Senior Associate, Ecosystem Conservation and Fisheries, International Fisheries

Pew Charitable Trusts

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

The Environment Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts

For more than 30 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment. Pew’s global environmental program focuses on science-based, nonpartisan, and sustainable solutions to help protect the planet and people. We work in partnership with governments, Indigenous rights holders, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, local stakeholders, scientists, and other researchers to advance public policy so that nature and communities can thrive.

Since 1990, Pew has worked in North America, South America and Australia to protect large and critically important terrestrial ecosystems, including rivers and other freshwater resources, coastal temperate rainforests, interior mountain ranges, the northern boreal forests, Australia’s Outback, and Chilean Patagonia. We work to ensure these natural systems remain bountiful, functioning, and resilient, providing essential ecological services such as clean air and clean water, sustenance and food security for local communities and more broadly for the welfare of current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, sociology, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable solutions to the loss of biodiversity. 

In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating large scale marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems. We also work to address systemic threats to the ocean, including from plastics, over-and-illegal fishing, seabed mining, and climate change.

International Fisheries 

Pew’s international fisheries project aims to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences for international fisheries that ensures the sustainability of fish populations over the long term and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. Our main areas of work include: the advancement of precautionary harvest strategies and effective compliance regimes for international fisheries; improved protection of vulnerable marine species and their nursery and spawning habitats affected by international fisheries; and improved policies and actions aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Position Overview

The position is based in Pew’s Brussels, Belgium office, and reports to the manager, international fisheries based in Pew’s Brussels, Belgium office. 


  • Conduct research and develop policy recommendations to support the Northeast Atlantic initiative to deliver improved fisheries governance and embed ecosystem-based fisheries management, including through:
    • Enhanced assessments of internationally managed stocks in the Northeast Atlantic, to improve biodiversity protections and ecosystem resilience;
    • The development of management objectives and approaches such as harvest strategies, spatial measures, and enhanced catch decisions, that further the implementation of ecosystem-based management for key NE Atlantic fish stocks.
    • The development of a toolkit for the development and implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the Northeast Atlantic.
    • Alignment between fisheries and environment policies, with a focus on the EU.
  • Help manage team projects and lead on advocacy initiatives,  coordinating campaign activity with ongoing work by other large non-governmental organizations based in Brussels focused on fisheries issues, including developing joint positions, coordinated communications work, and planning joint events/meetings.
  • Attend and engage in advocacy meetings with Northeast Atlantic Coastal States, with a focus on the EU; participating in institutional events such as EU Commission stakeholder meetings, meetings of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee, Coastal states consultations meetings, and the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) annual meeting, feeding back intelligence on campaign priorities to the team and partner organizations.
  • Support the Brussels-based Manager in drafting advocacy material and communications products, solving problems and using initiative to propose policy content.
  • Identify and collate scientific research relevant to campaign objectives and governance decisions for Northeast Atlantic fisheries, and engage with the science community through participation in meetings with official scientific advisory bodies,
  • Oversee team logistical planning on team meetings, information updates, planning calendar and work prioritization.
  • Design, plan and deliver events in line with campaign priorities.


  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including communicating complex ideas to the public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners, and others.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and highly results oriented.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Cloud-based software and research databases a plus.
  • Fluency in English required and fluency in other languages desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • At least four years of applicable experience.


Travel will be required to Pew’s other offices in the US and Europe, and to meetings with European officials and stakeholders.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.