Job Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

FishWise is a sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible practices. FishWise uses market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices and create change on the water. This science-based and business-appropriate approach has allowed FishWise to build partnerships and strong working relationships with industry, government, and NGOs that seek to address the greatest challenges in seafood sustainability.

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is an anticipated five-year project that will engage a vast network of participants, including market-state governments, source country governments, industry, and other stakeholders seeking to improve traceability in seafood supply chains. To begin the work, FishWise and a third-party consultant, will lead an extensive co-design process. USAID, the Walton Family Foundation and other funders, and a cross-sector group of leaders will provide extensive input in the co-design, while other stakeholders will be invited to participate at various steps in the process. The desired result of SALT is to create a collaboration platform that leads to improvements in fisheries sustainability and marine biodiversity through enhanced traceability and transparency that enables and incentivizes stronger fisheries management and increased industry self-regulation. SALT will work toward the achievement of these goals

  • Expand accessible, interoperable, electronic catch documentation and traceability.
  • Increase source country capacities to apply electronic catch documentation and traceability to strengthen fisheries management and to verify fisheries data within these systems.
  • Increase incentives and capacities for industry to apply electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains.

These outcomes will be achieved through increased collaboration, application and scaling of good practices for traceability and transparency, fisheries management, as well as responsible business processes through engagement in a multi-stakeholder community of practice. Targeted and facilitated learning within and between pilot sites will also be a key strategy to achieve the outcomes.

For more information on FishWise and SALT, please visit https://www.fishwise.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seafood-Alliance-for-Legality-and-Traceability.pdf

SALT Project Manager

FishWise is seeking a Project Manager to provide internal management and support to the Project Director, and the multi-stakeholder Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) project. Working with the Project Director, the Project Manager will be charged with planning and executing a variety of key processes that will progress the work of SALT to improve traceability in seafood supply chains, fisheries management, and biodiversity. S/he will be tasked with ensuring the team is progressing and tracking against the strategic plan, and will provide the team with timely and effective communications related to traceability and illegal fishing. The ideal candidate will have strong personal and interpersonal communication skills, a passion for ocean stewardship, and superior project management experience.

In coordination with the Project Director, the Project Manager will assist in the creation of a platform to achieve the traceability goals by coordinating strategic convenings, implementing a knowledge management platform, coordinate with seafood companies and market and source country governments at meetings and conferences, and create a SALT website. This position reports to the SALT Project Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Support the Project Director’s communications with USAID and the Walton Family Foundation.
  • Contribute to and organize logistics for the SALT co-design process, resulting in the creation of a governance structure, work plan, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan, set of stakeholder engagements, and launch of SALT.
  • Support SALT’s strategic and long-term goals.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the work plan, in collaboration with the Project Director.
  • Coordinate meetings, travel, logistics, and communications for the project.
  • Advance FishWise and SALT’s prominence in the field by working with global traceability and IUU experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at industry and NGO conferences and events.
  • Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on traceability and illegal fishing to: 1) stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments, 2) summarize into publications and business friendly briefing documents for diverse audiences and, 3) use this information and resulting deliverables to inform the activities, work plan, and strategic plan of SALT.
  • Support the implementation of a MEL plan, marketing and branding strategy, and results chain for the project.
  • Work with the Project Director to implement and execute knowledge management, communication and process systems for all components of SALT.
  • Lead all communications under the direction of the Project Director, including the creation and maintenance of the SALT website, press releases, meeting correspondence, public information briefs, and various other communications vehicles.


The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans, biodiversity, food security, and human rights
  • Two plus years of relevant work experience and a Bachelors degree required; three years of experience and an advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills including Microsoft Office & Adobe Suite
  • Ability to quickly learn and use project management software (e.g. Podio) and other programs
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous work streams
  • Experience working in a collaborative office and professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Experience breaking down complex topics and documents into materials that can be easily understood by target audiences
  • Established network within the seafood industry, ocean conservation, or biodiversity fields preferred
  • An understanding of seafood stakeholder interests, concerns and motivations related to improving seafood traceability and addressing IUU fishing and human rights abuses
  • Foreign language skills a plus

Compensation and Location

FishWise offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Santa Cruz, CA.

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting FishWise with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through FishWise’s job portal. Please direct all applications to FishWise.


FishWise is an equal opportunity employer.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.

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