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2022-044 Director, Arctic Indigenous­-led Marine Conservation 49 views


Ocean Conservancy is a non-profit organization working for healthy oceans protected by a more just world. Our headquarters are in Washington, DC, and we have deep roots in Alaska, including a 12-person Arctic Team with staff in Anchorage, Eagle River and Juneau. In the international Arctic, we work cooperatively with Arctic nations and Indigenous organizations on shared priorities. In Alaska, our work engages with Tribal and other Alaska Native partners, as well as government agencies, conservation NGOs, and others.


The Director of Arctic Indigenous-led Conservation will advance Ocean Conservancy’s growing body of work supporting Indigenous-led conservation in Alaska. Working as an integral member of the Arctic team, the Director will develop and implement strategies to advance marine and coastal conservation in support of Tribal and Indigenous organizations’ priorities in the Arctic and throughout Alaska. The Director will work to deepen and expand partnerships, identify new opportunities, and participate on Ocean Conservancy’s behalf on collaborative efforts and coalitions. In this role, the Director will be part of the Arctic Program’s leadership team.

The ideal candidate will be based in Alaska and will have access to reliable internet. Ocean Conservancy provides financial support for internet connectivity. This is a full-time position with flexible hours. 


  • Identify opportunities for Ocean Conservancy to support the advancement of Indigenous-led marine and coastal conservation in Alaska.
  • In collaboration with the Arctic team, develop and implement strategies to achieve marine and coastal conservation in Alaska through advancement of Tribal and Indigenous organizations’ priorities.
  • Develop, expand and maintain relationships with key partners, including Alaska Tribes and consortia, Indigenous leaders, Alaska communities, government representatives, Alaska Native Organizations and other NGOs.
  • Participate on behalf of Ocean Conservancy in collaborative efforts and coalitions to advance Indigenous-led conservation in Alaska.
  • Participate in the development and execution of internal and external communications materials and strategies.
  • Represent Ocean Conservancy in select federal and state decision-making bodies, at conferences and meetings related to Alaska marine conservation and Indigenous-led conservation.
  • Coordinate with Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Justice program and other relevant programs to develop connections with and support Indigenous-led conservation efforts outside of Alaska.
  • In conjunction with Arctic program and development staff, assist in the preparation of relevant grant reports and proposals and other communications with existing or prospective funders.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience working with Alaska Native peoples and organizations and rural communities.
  • Experience successfully building and working in coalitions.
  • Strategic thinking and ability to identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts the minimum and midpoint of the range for each of its open positions.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with the skills, years of experience and unique background of the candidate. Salary minimum is $106,600; salary midpoint is $133,200.  Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity being considered.


If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.


Employees will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status or submit to regular masking and testing, as a condition of employment at Ocean Conservancy’s meetings, gatherings and offices. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


We encourage applicants to apply who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences. A 100% match is not required. We want to support employee’s career growth and in return our employees help Ocean Conservancy grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.


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