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 30 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. 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.
NRDC is seeking a Marine Protected Areas Project Manager to work in our Beijing office primarily on marine protected areas in China. Supporting effectively protected marine areas will contribute to a healthier marine ecosystem in the face of climate change. The person will also do work on domestic ocean fisheries management in China, working in close collaboration with NRDC’s current Fishery Project Manager. Supporting more robust fisheries within the nation's domestic waters will help achieve food security goals and promote ocean health. The person will be responsible for a broad spectrum of activities, including supporting the strengthening of China’s marine protection laws, working with key officials, academic institutions, NGOs and scientists, and helping to build the capacity and engagement of Chinese NGOs and academics. This person will liaise with government officials; identify and coordinate with other NGOs, academics and key institutions that are influential on marine protected areas; take the lead in organizing workshops and study tours; and build relationships with decision makers and key stakeholders.
The Marine Protected Areas Project Manager will work in partnership with NRDC’s Fishery Project Manager and report to the Senior Strategist for NRDC’s Oceans Division and to the Conservation Director of the China Nature Program, as well as receive guidance from other senior staff in China and the U.S.
Work on strengthening and expanding China’s system of marine protected areas, including working on China’s marine protection Laws, regulations and practices and advising on opportunities to strengthen these laws and their implementation;
Meet regularly with government officials to provide NRDC’s perspective on marine protected areas;
Organize workshops in China concerning marine protected areas;
Organize study tours to other countries to learn about their systems of marine protected areas;
Research and write reports on China’s marine protected areas;
Identify local NGOs and develop strong working relationships with them so as to increase their capacity and engagement in marine protected area management;
Work closely with NRDC’s Fisheries Project Manager on issues related to domestic marine fisheries management law, policies, and practices;
Attend relevant meetings and conferences;
Support consultants hired in China, including: helping monitor progress of reports; assisting consultants' work, as needed; tracking consultants' expenses; and arranging meetings between consultants and U.S.-staff;
Write fact sheets and other materials in Chinese; translate documents from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as needed.
Advanced degree in a relevant field such as natural resources management or ecology;
Track record of effective conservation work;
5-7 years of relevant work experience;
Knowledge of marine conservation a plus;
Previous experience working with Chinese agencies, such as natural resource or environmental agencies, a plus;
Ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders (government, non-government, scientists, industry);
Strong research and writing skills;
Fluency in both Chinese and English, with excellent English oral and written skills;
Excellent public speaking skills;
Ability to work well with others and with minimal direct supervision;
Flexibility in taking international calls at odd hours; and
Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.
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.
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 www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter, in which salary expectation and availability are stated, 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 resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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. If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please send an email with the position title in the subject line to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until filled.