Sea Lamprey Research Program Associate

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Full Time
GS 8-10 commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closes Friday, June 14, 5:00pm EDT


The Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor, MI) is hiring a Sea Lamprey Research Program Associate.

Closing Date: June 14, 2024

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Assists Science Director and Assistant Science Program Manager with research program administration including planning board meetings, coordinating proposal submission and peer review processes, negotiating research contracts, and managing program budget. Maintains and improves program website content and develops content for other program communications. Assists with conduct of research projects in the lab and/or field. Networks with Great Lakes research community.

Full position description available below.

Desired start date: August 1, 2024. This is a three-year position with potential for extension.

Location: Position is stationed in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Salary: $59,869-$71,819 (GS 8-10) commensurate with experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package.


M.S. in biology, fishery biology, aquatic ecology, conservation, or related discipline desired; candidates without an M.S. with equivalent relevant experience are encouraged to apply. Meticulous attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must possess a valid driver's license, passport, and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Major Duties

The associate will serve as an assistant to the Science Director and Assistant Science Programs Manager, coordinating the Sea Lamprey Research Program (SLRP) and assisting with research projects. As such, the associate will perform duties in fulfillment of the objectives of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Commission).

The Program Associate:

  • Works under the supervision of the Assistant Science Programs Manager to plan and conduct meetings for the Sea Lamprey Research Board (SLRB) in March and September. Prepares meeting announcements, invites researchers, solicits research for presentations, composes meeting agendas, and records and distributes minutes.
  • Communicates with SLRB, external researchers, the Sea Lamprey Task Forces, and the Sea Lamprey Control Board regarding their research priorities.
  • Solicits proposals from external researchers as recommended by SLRB.
  • Assists Knowledge Management Program Manager with maintenance and improvement of the Commission’s online proposal submission and peer-review systems. Also assists in the peer-review process by soliciting reviews as needed and tracking the proposal review progress.
  • Works with the Knowledge Management Program Manager to maintain SLRP website including webpages related to research theme areas.
  • Maintains the SLRP completion report database through electronic and paper filing and posting of completion report abstracts on the GLFC website.
  • Maintains the Science Directorate Information Management Database and Project Catalogue to track SLRP projects and their products.
  • Directs SLRP contracting process and assists with other contracts.
  • Serves as a liaison between the contractor, the principal investigator, and the Commission on contracting administrative issues.
  • Negotiates terms of contracts and agreements with agencies/institutions and adheres to Commission policy.
  • Assists in preparation of SLRP briefing items and presentations for the Sea Lamprey Control Board and the Annual and Interim meeting briefing books.
  • Assists the Science Director, Assistant Science Programs Manager, Science Programs Manager, and other secretariat staff with on-going research projects.
  • Represents the Commission at various scientific and Commission-sponsored events.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

The Commission is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. As part of this commitment the Commission will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If accessibility accommodations are needed, please highlight this in your cover letter.

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In pursuance of our mission to support sustainable fisheries to benefit society, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission commits to cultivating a culture of respect, safety, and excellence through elevation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence (DEIC) standards in all aspects of our work. We strive to enhance representation by diversifying partnerships and actively pursuing the inclusion of underrepresented internal and external perspectives in decision-making. We commit to delivering outreach and education to diverse audiences and increasing access to opportunities and resources. We pledge to assess and enhance our DEIC initiatives to foster continual progress.