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Jun 24 / BARD CEP

Arctic Program Specialist, Ocean Conservancy – Alaska or Oregon

Organization: Ocean Conservancy

Position Title: Arctic Program Specialist

Location: Anchorage, Alaska or Portland, Oregon

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic program works to address the complex challenges facing the maritime Arctic by advancing science-based policy solutions in U.S. and international venues.

The Arctic Program Specialist will work closely with the Arctic Program Director to expand Ocean Conservancy’s work on emerging industrial pressures, with a focus on shipping. He or she will join Ocean Conservancy’s team of issue experts, technical consultants and scientists to conduct research and analysis in support of program strategies, develop advocacy materials, and help represent Ocean Conservancy with our coalition partners.

This is a unique mid-level opportunity for a professional looking to deepen his or her understanding of conservation work in a region that is undergoing unprecedented environmental, political, and industrial change. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of relevant experience working on conservation or environmental policy; experience working in the Arctic and/or on shipping issues strongly preferred. Success in this role will require strong research, analytic, and writing skills, as well as resourcefulness and independent initiative.


  • Provide analytical support for Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic team by conducting independent research on emerging pressures on the Arctic and working with external experts and consultants.
  • Produce reports, issue papers, fact sheets and blogs on policies, studies and relevant developments in the Arctic, in partnership with the Arctic Program Director and Ocean Conservancy communications staff and consultants.
  • Support the Arctic Program Director in regional coalition management, including organizing and participating in regular meetings, calls and conferences.
  • As needed, represent Ocean Conservancy in external meetings with a high degree of professionalism; build relationships with public agencies, funders, researchers, academics, NGOs, industry representatives, public officials and other partners.
  • Prepare correspondence and reports, respond to requests for information and help coordinate activities among Ocean Conservancy staff; support the Arctic team in monitoring and reporting on program activities and deliverables.


  • At least 3 years of experience in professional conservation, public policy, research or other relevant field required; experience working on shipping issues and/or Arctic conservation strongly preferred.
  • Graduate or undergraduate degree in marine or environmental science and familiarity with federal marine conservation laws preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex scientific or technical concepts to policy and lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • A strategic thinker who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to help grow this program.
  • A high-level performer with the proven ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks and thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment in good humor.
  • Highly collaborative, with excellent interpersonal skills and an appreciation for a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Passionate, productive, and focused on advancing ocean conservation.

How to Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume, salary expectations, references and a writing sample (5 pages max) to [email protected] with the subject line “[Last Name] – Arctic Program Specialist – IL – #15-13.”

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