Social Scientist Needed

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Integrated Statistics is looking for a social scientist to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Social Science Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. The Social Sciences Branch conducts research relating to economic and socio-cultural factors of fisheries management.  It also supports the management process by participating in the development of regulatory alternatives and analyzing resulting impacts. Recently, catch share programs have received an increasing amount of attention.  With the recent addition of new programs in the Northeast and the expectation that more of these types of programs will emerge, the Social Sciences Branch has begun a plan to measure the economic and socio-cultural performance of catch share programs (and, more generally, all NE fisheries).


The social scientist provides analysis and support in the following areas:

  • Serve on the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils on Plan Development Teams, as assigned, in the preparation of Social Impact Assessments. Tasks include providing background information, data summaries, and analyses for both the Affected Human Environment and Social Impact Assessment sections of Environmental Impact Assessments and/or Environmental Assessments.
  • Organize existing tools and materials so that Council staff has readily available resources for conducting their own impact assessments.
  • Assist the Social Sciences Branch in implementing fishery performance measures as needed. Tasks may include assistance in developing survey instruments, defining indicators, summarizing data, and reporting results.  Where appropriate, the social scientist may also conduct targeted research related to performance measures.
  • Participate in outreach activities by the Social Science Branch, to help make their research and data more accessible to the public. The social scientist shall produce a variety of outreach material (utilizing variety of media) about SSB socio-cultural research initiatives and performance measure results in order to communicate information to fisheries managers, fishermen, and other stakeholders.


Master’s Degree or Ph.D, or equivalent experience in Social Science (Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Marine Affairs).


  • Knowledge of socio-cultural issues related to natural resources.
  • Experience gathering social science information and familiarity with using qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Skill in written communication, preparation of technical reports and the ability to communicate orally.
  • Skill in use of statistical software and experience in the use and analysis of large databases through tools such as STATA, R or SAS.

The position is full-time with an initial period of performance of one year. The rate of pay is $24-26/hr, and the position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, please email the Integrated Statistics office.

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