Employment Opportunity: Marine Scientist | Oceana USA

Marine Scientist

General Summary

We are looking for a Marine Scientist to play a substantive role on Oceana’s campaign team to stop expanded offshore drilling and related exploration.  The Marine Scientist will serve as an expert on oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life. Marine mammal and overall ocean health expertise desired. The marine scientist will provide research to support and further campaign goals, develop written materials including reports, comments and media statements, and help to shape the strategy and direction of new and existing campaigns and initiatives. The marine scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders. They must be able to travel as necessary.         


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Serve the campaign to stop expanded offshore drilling and Oceana Science team.
  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life, and other ocean health-related research. Report findings and relevance to campaign objectives. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Liaise with outside scientists to mobilize support for ocean health, fisheries and conservation objectives, including scientist sign-on letters and technical peer reviews.
  • Represent Oceana at external events as needed, including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Meet with Congressional and government agency representatives to communicate Oceana’s objectives as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries and wildlife conservation and biology, natural resource management. Relevant study and economic analysis experience also helpful.
  • At least two years of professional experience in marine science or policy.
  • Experience with U.S. marine wildlife and fisheries laws, regulations and policies as they relate to marine mammals, sea turtles and/or fisheries, as well as oil pollution and seismic impacts is preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Ability to accurately synthesize large amounts of information, quickly identify relevant issues or questions, and recommend responses or solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, and completing tasks with accuracy and independence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the major marine conservation issues, including oil pollution impacts, seismic noise impacts, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Proficiency in additional research skills (e.g., GIS, database management, statistical design and modeling, DNA sampling) desirable.
  • Ability to represent Oceana in a professional and courteous manner with scientists, policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
  • Ability to accommodate a varied workload in a fast-paced campaign environment.  Flexible and collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. Occasional long or irregular hours and travel will be required.

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