Silver Spring, MD
Full-time


Lynker is seeking an experienced person to support the NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) in providing policy and Sanctuary Advisory Council coordination at the national level. Our SAC Coordinator/Policy Analyst will provide the technical expertise and analytical support to develop and implement the policy priorities of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), and will work closely with the Policy and Planning Division (PPD) and the ONMS Director’s office, as well as coordinate across the system.

Key elements of this role include assisting in organizing working groups, professional events, and documentation (including policies) associated with National Marine Sanctuary advisory councils (SACs) and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

The ideal candidate will also apply their experience in Federal permitting, policy development, NMSA consultation, damage assessment activities and enforcement support as needed to support ONMS and communicate its mission to NMSs across the US.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Providing support for the development and coordination of activities and documentation associated with permitting and interagency consultation pursuant to the NMSA.
  • Supporting development of recommendations for policy decisions regarding permit issuance, permit terms and conditions, consultation requirements, environmental compliance, administrative records, and records management.
  • Supporting National Permit Coordinator for system-wide permit and policy issues and development as needed.
  • Analyzing legislation, regulations, and executive orders to determine impact on national marine sanctuaries program operations and management.
  • Identifying and defines major issues, develops sources of information, reviews appropriate source materials, and performs analyses of issues.
  • Providing assistance for incident response, injury assessment, and restoration/monitoring planning.
  • Assisting in the completion of the 6th Edition of the National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Implementation Handbook, such that it incorporates all appropriate policies.
  • Developing a suite of categories, icons and descriptions for the types of seats on national marine sanctuary advisory councils, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.
  • Assisting with the preparation, execution, and documentation of virtual and in-person meetings associated with ONMS advisory councils, including the Council Executive Committee (CEC), advisory council crosscut (e.g., advisory council coordinator calls), Advisory Council Summit (i.e., meetings of chairs or all councils), and Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council.
  • Planning and executing up to six virtual meetings of advisory council coordinators; four virtual meetings of the Council Executive Committee; National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Summit (approximately every 18 months); at least two in-person Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council meetings; and one gathering of recreational fishing representatives from national marine sanctuary advisory councils, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.
  • Assisting with efforts for promoting and improving advisory councils.
  • Supporting the development, coordination, tracking and approval of advisory council member recruitment and member selection processes. Improve cross-communication, including information exchange among and between council coordinators, regions, ONMS leadership and council members.
  • Following up on recommendations from the most recent National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Summit (e.g., matrix one-pager, internet forums, Campaign Bulletins); develop new strategies for collaborations with the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; and participate as the advisory council representative in monthly meetings of ONMS science & education “cross-cut teams.”
  • Supporting development of Federal Register notices seeking advisory council members and alternates; and selection and approval of subsequent requests for member and alternate appointment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 4 years of experience working in the area of natural resource management policy and/or permitting.
  • Familiarity with the laws, policies, and procedures associated with responding to events and Natural Resource Damage Assessment as well as the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act and the Environmental Policy Act.

About Lynker

Lynker is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services for government, commercial, and non-profit organizations. With offices in Leesburg, VA; Boulder, CO; and Honolulu, HI, Lynker’s 480+ employees support a broad range of requirements in 19 states and territories spanning ten US timezones. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in marine, ocean, and coastal sciences; hydrology/water resource management; geospatial analytics; information technology; program management; and business process improvement.

We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers’ scientific and technical priorities – creatively and effectively.

Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

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Lynker is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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