Senior Associate, Federal Fisheries Reform Policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Washington, DC

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The Pew Environment Group – The mission of the 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.
The Federal Fisheries Policy Campaign leads efforts to ensure that federal fisheries managers effectively implement the law to end overfishing, rebuild depleted fish populations and protect ocean ecosystems. The Campaign also focuses on defending and enhancing the conservation provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and achieving stable and adequate funding for sustainable federal fisheries management.

Position Overview
The Senior Associate reports to the Manager, Federal Fisheries Policy Campaign, and is located in Washington, DC. The Senior Associate will be responsible for helping the Federal Fisheries team to research, analyze, develop and influence federal fisheries policy. In particular, the Senior Associate will play a major role in developing the Pew Environment Group’s (PEG) MSA reauthorization agenda and in analyzing the impact of other proposals to amend the MSA. Finally, the senior associate will be responsible for tracking federal fisheries appropriations and developing funding proposals. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of federal fisheries policy and knowledge of the legislative process. It is expected that this position is for a term period through March 31, 2013, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.


Monitor, analyze and help the campaign team influence federal fisheries policy within the Administration. This includes providing cogent analyses of proposed fisheries policies and proposed regulations; taking the lead on drafting public comments on behalf of the campaign; and related duties.
Monitor, analyze and help the campaign team influence federal fisheries policy within the U.S. Congress . This includes keeping abreast of legislative developments; providing internal analyses of relevant legislation including appropriations; drafting materials for congressional audiences; and contributing to congressional campaign strategy development and implementation.
Help initiate the development of a PEG platform for reauthorization of the MSA, with a specific focus on developing proposals to protect forage fish and essential fish habitat, and minimize bycatch.
Prepare public comments, policy statements, fact sheets and policy-oriented campaign tools and other materials in a timely fashion.
Represent PEG at government and fisheries stakeholder meetings, scientific and professional conferences and meetings as appropriate to inform, publicize and otherwise advance the goals of the campaign.
Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of national and regional fishery policy issues and stakeholders to inform and advance the strategic activities of the campaign.
Other duties as assigned by the Manager.


A minimum of four years of professional experience in natural resource conservation and related public policy work, including experience analyzing public policies and conducting research and writing for advocacy campaigns. Experience with fisheries issues strongly preferred.
Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree or equivalent expertise in marine conservation coursework/expertise in fisheries issues strongly preferred.
Knowledge of the federal legislative process. Experience working with Congress 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 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 colleagues, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including a generous 401(k) plan, four weeks paid vacation and flexible benefits.

Occasional travel to meetings and conferences may be required.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.