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Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. Conservation International works with the aquaculture sector and stakeholders around the world to steer production towards trajectories that result in improved environmental performance, resource efficiency, community well-being, production, and profitability.

  • The Aquaculture Program Manager will support CI’s efforts to advance global commitments to environmental sustainability and social responsibility in the seafood sector and will further support a range of programmatic needs and initiatives in CI’s Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program. S/he joins a growing fisheries and aquaculture team in CI’s Center for Oceans and will work closely with a range of partners and divisions at CI, including the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center, and CI’s diverse and vibrant field programs in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa regions.
  • S/he plays a key and visible role in supporting the delivery of aquaculture sustainability initiatives in the seafood sector through strong, interdisciplinary science, working to:
  • Assist in interdisciplinary research on aquaculture topics (often utilizing analytical tools from a diversity of disciplines, including environmental science, biology, economics, and public policy) and publish findings in reports and peer-reviewed journals
  • Support aquaculture and food system sustainability pilot initiatives developed and implemented by CI’s country teams, CI’s Center for Oceans, and the broader community of practice in seafood sustainability, facilitating the collective transition towards environmentally sustainable aquaculture; and
  • Support CI’s aquaculture and sustainable seafood initiatives, fostering key partnerships across environmental organizations, seafood production and supply chain businesses and pre-competitive platforms, and financial institutions, in addition to supporting the Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program’s diverse conservation initiatives in coastal community fisheries, Pacific tuna, and social responsibility - supporting program growth and organizational effectiveness, including project implementation, internal and external communications, development and fundraising, and other tasks.
  • S/he continuously represents CI to engage and influence key external stakeholders including government officials, NGOs, donors, and other parties critical to program success.  As appropriate, s/he builds and leverages strategic alliances with NGOs, businesses, or other entities that can further CI’s mission.



Project Implementation

  • Support the shared development of science-based guidelines, tools, and other program-related support to improve the aquaculture sector
  • Facilitate and support interdisciplinary research projects on critical questions in aquaculture sustainability
  • Implement science-based assessments in the field, assessing environmental and social performance of fisheries and other ocean conservation initiatives, working collaboratively with CI country teams and external partners
  • Support stakeholder initiatives to co-develop aquaculture improvement initiatives informed by science-based guidelines and local and external expertise
  • Facilitate and support the communication and dissemination of results and lessons learned from aquaculture initiatives through diverse mechanisms such as peer-reviewed publications, public-facing websites, conference and workshop presentations, and other activities, ensuring CI’s blue production program is recognized internally and externally
  • Lead the development of impact evaluation protocols and measurement for CI’s Blue Production program, including measuring the conservation impact of specific initiatives, as well as the Blue Production program holistically through evidence-based assessment and preparation of impact reports and other communication materials

Partnership Development

  • Support aquaculture and ocean sustainability initiatives developed and implemented by CI country teams, CI’s Center for Oceans, and external community of practice in sustainable seafood production, by sharing resources and knowledge, and through frequent communication
  • Foster and maintain partnerships with key organizations, businesses, and alliances, through the development of MOUs and other material, workshop and meeting attendance, participation in working group calls, and through frequent communication
  • Represent CI at key conferences and meetings, and advance and influence stakeholder understanding and support through the development of proactive communication materials, publications and other outreach products

Fundraising and Program Management

  • Together with the Aquaculture Innovation Fellow, Center for Oceans leadership, and CI development staff, support fundraising efforts for the program, including through the development of LOIs, full proposals, and grant reports
  • Support reporting to donors to ensure it accurately reflects the work completed for the support offered
  • Support the implementation of CI’s Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program (“Blue Production”) strategy, objectives, work plans and impact metrics.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.



  • Local and/or international travel of 25% or more, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
  • Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences among HQ, regions and field programs.
  • This position could be based in Honolulu, HI, Arlington, VA or Providence, RI.
  • This a fixed term position ending June 30, 2020




  • B.A./B.S. in environmental science, biology, economics, aquaculture science, or related discipline, with 2-3 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills, including demonstrated experience in research design, data analysis, and development of policy solutions/interventions
  • Experience integrating social science, natural science, and local knowledge to inform conservation and development policies.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams across many regions of the world and engage staff in carrying out program strategies and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an agent of change, and to support strategy implementation.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with proven ability to turn vision and strategies into outcomes.
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, and building strong partnerships across academic, public and private sectors, and civil society.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision.


  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders around challenges in natural resource use.
  • Experience writing for peer-reviewed science publications
  • Fluency in English required. Proficiency in second language preferred.


To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.

CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.


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