Legally registered as an environmental NGO under the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs in 2017, Qingdao Marine Conservation Society (QMCS) is dedicated to promoting coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and advancing the sustainable seafood movement in China through scientific research, public and industry education, and the international exchange of information and knowledge. Aside from implementing a number of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs), QMCS conducts seafood sustainability ratings in support of Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and is developing a China Seafood Sustainability Assessment program (CSSA), which takes full consideration of China's uniquely rich seafood heritages and nascent sustainable seafood movement status. QMCS staff and members include marine ecologists, seafood experts, aquarium managers, educators, journalists, as well as sea and fish loving Chinese citizens.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC works in countries and regions including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and the European Union. For two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 based in our Beijing office, we have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that curb pollution, accelerate China’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy, and support sustainable practices like sustainable fishing. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.
Supporting more robust fisheries management within China’s domestic waters will significantly help achieve seafood sustainability goals and promote marine ecosystem health. This will be a full-time contract position for a period of 1 to 2 years based in Qingdao. The position will be jointly supervised by QMCS and NRDC’s China Program.
The Fellow’s work will include supporting NRDC and QMCS’s collective effort to assist the implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as new development of the government-led pilot Total Allowable Catch (TAC) projects and NGO-seafood industry driven (by QMCS and its partner Ocean Outcomes) fishery improvement projects (FIPs) in the provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian.
Tasks will include but not be limited to research on different approaches for integrating scientific and technical information into fisheries management and on different aspects of the TAC pilots, including catch monitoring approaches; work with key officials, academic institutions, scientists, non-governmental organizations to share the results of this research; assist the implementation of FIP projects, and support communications and outreach activities of QMCS and NRDC.
The fellowship presents an excellent opportunity to refine existing skills and build new ones in the area of fisheries management, sustainable seafood movement and the wider marine ecosystem conservation. The position holder will also have chance to develop professional relationships with fisheries experts, fishing and seafood industry representatives, governmental decision makers, and NGO leaders in China and abroad.
Develop expertise on China’s domestic fishery management system and approaches to strengthening that system;
Provide technical support to Total Allowable Catch pilots and Fishery Improvement Projects, focusing on issues concerning catch monitoring, observers and enforcement;
Build relationships with government, academic fisheries experts and industry in China and elsewhere;
Research and write reports on issues related to fisheries management;
Develop relevant webpage content, media (traditional and social) stories and other materials for communications and outreach purposes in Chinese and English; and
Attend relevant meetings and conferences;
Translate important documents related to fisheries science or management from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as needed;
Assist other exchange and cooperation activities between QMCS and NRDC.
Masters degree in a relevant field such as fisheries science or management, ecology or natural resources management;
Track record of conservation interest and/or work;
Knowledge of marine fisheries science or policy a plus;
Strong research and writing skills;
Fluency in both Chinese and English, with excellent English oral and written skills;
Excellent public speaking or communications skills a plus;
Positive work attitude;
Ability to work well with others including on an interdisciplinary team as well as independently;
Flexibility in taking international calls at odd hours.
To apply, please state your name and the position title in the subject of the email and send your resume (including the names and contact information of two references) and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should address: (a) why the fellowship is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified; (c) what project-related issues interest the candidate; and (d) how the candidate hopes the fellowship will affect her/his career goals. Please also reference where you saw this posting. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls or faxes please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.