• Lead Specialist, Seaweed and Marine Algae - 18045

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 4 months ago(1/9/2018 1:06 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    WWF seeks a Lead Specialist with in-depth knowledge of seaweed aquaculture to provide thought leadership and finance expertise on how marine seaweed and algal species can be utilized to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon while providing critical food and food ingredients that reduce key environmental impacts. The Lead Specialist will have international experience in developing businesses in marine algae and operational experience in managing seaweed farms. Specifically, the Lead Specialist will:


    • Generate thought leadership signaling trends in marine algae aquaculture to sequester carbon;
    • Lead an inventory of global seaweed and algal production;
    • Assess which systems, individuals, organizations and strategies have the potential to scale and identify business models;
    • Identify which countries are working on “blue carbon”, what strategies (conventional and innovative) they are pursuing and what success they have achieved to date;
    • Utilize and expand on existing Network of key individuals and institutions working on marine seaweed and algal cutting-edge research, production and businesses;
    • Prioritize those production systems that have the greatest potential to reduce GHG emissions and identify what factors are reducing their ability to scale.
    • Create a platform to share knowledge about knowledge, systems, successes and failures so that the field can learn faster;
    • Lead the development of business plans, cases and value propositions for innovative financing of marine algae production that will reduce GHG’s emissions;
    • Generate financial approaches for supporting innovation with the most potential to scale and sequester GHG emissions;
    • Develop policy and framework for the efficacy of marine algae to reduce enteric methane emissions, e.g. as an ingredient in dairy and beef cattle feeds;
    • Incent scientists, academia and research institutions to support the development of carbon footprint methodologies of seaweed and algal production;
    • Lead the WWF network on marine algae and generate support consensus where needed in the WWF network and other interested entities on seaweed and algae production;
    • Lead a “state of science” review globally on marine seaweed and algae production and publish in peer-reviewed journals;


    • Bachelor’s Degree and MBA in with focus on start-up businesses in aquaculture and business and 8+ years of experience in managing aquaculture and algal businesses.
    • Management experience to include international seaweed and algae production
    • Experience in managing a global network of aquaculture experts and ability to connect, collaborate and influence them is required
    • Fluency in English required. Additional language skills are preferred.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form
    • Ability to translate concepts and ideas into business cases for seaweed production
    • Excellent strategic abilities, with the capacity to articulate programmatic needs and translate them into effective initiatives
    • Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints is a must.
    • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team
    • Excellent organizational and project leadership skills
    • National and international travel required (up to 30%).





    To Apply:

    • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #18045  
    • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

    As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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