Conservation Associate/Aquaculture Specialist
|Employment Type:||Full Time|
Since 2001, the New England Aquarium (NEAq) has advised major seafood corporations on the environmental responsibility of the fish and shellfish products they buy and sell. NEAq provides support to these companies on a diversity of topics including the development of policies and programs related to seafood sustainability, issues surrounding procurement, and marketing and outreach. Through these efforts, NEAq aims to influence seafood supply chains to favor marine conservation. This advisory program seeks a qualified candidate to support these efforts and other aquaculture-related initiatives at NEAq.
The Conservation Associate/Aquaculture Specialist performs independent research, both individually and as part of a team, focusing on commercial aquaculture, for a sustainable seafood sourcing project and provides support on additional projects within the Sustainable Seafood Programs.
|Duties:||* Research production practices of domestic and international aquaculture industries. |
* Analyze production methods with respect to industry and environmentally-specific criteria for a responsible sourcing initiative for seafood.
* Evaluate different production scenarios and codes of practice for commonly-produced aquaculture species to refine and create internal assessment tools.
* Contact and interact with the aquaculture industry, other seafood businesses, scientists and conservation community.
* Develop and coordinate cooperative research projects among scientists, aquaculturists and resource managers.
* Write science-based reports, memos, and position statements.
* Perform other position-related duties as assigned.
|Qualifications:||Minimum Training and Experience|
The job requires a Bachelorís degree in aquaculture, marine biology or a related field with 1 to 3 years of related experience required. Masterís degree preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* A working knowledge of aquaculture management, policy, species, and production methods used both domestically and internationally. Experience with marine, open-water aquaculture preferred. Also, familiarity with codes of practice, best management plans, product traceability, and other seafood initiatives.
* Proficient in scientific writing and report generation for various audiences.
* Experience with data management and the ability to summarize large bodies of information to the salient key points. Ability to communicate scientific concepts and information to layperson/general public.
* Ability to meet deadlines and aptly manage multiple, simultaneous projects.
* Must be comfortable communicating effectively with both conservation and industry groups.
* Excellent phone and interpersonal skills, including willingness to cold-call stakeholders.
* Must be willing to undertake limited travel, work some evenings/weekends.
* Experience with presenting to various audiences a plus.
* Must be able to work independently and as part of a diverse, cross-functional team setting.
* Extensive experience with PC-based systems, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (Access beneficial).
Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. The Aquarium does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status).
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