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Shipping Emissions Policy Manager

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

Global shipping is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions which are driving the climate emergency. Ocean Conservancy has launched a campaign to greatly reduce these emissions, targeting international decisions in 2023 at the International Maritime Organization and national policies that reduce emissions from domestic shipping and ports. The Policy Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign will focus on policies, incentives, and other regulatory opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, with an emphasis on achieving zero carbon shipping and green ports. With policy expertise and a familiarity with the shipping industry, the ideal candidate should be adept at working with legislative and administrative bodies, coordinating across diverse stakeholders, and working with larger coalitions to achieve campaign goals.

The Policy Manager’s portfolio will focus on analyzing, developing and advocating for policies to achieve low and zero carbon shipping industry infrastructure and green ports. The Policy Manager will work within our Arctic programs, which have historically taken the lead on our shipping and International Maritime Organization work, while coordinating closely with our Climate, Government Relations and Digital/Communications teams.


  • Manage the development and analysis of zero and low carbon shipping and port policies at the state, national and international levels.
  • Work closely with government officials, legislators and policymakers on the development and adoption of zero and low carbon shipping and port policies.
  • Organize meetings, workshops, and webinars to advance Ocean Conservancy’s campaign objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping and ports.
  • Coordinate with communities, coalitions and regional initiatives advocating for zero and low carbon shipping and implementing zero carbon fuel infrastructure and green port policies.
  • Work with Ocean Conservancy’s digital and communications teams to amplify the issues of reducing shipping emissions and greening ports; be a credible ambassador of our work externally.


  • 5-7 years of experience in conservation policy or social justice campaigning.
  • Excellent command of written English, technical research and report production.
  • Experience working effectively with coalitions and diverse networks.
  • Experience working on legislation or policy development
  • A creative, collaborative team player adept at working across lines of difference.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask, work independently, and handle a fast-paced work environment in good humor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation, social justice, maritime policy or political science preferred.


If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please apply here.

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.

  • Washington, DC
  • Arctic Program
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  • Senior Director, Shipping Emissions, Arctic Program
  • Full Time

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