Local recruitment: Fisheries Specialist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

La Paz, BCS, Mexico 🇲🇽

Job ID: 53180

Location: Mexico

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


La Paz, Baja California Sur,  México


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Fisheries Specialist assists in the development and implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s ocean work in the Gulf of California and Mexico’s Northern Pacific (GoC) region. S/he will manage projects and provide technical and scientific support for elements of TNC’s Mexico Fisheries and Aquaculture Strategy. The Fisheries Specialist will be a position within Mexico’s Oceans Team and will report to the Fisheries Lead. The base location for the position will be in La Paz, Mexico. Other locations in Northwest Mexico can be considered. No international relocation, visa sponsorship or assistance is being offered with this position.


The Fisheries Specialist provides technical leadership and support to The Nature Conservancy’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Strategy in the Gulf of California and Mexico’s Northern Pacific (GoC) region. S/he supports the Oceans Director and the Fisheries Lead by developing, coordinating, implementing and supporting priority projects in the GoC region and serving as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries. The position will apply a diversified knowledge of fisheries-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, to strategy development, project coordination and management support, and engagement with key stakeholders particularly government, NGO conservation partners, scientific community, coastal communities and private sector. The Fisheries Specialist ensures the implementation of site-based projects, coordinates with several team members, sets deadlines and manages completion. Uses TNC code of conduct and competencies as a baseline to conduct their actions and be an example for others.


  • Provides project management support in small-scale fisheries projects in the Gulf of California
  • Coordinates work with local communities in the Gulf of California, including community engagement and participation, identifying key community members, implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion aspects with community-based work 
  • Builds and maintains institutional relationships with relevant government agencies and other NGOs. 
  • Develops and implements complex projects, from the planning phase to the deliverable completion phase, based on the Fisheries and Aquaculture Strategy for Mexico
  • Proposes and implements methods of monitoring, evaluation and learning  
  • Develops strategic communication materials for broad audiences
  • Coordinates and facilitates meetings and workshops, including complex and large multistakeholder processes
  • Coordinates the implementation of innovative decision-support tools (eg. FishKit) and technology for fisheries management, including product development processes and user experience 
  • Searches, manages, and works with broad data bases and fisheries information
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets         
  • Supports the Oceans Director and Fisheries and Aquaculture Lead with fundraising efforts, including writing and editing proposals, reports, and fundraising materials, as well as with fundraising trips and events, in order to ensure that the programs fundraising targets are met
  • Provides team support, technical information, and advise on fisheries regulatory framework and public policy 
  • Gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements           
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and good judgement. 
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances


•    BA/BS, law or business degree and 5years’ experience in similar position and in fisheries management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
•    Experience developing high-quality communications products (including donor proposals and reports, as well as communications materials and products)
•    Demonstrated experience and knowledge of current trends and practices in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of California
•    Demonstrated experience in partnership development (i.e., fishing cooperatives, seafood industry, and government agencies) 
•    Experience working with local communities in the Gulf of California, including community engagement and participation, identifying key community members, implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion aspects with community-based work  
•    Experience on the development and implementation of complex projects, from the planning phase to the deliverable completion phase 
•    Experience in facilitating multistakeholder processes, coordinating and facilitating meetings and workshops 
•    Knowledge and experience using and developing innovative tools and technology for fisheries management, including product development processes and user experience 
•    Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means
•    A self-starter with the ability to think strategically and the initiative to work independently while effectively functioning as part of a larger program team
•    Capacity to solve complex problems and comply with deadlines, independently and with minimal supervision
•    Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers
•    Skills in searching, managing, and working with broad data bases and fisheries information
•    Fluid and sufficient English skills in writing, speaking and listening
•    Able and willing to travel, always following security guidelines 
•    Complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme
•    Applicant must be legally eligible for Mexican employment

•    Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing marine conservation initiatives 
•    Knowledge on fisheries management tools, particularly the design and implementation of Fish Refugia (Zonas de Refugio Pesquero) 
•    Knowledge and experience with fisheries regulatory framework and public policy 
•    Able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization
•    Knowledge of conservation science and decision-support tools for conservation
•    Ability to explain fisheries and aquaculture topics to technical and non-technical audiences 
•    Experience negotiating complex agreements
•    Experience using Geographic Information Systems such as online GIS
•    Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
•    Experience working with Mexican government and NGOs.
•    Optimistic and with outstanding people’s skills.
•    Experience in fundraising.  
•    Politically savvy.


To apply for job ID 53180, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on april 11th, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development