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Division Director- Division Marine Fisheries

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Morehead City ,  North Carolina

invites applications for the position of:
Division Director - Division of Marine Fisheries

JOB CLASS TITLE: Environmental Program Manager II 


DEPARTMENT: Dept of Environmental Quality 

DIVISION/SECTION: Management- Division of Marine Fisheries 

SALARY RANGE:$71,698.00 - $119,815.00 Annually

RECRUITMENT RANGE: $70,698.00 - $118,815.00 



APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time WORK LOCATION: Carteret County 

OPENING DATE: 03/08/17 CLOSING DATE: 03/22/17 5:00 PM Eastern Time 


This Position is Designated as Policy Making Exempt

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the preservation and protection of North Carolina's outstanding natural resources and is responsible for administering regulatory and special programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. Through its special programs divisions, DEQ works to protect fish, wildlife and coastal areas. The agency's activities range from helping to make sure drinking water is safe, sediment control to ensuring sustainable marine and estuarine fisheries and habitats are maintained for the benefit and health of the people of North Carolina. This is a broad and encompassing mission, and to successfully satisfy the agencies statutory mandates to ensure sustainable marine and estuarine fisheries and habitats, and protect public health concerning the sale and consumption of shellfish, the Department of Environmental Quality is   recruiting for a person with an appropriate background in biological, chemical, health or agricultural sciences; organizational management and administrative skills in regulatory, commercial and recreational licensure, compliance or law enforcement; and the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with the general public, and people with competing interests and different levels of education and economic assets to serve as the Division Director for the Division of Marine Fisheries.

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is responsible for the stewardship of the state's marine and estuarine resources. The division's jurisdiction encompasses all coastal waters and extends to 3 miles offshore.  Marine fisheries rules and fishery management plans are established by the 9-member Marine Fisheries Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. North Carolina is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.  To meet these responsibilities, the division is organized into ten (10) functional sections: Fisheries Management, Habitat and Enhancement, Marine Patrol (Law Enforcement), License and Statistics, Maintenance Services, Administrative Services, Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality, Protected Resources, Administration, and Information Technology.  These ten sections work in coordination with each other to ensure health, sustainable marine and estuarine habitats; safeguard public health of shellfish consumers and recreational bathers and enforce Marine Fisheries Statues and rules consistently and fairly.  

DEQ is seeking an enthusiastic team oriented Director of Marine Fisheries.  The Marine Fisheries Director provides for the effective management of the state's marine fisheries.  The program includes conservation and overall management of living marine organisms through research and data collection as modified by relevant social, economic and biological factors. The Division of Marine Fisheries utilizes the most appropriate methods for management, including but not limited to regulating harvesting, habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring for molluscan shellfish harvesting, setting of catch limits and seasons, and seafood safety inspections of processing and distribution facilities.

Major Duties include:

Management & Administration: The DMF Director manages all aspects of the Division of Marine Fisheries and is fully responsible and accountable for all division operations that are necessary to fulfill its primary purpose, including all resource related decisions and policies, and, administrative programs such as budget, personnel, planning, etc., and associated with a state agency. The director supervises a deputy director, two special assistants, the Marine Fisheries Commission liaison and an executive assistant. The director also represents the state on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Organizational Planning: This position is responsible for developing and implementing an effective and efficient strategy to ensure DMF accomplishes assigned goals and objectives for the governance of rules resources, the protection and enhancement of coastal fisheries habitat, the development and improvement of the cultivation and harvesting of shellfish, and safeguarding the public health concerning the sale and consumption of shellfish. The DMF's jurisdiction covers over 4,000 miles of coastal shoreline, 2.5 million acres of marine and estuarine waters and extends 3 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean for most marine species, 200 miles out for some federally regulated species. The division is also responsible for the licensing and permitting of over 4,000 full-time commercial fishermen, one million recreational anglers, and all charter fishing operations, ocean piers, and seafood dealers operating in North Carolina. The division's responsibilities include ensuring state compliance with all applicable federal regulations and laws concerning marine fisheries resource conservation.

Budgeting and Personnel Management: This position is responsible for compiling and submitting for approval annual budget over $36 million and for managing 320 permanent full time and seasonal and temporary employees. Job duties will include developing and revising work standards, counseling and disciplining employees when appropriate and making recommendations on salary and other personnel actions. 


This position requires a thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and administration of fisheries management. Technical training necessary to understand fisheries management theory and science. Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws relative to fisheries management. Thorough knowledge of departmental philosophies and policies concerning the administration of the fisheries management program. Ability to plan, develop and administer a statewide program of consultative and regulatory services. Ability to assess fiscal, personnel and other program needs and to recommend and support appropriate actions to higher-level management. Ability to handle the more difficult technical problems encountered by subordinates. Good organizational skills and the ability to work with a variety of people with competing interests and different levels of education and economic assets. Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with staff, elected officials, federal and state agency personnel, and the public. 


Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and seven years of progressive experience in environmental work including two years in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 


To apply for this position, please click the "Apply" link at: All relevant experience must be included on the application to receive proper credit.  

Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the state application.

SEE ATTACHED RESUME WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION. To receive credit, all experience must be included in the work history section.  Any information omitted from the application but included on the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit.

Please upload a copy of your college transcript or submit to the address noted below by 5:00pm on the closing date, to be considered.

Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of form DD-214

DENR uses the Merit Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicant.

When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to this advertised position.

The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Person:

Dr. Melody S. Isaak
1652 Mail Service Center


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