Open Positions

Manager – Fisheries Conservation

Institution National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Discipline Type of position

Working out of the Foundation's Washington, D.C. office, the Manager – Fisheries Conservation will be a key member of the Marine and Coastal Conservation team and will manage strategic development and implementation of the Foundation's sustainable fisheries programs including, but not limited to Diadromous Fish Initiative, U.S. Shellfish Initiative, as well as the Fisheries Innovation Fund. S/he is responsible for developing strategies and programs, assisting in securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, management of advisory committees, interacting with existing and potential grant/contract recipients, coordinating proposal review, providing technical assistance to grantees, reviewing/approving reports from grantees, coordinating with the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation's grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and closely coordinating program efforts with the Director, Marine and Coastal Conservation (Director) and other Foundation staff. S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.


To Apply: send an e-mail, with attachments in Word or PDF format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Submitted by Leopold Staff
February 3, 2014
Deadline Open until filled Read more »

Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Institution US Fish and Wildlife Service Discipline Type of position Supervisory Biologist


USDFW is searching for a Supervisory Biologist for the Polar Bear team in the Division of Marine Mammals Management in Anchorage, Alaska. The position leads the Polar Bear Program, which is responsible for polar bear management and conservation in Alaska, including co-management with Alaska Native organizations. The supervisor provides direction and oversight to meet international, national, and regional polar bear goals and objectives, including drafting and implementing National and International Polar Bear recovery Plans. The polar bear program works closely with the Service's Division of International Conservation as well as with formal US delegations to international meetings and plays and active role in meeting planning, preparations and international information exchange. The position supervises a diverse staff to develop and implement regulations; policies; priorities; co-management strategies; and scientific programs for the polar bear. 

To Apply:  follow instructions on the federal application website seen in the link. 



Submitted by Leopold Staff
February 3, 2014
Deadline February 19, 2014 Read more »

Environmental Scientist

Institution Freestone Environmental Services Discipline Consulting Type of position Environmental Scientist

Freestone Environmental Services, Inc. ( a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, seeks an Environmental Scientist to conduct natural resource damage assessments and support cleanup and restoration of contaminated sites in the Great Lakes Region.  This individual will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R,, Assessment and Restoration Division under the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program ( and as part of NOAA’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program in the areas of  injury damage assessment for hazardous waste sites and oil spills in the Great Lakes. This position is located in NOAA’s Ann Arbor, Michigan offices.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in environmental science, preferably in one of more of the following sub-disciplines: aquatic toxicology, environmental chemistry, coastal ecology, environmental engineering; or environmental policy with an emphasis in quantitative analysis.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Strong computer and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker
  • Ability to work independently.


To Apply: Please send your resume, contact information for three (3) references, cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, and a Freestone application (found at: with the following subject line: NOAA Great Lakes Env. Scientist. 

Inclusion of copies of undergraduate and graduate college transcripts and a writing sample (preferably a technical paper or report) is encouraged.  The vacancy announcement is open until filled.  The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.



Submitted by Leopold Staff
February 3, 2014
Deadline Open until filled Read more »

Project Manager, Traceability, IUU and Human Rights at FishWise

Institution FishWise Discipline Ecology, Sustainability, Fisheries Type of position Project Manager

FishWise is looking for a Project Manager to take charge of research, development, and execution of work plans on traceability (with some focus on illegal fishing and human rights). The Project Manager will work under the direction of the Project Director with three specific Work Plan Goals: 1) to create tools and recommendations that help the seafood industry improve traceability and eliminate products that are harvested illegally, or associated with human rights abuses, from their supply chains; 2) to facilitate discussions between key players to find novel solutions to traceability, IUU, and human rights challenges; and 3) to communicate progress and updates to a core group of NGOs, industry, and other stakeholders. The Project Manager will achieve these goals by building strong relationships with the seafood industry, government, academia, and NGOs.

To Apply:  attach a PDF of cover letter and resume to the application form on the FishWise website.

Submitted by Leopold Staff
February 3, 2014
Deadline Open until filled Read more »

World Ocean Council Internships

Institution World Ocean Council Discipline Policy, Ecology, Marine Spatial Planning, Communication Type of position Internship

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is currently seeking interns! 
About the WOC Intern Program
The WOC Internship Program provides opportunities for early-career professionals and graduate degree students to participate in our growing international, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on "Corporate Ocean Responsibility". 
Internship Work Conditions and Workplace
WOC Interns receive a modest monthly stipend. Internships generally run for 3 months or a mutually agreed upon time period, with an expectation of at least 10 hours each week commitment. Interns will work from a virtual workplace in their chosen home base or institutional location and must have their own computer, internet access and phone services. Frequent teleconferences and email communications will be the main source of interaction to complete the work. If travel, international calling or other expenses are required, these costs will be agreed upon in advance and covered by WOC. 
To Apply
Please electronically submit a letter of interest and resume, not to exceed two (2) pages, that links your qualifications to the expected impact and planned outcomes to Your letter should clearly indicate the internship to which you are applying. Please only attach one file per application that contains both the letter of interest and your resume. Files should have your last name, in CAPS, as the first word in the filename. 


Applications are due February 11, 2014. 


Available internships are: 

Membership Coordination/ Information Management Intern 

 Communications/Website Intern

 Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Program Intern 

Submitted by Leopold Staff
January 22, 2014
Deadline February 11, 2014 Read more »

International Marine Policy Officer

Institution Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) Discipline Ocean Governance, Marine Policy, International Type of position Marine Policy Officer

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent, policy research institute based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris. Its activity focuses on sustainable development issues that require international coordination, especially biodiversity and climate change (for more information on the program, see 

IDDRI has three objectives: informing policy decisions; identifying emerging issues; and providing a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders, including research institutes, public agencies, private sectors and NGOs. 

