The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.
For the past twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with close to 250 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity and the destruction of the marine environment.
In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.
Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas
Although the high seas make up a majority of the world’s oceans, no institutional or formal legal framework currently exists to designate fully protected marine reserves beyond a country’s exclusive economic zone except in the Southern Ocean. These waters, covering an area larger than all of the world’s continents combined, exemplify the tragedy of the global commons—exploited by all, but protected by none. The value of fully protected marine reserves has been increasingly recognized by individual countries which have established reserves in their own exclusive economic zones as a means to protect and conserve marine biodiversity and ensure the health of marine ecosystems.
The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly is anticipated to establish an intergovernmental conference in 2018 to negotiate final text of a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in the high seas by the end of 2020. This project will utilize Pew’s experience as a leader in the creation of science-based marine reserves and protected areas and international ocean policy to mount a global campaign that generates worldwide support for the negotiation of this agreement.
The associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC office, will provide support to the Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas campaign. The position will report to the senior manager and the associate will work closely with all members of the project team as well as other Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations and other areas.
The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
It is anticipated that the individual in this position will undertake international travel for approximately 10% of their time to meet campaign objectives.
As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to help you maintain a good balance.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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