ADF&G Subsistence Resource Specialist Position In Bethel

Recruitment notice for the ADF&G Subsistence Resource Specialist position in Bethel.


Job #:


Job Title:

Subsistence Resource Specialist I (PCN 11-0446)

Opening Date/Time:

Wed. 04/03/13 12:00 AM Alaska Time

Closing Date/Time:

Tue. 05/28/13 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Position Open To:

All Applicants

Job Type:

Full Time






Fish & Game




Bethel, Alaska


This position is a permanent full-time position based in Bethel, Alaska with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence.

We are recruiting for an enthusiastic social scientist to scientifically gather, quantify, evaluate, and report information to the public, fisheries and wildlife management programs, and to the Alaska Board of Game and Alaska Board of Fisheries for evaluating reasonable opportunities for customary and traditional uses.  Strong oral and written communication ability, technical writing, and computer skills are highly desirable. Yup’ik language skills are highly desirable.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Bethel Field Office – serve as the principal division representative in the Bethel Field Office under the direct supervision of the lead Subsistence Resource Specialist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Kuskokwim River area.
  • Social Science Research – conduct subsistence research and report study findings about subsistence harvests and uses of natural resources in western Alaska and other parts of Alaska, as needed.
  • Public Service – attend local fish and game advisory committee meetings and represent the division at the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group to ensure that regulations and management ensures reasonable opportunities for subsistence uses. Answer questions about subsistence opportunities from members of the public in the Bethel Field Office.
  • Member of the Northern Regional research team – work as part of a research team to conduct door-to-door household harvest and socioeconomic data and attend various fish and game related meetings, as needed.
  • Lead responsibilities – directs the work of Fish and Wildlife Technicians, student and college interns, and volunteers assigned to projects for which the position is responsible. The position recommends establishing contracts with community-based research assistants to the supervisor of record. The incumbent provides recommendations to the supervisor regarding contracting with community-based research assistants, student and college interns, and other technical line staff responsible for assisting with the research activities; and is authorized to establish such contracts in the field following consultation with, and approval or, the supervisor of record.

The ideal candidate will possess the following Desired Strengths (please document these qualities in your applicant cover letter):

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and follow directions of the lead Subsistence Resource Specialist (e.g., obtain community research approvals through attending council meetings and giving research project overviews.
  • Excellent organizational skills and familiar with social science research methods and the role of quality assurance and quality control processes in conducing data collection and coding completed surveys.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the ethical principles of conducting social science research in the Arctic and ensure that research results are accurate and provided back to study communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in researching and analyzing problems and issues, developing potential resolutions along with their costs and benefits, and communicating issues and proposed recommendations to supervisor or regional program manager.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in organizing, evaluating and presenting information, orally and in writing, to a broad variety of individuals under sometimes adverse or stressful conditions, tailoring the communication to the audience.
  • Willingness to work through weekends and in evenings in remote communities with limited commercial facilities for 3-4 weeks at a time for as much as 3-4 months per year, as required to complete assigned research projects. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, sociology, geography or a closely related field.

 For more information, please go to the State of Alaska, Workplace Alaska website at


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