Employment Opportunity: Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud Fellow | Oceana USA

Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud Fellow

General Summary

The Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud Fellow will work with an exciting new tool called Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to help Oceana’s efforts to reduce illegal fishing activities and increase fishing vessel transparency. GFW allows users to visualize commercial fishing activity anywhere in the ocean and to analyze its effects. The successful candidate will use GFW to help support Oceana’s domestic and international campaigns and promote the development and enforcement of sustainable fishing policies.

The Fellow will be responsible for successful achievement of goals in agreed upon timelines.  He/she will work with Oceana staff from all departments and offices, GFW Founding Partners (SkyTruth & Google), 3rd party researchers and other partners and users to ensure the success of GFW, as measured by its impact and use to make positive changes in fishing policy that will help to bring back abundance in the world’s fisheries. This work will involve interaction with programmers, analysts, academics/researchers, policy advocacy, and stakeholders including NGOs, fishers, government agencies and citizens around the world.

Strong analytical capabilities, database experience, creativity, collaboration and communications skills, and some experience in fisheries management are essential to the success of this position.  The Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud Fellow will report to the Senior Director for Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud and work closely Oceana’s Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud Analyst.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Mine GFW for new insights, applications, use cases and important or news-worthy “stories” that contribute to Oceana’s mission and goals, and provide the data analysis to develop and support them.
  • Work with Oceana domestic and international campaigns, policy and science staff to use GFW to inform their work for maximum impact.
  • Provide research and analysis for published reports, which will be case studies that showcase the capabilities, use cases and impact of GFW.
  • Ability to communicate complex data to the public in a compelling and understandable way.
  • Assist with outreach to attract new Oceana partners and users
  • Work seamlessly with analysts, programmers and others from GFW to understand the data sets, analyses, capabilities and challenges.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of related science and policy practices.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets.
  • Develop reports and other materials to tell impact stories.
  • Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve Oceana’s objectives.
  • Travel required.


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • BS in Marine Science, Fisheries Science, Computer Science, Marine Policy, or related discipline. MS is preferred.
  • One (1) year working experience as a data or fisheries analyst or researcher.
  • Some familiarity with coding (R, SQL, Python), big data analytics (Google BigQuery) and database management.
  • GIS/mapping experience (ArcGIS, Google Earth, KML).
  • Experience completing projects under tight deadlines and effectively managing a demanding work load, multi-tasking and taking on new projects.


Skills and knowledge:

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Adept at data analysis, report writing and presenting findings.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.   
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