Employment Opportunity: Marine Scientist | Oceana
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Marine Scientist

 Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch.

With over 100 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results.

A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world.

Our international team of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals, plus other sea life and their ecosystems from overfishing, disrupting fishing practices and pollution, amongst others.


Position Summary

Oceana is seeking for a full-time Marine Scientist to join our European Policy team at our Headquarters in Madrid.

This is an opportunity for a scientist engaged in and passionate about the conservation of Mediterranean Sea biodiversity and fisheries, with sound background and expertise in policy, to work in coordination with our European Policy and Advocacy team to achieve Oceana´s goals in the region.


 Major Responsibilities

The candidate will work as part of our European team, reporting directly to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Director, based in Madrid.

  • In cooperation with Oceana´s Policy and Advocacy team, work to ensure a coherent implementation of Oceana´s campaigns in the Mediterranean region.
  • Promote sustainable conservation and management of fisheries in the Mediterranean region.
  • Analyze fisheries data and fisheries management options to provide technical advice for the sustainable exploitation of fish resources and conservation of marine habitats.
  • Write technical reports and policy recommendations.
  • Represent Oceana at relevant scientific and governmental meetings to influence decision making processes.
  • Act as a media spokesperson when required.
  • Plan and implement policy strategies aimed at successfully achieving Oceana´s goals for sustainable fishing in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Analyze and translate science into ocean awareness in support of Oceana´s goals.
  • Identify conservation problems and provide solutions.
  • Maintain and increase Oceana networks in the Mediterranean region.
  • Write technical reports and policy papers.
  • Be available to support the Policy team in duties other than the one detailed on job description.


Position Qualifications


A minimum of 3 years of working experience in marine conservation or fisheries policy. Experience in Mediterranean region will be a plus.



A minimum Master´s Degree (or equivalent) in Marine Science, environmental sciences with specialization in marine or marine biology.


Personal Characteristics

  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish and at least one major Mediterranean language (Arabic, French or Italian) Additional working knowledge of any Mediterranean language will be a plus.
  • A thorough understanding of the political complexities of the Mediterranean region.
  • A strong personal commitment to marine conservation in the Mediterranean.
  • Be enthusiastic about team working, proactiveness and independent work.
  • Attention to detail, strong follow-through, ability to meet deadlines and to work under pressure.

A position profile does not imply that the duties stated are the only ones to be performed by the incumbent. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction as requested by their manager.


Additional information

This is a full-time position, expected to start as soon as possible. 38 hours per week. Travel is required. The position is based on Madrid.

Permanent working contract after 6 months of probation period.

Opportunities for career development available.

Oceana offers commensurate salary in line with experience.

Interested applicants are requested to send a cv and cover letter to [email protected], with the Reference POMS-MD-02/18 before Monday, 5th March.