Posting for AFS Policy Analyst Position


AFS Policy Analyst

Position Type: Full-time permanent                                  Location: Bethesda, MD (AFS headquarters)

Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest society of fisheries professionals to promote the conservation, development and wise use of fisheries resources. AFS is seeking a Policy Analyst to work with the Policy Director and Executive Director on several critical roles to: (1) develop and implement AFS policy positions by working with established committees, Officers, and the Executive Director; (2) inform and empower the membership to enable them to influence the policy process; (3) develop and nurture effective partnerships with appropriate non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and state and federal agencies who have policy interests in fisheries and aquatic/marine ecosystems; (4) engage and convey policy positions to federal agencies, Congress and others; and (5) work with AFS communications staff to inform appropriate publics of AFS policy positions.

Responsibilities: Working closely with the AFS Policy Director, AFS Executive Director, and AFS elected officers, the Policy Analyst will handle a complex mix of duties related to policy development and implementation, partnerships with groups engaged in aquatic resource issues, and serving AFS members and leaders on policy matters. Many of these responsibilities will be conducted in small teams under the supervision of the Policy Director or with the AFS Resource Policy Committee but others will be performed independently or in small teams. Policy work often includes partners from other natural resource organizations, government agencies, the private sector, and/or academia.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a graduate degree in fisheries (freshwater or marine), conservation, ecology, public policy, law, or closely related field. A significant policy/management component is strongly preferred. Significant work experience in fisheries or related conservation fields may substitute for education. Top candidates will have three or more years of experience working in fisheries policy, law, or advocacy and working familiarity with fisheries and natural resource management policy, legislation, administrative procedures. Finally, applicants need to demonstrate ability and experience in translating policy documents into material appropriate for publication in AFS communication tools such as Fisheries magazine, web, social media and other outlets.


Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with expertise and experience. Benefits include health/dental/vision, vacation, and sick leave. AFS is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity and participates in a 401k retirement plan.

Contact Information: Applicants should send cover letter and resume via email to: Denise Spencer at or (301) 897-8616, ext 212. For information on the position, contact: Tom Bigford at or (301) 897-8616, ext 207.