Advisor, Fisheries Conservation, WWF CANADA

WWF-Canada is looking for a dedicated individual with strong organizational skills and a passion for conservation, to work with the Oceans team in the Atlantic Region.  This position is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will receive direct support from staff in Halifax.

WWF, the global conservation organization, is actively working in more than 100 countries worldwide, and is a global leader in conservation. From our Atlantic offices we are working to conserve biodiversity, restore ecosystem health, and ensure resource use is sustainable throughout the Northwest Atlantic. We have embarked on a large-scale, long-term conservation initiative that has assessed marine conservation needs and identified priorities towards developing and implementing lasting conservation solutions. WWF is actively engaged on the immediate priorities of smart fishing. Nationally, WWF’s mission is to catalyze a transition to sustainable seafood, smart oceans management and sustainable oceans economies to ensure that all three of Canada’s oceans remain ecologically rich and economically prosperous.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Serve as WWF’s regional expert on fisheries science and management.

o   Develop and communicate recommendations for improving fisheries management, ranging from gear-based solutions to the implementation of the Precautionary Approach (PA), within domestic and international fisheries management frameworks.

o   Provide advice on sustainability criteria for priority fishery certifications.

o   Maintain and strengthen working relationships with WWF’s national and international team.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to advance marine conservation priorities.

o   Help generate support for fisheries recovery and marine conservation in collaboration with all sectors of the fishing industry.

o   Work with seafood industry partners, provincial and federal government staff and representatives from the union to promote and assist with effective implementation of fishery improvement measures.

o   Collaborate with all stakeholders (fishing industry, provincial and federal government agencies, union)  and the WWF network (especially WWF-US) to ensure successful implementation of the FIP work plan

o   Maintain strong ties with industry stakeholders and WWF’s advisors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

o   Conduct outreach to industry stakeholders to increase MSC awareness, communicate obstacles to achieving MSC certification of NL’s fisheries, and gain support for fishery improvement measures.

  • Manage WWF-Canada’s conservation project that aims at rebuilding the Grand Banks through fishery (cod) recovery, sustainable finance and habitat protection.

o   Work towards improving the performance of domestic and regional fisheries management organizations (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization).

o   In collaboration with stakeholders, develop and guide the implementation of a Fishery Improvement Project.

o   Development and delivery of objectives for the project (Project Planning).

o   Regularly report on progress made toward project objectives (internally and to funding agencies).

o   Manage contracts and interns under select projects.


  • University degree in environmental conservation, fisheries or 
            related discipline.
  • At least 3-5 years work experience in fisheries, fisheries management 
            or science.
  • Knowledge of the Marine Stewardship Council certification process 
            will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Atlantic fishery and related issues.
  • Strong communication skills essential, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal and management skills.
  • Strong competency in fisheries science.

 Other Information:

 This is a full-time permanent position based in St. John’s, NL. Some travel required, mostly in Canada.

How To Apply:

Do you think you are the ideal candidate for this position?  Please briefly tell us why in your cover letter. A resume and cover letter referencing position AF406 and salary expectations should be emailed to ca- by April 18, 2011.

No phone calls please.  We thank all applicants for their interest however we may contact only those candidates selected for interviews.