Shipping Emissions Policy Manager

Clean Ocean Action Published: February 3, 2023
Washington, D.C.
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Policy / Program Management
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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.


Global shipping is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are driving the climate emergency. Ocean Conservancy is undertaking a campaign to greatly reduce these emissions, targeting international shipping at the International Maritime Organization, maximizing opportunities with high ambition countries generally, and reforming U.S. domestic policy to fully decarbonize shipping and ports.

The Shipping Emissions Policy Manager contributes to the campaign by identifying and advancing federal and state policies (fiscal, programmatic, regulatory) that will accelerate a just and equitable transition to zero carbon shipping and ports in the U.S. and globally. The Policy Manager will oversee policy research and analysis, coordinate with other Ocean Conservancy teams and external coalition partners, reach out to companies and other potential partners, and assist in media outreach. The Policy Manager will work closely with other Shipping Emissions colleagues to ensure that U.S. policy aligns with and supports our global policy goals and strengthens U.S. leadership in international maritime decarbonization policy processes.

The ideal candidate will be a progressive and proactive teammate who works effectively across culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse teams and coalitions, and who is passionate about researching and analyzing conservation issues.

Location: This position is based in Washington D.C. but can work remotely until CDC guidance and Ocean Conservancy policy change.


  • Develop or analyze and revise policies that support the development and deployment of vessels, alternative fuels, and landside infrastructure that will eliminate GHG emissions and air pollution from the maritime sector and ensure environmental justice and equity.
  • Lead on analysis and research that identifies solutions to the challenges of shipping decarbonization and generates evidence in support of potentially effective policies.
  • Devise and execute policy advocacy strategies in collaboration with internal Ocean Conservancy teams and external civil society allies, including leading in the coordination of coalitions focused on shipping decarbonization.
  • Build key relationships with policymakers and industry actors through engagement, education, and advocacy.
  • Assist with coordinating domestic and international policy targets related to shipping emissions.
  • Support outreach to media and stakeholders, including representing Ocean Conservancy on priority policy recommendations.

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


  • Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree + equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in conservation advocacy or related fields, with a preference for work on climate, shipping, or renewable energy issues.
  • Experience in federal and state policy forums and negotiations.
  • Experience providing leadership within coalitions and diverse networks.
  • Experience working with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Excellent command of written English, technical research, and report production.
  • 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.
  • Some travel required.
  • Love of the ocean a plus.


Ocean Conservancy is committed to equity in its pay practices and posts expected hiring ranges for each of its positions. Salary minimum is $74,160; salary midpoint is $92,597. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s specialty skills, years of experience, location, and unique background.  We would welcome the opportunity to connect with potential candidates whose salary requirements may be outside of the expected hiring range.


If you think you’d be a great fit for the job and are interested in joining 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.


Ocean Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We encourage applicants who have a diverse level and range of relevant skills and experiences to apply. 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.

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