Fisheries Solution Center - Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Fellow

POSITION TITLE: Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Fellow                                 

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Oceans                              

REPORTS TO:  Sarah Poon, Manager, Training & Development

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (another EDF office location may be considered)



The lack of diversity within the conservation community is a persistent problem that is becoming increasingly recognized. Recognizing that diversity is a value important to the conservation community and that we have not always made the progress we strive to make, we seek to work together to help rectify this shortcoming by striving for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the marine conservation community. Not only is it intrinsically incumbent upon our sector to change practices that contribute to the lack of diversity in the field of marine science and policy, addressing this problem will also make our work more relevant, accessible, and successful. To this end, the Roger Arliner Young Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for diverse candidates to learn about, engage with, and enter the marine environmental NGO sector. The fellowships will be designed to support and attract recent college graduates of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 




Environmental Defense Fund (, a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, EDF is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.


EDF Oceans is working in 12 key geographies around the world to restore oceans to health in our lifetimes by implementing sustainable fisheries management. The Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) is a team within the program dedicated to empowering local leaders worldwide with the knowledge, skills, and tools to manage their fisheries sustainably. To support these efforts the FSC works with our regional teams to strengthen local capacity for fisheries management through trainings, workshops, technical support and mentorship. We draw upon our rich suite of training curricula, learning activities, e-courses, manuals, and tools. As the Oceans program advances its work in developing countries—particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America—it is critical for the FSC to adapt its capacity building approaches and materials to resonate with diverse audiences of different cultural and educational backgrounds.



The Fellow will be an integral member of the FSC and is expected to support a range of projects throughout the year, with emphasis on strengthening capacity for sustainable fisheries management among stakeholders in EDF’s 12 focal geographies. The Fellow will develop training materials and tools and support delivery of trainings that are accessible to audiences of diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.


The Fellow’s role will make a significant contribution to the Oceans program’s ability to meaningfully engage with diverse stakeholders. Stakeholder-driven processes are critical to successful fisheries management—especially in developing countries where government institutions are weak—and the Fellow’s work will empower some of the world’s most marginalized people to participate in fisheries management. We seek a Fellow who brings diverse qualities to our team and the organization, and whose perspective and professional skills are unique from those of our current team members. The Fellow will be encouraged to exercise creativity and connect their own cultural identity to their work product, in order to develop materials that are unique, accessible and inclusive to diverse audiences.


As a member of EDF’s FSC, the Fellow will have direct access to EDF and Oceans Program staff and will be encouraged to learn from experiences across a range of regions and disciplines to address the topics. The Fellow will be encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities, both within and outside of EDF.



Tasks will vary depending on the Fellow’s skills and interests, as well as emerging priorities, and may include the following:

Design interactive learning activities for fisheries management training events with fishermen, fishery managers, scientists and other key stakeholders
Create visually-oriented training materials that convey essential fishery science and management concepts to fishermen, scientist, governments, and other stakeholders we engage in fishery reforms, especially considering low-literacy audiences
Provide guidance and develop graphics to upgrade and/or customize FSC’s scientific tools with user-friendly, visually-oriented interfaces
Develop presentations, e-courses and social media posts to support learning by broadly dispersed audiences via smartphones, tablets and computers
Develop materials that convey linkages between EDF’s approach and other marine conservation and social initiatives that resonate with audiences in our target geographies
Consult with EDF staff and partners in developing countries and conduct background research to understand the factors that support learning with key target audiences
Coordinate with academic, NGO and government partners in geographies—such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Chile and Peru—to customize and deliver context-appropriate training materials and tools
Coordinate translation of training materials, tools and other capacity building resources as needed



Through the course of the one-year fellowship, you will get the skills, experience and training necessary to be a leader in the environmental and social change movements.


The Fellow will have the opportunity to:

work closely with our staff and partners on a significant project,
develop core professional skills,
understand our approach to environmental issues, and
develop an understanding of marine conservation science and advocacy as a career path.



A college degree by the time of employment; Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as Education, International Development, Anthropology, or Natural Resource Management.
Experience or interest in training, education, and/or user-centered design.
An interest in the field of marine conservation; familiarity with marine environment and fisheries a plus, but not required.
Superb writing and communications skills.
Microsoft Office proficiency.
Graphic design experience preferred, but not required.
Ability to communicate scientific concepts to non-technical audiences.
Experience working in developing country contexts is a plus
Fluency in multiple languages is a plus (esp. Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, or Portuguese).



The participating organizations are equal opportunity employers continually seeking to diversify their staffs, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.



This is a one-year, full-time fellowship starting June 2017.



The fellowship is paid and sponsored by EDF, who also offers a competitive benefits package, as well as an excellent training program and opportunities.



Applications must be submitted to the RAY Marine Conservation Fellows no later than April 15, 2017. Interested applicants should attach their cover letter to the application, together with a writing sample and transcripts. Applications can be submitted here: 


Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. EDF is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.