Fisheries Information and Data Specialist

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 700 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.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

EDF and our local partners’ work in Indonesia has been focused on creating new processes and institutions that will allow for and support collaborative fisheries management planning and implementation to achieve lasting sustainability. 


EDF’s work in Indonesia is focused on uniting marine conservation and community sustainability in Indonesia through reforms of fishery management to benefit people and marine ecosystems.  We bring more than 25 years of hands-on experience and results, critical information, and handbooks to help guide government and stakeholders to collaboratively design and implement sustainable fisheries management.  We work in partnerships with governments and diverse fishery stakeholders to design sustainable fishing that helps fishers and communities become stewards.


Overall Function- This position reports to the EDF Senior Manager Program Lead and will work closely with the EDF Indonesia and EDF global teams.  Consideration will be given to those with experience and expertise in natural resources including disciplines of science, economics, policy and/or communications.  Candidates should have a specialty related to fisheries or be willing and able to gain needed knowledge. The ideal candidate will have prior experience establishing fishery data collection systems in other places in Indonesia. 


The Fisheries Information and Data Specialist will work with EDF to develop fisheries data collection systems in key sites across Indonesia to track fisheries stock health.  S/he will be responsible for gaining support from key partners in government, academia, industry, and the community to support data collection systems.  S/he oversee and provide training and quality control to the data collectors in the field to ensure they are following the correct methodologies and reporting requirements and synthesize the data into an electronic database format needed for stock health analyses.



Overall Function

Environmental Defense Fund is seeking a full-time, highly-motivated Data Specialist who will be in be charge of working at the EDF sites across Indonesia to set up fisheries landings data collection systems that will inform fisheries management decisions.



Key Responsibilities

  • Lead planning and the establishment of fisheries data collection systems across Indonesia to support EDF’s fisheries management work
  • Network with key partners in government, academia, industry, and the community to grow support data collection systems
  • Oversee field data collectors. Conduct training on data collection, perform quality control of field data collectors, ensuring adherence to correct methodologies and reporting requirements. Synthesize the data into an electronic database format needed for stock health analyses
  • Coordinate internally with the EDF Indonesia team and US-based Fisheries Solutions Center (FSC) is support of data analyses
  • Liaise with MMAF’s BRPL on proper methodologies and reporting requirements to ensure government acceptance and use of the information provided
  • Support fellow team members in various activities in the field, building awareness of the need for sustainable fisheries management
  • Perform other tasks in accordance with the direction of EDF leaders and supervisors



  • An S1 Degree in related field such as environmental science, biology, natural resource economics, natural resources social studies, fisheries management, marine conservation, etc.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience with international, development, or environmental projects
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare analyses and write reports, with strong analytical and data collection methodologies experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a diverse team to achieve common goals
  • Understanding or willingness to learn about rights-based management for sustainable fisheries
  • Ability to work in South Jakarta office and travel frequently to sites around Indonesia