CONSERVATION ANALYST at Marine Conservation Institute USA
Posted: 01 July 2019
Closing: 31 July 2019
Category: Non MASTS
CONSERVATION ANALYST at Marine Conservation Institute - USA
Reports to: MPAtlas.org Program Manager & Global Ocean Refuge Director
Location: Seattle, WA (preferred) or Glen Ellen, CA
Term: Full-time employment with benefits, multi-year project timeline
We seek a highly qualified individual to join Marine Conservation Institute as a Conservation Analyst
for marine protected areas (MPAs), undertaking crosscutting research and analysis in support of the
Institute’s flagship programs, the Atlas of Marine Protection and the Global Ocean Refuge System.
This individual will conduct detailed research on the types of ecosystem protections afforded by
MPAs across the world’s oceans.
The analyst will work closely with other Institute staff and collaborators; particularly those engaged
in the MPA Guide, an effort being led by Marine Conservation Institute, Oregon State University,
IUCN, UNEP-WCMC, National Geographic, and others to standardize MPA definitions and
classifications. The researcher will support a rigorous two-year research and assessment effort to
categorize and score a subset of global MPAs, demonstrating the conservation advocacy value of the
MPA Guide framework. The individual will contribute to an operational guide based on the
framework to enable countries and other interested parties to conduct independent assessments.
Our research efforts will seed adoption of the framework by the international community.
This position will be part of the Atlas of Marine Protection (http://mpatlas.org) program team. As
countries around the world race to meet levels of marine protection established within international
agreements, the Atlas strives to clarify and visualize the level of global marine protection coverage,
particularly within fully protected MPAs, the places that most strongly protect marine biodiversity in
situ. MPAtlas.org is a key platform for organizing strategic coalition planning, research and
communication, providing near-real time updates on MPA commitments and national and global
MPA coverage. The analyst will assist with the development of the Institute’s interactive information
products and reports provided through the Atlas of Marine Protection platform.
The analyst will also work closely with the Global Ocean Refuge System program director to evaluate
high-performing MPAs. To catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030,
the Global Ocean Refuge System incentivizes governments to protect marine life by recognizing
outstanding MPAs that meet science-based conservation standards. The analyst will research
nominated sites and write formal evaluation reports using the Global Ocean Refuge criteria.
The analyst will also help coordinate logistics, perform spatial and policy analyses, develop
communications materials, and assist Institute staff with activities surrounding international
meetings, conferences and workshops.
We seek individuals with excellent research and communication skills and substantive knowledge
and experience in marine science and policy. They should share our commitment to protecting
marine life and have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision.
This position will be based in our Seattle office, though there is a possibility to work from our San
Francisco Bay Area office in Glen Ellen, CA.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Perform research and assessments of global MPAs regarding protection level and
- Research advances in MPA monitoring and enforcement approaches
- Perform geospatial analyses on global MPA coverage (GIS experience highly desirable)
- Communicate with site managers and local or regional MPA authorities
- Capture high-level MPA announcements and commitments to keep Atlas records current
- Contribute to written reports summarizing research and global MPA coverage
- Excellent internet research skills
- Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Experience with spatial analyses (GIS) and modeling (highly desirable)
- Experience with database design or management (desirable)
- Experience with scientific programming (Python, R, etc.) and data visualization (desirable)
- Experience with web application development (desirable)
- Ability/willingness to learn new computer programs and analysis methods
Science & Policy
- Master’s degree in marine science or related field, or equivalent experience (highly desirable)
- Familiarity with marine protected areas and management
- Substantive understanding of ocean conservation issues, including fisheries
- Experience searching and reviewing scientific literature, white papers, and legal documents
- Interpersonal skills
- Excellent verbal and especially written communication skills
- Proficiency reading or speaking other languages (highly desirable)
We are hiring a full-time staff researcher (40 hours/week) with a competitive benefits package
including medical, dental and vision and 401k matching program. Salary commensurate with
To apply, please e-mail the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting July 1, 2019.
Please reference the position title (ConservationAnalyst) and your name in the subject line.
- A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability
- A résumé, including relevant coursework and experience
- A list of 3 references
- Short formal writing sample
Please, no calls regarding this opportunity.
ABOUT MARINE CONSERVATION INSTITUTE
As a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas, Marine
Conservation Institute uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the
world and then advocates for their protection. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision,
expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal
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