Global Aquaculture Communications Assistant – The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia, USA strongly preferred. Other locations may be negotiable. AA100

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

The Global Aquaculture program is seeking to fill a paid 10-12 week position for the summer of 2020 – start and end date can be flexible.

The Global Aquaculture program works with businesses, governments, academic partners, and local fishers and growers to ensure that aquaculture is sustainable for the environment so that both people and nature can thrive. Our vision is for aquaculture to grow with the least environmental impact to sustainably increase seafood production to meet nutritional/food security needs, provide livelihoods in coastal communities, and contribute to restoration/conservation efforts. Our strategy focuses on two distinct yet complementary approaches: smart growth and restorative aquaculture.

The position will report to the Aquaculture Strategy Specialist and will ideally work from our World Office in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. No relocation assistance is offered and applicant must be eligible to work in the U.S.

The Communications Assistant provides support to the Global Aquaculture program, in the form of communications, writing, and research. They will provide essential support for the Global Aquaculture program and will be working virtually with staff leading Restorative Aquaculture (shellfish and seaweed) and Smart Growth (finfish and finance) pilot projects in Belize, Tanzania, Indonesia, Palau, China, Hong Kong, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

• Assists in the development of original communication content, collateral, and correspondence that facilitates comprehension, adoption, and advancement of the goals and objectives of the Global Aquaculture program.
• Supports researching, drafting, and distributing communication materials to educate and inform various target audiences of the Global Aquaculture program, including but not limited to: articles, bylines, opinion pieces, slide decks, fact sheets, blogs, and story maps.
• Proactively works with the Global Aquaculture team to update task lists and gauge progress and priorities within their scope of work.
• Coordinates meeting logistics (sends invitations, schedules meetings, securing meeting rooms, etc.) with Global Aquaculture team, Communications team, TNC field programs, and partners, as necessary.
• Other responsibilities and opportunities as they arise.

• High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
• Experience using Microsoft office, Word, Excel, and navigating the Internet.
• Experience analyzing available information for solving problems. Desired Qualifications
• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Experience in writing and editing for science communication with non-science audiences
• Enrolled in or recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program plus 1-year related experience.
• Experience using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
• Familiarity with or experience in aquaculture, marine science, geospatial science, and/or communications.
• Experience conducting research and informal interviews.
• Ability to follow instructions from colleagues/coworkers/team members.
• Ability to work in a team environment.

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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 men and women of diverse 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process