Project Manager (Traceability/SALT)


Santa Cruz, CA, US


For more than 15 years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood sector to improve sustainability. At the core of our approach is close collaboration with seafood businesses and multi-stakeholder initiatives.  FishWise not only uses market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices, but also leads the seafood sector through creating resources and guidance to improve traceability, human rights, and combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing.


We are…

  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge on emerging traceability and counter-IUU fishing topics, creating actionable solutions for and with our business, government, and NGO partners.
  • Advocates: We use our voice to create and advance the work of others, raising awareness of critical topics through dialogue with organizations of diverse voices and opinions.
  • Passionate: We care about advancing the sustainable seafood movement forward, rewarding fair actors, and the health of our world’s oceans, and our passion inspires action and global change.
  • Solution-oriented: We value the importance of working with different stakeholders, both across North America and globally, to set ambitious yet achievable goals.

We advance our mission through working…

  • Collaboratively: We partner with a wide range of companies and organizations to create and achieve shared goals together.
  • Innovatively: We are bold and curious, using new skills and solutions to solve intractable problems in order to translate an ideal vision of the world into a reality.
  • Inclusively: We celebrate diversity and foster a supportive environment for all employees.
  • Transparently: We are committed to being open and honest about decision making.


SALT is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains. SALT brings together the seafood industry, governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to accelerate learning and support collaboration on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood, with a particular focus on traceability–the ability to track the movement of seafood through supply chains. SALT is a public-private partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Walton Family, Packard and Moore Foundations and is implemented by FishWise.


The Project Manager will support a team that enjoys a diverse scope of work across the Traceability Division and SALT project, 50/50 respectively. They will be responsible for research, development, and execution of work plans on traceability and counter-IUU fishing, under the direction of the Traceability Project Director. The ideal candidate will have strong personal and interpersonal communication skills, a passion for ocean stewardship, and superior project management experience.

For the Traceability Division, work plan goals are threefold: 1) to create resources and recommendations that help the seafood industry improve supply chain traceability and reduce the risk that seafood products are associated with IUU fishing; 2) to facilitate discussions between key players to find novel solutions to traceability and IUU fishing challenges; and 3) to communicate progress and updates to a core group of NGOs, industry, and other stakeholders.

For SALT, the Project Manager will provide internal management and support to the multi-stakeholder project. In coordination with the SALT team, the Project Manager will be charged with planning and executing the SALT workplan to progress the work of SALT to improve traceability in seafood supply chains, fisheries management, and biodiversity for a USAID program. This role will be tasked with ensuring the team is progressing and tracking against the strategic plan, and will provide the team with timely and effective work related to traceability and illegal fishing.


  • Assist in the communication of progress and next steps on traceability and counter-IUU fishing work plans, project awareness, and advocacy to a variety of audiences and collaborators via email, conference calls, blogs, social media (Instagram and Twitter), the SALT website and webinars.
  • Support and contribute to the implementation of select activities in the SALT workplan and USAID project deliverables (Annual Workplan, MEL, CLA activities, etc).
  • Manage traceability improvements, tracking, and reporting for FishWise retail partners (including drafting and updating work plans and contracts, analyzing and synthesizing data, and writing summaries for partner reporting).
  • Work with global experts and partners to create novel traceability and counter-IUU fishing solutions for the seafood industry and other diverse audiences.
  • Research and curate resources to stay informed on traceability and illegal fishing, synthesize important topics for diverse audiences, and contribute learning to SALT programming and the SALT website.
  • Research and draft white papers, toolkits, policy briefs, and other analyses for the seafood industry or target audiences; review technical documents (legislation, media stories, and reports) on traceability and illegal fishing and summarize for target audiences.
  • Organize logistics for conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; record and distribute minutes including outcomes decisions, assignments, pending action items, and due dates.
  • Assist in budget tracking and accounting against contracts and grants.
  • Become an expert over time on seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing legislation, challenges, and current approaches.
  • Attend and lead events for the Traceability Division and SALT (conferences, meetings, webinars, etc.), including preparation of materials for presentations and events.
  • Provide backstopping to other team members, as needed.


  • Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant work experience in a related field
  • At a minimum, a basic understanding of the global seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing landscape, and a desire to become an expert in these topics over time
  • Knowledge of the retail seafood supply chain and sourcing a plus
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations a plus
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills plus MS Office and Google Suite
  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication, public speaking, and presentation skills with experience breaking down large amounts of material into cohesive units that can be easily understood by target audiences (e.g. seafood businesses, NGOs, and government agencies)
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong knowledge or experience in complex, multi-stakeholder processes and collaborations
  • Motivated self-starter and critical-thinker, with the ability to work with limited oversight
  • Experience with event planning, calendar management, and coordinating travel arrangements preferred


  • This is a full-time position preferably based in the FishWise office in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Remote positions also considered
  • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefit package
  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-5:00 PM
  • Evening and weekend work will sometimes be required
  • Occasional business travel and personal transportation is required





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