IDDRI is searching of a Marine Policy Officer who will, under the supervision of the Team Leader, be responsible for
1) producing reports and articles on ocean governance issues
2) contribute to IDDRI's flagship work program
3) monitor and feed multiple international arenas and talks (e.g. UN General Assembly)
4) Manage the French Informal Multi-stakeholder Working Group on high seas governance
5) participate in international meetings. 

 Fluency in English is required - fluency in French or other UN languages is an asset. Position is an 18 month contract, with possibility of extension. 

TO APPLY:  send a CV and a statement of interest, as well as the names of three referees, to and

Submitted by Leopold Stafff
December 13, 2013
Deadline January 5, 2014 Read more »

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation Internships

Institution Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation Discipline Ocean Education, Ocean Outreach Type of position Internship

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation is excited to announce openings for two internship positions. We’re seeking applicants with an interest in ocean education and outreach with an emphasis on generating greater awareness of and support for California’s marine protected areas. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated and will work closely, but independently, with Sanctuary Foundation staff on one or more projects.

Applications will be considered from currently enrolled graduate students as well as students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate or Masters program. The internship will run approximately 10-14 weeks from January through May 2014. Interns will work closely with Sanctuary Foundation staff at our offices in either Monterey or Santa Cruz, California.

While this position is unpaid, our Foundation maintains close collaborations with several organizations throughout California who often seek highly qualified job applicants. Upon successful completion of this program, we will be glad to point you towards potential employers and write letters of recommendation on your behalf.

To apply, please submit the following to by November 15, 2013:

  • A cover letter stating your interests, what you hope to gain from this experience, and a description of your qualifications. 
  • Your CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendations
Submitted by Leopold Staff
October 29, 2013
Deadline November 15, 2013 Read more »

Post-doctoral Scholar

Institution UCSB Sustainable Fisheries Group Discipline Fisheries Type of position Postdoc

The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a  quantitative ecologist, fisheries scientist or marine conservation biologist  for a post-doctoral scholar position to begin in 2014.  The research focus of the position will be to conduct empirical and/or theoretical analysis and explore innovative solutions to applied challenges in fisheries, marine resource management and conservation. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in ecology, fisheries science,  or a closely related field prior to the position start date.


The ideal candidate will have excellent quantitative and modeling skills and an interest and track record in publishing in top scientific journals.  Interest and or experience in spatial modeling is a plus. The scholar will collaborate with SFG, a multidisciplinary research hub merging economics and ecology to address applied and theoretical challenges. The successful candidate will report to SFG Principals Steve Gaines and Christopher Costello and will be affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute.


To Apply: 

Application materials should be sent by email to Katie Nichols (, Subject: SFG Postdoc.  Applications must include a letter of interest, CV, sample of written research, and contact information for 3 references, ideally submitted as a single PDF file titled by applicant name. Position will remain open until filled; application review to commence December 1, 2013.

Submitted by Leopold Staff
October 25, 2013
Deadline December 1, 2013 Read more »


Institution UCSB Sustainable Fisheries Group Discipline Fisheries Type of position Researcher

The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks an outstanding researcher to support a partnership with the Waitt Institute focused on collaborations with local governments and communities to create comprehensive ocean zoning and fisheries management solutions that empower communities to restore their oceans to full productivity. The researcher will be responsible for leading economic analyses and biological assessments of marine resources, conducting literature reviews and synthesis in fisheries, ecology and natural resource economics, and running bioeconomic models and tradeoff analyses in order to provide scientific input to multi-use marine spatial planning initiatives.



  • Master’s or PhD in marine biology, ecology, natural resource economics, fishery science or related field
  • Excellent quantitative, statistical and modeling skills including experience using models related to spatial fisheries management, stock assessment, fishery sustainability, and/or marine spatial planning
  • Proficiency with R and/or Matlab required; familiarity with GIS preferred
  • Experience conducting literature reviews, literature and data synthesis, and economic valuation of natural resources
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication and coordination, including ability to interface with partners, coordinate with part-time research assistants, and develop reports and presentations for diverse audiences. Interest in and experience writing peer-reviewed scientific publications is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel internationally (most likely to the Caribbean)


To Apply: 

Please submit letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references, to Position will remain open until filled, but application review will commence on November 24, 2013.

Submitted by Leopold Staff
October 25, 2013
Deadline November 24, 2013 Read more »

Fisheries Scientist

Institution UCSB Sustainable Fisheries Group Discipline Fisheries Type of position Assistant Scientist

The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks up to two fisheries scientists to explore innovative solutions to challenges in fisheries, marine resource management and conservation. The fisheries scientist(s) will be responsible for leading both theoretical work and applied analyses with partners related to diverse projects around the world including California, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean.



  • Master’s or PhD in fisheries science, marine ecology or closely related field
  • Strong background in fisheries science and excellent quantitative, statistical and modeling skills.
  • 2-5 years experience developing models related to stock assessment, spatial fisheries management, fishery sustainability, and/or marine spatial planning.
  • Innovative analytical problem solving skills with the ability to generate new ideas and solutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to interface with partners and develop peer-reviewed scientific publications and presentations.


To Apply:

  Please submit letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references, to Position will remain open until filled, but application review will commence on November 21, 2013.


Submitted by Leopold Staff
October 25, 2013
Deadline November 13, 2013 Read more »