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2022-050 Port Community Liaison – Hampton Roads, VA / North Carolina


Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.


Our pursuit of Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) at OC has allowed us to realize an enormous opportunity to assist with environmental justice issues in port communities within the context of our Shipping and Arctic work. We are increasing partnerships and coordination with community groups as well as labor organizations and municipalities. Establishing good faith to bring more community members into the work is our priority.

The Port Community Liaison will report to the Associate Director, Ports and Communities and will have primary responsibility for propelling Ocean Conservancy’s goal of achieving zero carbon shipping and green ports by being a liaison to Hampton Roads, VA / North Carolina, a key geographic area.

To do so, the Liaison will engage in the community, use independent judgment to determine the best opportunities to participate in existing resident-led and community-based environmental justice events. They will engage with Managers when attending Air Quality Management District meetings and at other convenings they will engage with Superintendents, Port Operators and Harbor Planners. They will have outreach discretion and be responsible for identifying other forums which align with our existing efforts to reduce the harmful pollution impacts from shipping, ports, and their associated transportation activities. This individual will be the boots-on-the-ground for our Ports and Justice work. They will collaborate within the region to realize the vision of a post carbon waterfront in a way that inspires and builds a sustainable Just Transition.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and dynamic teammate who works effectively across culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse teams, and who has a passion for community engagement, community organizing, and advocacy. They will be dedicated to strengthening port and coastal community resilience.

This position is based in Hampton Roads, VA / North Carolina but will work remotely until CDC guidance changes.


  • Primary support to the Associate Director, Ports and Communities by using independent judgment in the creation of a comprehensive regional survey and designing research studies focused initially on the standardization of port emission reporting and creating greater transparency.
  • Using their own outreach discretion, become a regional expert able to inform and make decisions on engaging with the community in a way that is mutually beneficially and influences positive environmental change.
  • With the support of the Ports Coordinator, they will collaborate with the other Port Community Liaisons to share best practices and lessons learned from their region, successfully develop long lasting partnerships and ultimately create a connected network.
  • Once well established in their region, they will collaborate with OC internal groups & OC teams (including our ocean plastics, science, Arctic and Florida teams) at the Management level to offer recommendations based on their own independent judgment and rooted in experience, research, and an in-depth understanding of the region.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience with community engagement and community organizing.
  • 1 – 5 years of experience working with communities or on social justice issues.
  • Knowledge of environmental science and/or city and regional planning is a plus.
  • Ability to quickly become proficient in new issue areas and develop informational materials.
  • Research and report presentation skills.
  • Enjoys making genuine connections with those outside our organization. Willing to actively seek people who will strengthen our effectiveness, even if their expertise doesn’t perfectly match the need we have at the moment.
  • Strategic thinking, exercises independent judgment, and outreach discretion to assure goals are successfully met.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Standard English, with proficiency in additional dialects (e.g. African American Vernacular English; Gullah English) or languages (e.g. Spanish; French; Mandarin or Cantonese; any Indigenous language) highly valued & appreciated.
  • No physical requirements for this role.
  • Some travel required (Training certificate, and a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) Card, would be ideal).
  • Love of the ocean is a plus.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts the minimum and midpoint of the range for each of its open positions. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with the skills, years of experience and unique background of the candidate. Salary minimum is $56,800; salary midpoint is $71,000. Salary may be higher as appropriate for the selected candidate, with internal equity being considered.


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


You will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status, or submit to regular masking and testing, as a condition of employment at Ocean Conservancy’s meetings, gatherings and offices. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons.


We encourage applicants to apply who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences. A 100% match is not required. We want to support employees’ career growth and in return, our employees help Ocean Conservancy grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization.

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.

  • Remote – Hampton Roads, VA/ North Carolina
  • Arctic / Shipping Emissions
Reports To
  • Associate Director, Ports and Communities
  • Full Time

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