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Conservation and Ocean related job opportunities

June 3, 2014


Fisheries Analyst, FishSource

Honolulu, HI


Conduct analyses of stock assessments, management, and ecological impacts of wild fisheries around the world with focus on Spanish-speaking countries. Analyses will be published on SFP’s global database of fishery status and environmental performance, FishSource . The information compiled for this position is then used by seafood companies and major buyers to influence improvements in fisheries where needed.




Marine Ecology Intern, WWF

Washington, DC


World Wildlife Fund US (WWF) is seeking an intern with a background in marine science to work with an interdisciplinary team to provide support for ongoing and future work on MPAs in Indonesia. There are two main projects that the intern will be involved with: 


(1) Evaluating the ecological impacts of existing MPAs


Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for biodiversity conservation, but their impacts are widely debated. To inform this debate and catalyze adaptive management, WWF and its partners have implemented an interdisciplinary approach to MPA monitoring and impact evaluation in Indonesia. Our monitoring efforts build upon established MPA monitoring protocols and allow us to explore the contribution of MPAs to biodiversity and habitat conservation as well as to ecosystem services, fisheries, and other human uses of marine environments. 


(2) Providing science support to design MPAs for sustainable fisheries


Frequently a goal of MPAs is to support fisheries production as well as protecting marine biodiversity.   WWF intends to support the design of new MPAs and evaluation of existing MPAs to address the synergies and tradeoffs between conservation and fisheries management in Indonesia.  To carry this out successfully requires bringing together the best available data on the ecological, biophysical, and social conditions in the region. 


Major Duties & Responsibilities: In collaboration with the MPA team, the intern will:


1.      Assist in synthesis, quality control and management of existing ecological monitoring data to establish baseline conditions and evaluate short term ecological impacts of MPAs in Indonesia. 

2.      Assist in developing a scientific approach/concept to design MPAs for fisheries in Indonesia.

3.      Perform other duties including literature reviews for scientific articles; communication of results for different audiences (local stakeholders, scientific, etc.).




1.      Masters (or equivalent) in ecological, interdisciplinary, or marine science. Experience in conservation or related field preferred. 


2.      Strong data management and statistical skills, with demonstrated experience handling large datasets.  Experience with R, Microsoft Access, and GIS strongly preferred. 


3.      Ability to work both independently and in a team.


4.      Excellent writing skills


5.      Must be willing to travel to Indonesia (if necessary).  International experience strongly preferred.  


To apply:  Preference will be given to applications received by June 13, 2014.  Please submit a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Marine Ecology Intern Position” to Gabby Ahmadia at  


This is a paid internship. Contract duration will be for four months with possibility for extension.  This position is based in the WWF Marine Program in Washington, DC. and requires eligibility to work or study in the United States. 




Ocean and Coastal Protection Internship Program Opportunity, US EPA

Washington, DC


A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) in Washington, DC. This internship will be served with the Oceans and Coastal Protection Division (OCPD).


This project focuses on the National Ocean Policy and its 2013 Implementation Plan (concentrating on coastal water quality), coastal climate change issues (e.g., blue carbon) and coastal and ocean acidification, and communications products in support of EPA's ocean and coastal priorities.  







Policy Internship, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Washington, DC




The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers Washington, DC-based internships for students at Ocean Leadership member institutions. Over the years, interns have come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and institutions in the academic and government sectors and have made many valuable contributions to the mission and work of Ocean Leadership.


The policy internship is designed to further professional development for current or recently graduated students by working with Ocean Leadership’s Public Affairs staff.  Each intern will learn about the entire spectrum of Ocean Leadership activities, including involvement in the legislative process, projects with various federal oceanographic agencies, and a variety of educational initiatives.  The intern is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on relevant bills and legislative hearings, contributing to the advocacy section of the weekly newsletter, developing information for congressional members and committees, attending hearings on behalf of Ocean Leadership, and pursuing other items on Ocean Leadership’s legislative agenda.


Preference is given to students in good standing at an Ocean Leadership member institution, Interested applicants should provide a writing sample (less than 3 pages), a cover letter, a C.V. or resume, and a letter of recommendation (or sponsorship letter if applying from a Ocean Leadership member institution) from a university representative or faculty member. therefore it is recommended that interested students seek out support for their application from their university’s Ocean Leadership representative via a sponsorship letter.   Incomplete application packages won’t be considered.  Sponsorship and recommendation letters may be sent directly from reference.


Internships are available year-round and Ocean Leadership provides a base stipend of $1500 per month. Institutions are encouraged, but not required, to match stipends for a minimum of 2 months and cover intern travel costs to and from DC. The intern’s medical insurance coverage will remain with his or her individual policy or student group health insurance.


Internships typically follow the academic semester schedule, but specific start and end dates are flexible.  Individuals who gain interest after the application deadline should contact Kassandra Cerveny (information below) to inquire about availability.

?          Spring Semester: January – May (November 14 application deadline) 


?          Summer Semester:  June – August (February 28 application deadline)  


?          Fall Semester:  August-December (June 19 application deadline)



For more information or to submit your application materials, contact Kassandra Cerveny.

1201 New York Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 448-1227





PhD / Post Doc Opportunity, Namibian Dolphin Project

Walvis Bay, Namibia


“Cetacean community monitoring and health”


The Namibian Dolphin Project is a non-profit, research and conservation organization run by a small group of independent scientists in association with the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute and the Namibia Nature Foundation. Our mission is to research Namibia’s cetaceans to generate data on these populations that can be used for their conservation through sustainable management. See for project background


We are currently looking to expand our team and forge collaborations with researchers working on cetacean monitoring and health assessment. Consequently, we are seeking an experienced PhD student or recent post doctoral graduate (or both) to join our team in Walvis Bay, Namibia. This person would be expected to take a proactive approach in developing and leading research efforts within the framework of our cetacean community health and monitoring programme during a large coastal construction project taking place within Walvis Bay.


Our core research focuses on a small and potentially threatened population of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) with additional research being done on Heaviside’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii), dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). New research will build on photographic, behavioural, acoustic, stranding and tissue datasets collected since 2008, thus scope to develop research questions is wide.


Logistical and fieldwork support will be provided but limited funds are available at the moment and the successful candidate will be expected to assist in generating funds through grant applications, sponsorships (etc) to finance further fieldwork and living costs.


Although training will be provided, the ideal candidate will have a background in the relevant field skills: photo-identification, biopsy sampling, small boat research, stranding attendance and necropsy and be

able to work independently leading field research efforts.


The candidate must be reliable, independent and self motivated and have a drivers licence for manual cars and be an experienced boat skipper. This position is open to all nationalities, but those from SADC regions will be preferred.


The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Walvis Bay, Namibia, for a minimum of 2.5 years during this project with some time spent in Cape Town, South Africa.


Start Date: from July 2014 onwards.


For further information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Simon Elwen or Dr Tess Gridley on 



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