Fisheries Project Director

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



201 Mission Street
San Francisco
United States


About Us

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.orq or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Your position with TNC

The Nature Conservancy’s California Fisheries Strategy seeks to achieve sustainable fisheries and healthy ocean ecosystems by transforming fisheries management in California and influencing transformations around the world that support human wellbeing and ocean health. Our strategy is to implement and demonstrate the value of adaptive, cooperative management. This model leverages experimentation and contributions from the private sector to drive innovation and increase management capacity, while also integrating emerging information technologies to streamline critical feedback loops between managers, scientists, and fishermen. Our team partners with fishing communities and other stakeholders to implement this strategy across coastal and offshore fisheries in California, while also contributing to our global and North American fisheries strategies by transferring capacity and sharing relevant lessons, tools, and approaches.

Reporting to the California Oceans Program Associate Director, the Fisheries Project Director provides leadership and support of fisheries conservation strategies, including efforts to improve sustainability of California’s fisheries, advance fisheries science and information, and support conservation and management across marine ecosystems and resources. S/he provides leadership and support for TNC’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities in the division or region.


·       BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience

·       Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners  

·       Experience developing partnerships (with nonprofits, community groups, resource users, and/or government agencies)                                       

·       Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation

·       Experience negotiating


·       5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience

·       Experience managing complex or multiple marine conservation projects

·       Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans

·       Experience collaborating with fishermen, industry representatives and other partners

·       Understanding of public policy landscape of conservation in California, especially current trends and practices in fishery management and fisheries science

·       Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes

·       Demonstrated experience in fundraising

·       Demonstrated experience as effective, entrepreneurial project manager

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·       Politically savvy and demonstrated experienced in partnership development (with nonprofits, community groups, resource users, and/or government agencies)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID #46909 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST October 24 2018. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.