Science and Policy Director

BC Salmon Farmers Association

Competition Closes May 21, 2021

About the Role

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is a forum for communication and cooperation within the salmon farming sector, and the focal point for liaison between the industry and government. The BCSFA also provides information to the public and stakeholders about salmon farming, and coordinate industry-wide activities, research, and community events. Our over 70 members include both farmed salmon producers, and many of the companies who provide services and supplies to them. The BCSFA was established in 1984 and is based in Campbell River, British Columbia.

The BCSFA is seeking to fill the role of Science & Policy (S&P) Director. The S&P Director would be the primary contact for science and policy related communications of the Association, reviewing related science and translating to key communication platforms of the Association including Deeper Dive and the Performance Dashboard, as well as providing support to the Communications team on science focused media inquiries. The S&P Director would also co-lead the member fish health and regulatory committee and coordinate shared member science initiatives and on-going communications. This role would also support and lead on science-based political and bureaucratic correspondence.

Key Accountabilities

Working closely with the Executive Director, Senior Advisor, and Communications team, the Science & Policy Director would:

  • Support on policy based consultations including the Blue Economy, Net Pen Transition Process, and the Aquaculture Act as examples;
  • Manage all science and policy related communications and inquiries to the Association;
  • Co-chair and serve as the secretariat (agenda, invites, minutes) for member fish health and regulatory committee with the Senior Advisor;
  • Lead on updates to the Deeper Dive and Performance Dashboard platforms;
  • Lead on the development of science based fact sheets and briefings for various audiences;
  • Lead on the development of responses to science and policy-based consultation processes (regulatory, certification programs, for example).
  • Lead on development of Association-led science project funding, on behalf of members, through grant programs such as the Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (DFO).
  • Representing the BCSFA on multi-stakeholder committees, and in communication venues as necessary.
  • Developing and maintaining personal relationships with members, government agencies


Education, Experience, and Certifications Required

  • MSc (minimum) and at least 3 years of experience in aquaculture science, biology, marine science, or a related field;
  • Grant acquisition and management experience an asset;
  • Valid BC driver’s licence.


  • Knowledge on science, policy and technology in finfish aquaculture in BC;
  • Knowledge of marine biology, fish physiology, microbiology, data analysis, and statistics;
  • Experience in seeking and acquiring grant funding, and budget management an asset;
  • Excellent writing skills, both for scientific and public communications;
  • Good public speaking ability, adapting presentations to various audiences and ability to comfortably speak to media and other science related inquiries;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Able to liaise and collaborate with BCSFA Board and members, representatives of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and research institutions;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, and in Adobe;
  • Proficiency in online meeting platforms including Zoom and Microsoft Teams;
  • Understanding of WordPress an asset.

Working Conditions

  • Potential to work remotely. Shared office space is available in Campbell River, BC, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted but not a requirement to live in Campbell River.
  • Some travel may be required once safe to do so.
  • Some (minimal) evening and weekend work may be required on an as needed basis.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume, including salary expectations, to with “Science and Policy Director Competition” in the subject line by May 21, 2021 11:59 p.m. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.