Senior Associate, U.S. Oceans (Federal Fisheries Policy)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington D.C.
May 17, 2017
Jul 16, 2017
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

The Environmental Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts
For the past twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • The use of fossil fuels and other energy sources that damage the environment and increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet's atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world's remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world's marine environment.

Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia and Chile. Pew has also become one of, if not the, largest group of marine policy professionals in the world, working to reduce the scope and severity of various activities that are having a detrimental impact on the health of the world's oceans. Each year many tons of fish and other marine life are removed from the world's oceans due to harmful fishing practices and to the lack of appropriate regulatory controls that allow overfishing and habitat destruction to continue.

Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew's ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Pew's work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life and the habitat on which it depends. Our work uses a systematic, rigorous approach through the application of the latest science-based conservation standards to establish catch limits and to put in place other measures to protect or restore populations of marine life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales.

Our current efforts in the Western Hemisphere are focused on implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management practices in U.S. waters, protecting marine wildlife and habitat in the Arctic Ocean, achieving clean energy and climate adaption policies at the federal level, and designating new wilderness protected areas, parks, and wildlife refuges on land.

Project Overview
Pew's U.S. Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Conservation Program works to advance an approach to fisheries management in the United States that takes into account the interdependent nature of ocean life. This practice, known as ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), builds on Pew's efforts to end and prevent overfishing by incorporating measures to protect fish habitat; leave enough forage species in the water to feed ocean wildlife; reduce mortality from bycatch, or the incidental catch of fish, seabirds, and other species; and ensure that fishing in new places and on new species will be sustainable at the outset. The approach promotes decision making that accounts for and minimizes system-level impacts to ocean ecosystems from factors such as changing ocean temperatures, availability of prey, and decline in coral reef cover.

The Program's Federal Fisheries campaign team works with fishermen, environmental advocates, scientists, and others to advance EBFM through federal legislation and NOAA Fisheries policies. The team also works to ensure core conservation provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act are not weakened.

Position Overview
The U.S. Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Conservation Program is a Trusts-operated project that is part of Pew's Environment-Americas portfolio. The Federal Fisheries team is one of several working to fulfill objectives of the U.S. Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Conservation Program.

The Senior Associate, based in Washington, D.C., will report to the Director, U.S. Oceans, Federal Fisheries. The individual will develop effective policy recommendations and compelling supporting documents, in addition to work with internal and external, multi-disciplinary teams in advocating for Pew's conservation objectives before federal policy makers.

The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

  • Research and develop policy recommendations, analyze legislation and proposed rulemakings, and produce white papers, issue briefs, presentations, testimony, public comment letters, and other outputs that advance ecosystem-based fishery management and maintain core conservation requirements of the U.S. federal fishery management system.
  • Assume responsibility for specific policy-based projects, such as development of legislative proposals in collaboration with partner organizations and others.
  • Contribute to activities of the Federal Fisheries campaign team, including strategic plan development, research, advocacy, communications, and stakeholder outreach.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of national and regional fishery management issues to inform and advance the strategic activities of the campaign.
  • Work closely with the Director to set goals and objectives, timelines, and priorities for the campaign.
  • Represent Pew at government and fisheries stakeholder meetings, conferences, and other meetings to educate and build support for Pew's policy objectives.
  • Contribute to other work of the Federal Fisheries campaign, as assigned by the Director.
  • Contribute to and participate in other work tasked to the U.S. Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Conservation Program as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities.
  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in public policy and/or marine conservation issues is preferred.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience in natural resource conservation advocacy, including demonstrated skills in policy analysis, research, and development.
  • Experience in fisheries management is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information, focus on the essence of an issue, determine whether it is ripe for intervention, and identify the means to address it.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience producing concise materials for multiple audiences.
  • Experience taking on ambitious projects and producing measureable results.
  • Demonstrated capacity to meet multiple project deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and productivity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, decision makers, and others.
  • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative and corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork.
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy in all work products.

Occasional travel.

Compensation and Benefits
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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