Senior Associate, Ending Illegal Fishing, International Fisheries; Pew Charitable Trusts

Job Title: 
Senior Associate, Ending Illegal Fishing, International Fisheries
Job Location: 
Washington, D.C.

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 hometown 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 25 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging 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 more than 250 professionals working 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. Safeguarding these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable 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. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and 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 pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems. 


International Fisheries 

Pew’s international fisheries work aims to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences for international fisheries that ensures the sustainability of fish populations over the long term and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. Organized into four projects, our main areas of work include: the advancement of precautionary harvest strategies and effective compliance regimes for international fisheries (RFMO Policy); improved policies and actions aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (Ending Illegal Fishing);  activating market actors to improve fisheries governance (Markets) ; and the advancement of ecosystem considerations in the management of fisheries, including improved protection of vulnerable marine species affected by international fisheries, and their nursery and spawning habitats (Ecosystem Conservation and Fisheries). 


Position Overview

The senior associate will support the development and implementation of work to improve oversight of transshipment operations. The position is based in Pew’s Washington, D.C office, and reports to the manager, ending illegal fishing, international fisheries also based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office. 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. 


  • Support implementation of a strategy and tactics to deliver improved oversight of transshipment operations internationally with key programmatic leads, liaisons in government relations, communications and conservation science, and relevant consultants.
  • Maintain an active and thorough understanding of relevant issues and any evolution in the related science, technology, policies and laws.
  • Communicate with, and in some cases, manage consultants engaged to advance objectives.
  • Forge and maintain relationships with important policymakers, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives. Collaborate with other allies in the field to maximize the likelihood of achieving identified objectives.
  • Represent the Trusts at meetings, conferences, multilateral forums, and/or on expert panels/groups and other events, authoring articles and other communications, and providing interviews to outside sources in coordination with colleagues in communications.
  • Develop policy and/or scientific papers, reports and other communications materials on these topics, as needed. Review and provide comments on external policy proposals, regulations and white papers, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of applicable experience.
  • 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. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including communicating complex ideas to the public and clear, effective writing style.
  • Task-oriented style, with focus on achieving measurable and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines by maintaining high level of organization.
  • Able to synthesize large amounts of information, determine whether issues are ripe for reform or intervention, and identify steps to achieve change. Able to set short- and long-term planning goals in line with program strategy. 
  • Seasoned judgment. Able to make decisions, justify recommendations and be professional, responsive, and authoritative in communications with consultants, partners and stakeholders.
  • Clear, effective writing style. Strong and persuasive oral presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners and others who contribute to the campaign. Highly diplomatic; able to work productively with a wide array of people and institutions.


Frequent domestic and international travel may be required (consistent with COVID-19 safety protocols). Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules.


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.

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