2023-091 Conservation Programs Assistant

Ocean Conservancy - Washington, DC


Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.


Provides administrative and project support to several programs within the conservation department. Specific portfolio of conservation programs to be identified upon hire, but may include Fisheries Conservation, Climate Policy, Climate/Plastics Nexus, and Trash Free Seas®.


  • Provides project and administrative support to program leadership and staff including
    • Planning and coordination of program event logistics
    • Scheduling team meetings and one-on-one meetings (as requested)
    • Note-taking at meetings
    • Calendar management of assigned individuals (no more than two)
    • Arranging travel for individuals and teams
    • Monitoring deadlines and project milestones
    • Creating and maintaining files
    • Drafting correspondence and program reports
    • Copying and mailing
    • Processing, compiling and tracking expense reconciliations
    • Drafting reprojections and providing budget review support
    • Assistance in drafting, managing and tracking of contracts and subgrants
    • Processing of invoices
  • Provides ad hoc support to other program assistants, including coverage of specific duties in their absence.
  • Attends weekly meetings with relevant program directors.
  • Carries out project assignments in support of team members including conducting research, gathering information, preparing presentations and other materials for internal and external audiences.


  • A minimum of two years of administrative experience staffing a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience in public policy and with non-profit organizations preferred.
  • A team player who can bring the creativity, energy, discipline and commitment needed to support our restoration goals.
  • A high-level performer who remains attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated success in supporting a team.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Personable, passionate, productive, and focused to support accurate and timely analysis, advocacy, products, and positions.
  • A strong performer who is attentive to details but can keep a larger vision in mind, is disciplined in adhering to deadlines and can produce deliverables in a timely, accurate manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated success in supporting a team.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • A highly motivated self-starter.


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience preferred


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. Salary minimum is $46,350; salary midpoint is $53,560. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s specialty skills, years of experience, location, and unique background. We would welcome the opportunity to connect with potential candidates whose salary requirements may be outside of the expected hiring range.


If you think you’d be a great fit for the job and are interested in joining Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.



You will be required to provide proof of full 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 accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


Ocean Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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

Posted On: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Compensation: $46,350-53,560

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