Employment Opportunity: Marine Economist, Science & Strategy Division | Oceana USA

Marine Economist, Science & Strategy Division

General Summary

The Marine Economist is a member of Oceana’s Science and Strategy Team, reporting to the Chief of Strategy and plays a key role in Oceana’s Save the Oceans, Feed the World Campaign. S/he has primary responsibility for researching and analyzing economic outcomes of policy alternatives, developing and proposing policy initiatives, and preparing Oceana technical reports.  S/he must be knowledgeable about global food issues, including food security and livelihood concerns. The position requires extensive outside contact, particularly with economists and scientists and representatives of other organizations.  S/he must be available for travel as necessary.    


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Carries out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives. 
  • Conducts literature searches, carries out analyses of primary and secondary literature, drafts reports and policy recommendations.
  • Gathers pertinent information and data through libraries, the web, government agencies and academia; analyzes data as appropriate and prepares reports accordingly.
  • Communicates with outside economists in order to generate academic support for Oceana’s work, including sign-on letters and technical review of reports.
  • Writes/edits or otherwise provides the economic foundation for Oceana reports and external communications.
  • Represents Oceana at external events including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Participates in Oceana campaign and project teams, as appropriate, including US-based work and with staff in other countries. 
  • Prepares reports for the Board of Directors, foundations and public education efforts, including writing/editing or otherwise providing the economic foundation, as well as production and distribution to the intended audience.
  • Manages a varied and high volume workload and works independently to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.
  • Performs additional duties as needed and/or assigned.


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as food and resource economics.
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience preferred. Familiarity with seafood industry a plus.


Skills and knowledge:

  • Able to analyze how markets interact and how changes in one market affect (or do not affect) various other markets.
  • Excellent writing, editing, communication, organizational and research skills required. Fluency in Spanish or other relevant languages such as Portuguese, French or Tagalog preferred
  • Proficiency with Windows-based applications (MS Office Suite preferred).  Database proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Ability to make presentations and address large gatherings on topics related to the mission of Oceana.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Must be willing to accept a varied workload.  Some long hours and travel may be required.
  • Must have the ability to handle many tasks simultaneously, with speed, accuracy, and courtesy, show initiative, and exhibit insightful planning and understanding of abstract concepts.
  • Ability to take initiative in suggesting ways to augment work and responsibilities of position to accomplish Oceana’s goals.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality in working with sensitive data, and possess excellent judgment in handling communications, expense budgets, other issues and personal relationships.
  • Must exercise sound judgment and be able to represent Oceana in a professional and responsive manner.
  • Experience living, working or traveling in developing countries a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
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