Aquatic Science Officer

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Posted: 11/11/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Other

City: Washington

Postal code: 20004

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause.

Position Details:

Job Description:


The Pew Charitable Trusts uses
data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused
on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting
nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and
practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry
and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited
citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue
common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers,
communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals
working on some of today's big challenges – and we know we are more
effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With
Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located
in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working
at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Wise stewardship of resources
allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our
mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a
diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private
organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in
fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve
society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are
service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We
provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance,
and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud
of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the
institution's reputation.

The Research and Science
Portfolio in Program

The research and science
portfolio includes programmatic, functional, and outreach elements.
It spans all of Pew's programmatic work with a focus on advancing
quality research and science and deploying research expertise to
further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the
design of new research projects across the institution to ensure
they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The
programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects
related to biomedical science, environmental science, and fiscal
federalism. In addition, research and science has a role in
communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the
general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is
part of our organization.


The conservation science (CS)
program, part of the Environmental Research and Science unit, works
to generate and synthesize scientific research that informs
conservation policy and frames solutions to global environment
challenges. The CS team enhances the scientific foundation of Pew's
environmental work by providing centralized technical expertise,
developing research projects, and identifying new scientific
results relevant to Pew's existing and emerging conservation
interests. Integrating the results of peer-reviewed research into
public policy and campaign strategy development are significant
components of the program's work.


The officer serves as the
principal liaison to campaign staff and Pew's strategy team on
issues relating to marine and freshwater ecosystems and is
responsible for encouraging the development of scientific
initiatives that inform new and existing campaign strategies. The
position will provide critical research and strategic support to
Pew's strategy and environment teams across a wide range of topic
areas. The officer will help ensure that the institution's new and
existing conservation objectives are informed about existing
evidence and knowledge gaps in the environmental sciences. The
officer also plays a lead role in developing a broad array of
research projects in collaboration with Pew's policy staff to
inform Pew's environmental program areas. To achieve key tasks, the
officer must develop close working relationships and become a
trusted advisor to strategy and environment colleagues and senior

The position, based in Pew's
Washington, D.C., office, reports to the project director,
conservation science. The position has a set time frame that could
be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources,
and board decisions on continued support.


  • Provide technical expertise in
    the environmental sciences relevant to aquatic ecosystems, with a
    focus on identifying research that informs potential or current
    policy objectives.
  • Maintain wide-ranging knowledge
    of pertinent research in environmental science and in-depth
    understanding of conservation policy to provide strategic research
    advice and place results in appropriate policy
  • Collaborate with leadership to
    inform strategic thinking for Pew's environmental science efforts
    and to shape Pew's conservation objectives and
  • Maintain familiarity with
    campaign objectives and research relevant to Pew's policy work.
    Coordinate cross-cutting research initiatives among environmental
    programs working in aquatic habitats.
  • Coordinate scientific learning
    across Pew policy teams, strategy staff, and conservation science
    staff through internal training sessions and other activities to
    help inform and leverage Pew's research investments.
  • Partner with Pew environmental
    campaign and strategy staff to identify needs and priorities for
    scientific research within environmental initiatives. Lead
    structured research planning exercises to ensure proposed research
    is useful for target end users or audiences, tailored to address
    appropriate research questions, communicated accurately, and is
    rigorous and objective.
  • Lead the development of effective
    research proposals and work plans in coordination with external
    scientists that address relevant policy and/or strategic needs
    within suitable timeframes and budgets. Develop internal research
    plans, grants, and contracts to ensure proposed research projects
    are accurately translated into project agreements. Identify
    emerging scientific outreach opportunities as
  • Serve as a primary liaison
    between external researchers and Pew, including by recruiting
    outside experts to conduct research projects, serve as reviewers,
    and provide other technical assistance as necessary.
  • Serve as lead investigator, as
    necessary, for desk-based research projects on topics relevant to
    aquatic habitats, including reviews and meta-analyses; supervise
    the contributions of other Pew staff in these efforts.
  • Review the communication of
    scientific analysis and conservation implications of CS-supported
    environmental research.
  • Participate in and contribute to
    CS and Environmental Research and Science meetings, workshops, and
    other events. Assist with other tasks as requested.



  • Bachelor's degree is required,
    advanced degree in environmental sciences, conservation biology, or
    a related field, is strongly preferred. Extensive knowledge of
    ecological modeling tools and approaches, fisheries management, and
    marine protected areas is a plus.
  • At least eight years of relevant
    professional experience in environmental science and environmental
    policy issues is required. Specific knowledge of and experience
    with aquatic resource management and/or conservation policy is
    strongly preferred.
  • Superior interpersonal skills,
    including the ability to develop and manage productive
    relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners, grantees, and
    others. Operates as both a team leader and player in a highly
    collaborative environment.
  • Experience working in a technical
    role within a research or policy institution is highly desirable,
    as is experience developing, managing, and contributing to a
    portfolio of environmental research projects.
  • Demonstrated strategic and
    analytical skills. Political awareness, with a non-partisan
    perspective and approach. Experience with state, national and/or
    intergovernmental institutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving
    skills. Strong ability to think strategically and creatively,
    adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain
    attentive to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral
    communications skills, including ease in communicating complex
    concepts in a clear, effective manner.
  • Recognized ability to meet
    multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and
    attention to detail. Ability to make decisions and operate
    effectively in uncertain or changing situations.


The position requires occasional
domestic and international travel.


We offer a competitive salary
and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health
care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial
security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save
using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement
benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to
maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an
equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive
workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment
without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability,
marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity,
military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by
applicable law.

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