Employment Opportunity: Illegal Fishing and Transparency Fellow | Oceana USA

Illegal Fishing and Transparency Fellow

General Summary

The Illegal Fishing and Transparency Fellow will assist Oceana’s efforts to reduce illegal fishing activities and increase fishing vessel transparency. The successful candidate will use Global Fishing Watch (GFW) — a transparency platform that allows users to visualize and analyze global commercial fishing activity— 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, Global Fishing Watch staff, 3rd party researchers and other partners and users to use GFW to generate impact products and 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 engineers, analysts, data scientists, academics/researchers, policy advocacy, and stakeholders including Oceana offices, 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 and commercial fishing policies are essential to the success of this position.  The Illegal Fishing and Transparency Fellow will report to the Campaign Manager for Illegal Fishing and Transparency and work closely with Oceana’s Illegal Fishing and Transparency Analyst.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Work with Oceana domestic and international campaigns, policy and science staff to use Global Fishing Watch to inform their work for maximum impact.
  • Mine Global Fishing Watch data for uses cases that support Oceana’s mission and goals.
  • Provide research, analysis and writing for published reports that advance Oceana’s campaigns.
  • Generate visually appealing maps and graphics for use in published materials.
  • Communicate complex data to the public in a compelling and understandable way.
  • Work seamlessly with engineers, data scientists and others from Global Fishing Watch 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 public reports and other materials to tell impact stories.
  • Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve Oceana’s objectives.
  • Occasional travel may be 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.
  • Familiarity with at least one coding language, preferably R and SQL.
  • Some experience with big data analytics and database management.
  • Proficient in GIS/mapping technologies (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.   

To Apply: Please attach a copy of your cover letter to your resume.

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.


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