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Senior Associate, Northeast Forage Fish Campaign

September 25, 2012


Senior Associate, Northeast Forage Fish Campaign

Job ID:  2012-3144 Location:  US-DC-Washington
Department:  Pew Environment Group Posted Date:  9/18/2012

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 stimulate civic life.


The mission of the Pew Environment Group is to promote policies and practices that protect the global environment, preserve healthy forests and marine ecosystems. For the past two decades, the Environment group has been a major force in driving conservation policy in the United States, and increasingly internationally. The group’s work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • Transition to a clean energy economy from one based primarily on the burning of fossil fuels,
  • The erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and,
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment, with a particular emphasis on global fisheries.

Conserving abundant populations of forage species is necessary to ensure the long-term health and productivity of marine ecosystems.  Accordingly, the campaign will promote a precautionary, ecosystem-based approach to the management of northeastern U.S. forage species. 


The senior associate reports to the Director, Northeast Fisheries Campaigns and is located in the Mid-Atlantic region, preferably in Washington, DC. The senior associate will work with the Director, Northeast Fisheries Campaigns to design and implement coalition building, public education and communications strategies for Pew’s Mid-Atlantic forage fish conservation work. It is expected that this position is for a term period through September 30, 2013, pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.



  • Develop and implement a coalition building and outreach plan in cooperation with the Director, Northeast Fisheries Campaign.
  • Develop and implement a public education and communications plan in cooperation with the Director, Northeast Fisheries Campaign and PEG communications staff.
  • Conduct core public education and outreach activities to identify, communicate with and mobilize conservation and fishing organizations, supporters and persuadable citizens.
    • Assist in developing campaign materials including reports, white papers, fact sheets, web content, talking points, template press releases, etc. and help to secure positive media coverage of the campaign.
  • Occasionally represent the Pew Environment Group and this campaign before the Mid-Atlantic fishery management council, National Marine Fisheries Service, Mid-Atlantic state government officials, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the federal Administration, Congress, and the media.
  • Identify and educate key fishermen, fishing groups conservation organizations, scientists and policy experts as allies and future spokespeople.
  • Lead in organizing public actions, including rallies, public events and other demonstrations of support.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential partners and exercise sound judgment in developing campaign partnerships.

  • Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree or equivalent experience in natural resources conservation and management, public policy, or law strongly preferred.

  • A minimum of four years of professional experience in natural resources conservation and related public policy work, including experience analyzing public policies and conducting outreach for advocacy campaigns.  Experience with ocean and marine conservation issues preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them.  Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • A strong connection with the conservation communities is highly desirable.
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.  Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
  • Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.

Travel: This position will require travel up to 50% of the time.


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