from Gulf of Maine Research Institute. I learned about the Marine Resource Education Program’s work to offer expert training to marine industry workers on fisheries management and science, further empowering fishermen to weigh in on the decisions and research that impacts their coastal ecosystems and economies. Before leaving Alexa showed me around the gear lab at GMRI, where engineers work closely with fishermen to improve their gear and practices for sustainable fishing.

AstoriaI flew out of Boston with much food for thought and landed in the other Portland. While in Oregon, before making my way home to Alaska, I headed to the Pacific Coast to participate in the Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria. A whole event just for fisherpeople who write? Sounds like the place for me. To be sure, I found my people on the waterfront that weekend. One of the first people I saw walking down the sidewalk in downtown Astoria was AMCC member and fisherpoet, Steven Schoonmaker. I visited an old wooden seiner, the owners of which are Kodiak fishermen that have long participated in the event (a photo of me next to the seiner is pictured right). I read some of my own work, and listened to funny, beautiful and profound stories from many others — including AMCC Board Member, Emilie Springer. Brad Warren from Global Ocean Health, in addition to sharing some fantastic music at the evening events, gave an excellent talk on ocean acidification at the Maritime Museum. I was also able to see the new film The Breach, an incredible look at salmon throughout human history. This event is an excellent showcase of the deep and complex connections that coastal communities have to our oceans and the traditions and work that take place on and alongside them. It comes out in our professional work, in the skills we pass down to our children, and in the art we create to celebrate it.

What an incredible two weeks, packed with information and introductions that will serve to enrich my work in marine conservation for years to come.



Bioneers, You Had Us at Greenhorns

Date Posted: October 31, 2014       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Fisheries Access, Get Involved, Local Seafood, Our Team, Staff, Take Action, Working Waterfronts, Young Fishermen's

by Sam Baker & Rachel Donkersloot

1779765_10152792159198699_540287983296832074_nLast week we returned rejuvenated from the annual Bioneers Summit Conference in San Rafael, CA. The multifaceted event, what speaker, author and activist Naomi Klein describes as a ‘transformational meeting of minds’ melds conversations about indigenous rights, local and sustainable food systems, women’s rights, and other social and scientific topics, and left a strong imprint on both of us and re-ignited a spark of creativity in our work at AMCC.

We were both particularly impressed by the amazing work that is being done by groups like the Greenhorns,and the National Young Farmers Coalition who are actively addressing the challenges that new and young farmers in the U.S. face today through innovations and tools like Farm Hack and Agrarian Trust and epic awareness raising endeavors like the Vermont Sail Freight Project. While we were learning about all of the inspiring work and resources aimed at young farmers, we were reminded that there is overlap and opportunity here in Alaska, and AMCC hopes to help foster the type of community and support for young fishermen that is gaining traction among our friends in the farming world.

While we study issues like the Graying of the Fleet, and work to inform fisheries policy that protects working fishermen and benefits our fishery dependent communities, we hope also to facilitate the creation of forums for young fishermen and to advance the discussion on linkages between intergenerational access, community sustainability and resilient, regional food systems.

We intend to continue our conversations with luminaries like Severine von Tscharner Fleming of the Greenhorns and Dune Lankard of the Eyak Preservation Council in the coming months and to invite others to the table to take part through upcoming events like the Alaska Food Festival & Conference. AMCC has organized two fisheries focused panels at the conference which will hopefully serve as a springboard for potential solutions to some of the challenges Alaska’s community-based fishermen face today surrounding access and profitability.

On a final note, food systems, young farmers and land access rights may have piqued our primary interest at the conference , but various iterations of citizen science also caught our attention. Hearing from groups like Public Lab in the Gulf of Mexico, we were inspired to think of the many ways we could engage Alaskans through citizen science on important research like ocean acidification. We are excited to announce that this approach will fit into some new work we will be doing next year to bring informational and interactive ocean acidification kiosks to communities throughout coastal Alaska.

Overall, the Bioneers Conference was one of great learning and great brainstorming and we are lucky to have had the opportunity to attend. We wish there was space for us to share all of the exciting science and social endeavors we learned about at the conference. For now though, we are happy to be home in Alaska and we are ready to get back to work turning some of these ideas into concrete and collaborative projects aimed at achieving triple bottom line benefits for people, profit and planet.

 



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