The Nature Conservancy Aquaculture Strategy Specialist in Arlington, Virginia


Arlington, Virginia, USA AA100


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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 Aquaculture Strategy Specialist provides programmatic, technical, and scientific support for The Nature Conservancy’s new and emerging Global Aquaculture Strategy – “Aquaculture by Design”.


The Aquaculture Strategy Specialist supports development and implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s “Aquaculture by Design” strategy, a bold new program with projects in seven countries focused on directing aquaculture towards enduring solutions for nature and people. Aquaculture by Design consists of two prongs: Advancing ecologically restorative aquaculture, and improving aquaculture siting and spatial planning. S/he works with the Global Lead and influences complex on the ground projects by providing strategic, scientific, and technical direction and support. S/he supports development of innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to improve sustainable aquaculture management, communicates solutions and best practices, and engages support for the strategy within The Conservancy, the conservation community and aquaculture industry. S/he develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in collaboration with our corporate engagement team, public policy team and field programs. The position is funded for one year with the expectation that it will be extended contingent upon funding and performance and is located in Arlington, VA.


  • Supports the Global Lead for Aquaculture in the development, implementation and expansion of The Nature Conservancy’s “Aquaculture by Design” strategy.
  • Acts as a liaison between global strategies and local projects, working closely with field programs to support new and/or existing aquaculture projects, knowledge sharing and best practices while tracking development of these projects over time.
  • Develops, manages and supports scientific studies or assessments that further the Global Strategy.
  • Supports fundraising efforts by writing proposals for public and private donors, and helps to identify new funding opportunities.
  • Implements partnerships with public, private and NGOs to advance the strategy objectives; identifies new partnership opportunities, as appropriate.
  • May manage one or more grant, contract or request for proposal.
  • Manages multiple diverse, interdisciplinary tasks at the same time over many geographic regions.
  • May supervise staff on a project basis and coordinate fieldwork and logistical support for research, project development and monitoring.
  • Occasional travel domestically and internationally, evening and weekend hours may be required.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience in aquaculture or marine conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Five or more years of experience in aquaculture or related marine conservation practice.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing marine resource conservation and management policy.
  • Experience and knowledge with ecologically restorative aquaculture, improving aquaculture siting and spatial planning.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in aquaculture conservation and management in regions including the United States, Latin America, and Asia.
  • Two or more years of experience establishing and managing successful project teams, objectives, and milestones.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Excellent speaking, writing and analytical skills.
  • Two or more years of experience in partnership development (industry, academic, community, government).
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent budgeting, financial management, organizational skills.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance of other staff.
  • Knowledge of one of the following languages a plus: Spanish, Indonesian, Mandarin, French.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Title: Aquaculture Strategy Specialist

Location: DC Metro Area

Job ID: 45411

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time