Environment, Water & Fisheries Specialist

U.S. Department of State
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Basic Function of the Position:  The Environment, Water and Fisheries Specialist provides expert advice and analysis to senior mission management and Washington agencies regarding Canadian environmental governance, bilateral trans-boundary water and natural resource management obligations (e.g. Boundary Waters Treaty) and bilateral and multilateral marine fisheries agreements. Exercising critical judgment on very complex policy issues, characterized by competing interests, the jobholder interprets USG goals and identifies the options to achieve those goals. These issues involve multiple jurisdictions (federal, state/provincial, and multilateral) and requires the incumbent possess substantive technical, policy and legal knowledge. The incumbent has highly developed interpersonal and communications skills in order to develop personal relationships with stakeholders who have been involved in these matters for years, accurately convey complex ideas and to persuade and influence these individuals and their organizations to accept and/or promote U.S. interests and objectives.

Qualifications and Evaluations
EXPERIENCE:  Five years of experience in environmental governance, transboundary water and/or fisheries issues ideally with experience in policy analysis and policy formulation.  Specific prior experience should include: providing assessments, analysis and advice to senior-level government decision makers (Director and above); preparing and executing outreach activities and communication strategies to influence target stakeholder audiences; conducting advocacy toward and coordinating activities within the interagency and with foreign government officials, as well as performing assessments for policy planning purposes.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  The jobholder is intended to have a definitive impact on advancing policy objectives and is therefore required to have extensive knowledge of the American and/or Canadian federal, state and provincial government departments, policies, and procedures that are pertinent to environmental issues, especially trans-boundary waters and fisheries governance. Knowledge of Canadian and/or American legislative procedures and organization is important. Knowledge of the political culture with respect to trans-boundary waters and fisheries issues is an essential tool used to anticipate and plan strategically the jobholder’s activities.  Comprehensive subject matter knowledge of environmental governance in North America, treaty obligations (e.g. Boundary Waters Treaty, Migratory Birds Treaty) bilateral environmental, water, and fisheries law, Agreements and institutions (e.g. GLWQA, IJC, PSC) is required. The jobholder must possess extensive knowledge of the roles and relationships of key non-governmental players in the ESTH realms in Canada and the United States.

Education Requirements:
Minimum academic requirement is a graduate degree (e.g. MPhil, MLitt, MA, MSc, MPA, JD, PhD) in the social sciences (e.g. economics, political science, public administration, geography, sociology, history, law) and/or natural sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, environmental science/environmental studies).
LANGUAGE:  Level IV (Fluent) reading/writing/speaking English.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Employs the ability to integrate and synthesize diverse cross-cutting issues, coupled with a highly developed degree of critical judgment to provide strategic policy advice and analysis to senior Mission management and Washington interlocutors; the jobholder is expected to provide sound, well reasoned, advice that takes fully into account the complex economic and political aspects of issues, as well as more subtle personal and other dynamics that may play a role; a very highly developed ability in oral and written communications skill is necessary to ensure the ability to influence.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.