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Ecologists Without Borders (EcoWB) is seeking experienced volunteers with a background in fisheries and/or marine aquaculture management, research, sales, and production to join the EcoWB Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) Steering committee. Our committee is a dedicated team of professionals from various countries and backgrounds who collaborate to initiate and support on-going FIP projects. As an organization EcoWB currently manage two projects, in Baja California, Mexico and Piura, Perú.  We have experience working with the World Wildlife Foundation, The Marine Sustainability Council, Fair Trade USA, Fish Choice, Sustainable Fisheries Partnerships and more.  

As a member of our committee you will help us identify new opportunities for FIPs, particularly in artisanal fisheries and impoverished regions, and evaluate and improve FIP and mariculture project proposals we receive. You may also be given opportunity to train to be an auditor of the MSC, ASC, and/or Fair Trade Standard (funding permitted).

This is a great opportunity to network with motivated professionals in your field and help EcoWB build a robust program that provides low-cost and pro-bono technical support to fisheries and mariculturists seeking to become more sustainable. We meet once monthly for general meetings and maintain contact throughout the month regarding our respective activities and projects. We expect a minimal time commitment of 10 hours per month, unless we are on break. Additional time is welcome as we collaborate to find meaningful ways to increase our positive impact in the FIP space. 

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Substantial previous experience working with or in the fisheries/mariculture industry in some capacity
  • Fluency in English
  • Independent and creative thinker willing to take the initiative on activities
  • Willingness to meet and work with new people from different cultures and countries
  • Multiple years of experience in one or more of the following areas: 
  1. Academic research into fisheries, marine policy, coastal resource management or similar;
  2. Business experience marketing and commercializing seafood products; and
  3. Technical experience supporting fisheries operations as a manager, consultant, or seasoned fisher/producer. 

Additional Qualifications (desirable, but not required):

  • Knowledge of stock-assessment techniques, data collection and survey methods, experimental design, and relevant scientific literature;
  •  Fluency in English d at least one additional language;
  • Personal experience and connection to a fisheries or mariculture operation that could potentially benefit from a FIP/ Eco-certification;
  • Previous registration and/or training as an auditor for MSC, ASC, and Fair Trade; and
  • Significant time spent living near and working in places where many are dependent on fishing/mariculture for their livelihoods.

To Apply 

Please email your resume/CV and a brief written statement about why you would like to join our committee and why you would be a good fit to the Committee Co-Chairs: Trevor Eakes and Mark Soboil, This announcement will expire and applications will close on August 31, 2020. 

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