Ocean Conservation Policy Analyst

Monterey Bay Aquarium | Monterey, CA

About Job

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Job Summary:  

Under general supervision, support the work of the Aquarium’s Policy Team by performing policy research, producing issue briefs, reports and other communication materials, participate in strategy and campaign development, implement conservation strategies and campaigns, and perform administrative tasks and other types of program support. Perform other duties as required.

Core Activities:                                                                                                                                 

  • Conduct research into policies and science related to the Aquarium’s conservation priorities, with a focus on plastic pollution, California ocean wildlife and ecosystem protection, and climate change, and occasionally fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Conduct in-depth analysis of research findings.
  • Produce internal memos, talking points, and other communication materials.
  • Produce external presentations, fact sheets, and other communication materials.
  • Participate with the Policy Team and other Aquarium staff in the development of policy recommendations, conservation strategies and campaigns.
  • Implement conservation strategies and campaigns, including coalition building, outreach to elected officials and staff, and social media campaigns.
  • Support the Policy Team through tasks including, but not limited to, notetaking, database management, assisting with the management of contractors, and meeting scheduling.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Advanced degree (MPA, MS, JD, MA, etc.) in environmental policy, law, or science or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience preferred
  • Over five years of experience in the field of environmental policy, law, or science
  • Experience in analyzing, writing, and reporting on policy and science related to plastic pollution, marine wildlife, ecosystem protections, or climate change.
  • Familiarity with state or federal legislative or agency processes
  • Experience in outreach and coordination among different sectors, such as government (including Tribal), scientific, business, community-based, and non-profit groups
  • Ability to work within and embody Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Core Values

*This is a benefited,  year long contract from date of hire.




Bachelors or better.

Masters or better.