Fisheries Analyst

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.



The Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) is internationally recognized for our expertise in the science, policy, and economics of fisheries and in the design of sustainable solutions. Our team helps EDF’s partners and field staff around the world assess the challenges facing their fisheries and develop solutions.  The FSC is the world’s most comprehensive hub for tools, training, and information on sustainable fishing and our experts are dedicated to advancing the cutting-edge of sustainable fisheries management.




The Fishery Analyst helps to manage multiple projects and conducts socioeconomic and biological analysis to support the development of sustainable solutions. S/he will work with other EDF staff, consultants, and partners to develop analysis that helps advance project objectives, draft papers and reports, and present findings and recommendations to leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders. The Fishery Analyst will primarily work with a small team of social and biological scientists within the FSC, and wield data and analytics to tell stories and develop insights regarding fishery challenges and intervention strategies. Working closely with other team members, the Fishery Analyst will also help to coordinate the efforts of EDF staff and consultants, and to help shape projects in ways that ensure sound, relevant, and insightful analyses.




  • Independently conduct analyses which illustrate tradeoffs and provide insights for fishery reform strategies and fishery performance.
  • Help to develop and enhance bioeconomic models and other analytical tools through the application of computer programming (primarily R) and mathematical modeling skills. 
  • Help to create and deploy frameworks for evaluating the conservation, economic, and social performance of fisheries and why fisheries perform the way they do.
  • Help staff in the FSC to understand on-the-ground challenges of EDF regional teams. 
  • Develop analyses that help EDF regional teams to develop effective intervention strategies.
  • Coordinate efforts with other EDF staff and consultants to ensure comprehensive analysis and streamlined communication.
  • Present analysis and findings to policy makers, seafood businesses, and fishery stakeholders.



  • Master’s degree in biology, oceanography, fishery social science, fishery economics, marine resource management, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop and execute projects of a technical nature.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to balance competing deadlines.
  • Proven skills in communication, public speaking and writing.
  • Ability to wield the R programming language.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Ability to work both independently and in support of a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including experience with Excel, Word, and Internet research.
  • Ability and willingness to travel - up to 20% of the time — including international travel.

Location: Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA, or Raleigh, NC

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.