The Pew Charitable Trusts – Multiple Openings

Manager, Forage Fish Conservation Initiative

Environment Program

The mission of the Environment Program is to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere, preserve healthy forests and marine ecosystems.  For the past two decades, the Environment Group of The Pew Charitable Trusts has been a major force in driving conservation policy in the United States, and increasingly internationally. The group’s work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

  • Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate brought about by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and
  • The destruction of the world’s marine environment, with a particular emphasis on global fisheries. 

The Environment Group’s Marine Program

For over a decade, the Pew Charitable Trusts has played a major leadership role in successfully promoting policies, both in the United States and abroad, that protect the ocean environment and the life it contains.  We have been instrumental in bringing about many of the major improvements in fisheries management and marine conservation that have occurred in the United States since the mid 1990’s. 


These accomplishments include passage of the strongest conservation measures ever enacted by Congress to protect the nation’s marine fisheries; issuance of court ordered restrictions on destructive fishing practices in millions of square miles of federal waters; creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; passage of the strongest restrictions ever enacted into law to protect sharks in U.S. waters; and internationally, adoption of severe restrictions on the use of highly destructive bottom trawls in approximately one-quarter of the world’s high seas. 


In addition, we have sponsored a large number of groundbreaking research studies published in recent years that have fundamentally changed the way in which the scientific community, the public, policymakers and the media think about the world’s marine environment.


Forage Fish Conservation Initiative Overview

Conserving abundant populations of forage species is necessary to ensure the long-term health and productivity of marine ecosystems.  Accordingly, the Initiative will promote a precautionary, ecosystem-based approach to the management of forage species in U.S. ocean waters. 


Position Overview
The Manager, Forage Fish Conservation Initiative reports to the Senior Officer, Regional Fisheries Initiatives and is located in Portland, Oregon.  The Manager will be responsible for both conducting technical and policy research and analysis and leading coordination of all policy research and analysis in support of the Northeast U.S. and Pacific regional teams within the Trusts’ Forage Fish Conservation Initiative. The person in this position will also be responsible for helping to communicate the results of this research and analysis to the general public, fishery stakeholders and policymakers by drafting and presenting testimony, correspondence, policy statements, white papers, and reports.  This position is approved through September 2012 and is subject to renewal.


  • Research and analyze –
    • The status of Northeastern U.S. and Pacific coast forage species, fisheries and conservation issues.
    • Forage fish conservation policies, plans or management actions from other jurisdictions.
    • The Magnuson-Stevens Act and implementing regulations to become fluent in national and regional fishery management conservation requirements, procedures and discretionary authority.
    • Other federal laws and regulations to become fluent in those particularly relevant to the regional fishery management council decision-making process and the goals of this Initiative, including the NEPA, ESA, RFA and MMPA as appropriate.
    • Federal legislation, proposed regulations and other proposed actions that may affect the ability of the campaign to achieve its goals.
    • Decision-making documents in the regional fishery management council process including scoping documents, draft fishery management plan amendments, and proposed and final implementing regulations.
    • Regional fishery management council, National Marine Fisheries Service or individual state reports, white papers, technical memoranda, and other documents that influence the regional decision-making process.
    • Other appropriate information and data on all aspects of the fish and fisheries that are the subject of this campaign, including scientific literature and other sources of information on the biology and ecology of fished and related species, their habitats and environments, and the sociological and economic characteristics of the fisheries.


  • Describe, summarize, synthesize and interpret the results of the above research and analysis to prepare campaign policy statements, fact sheets, testimony, correspondence, white papers, web content and reports.
  • Coordinate a variety of ongoing policy research and analysis projects conducted by 4-5 staff within the Forage Fish Conservation Initiative and serve as the hub for internal alignment on and understanding of these projects and external communication of the results of these projects.
  • Represent the Pew Environment Group and this Initiative occasionally before the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Pacific fishery management councils and associated advisory and scientific committees and panels, National Marine Fisheries Service, the Federal Administration, Congress, and the media.
  • Provide general support to the Northeast and Pacific forage fish conservation teams including helping with strategy development and ideas, substantive expertise, research, environmental community coordination, educating policymakers and constituency-specific organizing as appropriate.


