The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) is seeking a Sustainable Seafood Program Director. The Sustainable Seafood Program Director could be based at our office in Setauket, NY or there may be the potential to work remotely. Salary and benefits TBD based on experience and qualifications.
The Safina Center is an ocean and wildlife conservation nonprofit organization based on Long Island, NY. The Safina Center was founded in 2003 by Dr. Carl Safina, a pioneer of ocean conservation, who brought ocean issues into the conservation mainstream.
Our Sustainable Seafood Program translates seafood science for consumers, chefs, retailers, and health care professionals and consists of many interconnected components:
Online seafood guide based on scientific ratings of 160+ wild-caught fish and shellfish: Green, yellow, and red ratings, and advisories for contaminants including mercury and PCBs
Information for consumers, chefs, and retailers who want to switch to eating/selling more sustainable seafood
Information on seafood nutrition and related health issues
Web-based tutorials, videos, links and blogs of issues such as bycatch, mercury in seafood, overfishing etc.
Partnership with Whole Foods Market to promote sustainable seafood from boat to counter top Primary duties:
Oversee the research for our fisheries sustainability assessments that are published in The Safina Center’s online seafood guide
Supervise three to four seafood researchers, and train new researchers
Establish priorities for which species/fisheries to assess and rate
Manage the contract and budget for the sustainable seafood program work
Serve as the principal liaison with our business partner Whole Foods Market
Work closely with our partner Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch on the fisheries sustainability assessments, revising the fisheries assessment criteria, and improvement to the online assessment tool used by both Seafood Watch and The Safina Center
Draft and review policy comment letters related to U.S. ocean/fisheries management, and collaborate with other NGOs on policy initiatives
Develop outreach content, including website content for Sustainable Seafood Program section of the website
Respond to inquiries from the media, public, and seafood industry
A master’s degree or higher in the marine science or conservation fields, with a focus in fisheries
Understanding of fisheries issues and how fisheries are assessed and managed
Supervisory or managerial experience
Experienced researcher, attention to detail
Familiarity with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch fisheries assessment criteria (used by both Seafood Watch and The Safina Center) and the Seafood Watch Online Assessment Tool (SWAT)
Excellent oral and written communicator, capable of synthesizing scientific information so that it can be understood by the general public
Excellent organization skills, ability to multitask If interested, please send resume, two writing samples, and three references to Elizabeth Brown-Hornstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.