Employment Opportunity: Science and Strategy Research Assistant (Temporary) | Oceana USA

Science and Strategy Research Assistant (Temporary)

General Summary

Oceana seeks a research assistant (temporary) with experience in monitoring and evaluation, an understanding of ocean science or public policy and a passion for conservation.  The research assistant will work with the Science & Strategy team at Oceana’s headquarters to help refine evaluation tools and processes for Oceana by researching and identifying metrics for tracking the impact of interventions in fisheries, habitat protection, marine pollution and other conservation issues.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

The research assistant will work with the Science and Strategy team to support research, communication and administrative needs related to monitoring and evaluation. The research assistant will be expected to review primary and secondary literature, assist with collecting, organizing, analyzing, mapping and visually presenting data and writing reports and materials for non-scientific audiences.   

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in marine science, monitoring and evaluation, or a related field preferred; however, Bachelor’s degree with two years’ work experience will be considered
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation theories, methods, and application to environmental or socioeconomic programs and/or policies
  • Experience with assembling and analyzing scientific data and resources
  • Experience drafting research summaries and literature reviews, especially for a non-technical audience
  • Familiarity with data analysis and visualization software and/or programming languages is preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated interest in conservation
  • Organized working style and attention to detail
  • Adaptable to changing plans in a dynamic work environment
  • International work experience and/or Spanish language proficiency is preferred
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently on discrete projects
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.


The research assistant is paid full-time in our Washington, DC office for a minimum of six months. Be aware that your cover letter is viewed as a writing sample and please highlight why your experience is a good fit for this application. Also include the dates you are available.

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