Job Opening: Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Fellow

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DEPARTMENT: Government Relations
REPORTS TO: Government Relations Leadership
DURATION: Full-time

Specific Responsibilities:

Phase One with the Ocean Conservancy (July 17, 2017 – January 16, 2018)

This six-month assignment is an opportunity to work with the Government Relations team as they develop and implement efforts to advance Ocean Conservancy’s national policy and legislative agenda. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to deepen their understanding of legislative issues and ocean conservation. The fellow will work with our conservation experts and the GR team to develop principled but pragmatic policy goals, activate new constituencies, and win real policy and legislative changes that protect and promote ocean health. This position will support policy goals across many of the organization’s programs, including issues like Ocean Acidification, Ocean Planning, and Trash-Free Seas.

Phase Two with Rare (January 17, 2018 – July 16, 2018)

This 6-month assignment is an opportunity to provide strategic and tactical support to the Global Fisheries Solutions Team in implementation of its current and preparation for its future small scale fisheries interventions.  Rare is addressing overfishing in countries across the globe by empowering fishers and mobilizing coastal communities to steward their own sustainable and productive fisheries for generations to come. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the team’s priorities of improving programmatic delivery efficiency, as well as capturing learning, and sharing evidence based stories of success, through research and communications focused initiatives.  Given the fast-paced environment at Rare and evolving priorities, the specific projects will need to be assessed at the time the fellowship begins, but will certainly be integral to the team’s fisheries work.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to understand and analyze complex environmental and legislative issues; and develop and implement strategies to advance policy and legislative goals.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
  • A strategic thinker who can identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.
  • A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, energy, and commitment; and with the ability to move rapidly in response to policy opportunities as they present themselves.
  • Understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policy-making process a plus.
  • Attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.


Bachelor’s Degree with a graduation date between June 2016 and June 2017. Natural resource-related or political science majors preferred but not required.


Applications must be submitted to the Environmental Leadership Program no later March 31, 2017. Interested applicants should attach their cover letter to the application, together with a writing sample and transcripts. Applications can be submitted here: http://rayconservationfellows.org/apply

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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