2023-098 Membership Manager, Global Ghost Gear Initiative®

Ocean Conservancy - Santa Cruz, CA

POSITION TITLE: Membership Manager, Global Ghost Gear Initiative®

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Conservation Programs®

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Global Ghost Gear Initiative

STATUS: Full Time, Exempt

LOCATION: Portland, OR or Santa Cruz, CA preferred; other locations will be considered in the following states: AK, DC, FL, MD, VA, WA



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.


The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is the world’s largest collective impact alliance dedicated to solving one of the most critical challenges facing our ocean today – that of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG or “ghost gear”). The GGGI is a collaborative, cross-sectoral alliance of stakeholders from fishing industry, private sector, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, corporations, governments, and academia dedicated to tackling ALDFG at a global scale. Launched in September 2015 and founded on the best available science and technology, the GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine life from harm, and safeguard human health and livelihoods. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its ~135 member organizations, including the official support from 20 governments, and many intergovernmental organizations.

Reporting to The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) Associate Director, the GGGI Membership Manager serves as the first point-of contact for GGGI members and is responsible for continued engagement of GGGI members in the academic, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), technology, and private sector spaces The Membership Manager provides day-to-day communications with GGGI members in conjunction with Ocean Conservancy’s communications experts, and leads the initiation of membership including any due diligence required. The Membership Manager also conducts positive outreach to prospective new members where strategically appropriate to grow the GGGI membership in a manageable fashion in line with the GGGI’s multi-year strategy. The Membership Manager will work closely with the broader Ocean Conservancy Programs team to continue to expand and enhance the GGGI and build a stronger public movement against “ghost gear”.


  • Ensure GGGI members are actively and positively engaged in the GGGI through oversight and active management of our membership.
  • Communicate regularly with GGGI members and offer support where appropriate and within the context of the GGGI platform to increase the global impact of the GGGI.
  • Lead on the identification, recruitment and initiation of new members together with the GGGI Associate Director, including managing the prospective membership survey and any due diligence required.
  • Participate in planning and execution of the GGGI related events including the Annual General Meeting in collaboration with other GGGI staff.
  • Assist with writing, reviewing and reporting on grant proposals, contracts and deliverables; and support project development as required.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with external organizations and teams within Ocean Conservancy and in the wider ocean plastics community to pursue Initiative objectives.
  • Support wider organizational goals, including those relating to brand, communications, fundraising and resource management.
  • Under the oversight of the GGGI Associate Director, contribute to the creation of the GGGI Annual Report.
  • Effectively collaborate with Ocean Conservancy’s communications team to develop communications materials and assets to promote the GGGI and its members where appropriate.
  • Represent Ocean Conservancy and GGGI at external engagements.
  • Actively participate in building the GGGI brand and maintain the integrity of the brand to support its profile, member recruitment and engagement.
  • Create and maintain positive and constructive working relationships with key external stakeholders including research institutions, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to build, grow and sustain the program.


  • Five or more years of experience in professional conservation, program management, or other relevant field preferred.
  • Experience working in membership-based organizations and identifying, recruiting and engaging members in support of overall organizational goals preferred.
  • Experience working in the field of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) preferred.
  • Experienced project leader with specific experience coordinating regionally or geographically dispersed teams or networks.
  • Proven relationship management skills.
  • Focused interest in connecting different types of thinkers, from non-governmental organization (NGO), research, and policymaking sectors, in new ways to solve challenging problems.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and proven success in conveying complex scientific or technical concepts to a variety of audiences.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally and speak publicly either in person or virtually.


  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries management, coastal resource management or similar field. Master’s degree preferred.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. Salary minimum is $63,036; salary midpoint is $92,597. The midpoint represents the market rate for a position, and a fully experienced employee may be paid at this level. 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.


Ocean Conservancy embraces a hybrid work environment, which allows our staff the flexibility to work virtually and in-person while building strong connections across the institution.


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: Friday, October 27, 2023

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