Chief of Fisheries required in Virgin Islands

Barbara Kojis, Ph.D. bkojis at
Tue Feb 1 23:21:53 EST 2000


The Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for a Chief of Fish and Wildlife Programs - Fisheries.  Information about the position is given below.  If you are interested in the position, please contact me either by e-mail or phone.
NOTICE OF VACANCY: The Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife needs to fill the position of Chief of Fisheries as soon as possible. The job description and required qualifications are listed below. The position is located in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands but it is a territory-wide position with responsibilities for fisheries programs and staff in St. Croix District as well as the St. Thomas/St. John District. 

Contact Dr. Barbara Kojis, Director to obtain an application form.

E-mail: bkojis at

Telephone number: (340) 775-6762

Chief, Bureau of Fisheries

Starting Salary Range and Union – MEBA (Union) $40,199 – $44,182

This is a supervisory position involving professional, administrative, and scientific responsibilities in directing and exercising control over programs, projects and operations in relation to recreational and commercial fisheries conservation and management. This person determines staff and budget needs, applies for and/or locates sources of funding, initiates whatever actions and proposals are necessary to carry out programs, and supervises and trains staff of the Bureau of Fisheries. She/he advises the Commissioner through the Director of the requirements for aquatic resource management.

A thorough knowledge of tropical ecosystems (knowledge of Caribbean/Virgin Islands ecosystems preferred) and the principles of natural resource management, particularly fisheries management, is required, along with the ability to produce scientific proposals and reports of a high standard. This person must have the ability to understand the laws and rules and regulations applicable to natural resource management on the federal and local level and be able to explain the scientific rationale behind their formulation.

The candidate for this position must be a certified scuba diver and know how to operate small boats (12’ to 32’) with outboard and diesel engines in offshore marine environments.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. degree in Fisheries Biology, Fisheries Management, or closely related field and three (3) years working experience in fisheries programs: or

A Masters degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences with extensive biological course work, or closely related field and six (6) years working experience working in a fisheries related position, three (3) of which may have been at the Fisheries Biologist III level or its equivalent.

Dr. Barbara Kojis

Director/Divsion of Fish and Wildlife

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