Blue Habits Project Manager

Oceanic Society Published: April 16, 2018
Job Type
Full-time Freelance / Limited Contract
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Project Management /

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~ Since 1969, Oceanic Society has been inspiring and empowering people worldwide to take part in building a healthy future for the world’s oceans. ~

Oceanic Society works to improve ocean health by deepening the connections between people and nature to address the root cause of its decline: human behavior.

We seek to bridge the gap between awareness and measurable behavior change in three ways:

  1. Connecting people to oceans through travel, and motivating personal actions to improve ocean health—Our expeditions engage thousands of people in international ocean conservation every year. We deliver unique, top-quality, life-changing travel experiences to a growing number of people through research and volunteer programsnature expeditions, and whale watching cruises.
  2. Defining and implementing strategies, tools, and methods to activate, sustain, and measure human behavior change—We work with leading behavioral scientists to define and implement techniques to motivate and measure consumer behavior changes relating to climate change, plastic pollution, and sustainable seafood, and we use storytelling and flagship species conservation to engage people and stimulate action.
  3. Leveraging and amplifying our impacts to new audiences—We are developing, testing and packaging best practices and tools for motivating pro-ocean behaviors in order to leverage their use among the nature tourism industry that impacts tens of millions of people per year, as well as among consumer audiences more broadly through strategic partnerships.

Together, these strategies aim to "move the needle" in ways that measurably improve ocean health and reduce the hazards that humans pose to oceans over time.

Position Overview

The Blue Habits Project Manager will assure the successful launch, coordination, and delivery of the second phase of Oceanic Society’s innovative Blue Habits program in collaboration with Stanford University. This position is responsible for effectively managing the project’s timeline, deliverables, and budget; documenting and reporting the project’s work and results; and coordinating the planning, preparation, and fundraising for the program’s growth.

The position is based in Oceanic Society’s office in Arlington, VA, USA, with occasional travel to California.

Please Note: This is a full-time, term-limited position beginning in May 2018 and ending in May 2019. The term of the position may be extended, contingent upon the availability of funding and other factors. No further notice of cessation of employment is required.


Lead and coordinate work among the project team (external partners and staff) to assure on-time delivery of key project deliverables, including: design-thinking workshop (September 2018), analysis of workshop and prototyping (October-December 2018), implementation and testing (November 2018-February 2019), evaluation and publication (March-May 2019), including:

  • Assign tasks and deadlines
  • Create and manage project schedule and timeline
  • Communicate regularly with project team to monitor progress toward deliverables and deadlines
  • Support team members as needed
  • Adapt project plans as needed
  • Implement and manage changes when necessary to meet project goals

Document and report project progress and outcomes for internal and external audiences, including Oceanic Society staff, naturalists, board members, project partners, donors, and the public, including:

  • Adhere to donor reporting requirements, including reporting format and frequency
  • Create monthly, quarterly, and annual reports in collaboration with project partners and staff
  • Contribute to public-facing communications about project activities and results in collaboration with Oceanic Society staff (e.g., blogs, emails, press)
  • Present / report to project stakeholders regularly on progress, problems, and solutions

Contribute to the completion of key project deliverables, including:

  • Background research / literature review for Blue Habits “business case” and best practices “playbook”
  • Organization / logistics of design-thinking workshop
  • Coordination of activities by Stanford researchers aboard Oceanic Society tours in California and internationally
  • Coordination of writing, design, and publication of Blue Habits “business case” and Blue Habits “playbook” of effective practices
  • Manage project expenses and allocate funds within the project budget, in coordination with Oceanic Society’s director of finance
  • Coordinate fundraising for Blue Habits program development in collaboration with staff and partners including donor research, writing of proposals, and participating in donor stewardship


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years experience managing multi-stakeholder projects, especially for non-profit organizations
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed and proactive
  • Strong, practical knowledge of ocean conservation issues required. Familiarity with social science research practices preferred
  • Experience working with researchers / academic institutions and conducting basic research strongly preferred
  • Travel industry / ecotourism / nature-based tourism experience preferred
  • Experience and successful track record in non-profit fundraising preferred
  • Familiar with project management tools such as Basecamp and collaborative business tools such as the Google suite of apps (Sheets, Docs, etc.)
  • Desire to work as part of a mission-driven organization dedicated to ocean conservation

Compensation: This is a full-time, one-year, term-limited position, and is eligible for all Oceanic Society benefits; salary commensurate with experience.

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