Job Posting for Marine Coordinator

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has helped protect over 40 million hectares of Canada's most treasured wild places while working closely with First Nations, government, industry and non-governmental organizations. Our vision is to promote the systematic establishment of new terrestrial and marine protected areas and to foster effective management of existing protected areas in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As Marine Coordinator, your role will focus on advancing and supporting our ongoing engagement in various ocean planning initiatives and campaigns, as well as supporting our work on marine protected areas (MPAs) and MPA network establishment. The candidate will work to advance ocean planning and conservation in NL. You will have a sound knowledge of marine planning processes (especially those already underway in NL), as well as an understanding of ocean policy in Canada, and ocean conservation issues and solutions more broadly. The candidate will be work closely with stakeholders and decision makers to increase understanding of conservation issues and provide constructive solutions. They will have the opportunity to represent CPAWS-NL at various public, multi-stakeholder, and government meetings and they will need to prepare and review reports, proposals and documents and provide feedback and recommendations.  Furthermore, you will develop messaging and materials for public communications that will increase public engagement in ocean planning processes (including media, social media, webpages, etc).

• Graduate degree in ocean science, policy, geography or related field, or equivalent professional experience
• An excellent writer, both in technical and plain language
• Focused and self-motivated individual, with a passion for ocean conservation and ocean planning
• Excellent organization and planning skills
• Experience researching and drafting reports, policy analyses, briefing notes, and scientific papers
• Familiarity with planning and managing events and campaigns
• Experience working within nonprofit sector, ideally with conservation or environmental organizations
• Grant writing experience and project reports is also considered an asset
• Experience in strategic campaign planning and community organizing is also considered an asset
• No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
• Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada
• Available to work for at least six months
• Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host organization
• Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
• Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
• Unemployed or underemployed

The nature and scope of our work varies considerably from day to day, and so we are looking for a strong team player who is resourceful, flexible, and keen to roll their sleeves up and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Please clearly state “Marine Coordinator” in the subject line.   Two professional references are required as part of the application (Name and contact information).  The cover letter will be no longer than one page.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position.  Because we’re a small staff with very limited capacity, we respectfully ask for no phone calls and note that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.