Ecosystem Based Fisheries Analyst

  • 219 - 2211 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

Join Canada’s most trusted environmental non-profit and become a force for good!

About the David Suzuki Foundation

Always grounded in sound evidence, the David Suzuki Foundation empowers people to take action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.

Through evidence-based research, policy analysis, education and citizen empowerment, we conserve and protect the natural environment to create a sustainable Canada.

Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are One With Nature. #OneNature

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The David Suzuki Foundation hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace.

We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, women, persons with different abilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. 

Job Description

Position Title: Ecosystem Based Fisheries Analyst

Terms: Full-time permanent (34 hours/ 4-day week)

Location: Based at our Vancouver Office with remote work during the pandemic

Reporting to: Director, Nature and Western Canada

Salary: 70-80k, based on experience

  • Are you a talented and successful ecosystems based fisheries analyst who loves working for Nature and the Environmental Issues of our times?
  • Do you want to work with a team of exceptionally talented and bright people to make a real difference in the world? 

You and the Job

In this position you will provide expertise on the status, sustainability and trends in Canadian fish and invertebrate species and ecosystems.

You will lead successful campaigns to help implement ecosystem-based fisheries. You focus on Canadian fisheries and engage international fisheries as part of your strategy.

Your work will take place in the context of Indigenous rights and title and will include support for Indigenous nations’ access and governance within an ecosystem-based context. This involves networking with relevant governments, stakeholders and researchers and participating in selected fisheries management forums.

Your expertise in technical analysis of data, government policies and reports is essential. You excel at direct information collection from active fishery participants.

As our successful applicant you have the ability to synthesise these sources of information and recommend reforms to fisheries policy and practice that will achieve ecosystem-based and managed fisheries in Canada.

You will also be responsible for the preparation of presentations, briefs, reports and other communications materials, including media interviews.

Your Responsibilities    

Research and Analysis

  • Provide expertise on Canadian fish species and methods of fishing.
  • Define and promote an integrated approach to fish management.
  • Promote concepts of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem based fisheries management.
  • Maintain an understanding of marine species and habitat status.
  • Promote needs for conservation and restoration.
  • Provide written critiques/analysis of specific fishing methods and fisheries.
  • Help identify additional research needs.
  • Manage externally contracted studies as required.
  • Prepare specific research reports for submission to scientific journals for publication.
  • Assist in the setting of long-term visions and priorities for the Thriving Nature portfolio.


  • Prepare reports and summaries (in conjunction with our Communications staff) on the status of species, habitats and fisheries management.
  • Present recommendations towards viable ecosystem based and managed fisheries.
  • Prepare and make presentations on fishery related topics to staff and outside groups.
  • Assist in the creation of material for the DSF website and social media.


  • Develop a network of local, national and international contacts for consultation.
  • Collect and dissemination technical and communication products.
  • Become involved in and/or build coalitions with other marine fisheries scientists and conservation advocates.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with relevant Indigenous knowledge holders and fishers.
  • Support government relations on fisheries issues
  • Participate in workshops, forums and conferences as required.
  • Provide support to other campaigns within the DSF that intersect with ecosystem-based fisheries issues.
  • Other related duties as required.


Skills, Experience and Knowledge Required

Education and Experience

As our successful candidate you have:

  • 5+ years significant and relevant work experience in this sector.
  • PhD in fisheries biology, marine biology, aquatic ecology or related degree, or an MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Proven ability and experience working with Indigenous Nations and Indigenous knowledge.
  • Authoritative knowledge of fisheries policy and a general knowledge of legislation, enforcement and environmental protection practices.
  • Broad knowledge of fish species, fisheries, stock and habitat assessments, biodiversity and the concepts of integrated management, and ecosystem-based management.
  • Knowledge of the threats to marine and aquatic environments.
  • Interacting professionally with a wide range of stakeholders.  
  • Strong skills in word processing, spreadsheet analysis, electronic communications and presentations and a working understanding of GIS.

What You Bring to the Role

  • Collaborative and tactful colleague who enjoys being part of a team and works well independently. Resilient and flexible.
  • Confident written and verbal presentation skills.
  • Media and Government Relations experience and savvy.
  • Coalition and campaign expert.
  • Strong work ethic and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle high-stress situations with calm and professionalism.
  • Positive attitude that energizes projects and the team.
  • Sound judgement and progressive leadership skills.
  • Strong personal values are aligned with the mission and values of DSF.
  • Passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion with the ability to support purposeful change at DSF.

What You Get

  • Ability to make a difference and protect the health of our planet
  • Being a part of a team of superstars
  • Generous benefit package
  • 4-day work week
  • Amazing work culture with smart colleagues that care

Additional Information

How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and your resume online and submit your application by going to

The position will stay open until filled. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage women, Indigenous People(s), First Nations, Inuk/ Inuit and Métis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with different abilities to apply.