Fisheries Expert



Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species . Our offices in Europe, North America, Central America and South America 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.

On the issues it covers and in the arenas where it works Oceana is a well-known and respected organization for the marine environment. The post is related to the Oceana office in Copenhagen/Denmark


OCEANA seeks an experienced, team worker Fisheries expert to be part of our European Science Department to develop and implement campaign activities on fisheries and marine conservation issues.

This position is initially for 12 months, based in our office in Copenhagen, Denmark.



The successful candidate will take responsibility for Oceana Baltic Sea fisheries campaign. The fisheries campaign focuses on unmanaged and unsustainable fisheries in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat. The person is expected to follow the national, regional and EU-level discussion, initiate amendments and recommendations based on identified loopholes in regulations and practices as well as work with environmentally sound fisheries practices inside marine protected areas. The work will be carried-out in cooperation with other Oceana staff in Copenhagen, Brussels and Madrid offices.



The candidate will have a degree in fisheries science, economics, ecology or a related discipline, and at least 3 years experience in policy and/or campaign work, preferably in fisheries, marine or environmental issues in the European Union. The position requires strong communication skills, both written and spoken.

We are looking for a natural communicator with excellent writing skills, a consummate team player with a strong interest in marine environmental issues, and capable of working independently.

The successful candidate will be able to think strategically, be self motivated and with the ability to work under pressure. Oceana is a multicultural and multi organizational NGO, therefore strong skills for team building and networking are required.

Knowledge on marine ecology, fisheries management and technical measures to reduce fisheries impact on marine wildlife, experience on work at sea or field work, readiness and quickness to develop works under short deadlines, ability to convert scientific knowledge, papers and documents into texts and speeches easy to understand for journalist, politicians and general public opinion and knowledge and experience in environment would be a distinct advantage.

Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and in one of the languages spoken in the Baltic Sea. Swedish, Danish, or German is preferred. In addition Spanish and/or French are desirable.

Willingness to travel nationally and internationally is required.

The successful candidate will be a self motivated person with proven experience in marine ecology and marine wildlife, and ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure and respond promptly as necessary. The candidate will be working in a multicultural and multi organizational environment; therefore it will be required strong skills for team building and networking.


Additional information

The post will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The post will initially be available for the period of 1st November 2012


To apply for the post

Please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only

Please ensure that they are sent as Word documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put “BALTIC” in the email subject line. Also please let us know where you saw the post advertised.


The deadline for application is 30/10/2012. Interviews will take place on in Madrid Office (C/ Leganitos 47. 6º. Spain) or in Copenhagen, Denmark.