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The Pew Charitable Trusts is seeking to recruit a Fisheries Officer, Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

Position Overview

This position will be responsible for driving and supporting the science and research objectives of Pew’s Ending Overfishing in NW Europe project.

  • Create opportunities to present Pew’s position on topics related to the Common Fisheries Policy agenda in northwestern Europe. Devise and implement research strategies that will advance Pew’s fisheries policy objectives and produce materials including policy recommendations and public consultation submissions. Advocate on behalf of Pew’s fisheries policy objectives at conferences, hearings, stakeholder meetings and other relevant opportunities. Manage such activities as agreed upon by the director of the EU marine program. 
  • Analyze and comment as required on communications and positions from the Pelagic, Northwest Waters and North Sea Regional Advisory Councils, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and other relevant bodies. Prepare policy statements and policy-oriented campaign papers, press releases and other materials in a timely fashion.
  • Follow the process of setting fishing limits for EU fish stocks and the development of multi-annual plans for fisheries management, and develop plans for effective engagement at EU-level and in relevant member states. Prepare position papers and proactively contribute to the processes.
  • Oversee the production of campaign documents and ensure their scientific accuracy. Manage consultants as appropriate.
  • Liaise with relevant Pew staff and external fisheries scientists and scientific bodies to encourage and facilitate their input into EU fisheries policy and management.
  • Represent Pew at national and regional meetings, events where fisheries science is being discussed and other relevant public events, at the request of the director of the EU marine program.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Pew when appropriate. Support partner nongovernmental organizations and organizations with which we collaborate.
  • Coordinate activities and regularly communicate information and advice to relevant Pew staff in in London, Brussels, Paris and Washington, DC to ensure alignment of the policy work at all levels.
  • Develop and implement workplans with the project director of Pew’s Ending Overfishing in NW Europe campaign. Prepare regular oral and written updates on progress. Maintain regular communication with other marine program staff about progress and challenges in implementing workplans. Work closely with the policy and research senior advisor to the EU marine program, and perform other tasks as requested by the project director.
  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least eight years of experience in fisheries management, including but not limited to, experience in ICES, the Science, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries or EU-member state-based fisheries research organizations, such as universities or governmental fisheries science bodies, having dealt with, amongst others:
    • Fish stock assessments;
    • Scientific advice on fishing limits;
    • Biological trade-offs in fisheries management decisions and the gradual implementation of the discard ban;
    • Ecosystem aspects of fisheries management (species interaction, consideration of unintended negative impacts of fishing activities, etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to accurately, methodologically and logically analyze and interpret complex marine fisheries biology and management material. Ability to understand and reliably interpret relevant concepts.
  • Strong comprehension of subject area. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and the solutions available to Pew. Produce work of consistently high standards, without errors or omissions.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and by being conscious of priorities. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy, yet working in a cooperative spirit in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Excellent and compelling written and oral communications skills in English, and possibly also a working knowledge of another EU language. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills, such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for different audiences. Clear, effective writing style and highly-articulate and persuasive in face to face communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with decision makers at the highest level, media, Pew staff, consultants, partners and others. Must exhibit flexibility and a commitment to working as part of a team. Excellent listening skills. 
  • Access to a strong network of relevant contacts among relevant UK organizations, policy makers, researchers and scientists.
  • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.

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