  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in natural resources conservation and related public policy work, including experience analyzing public policies, conducting research for advocacy campaigns, coordinating multiple projects and people, and publicly communicating research and analysis results.  Experience with ocean and marine conservation issues preferred.
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience in natural resources conservation and management, public policy, or law.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them.  Strong oral, presentation, facilitation, and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience. Clear, effective writing style.
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.  Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate.
  • Exhibit skills of diplomacy. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. 

The individual in this position will travel frequently along the Pacific coast, to New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, and occasionally to the Trusts’ Washington, DC office.

Officer, Web, Pew Environment Group


Web Site/Online Communications

  • Develop and implement online communications and advocacy strategies using the public web site and other online tools and services, with the goals of enhancing PEG’s and Pew’s brand and reputation, highlighting our work for target audiences and improving the users’ ability to quickly access information. Responsible for understanding of PEG’s content throughout the organization, operating projects, and partners and helping find new and creative ways to communicate PEG’s work. 
  • Enhance PEG’s public site, leading the effort with IT and vendors on adding features and functionality. Ensure that existing site content stays fresh, plan and implement enhancements.  
  • Working with program and Communications staff, implement strategies to meet the online communications needs for PEG’s campaigns.  Apply best practices in project management, Web content development and online communications. Review contracts with external vendors. 
  • Plan online marketing and outreach strategies including social media for PEG campaigns and their content. This includes using multiple vendors, such as Yahoo!, Google and online publications and making recommendations for other outreach tactics to reach PEG’s key audiences. Develop, oversee and manage online marketing campaigns including determining what content will be marketed and reviewing, approving and adjusting keyword buys. Reviewing and recommending new online tools.
  • Oversee web site traffic analysis and reporting. Develop and distribute to senior management and the board quarterly and annual reports on visitor usage statistics for  
  • Manage web vendor relationships including identification of vendors through request for proposal process, selection and completion of contracts.  
  • Manage web and electronic portions of PEG communications budget and report to deputy director on web spending.
  • Ensure web staff is properly trained on in-house Content Management System and online advocacy system as well as internal policies and procedures. 
  • Serve as a liaison between PEG Communications and the Information Technology (IT) department as well as the web teams at PCT and other Pew divisions. Draft and prioritize web site change specifications for the IT department and follow up on status of Web-related projects with both internal staff and external vendors.

 Other Departmental  

  • Develop and maintain relationships with program and operations staffs to ensure high level of information sharing and awareness regarding new initiatives and changes in web information.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks and special projects as assigned by the communications managing director and the PEG managing director or deputy director, PEG communications as needed.  
  • Leverage the content of campaigns to build PEG’s identity.


  • Eight to 10 years experience in progressively more responsible communications roles including managing a team of 4 or more staff. 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects.  
  • Flexibility and being able to juggle multiple priorities, organize time and identify resources for projects is essential. 
  • Sound consultation and relationship management skills.  
  • Strong strategic and tactical Web development skills, honed by previous Web site management experience in either the for-profit or nonprofit arena. Detailed understanding of and experience with the publishing process, desktop publishing and production experience. 
  • Experience in new media and either advocacy or journalism is desired. Demonstrated success in managing and motivating a staff is essential, as is experience with managing vendors and suppliers.  
  • Strong demonstrated understanding of RSS, XML, HTML and Java required.  Expert knowledge of web technologies and production software including: Microsoft Project, HTML (including tables and frames), DHTML, AJAX, XML, and Flash.
  • Must have experience using a Content Management System.
  • Ability to be a team player, working with groups to meet goals. Should understand organizational structures and be able to effectively work through administrative systems.  
  • Must have strong oral communications, writing and research skills and an ability to frame and draft cogent written messages. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required and a Master’s degree preferred with a concentration in Marketing or Marketing Communications. Experience in information technology, public policy, design, writing and editing is a plus.


Associate, Pew Environment Group

The Pew Environment Group 

The principal mission of the Pew Environment Group (PEG) is to strengthen environmental policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for both terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.  In carrying out that mission, PEG works to advance the frontiers of scientific understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems; design innovative policy solutions to these problems; and mobilize public support for implementing these solutions. 


