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The Nature Conservancy seeks Ocean Governance Associate

The Nature Conservancy 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 30 Jan 2018

Job Description

Ocean Governance Associate

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your community.  Founded in 1951, our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  One of our core values is our commitment to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.

Become a force for nature and oceans by joining us!  This is an exciting time at TNC- we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and the oceans.  This strategic evolution is calling us into new geographies to find thought leaders, strategic thinkers and coalition builders to build on our organizational excellence in strategies that build coastal resilience for the benefits of people and nature. We are looking for a person to join our Global Ocean team and help us to make this transition. The Ocean Governance Associate supports implementation of projects, coordinates and implements internal procedures, internal networks and project coordination with a strategic focus on outcomes that influence policy as part of the ocean governance agenda including the Port States Measures Agreement (PSMA) and high seas.  S/he  reports to the Director of Ocean Governance and will provide financial and administrative support to the Director. S/he will support the Nature Conservancy’s global ocean governance goals by serving as a liaison and informational contact between the organization, the Director of Ocean Governance and Global Ocean Team and with outside agencies or companies. If you are called to help teams and leaders reach their fullest potential in service of the future of our global oceans, we invite you to apply for this job.

The Ocean Governance Associate builds and facilitates internal networks, coordinates meetings, agendas, and presentations, and conducts other activities in support of the Director of Ocean Governance.  The Ocean Governance Associate provides research and policy analysis support and serves as a point of contact to inform Conservancy partners and elected and appointed officials of Conservancy policy and positions particularly in the areas are Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing policy in the EU and other countries. As assistant to the Director of Ocean Governance, s/he provides financial and administrative services to the Director and provides additional support to assist in influencing the outcome of policy as part of the ocean governance agenda including the Port States Measures Agreement (PSMA) and high seas. S/he helps to develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance The Nature Conservancy’s ’s conservation agenda.  S/he may assist the Director of Ocean Governance and other staff efforts to mobilize constituents on legislative/business priorities.

This position will be based in the Nature Conservancy’s London, U.K. office. Successful candidates will need to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.K.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years related work experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at two or more of the following levels:  international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.
  • Fluency in English (both speaking and writing)
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience writing and editing promotional and informational material.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies.
  • Ability to interact with senior leadership in a professional manner.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience building networks, facilitating informational sessions, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, business, or sustainability.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Some supervisory experience

With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in human settled areas including cities.  Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide and we are committed to sustaining our oceans. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses. We create partnerships to apply nature based solutions to our greatest ocean challenges and the meeting of human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale.

If you are interested in working to save our oceans, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, please visit to and click on Current Job Opportunities to search using keywords “position 46098”. Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on February 16th, 2017 to be considered.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of diverse people of all genders, backgrounds, beliefs and culture.  Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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