Principal Associate, Protecting Coastal Wetlands and Coral Reefs; Pew Charitable Trusts

Countries are increasingly recognizing the role that protection of coastal wetlands can play as nature-based solutions within their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement. Pew has been working directly in three countries – Costa Rica, Belize and Seychelles – to support the governments’ aim to include coastal wetland protections within their updated NDCs. Further, we are working with countries to support the development of financing plans to implement the coastal wetland portion of their NDC. 

The resulting NDCs and financing plan could serve as examples for other countries, particularly those developing countries that may need international funding assistance for their coastal habitat protections.

Position Overview 

The principal associate helps develop and implement project work to include coastal wetlands and coral reefs in countries’ NDCs and provide wider support to the team as needed. This position will report to the manager, coastal wetlands and coral reefs and is based in Washington, DC. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


  • Support project engagement and technical support across in-country sites, working with local partners and governments to include coastal wetlands in their NDCs.
  • Develop and oversee project agreements with external partners.
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and coordinating meetings of policy makers and other key audiences.
  • Help to develop internal research plans, grants, and contracts to ensure proposed research projects are accurately translated into project agreements.
  • Monitor grantee activities, including field activities and related logistics, to ensure that proposed timelines and key deliverables are met.
  • Manage project engagement at workshops and international meetings.
  • Support development of policy statements, papers and guidance for the TOP. Review and provide comments on draft policy proposals, regulations and white papers to internal and external audiences as needed in a timely fashion.
  • Support project reporting and development, by conducting research, drafting documents, coordinating meetings, and liaising within Pew as needed.
  • Proactively identify and monitor: the positions of governments related to NDCs and coastal habitats; potential financing organizations in relation to NDCs and coastal habitats; and emerging scientific outreach opportunities.
  • Represent The Pew Charitable Trusts and the campaign at relevant meetings and events.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. At least six years of applicable experience in the international conservation arena. Specific policy or scientific knowledge of nature-based solutions and NDCs preferred.
  • Experience with research, international policy, project development and/or grant management is desirable.
  • A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills. Ability to synthesize material and communicate complex ideas for a general audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. 
  • Excellent listening skills. Highly articulate. Able to work collaboratively across cultures.
  • Exhibits strong diplomacy skills. Able to work productively with a wide array of different people and institutions that frequently disagree with and are in competition with one another. 
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills, and highly results oriented.
  • Seasoned judgment, ability to make decisions, justify recommendations and be responsive, clear and firm with colleagues and partners.


This position is expected to include international travel (consistent with Pew’s COVID-19 safety protocols).

Total Rewards 

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

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