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Field Representative

Remote, California
Closing date
May 2, 2024

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Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time

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Do you want to make a difference protecting and restoring the abundance of the oceans? Come join a dedicated team of professionals who are working to protect marine wildlife while also enhancing the capacity of the oceans to feed a growing world population.  

Oceana’s Field Team works in strategic states to reduce plastic pollution, fight the expansion of offshore drilling, protect the North Atlantic Right Whale, promote responsible fishing practices, fight illegal fishing, and defend core environmental laws like the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This position will primarily focus on building support for local, state, and federal policies in southern California. We win by engaging municipalities, business leaders, communities and the public to protect and restore the oceans. 

A field representative is a campaigner who will be able to leverage existing networks and build new connections throughout California to support Oceana’s campaigns and build a network of ocean advocates across the state. This position requires candidates who are politically savvy, results-driven, and have experience building and leveraging power in California. We are looking for someone who can effectively advocate for our campaign priorities at all levels of government. 

You will work closely with other field staff and a team of professionals in Washington, DC to build on-the-ground support for fighting plastic pollution and expanded offshore drilling. Our Field Team is a dynamic group of passionate campaigners who lead efforts to influence policymakers in their states and regions. We put a premium on collaborating with coalition partners, volunteers, supporters, and allies, and strive to inspire the public to take action in a challenging and often discouraging political environment. Applicants must be driven, organized, skilled at communicating effectively and persuasively, collaborative, adaptable, and able to manage complexity. 

Founded in 2001, Oceana is the world’s largest nonprofit organization focused solely on restoring the resilience and abundance of the ocean.  

We achieve measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Our campaigns focus on getting policy change in countries that govern nearly one-third of the world’s wild-caught fish, including Belize, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United States, Canada and the 27 countries in the European Union.   

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool. 


Nearly one billion people currently do not have enough to eat. The demand for food is projected to increase 70 percent by 2050 as the population grows to an expected nine billion. An often-overlooked solution to this problem is our oceans. A fully productive ocean could provide one nutritious meal a day for 700 million people, or 13 to 15 percent of the animal protein produced on the entire planet. Moreover, wild-caught ocean fish uses no land, needs negligible amounts of water, is the lowest cost per pound to obtain, and provides human health benefits.

Unfortunately, ocean productivity is drastically declining due to overfishing, destructive fishing practices, marine habitat loss and pollution. If action is not taken to reverse this trend now, wild seafood may soon disappear as a major food source for a hungry planet. There is good news, however: restoring wild seafood is achievable and there are many examples of fish rebounding under science-based management, which is also surprisingly feasible. Science gives us clear direction about how to manage fish recovery. Fish will recover if we –

  • Set reasonable fishing quotas and reduce industrial overfishing.
  • Reduce bycatch (the incidental catch of non-targeted animals).
  • Protect marine habitat, both in preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health, as well as from the harmful effects of marine pollution.

Oceana is headquartered in Washington, DC and has offices in New York City, NY; Juneau, AK, Portland, OR, Monterey, CA, City of Belmopan, Belize; Brussels, Belgium; Brasilia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Copenhagen, Denmark; Lima, Peru; Manila, Philippines; Madrid, Spain. Oceana boasts a worldwide staff of more than 200 full time professionals and an annual operating budget of approximately $43 million dollars.

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