China Ocean Conservation Research Assistant

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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Beijing, China

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30+ days ago

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. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. According to Chinese law, 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.

Position Summary
NRDC is seeking a China Ocean Conservation Research Assistant to work in our Beijing office to support our ocean conservation work. Supporting ocean conservation within China’s domestic waters will help achieve food security goals and promote ocean health. This is a full-time position for a period of two years. It is jointly supervised by NRDC’s China Program and its U.S.-based Oceans Program. The China Ocean Conservation Research Assistant will work closely with the project managers of NRDC’s China fisheries and marine protected area projects and remotely with a team of ocean policy experts in NRDC’s New York office.

The China Ocean Conservation Research Assistant’s work will focus on promoting sustainable fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs), including supporting the implementation of pilot fishery management projects, summarizing best practices, laws and policies related to fisheries and MPAs, and helping to analyze different approaches for integrating scientific and technical information into ocean management. The work will involve research and report writing, plus work with key stakeholders, academic institutions, scientists, and non-governmental organizations. The position presents an excellent opportunity to build new skills, learn about China’s and other countries’ ocean conservation policies, and develop professional relationships with experts in China and abroad.
  • Develop a knowledge of best international practices in sustainable fisheries and marine protected area management;
  • Develop expertise on China’s domestic fishery management system and approaches to strengthening that system;
  • Develop expertise on China’s marine protected areas and approaches to strengthening those areas;
  • Build relationships with policy and academic experts in China and elsewhere;
  • Research and write reports;
  • Write fact sheets and other materials in Chinese; and
  • Translate important documents related to fisheries and MPA management from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as needed.
  • Ph.D. or a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as marine conservation, fisheries science or management, ecology or natural resource management;
  • Track record of conservation interest and/or work;
  • Knowledge of ocean issues a plus;
  • Strong research and report writing skills;
  • Fluency in Chinese and excellent English written skills;
  • Keen on learning new skills and knowledge;
  • Ability to work well with others as well as independently;
  • Flexibility in taking international calls at odd hours.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications NRDC receives, we will only contact candidates we would like to progress through the search process. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes, or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications will be accepted until filled. For further information about NRDC, please visit and