The staff of the Group is dispersed over four continents and is comprised of scientists, attorneys, communications professionals, and public policy experts.  Its efforts are focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:


  • Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate caused by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere;
  • The erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity;
  • The destruction of the world’s oceans, with a particular emphasis on global marine fisheries.


The Pew Environment Group Field Operations 

PEG Field Operations advance public policy solutions by educating the public, mobilizing support and engaging policymakers in all three environmental program areas.  The Field Operations staff works closely with policy experts, Campaign Operations staff in Government Affairs and Communications, and others, to execute strategic advocacy campaigns to advance specific policy goals.  Field Operations coordinate the activities of PEG organizers, partner groups, and campaign specialists based outside Washington, DC (collectively referred to as “organizers”).


Field Operations focus on three primary activities:

  • Organizing: PEG organizers educate, recruit and mobilize influential individuals, “grasstops” leaders, businesses, organizations, institutions, and grassroots supporters.  Organizers also build, maintain and manage local coalitions.
  • Communications: Field Operations educate the public and policymakers by working with the media to increase coverage of environmental topics. PEG organizers establish relationships with the media and generate media coverage by holding press conferences, educating editorial boards, appearing on television and radio news programs, authoring opinion editorials, and other activities. Organizers also work with supporters and coalition partners to assist them in maintaining strategic messaging and generating media coverage.
  • Government Relations: Field Operations personnel coordinate the efforts of supporters in communicating with policymakers about addressing the most pressing environmental issues.  Field Operations knowledge of how Members of Congress operate in their home states is important to providing strategic guidance regarding legislative strategies.  Field Operations works with Government Relations to directly engage Congressional delegations both in state and in Washington, D.C.


Position Overview

The Associate is a member of the Field Operations team in Washington, DC.  The Associate supports the Field management team in executing field campaign plans and overseeing day-to-day tasks of staff and consultant organizers who work remotely.


The Associate works on a variety of PEG campaigns and projects.  The position tracks all Field Operations tasks, deliverables and reporting.  The Field Associate also coordinates all logistics, schedules and internal field work overlapping with other PCT units.

  • Assist PEG Field and Government Relations leadership with PCT-wide field operations coordination.  This responsibility includes attending regular meetings, maintaining calendars, coordinating meetings on Capitol Hill, reporting results and coordinating with colleagues in PHG, PEPG, PCS and PCT operational units.
  • Oversee day-to-day consultant/organizer tasks when a member of PEG field operations is out of the office.  Coordinate the implementation of organizers’ work plans consistent with programmatic objectives.  Coordinate organizers’ activities with other Pew staff and partners.  Maintain the highest professional standards in achieving public policy objectives. 
  • Support PEG Campaigns teams in execution of program tactics and external coalition coordination.  Work with Government Affairs, Communications and other staff to develop strategies and work plans for all field organizers involved in the policy objective.  Maintain internal communication about the Field Operation’s activities, troubleshoot, and modify strategies and work plans as needed. 
  • Conduct research necessary to produce materials.  Draft or edit materials including fact sheets, legislative correspondence, action alerts, op-eds, press releases, presentations, and talking points.  Proofread all field materials.  Assist Senior Field Officer and other Field Operations staff with the internal materials approval process.
  • Coordinate logistics, budget, agenda, Capitol Hill meeting schedule and other details for PEG’s annual field organizer retreat in Washington, D.C.
  • Handle administrative functions including: answering phones, scheduling meetings and appointments, making travel arrangements, proofreading, coordinating internal and outgoing mail, copying, faxing, departmental filing and word processing.
  • Prepare check requests.
  • Coordinate all materials and agendas (and equipment and catering as appropriate) for project or related meetings and information pertaining to departmental activities.
  • Coordinate correspondence, requests and information related to field staff activities. As needed, draft letters and memos for routine correspondence, conduct background research and/or handle other special projects, such as institutional mailings to key audiences, for the director or department staff.
  • Process expense reimbursements.
  •  Coordinate with the other PEG administrative assistants to ensure coverage of all project work during peak periods and staff absences.
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of environmental issues in order to participate in and understand field department activities planning and execution.
  • Participate in department related activities and meetings and perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks as necessary.