<< Back

This job listing is no longer active.
Please use our Environment Jobs Search to find current vacancies.


Conservation Policy Operations Lead

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 17/11/2019
Company Name The Pew Charitable Trusts
Contact Name
Telephone (888)575-9675 x376
Website Further Details / Applications
The Pew Charitable Trusts logo
Directory Entry :
Also Listing:

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today's big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our home town and the majority of our staff located in Washington, DC, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation.


The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with nearly 200 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world's remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment.


Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia's Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economy to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.


In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew's ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas, and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goals include reversing the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat and conditions on which they depend.


Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (“Ocean Legacy”) is a project of Pew which works to protect and conserve some of the Earth's most important and unspoiled marine ecosystems through the establishment of very large, highly protected marine reserves.


In 2006, the Pew Charitable Trusts and several partners launched the Global Ocean Legacy project in an effort to establish the world's first generation of great marine parks. In 2017, Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation joined forces to form a new partnership, The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, with the goal of establishing the world's first generation of great ocean parks. Between them, they have helped to obtain designations to safeguard over 8 million square kilometers (3 million square miles) of ocean by working with philanthropic partners, indigenous groups, community leaders, government officials, and scientists. Recognizing that new science indicates we need to protect 30 percent of our oceans, Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation created a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected marine reserves from nine to 15 by 2022.


Position Overview
The senior associate works with Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy leadership and staff, along with key internal partners, to ensure coordination and collaboration within the marine habitat conservation portfolio in support of large-scale ocean conservation efforts. This position supports the director, marine habitat conservation and the project director, Pew-Bertarelli Ocean Legacy, and works closely with team members across Pew's marine habitat conservation projects in Washington, DC and other locations, as well as with staff from institutional partnerships, government relations, and other departments.


The senior associate is based in Pew's Washington, DC office and reports to the associate manager, Pew-Bertarelli Ocean Legacy. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Assist the director, marine habitat conservation in managing and prioritizing competing activities and demands, serve as a liaison between the project and other marine habitat programs, and support cross-campaign activities to ensure timely completion of project deliverables.
  • Work closely with senior marine habitat conservation program staff including project director, southern oceans and project director, Pew-Conservation International ocean alliance and senior officer- and officer- level staff, to ensure close collaboration and consistency between campaigns and elevate key messages and issues related to the portfolio to the director and other senior management.
  • Assist in the development and execution of successful clear and focused strategies to ensure a consistent approach across the marine habitat conservation portfolio.
  • Assist the director in stewarding funder relationship(s). This includes preparing briefing materials, elevating key issues, drafting correspondence, and reviewing initial drafts of funder reports.
  • Serve as point of contact within Pew for the marine habitat conservation portfolio. Participate in key meetings for the project and across the institution. Directly delegate and manage action items from marine habitat leadership meetings.
  • In collaboration with campaign teams, develop materials for internal and external audiences – including policy statements, papers, and outreach materials – and coordinate with relevant campaigns and leadership on review and approval of materials to ensure a consistent and strategic approach.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with leadership across Pew's environment program and with key operational departments, including institutional partnerships, communications, conservation science and government relations.


  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least four years of applicable experience, preferably in natural resource or public policy work. Experience in the international conservation arena or familiarity with marine protected area policies preferred.
  • Ability to set and achieve short and long-term policy goals in line with program strategy. 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. Ability to develop and move existing and new projects forward with a degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Experience in presenting one's own ideas and diplomatically persuading others as appropriate.
  • Ability to communicate with decision makers, scientific advisors, and the general public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, partners, and decision makers.
  • Ability to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue; highly results-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently with strong business judgment, make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.

The position requires occasional international travel for meetings and conferences.


Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Apply Here


Add to My Account
<< Back