We Are Hiring

Communications Manager

Ocean Conservancy is investing in a Communications team that will help start a new conversation about conservation by tapping into shared values to secure science-based solutions for a healthy, thriving ocean that benefits us all.

We need an experienced communications strategist with a proven track record in campaigns and coalition communications that win hearts and change minds. With a passion for politics and a keen understanding of advocacy levers, our ideal candidate will be adept at not only planning and implementing long-term communications strategies but also skilled at leveraging external opportunities.

We are looking for an excellent writer with a keen instinct for stories to engage media (national and local) and experience crafting messages that move people to action. A background in shaping political and/or advocacy campaigns, strong relationships with media, and excellent interpersonal skills are essential. U.S. government experience would be a plus. Prior conservation experience is not essential.


We invite you to join our mission.

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Our organization is committed to working together with people and we celebrate diversity.

You will be part of smart, creative and fun team. Communications is a priority for Ocean Conservancy’s leadership and valued throughout our organization. You will report to the Director of Communications and work on stakeholder outreach and influence strategies to build a broad base of ocean champions in key U.S. geographies. You will play an important role in making important ocean policies relevant to coastal communities and making connections between ocean communities and decision-makers in Washington D.C. Your work will intersect with our conservation programs, Digital and Government Relations teams.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop strategies, content and narratives that showcase the importance of coastal communities and ocean policy to a range of target audiences, including local and regional media, and key decision-makers in Congress.
  • Create, deliver and measure effective communications to help deliver conservation wins.
  • Implement a range of tactics to secure media coverage and online conversation about the importance of coastal communities (and issues and concerns relevant to them).
  • Grow Ocean Conservancy’s credibility and influence in key media markets including Washington D.C.
  • Increase Ocean Conservancy and our partners’ visibility through appropriate venues and events for thought leadership.
  • Deliver high quality content and compelling, immersive stories to engage target audiences.
  • Serve as a trusted partner within the organization and a credible ambassador of our work externally.



  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience in communications, journalism, political and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working effectively with coalitions and diverse networks to achieve communications results.
  • Exceptional, proven success at pitching and placing media stories.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in using strategic communications to instrument change.
  • Adept at creating and executing multilayered strategies and creating innovative communications materials and products to convey messages.
  • A creative, collaborative team player.


Compensation and Location

Ocean Conservancy offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Washington, D.C.


To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates may submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements via email to  Please put Position #CM17-14 in the Subject Line. This position will remain open until filled.



Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.