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Officer, Preventing Ocean Plastics (Hybrid)

The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts

For more than 25 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment.

Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Safeguarding these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines, and landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable solutions to the loss of biodiversity.

In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems.

Preventing Ocean Plastics

Pew’s preventing ocean plastics project aims to provide the evidence base for concerted global action to reduce the flow of plastic into the ocean. The project focuses on the dissemination of research and tools that help to evaluate and identify the economically and politically viable steps needed to catalyze more effective and efficient global efforts and investments to reduce the flow of plastics entering the world’s oceans. Specifically, the project aims to help develop policies to address in-country plastic use and waste, unintentional microplastics, and plastics trade as well as increased accountability of public and private actions.

Position Overview The officer, preventing ocean plastics assists in developing and implementing strategies and activities to advance the EU microplastic legislation and policies to reduce the trade in problematic plastics. This includes extensive advocacy and policy work and coordination with government officials, NGOs, scientists, and the business community to advance EU policy actions toward reducing microplastics emissions and reducing trade in problematic plastics at the World Trade Organization.

This position is based in Pew’s Brussels office and is eligible for up to 60% telework from home, and reports to the senior manager, preventing ocean plastics, based in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office.


  • With the senior manager, design and implement effective strategies that will result in broad support to advance microplastic legislation in the EU and policies to reduce the trade in problematic plastics.
  • Conduct outreach to Brussels-based government officials in the European Commission, Parliament, and Council, leaders from EU countries in capitals, and Geneva-based trade negotiators to advance EU policy actions toward reducing microplastics emissions and efforts to reduce the trade in problematic plastics.
  • In collaboration with communications staff, serve as the team’s EU media spokesperson to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies about the need for strong regulations for microplastics, including representing the Trusts publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums and authoring articles for newspapers and magazines.
  • Work with an NGO coalition to advocate for EU microplastics legislation, including building and maintaining relationships with NGO partners.
  • In coordination with the preventing ocean plastics technical team, develop research and analysis that demonstrates the costs, benefits, and impacts of microplastic pollution and possible policy options. This includes convening technical experts, industry stakeholders, and government officials to disseminate findings.
  • Develop policy briefs, papers, and advice for the campaign.  Analyze policy opportunities that have relevance for campaign efforts and review and provide comments on draft policy proposals, regulations and white papers to internal and external audiences as needed in a timely fashion.
  • Represent Pew publicly at conferences, seminars and official forums as necessary. Participate in or lead Pew delegations to relevant intergovernmental meetings as necessary.
  • In collaboration with communications staff, support the development of Pew communications activities in the European Union to build public awareness, support, and momentum.
  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of ocean plastics.
  • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the department as assigned, as well as broader Pew-related projects and activities as needed.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of contracts for campaign projects.  Work with campaign staff to draft work plans and procurement documents, communicate with contractors and grantees, manage the approval process with other units of the Trusts and monitor ongoing grants and contracts.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; an advanced degree in public policy, international relations or environmental science or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a particular focus on or familiarity with international ocean policy, plastics policy, and/or EU policymaking.
  • Excellent political, strategic and analytical abilities with proven program management skills to develop, execute and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is ripe for intervention and identify the means to address it.  Ability to be flexible, creative, consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility. A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them.  Strong oral and written communication skills such that complex ideas, thoughts and concepts are clearly articulated for a general audience.  Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.  Excellent listening skills.  Highly articulate.
  • Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use effective marketing techniques and media exposure to communicate the impact of research on conservation needs.
  • Exhibits strong diplomacy skills.  Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another.
  • Seasoned judgment, able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.

Travel  International travel expected approximately 20% of the time.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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