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Fisheries Policy Intern

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Belgium
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 14/01/2020
Company Name Seas at Risk
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Directory Entry : Seas At Risk is an association of environmental organisations from across Europe, working together to ensure that life in our seas and oceans is abundant, diverse, climate resilient, and not threatened by human activities. Its mission is to promote ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. With over 30 members representing the majority of European countries, Seas At Risk speaks for millions of citizens that care deeply about the health and well-being of seas and oceans. For jobs with Seas at Risk visit their website. For more jobs protecting our seas visit the marine management section at environmentjobs.com or environmentjobs.co.uk
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Seas At Risk (SAR) is an umbrella organisation of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection at European and international level. We represent 32 member organisations in 17 different European countries. The SAR Secretariat comprises 11 staff members, 9 of whom are working from the Brussels office. We are a diverse team but share a passion for the sea. We are currently working on issues as diverse as fisheries, aquaculture, greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, marine litter, deep sea mining and EU-level marine environment policies.

More information at: www.seas-at-risk.org.

Purpose of the job

SAR is seeking a fisheries intern to support the work of the fisheries policy officer in developing and implementing its EU and international advocacy work on the topic of fisheries. This is an internship with expected duration of 12 months. Ideally the successful candidate would start 15th February 2020.

Main responsibilities

  • To assist SAR’s Fisheries Policy Officer with her daily activities, including drafting documents for the work on several topics, but particularly, on the revision of the EU Fisheries Control Regulation;
  • To assist SAR’s Fisheries Policy Officer with a campaign on bycatch of cetaceans:
    • Perform desk and literature review about cases where bycatch of cetaceans is happening in the EU;
    • Help coordinate members at national level by checking with them regularly, identifying their needs and helping with the drafting of documents.
  • Track relevant updates on EU institutions, including European Parliament and AGRIFISH Council agendas;
  • Set up meetings with other NGOs and with decision makers, attend these meetings and take the minutes.

Although you will be mainly supporting the work of this specific programme you might be required occasionally to provide ad hoc support to other programmes or organisational processes.

Qualification, experience, knowledge

  • A university degree in a related subject (essential); Master level (desirable);
  • Good analytical, writing and communications skills in English; additional EU language skills are a plus– ability to communicate new and complex concepts logically and effectively (essential);
  • Ability to adapt language, both oral and written, to different audiences (desirable);
  • Ability to approach problems creatively and critically to help identify solutions (essential);
  • Ability to work in a team, as well as independently (essential);
  • Positive attitude and a commitment to working for the marine environment (essential);
  • A specialisation in European or environmental or maritime and fisheries policy (desirable);
  • Familiarity with the EU Common Fisheries Policy and/or EU fisheries control framework (desirable);
  • Policy experience (desirable).


  • Excellent communicator;
  • Strong networker;
  • Team player and able to work independently as well;
  • Output oriented;
  • Commitment to quality;
  • Strong organisational ability;
  • Flexibility.

What we offer

Seas At Risk offers:

  • An opportunity to acquire practical experience in a professional and international working environment, with supervision by experienced Seas at Risk staff members;
  • An exciting experience with working in an environmental NGO in Brussels;
  • The opportunity to gain experience with fisheries policy and learn about marine topics in a European Union policy setting;
  • An opportunity to gain a more in-depth knowledge of how EU institutions work;
  • A fixed monthly fee/compensation and a transport support.

How to apply

Send a letter explaining your motivation and how you meet the internship requirements, together with your CV to secretariat@seas-at-risk.org, with your name and ‘Fisheries intern’ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: 14th January 2020.
Interviews will be conducted in the week of 27-30th January 2020.
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.


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