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Senior Associate, U.S. Oceans, Southeast – Florida

Organization: Pew Charitable Trust

Position Title: Senior Associate, U.S. Oceans, Southeast

Location: Home office in Florida.

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Competitive salary.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: June 3, 2013.

Organization Overview:

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.

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 best interests of the people. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., 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.


Pew aims to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.  Pew’s commitment to the environment began in 1974, when we first provided grants to regional conservancies, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the International Oceanographic Foundation.  Since then we have continued to work to advance scientific understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental problems along with their solutions; provide economic analysis of decisions affecting such issues; design innovative policy solutions to these problems; and mobilize public support for implementing these solutions.

Project: Southeast Forage Fish Conservation Campaign

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 southeastern U.S. forage species. 


The senior associate reports to the Director, U.S. Oceans, Southeast and will work from a home office in Florida. The senior associate will lead science and policy analysis in support of the campaign’s work to protect forage fish populations in Florida’s coastal water, and other areas of the southeast U.S. Itis expected that this position is for a term period through September 30, 2013 with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.


  • Research and analyze: 1) The status of southeastern U.S. forage species, fisheries and conservation issues; 2) Forage fish conservation policies, plans or management actions from other jurisdictions; 3) State of Florida regulations and legislation related to fisheries management; 4) The Magnuson- Stevens Act and implementing regulations to become fluent in national and regional fishery management conservation requirements, procedures and discretionary authority; 5) Other federal laws and regulations to become fluent in those particularly relevant to the regional fishery management council decision-making process and that may affect the ability of the campaign to achieve its goals, including the NEPA, ESA, RFA, and MMPA as appropriate; 6) Decision-making documents, including scoping documents, draft fishery management plan rules, amendments, and proposed and final implementing regulations; 7) Governmental and scientific reports, white papers, technical memoranda, and other documents that influence the decision-making process; and 8) Other information and data on all aspects of fish and fisheries that are part of this campaign, including scientific literature and information on the biology and ecology of fish and related species, their habitats, and sociological and economic characteristics of fisheries.
  • Summarize, synthesize and interpret the results of the above research and analysis to prepare campaign policy statements, fact sheets, testimony, white papers and reports.
  • Represent Pew before the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, southeast fishery management councils and associated advisory and scientific committees and panels, National Marine Fisheries Service, southeast state government officials, Congress, and the media.
  • Coordinate with the Pew U.S. Ocean team and participate in regular calls and in-person meetings.
  • Provide support to the campaign team, including helping with strategy development, substantive expertise, research, environmental community coordination, media outreach, educating policymakers and constituency-specific organizing as appropriate.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of potential partners and exercise sound judgment in developing campaign partnerships.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree and expertise in marine issues strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in the environmental and public policy arena, and a working knowledge of southeast marine conservation issues. Candidate should possess a strong network of relevant contacts that can provide expert information and advance results.
  • 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. Able to articulate complex ideas and concepts effectively to a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. Excellent listening skills. Able to establish credibility quickly.
  • A detail-oriented style with a focus on results. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaing a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy, yet work in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary team.

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