At Saltwater Inc., we believe that high-quality data is vital to the health of our fisheries and oceans: our mission is to provide that data. We are a Women-Owned Small Business and are constantly seeking new team members who share our passion for innovation and environmental wellness. We are currently recruiting an Economist for a federal contract we are bidding on in support of the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) and impact analysis to be performed on ongoing conservation efforts for Atlantic large whales. This position will start October 1, 2022 and end September 30, 2023 with the possibility of up to three one-year contract extensions.

If you are passionate about protecting and preserving marine mammals and their habitat and have an economics background, this position may be for you. This job will be located at GARFO in Gloucester, MA. There is also opportunity to work at a mutually agreed upon remote work site. The selected candidate will support rulemaking efforts under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, in particular those associated with the development or modification of Take Reduction Plans and may include support for analyses associated with rulemakings to mitigate other threats to the species under the ESA or MMPA.

Our ideal candidate is someone with a background in natural resource economics. Experience with analyzing projects centered around marine mammal and critical habitat conservation is a plus.


  • Develop and implement methods to analyze economic impacts of regulations, policies, or alternatives intended to protect Atlantic large whales from entanglement in commercial fisheries and vessel strikes.
  • Review relevant data, methods, and procedures pursuant to the appropriate statutes, regulations, executive orders, and other policies including but not limited to the Endangered Species Act (including Section 7), Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Executive Order 12866
  • Develop a detailed work plan for the completion of an economic impact analysis
  • Execute the economic impact analysis using available data and methods such that the analysis informs regulatory policy decision-making


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in social science or economics with coursework in natural resource economics
  • Minimum of 1 year’s experience reviewing statutes, regulations, executive orders, etc.
  • Experience performing economic impact analyses


Salary commensurate with experience.