Marine Economist, Science Division

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Oceana in Washington D.C. is currently looking for a marine economist for its science division.

The Marine Economist is a member of Oceana’s Science Team, reporting to the Chief Scientist and plays a key role in Oceana’s Save the Oceans/Feed the World Campaign. H/She has primary responsibility for researching and analyzing economic outcomes of policy alternatives, developing and proposing policy initiatives, and preparing Oceana technical reports.  He/she must be knowledgeable about global food issues, including food security and livelihood concerns. The position requires extensive outside contact, particularly with economists and scientists and representatives of other organizations.  H/She must be available for travel as necessary.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Carries out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives.
  • Conducts literature searches, carries out analyses of primary and secondary literature, drafts reports and policy recommendations.
  • Gathers pertinent information and data through libraries, the web, government agencies and academia; analyzes data as appropriate and prepares reports accordingly.
  • Communicates with outside economists in order to generate academic support for Oceana’s work, including sign-on letters and technical review of reports.
  • Writes/edits or otherwise provides the economic foundation for Oceana reports and external communications.
  • Represents Oceana at external events including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings.
  • Participates in Oceana campaign and project teams as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports for the Board of Directors, foundations and public education efforts, including writing/editing or otherwise providing the scientific foundation, as well as reduction and distribution to the intended audience.
  • Manages a varied and high volume workload and works independently to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.
  • Perform additional duties as needed and/or assigned.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as food and resource economics. Familiarity with seafood industry a plus.
  • Able to analyze how markets interact and how changes in one market affect (or do not affect) various other markets.
  • Excellent writing, editing, communication, organizational and research skills required.  Spanish fluency a plus,
  • Proficiency with Windows-based applications (MS Office Suite preferred).  Database proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Ability to do presentations and address large gatherings on topics related to the mission of Oceana.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Must be willing to accept a varied workload.  Some long hours and travel may be required.
  • Must have the ability to handle many tasks simultaneously, with speed, accuracy, and courtesy, show initiative, and exhibit insightful planning and understanding of abstract concepts.
  • Ability to take initiative in suggesting ways to augment work and responsibilities of position to accomplish Oceana’s goals.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality in working with sensitive data, and possess excellent judgment in handling communications, expense budgets, other issues and personal relationships.
  • Must exercise sound judgment and be able to represent Oceana in a professional and responsive manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills

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