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Communications Fellow


Location: San Diego, CA

Hours: Full time (with nights and weekends as-needed)

Compensation: $65,000

Care about the environment and want to make a difference? You could be part of a team of international experts working around the globe to manage, protect, and restore the world’s oceans. The Waitt Institute works to support sustainable ocean management working closely with governments, communities, local stakeholders, and nonprofits in 8 countries around the globe. 

The Waitt Institute seeks an organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated individual to help coordinate our communications efforts across our programs including writing communications materials, developing content, and evaluating the success of communications efforts. You will primarily work under the guidance of the Communications Director and provide support to the communications team to implement communications and engagement strategies and campaigns across the Waitt Institute’s portfolio of programs. This role will involve close collaboration with international partners and programs. The ideal candidate enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and has the flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities. The position may include international travel to program countries or international conferences.

As a global team, the Waitt Institute is committed to being diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive. We recognize that these core values enable our success and we seek to employ talented advocates for the ocean and coastal communities. All applicants are welcome.

The Waitt Institute is a team of international experts working around the globe to protect the world’s oceans and support coastal communities. The Institute is working with 10+ national and territorial governments to create sustainable ocean plans to help improve local livelihoods and economies while safeguarding marine life and ecosystems.


  • Draft and edit communications materials, including but not limited to, press releases, social media copy, blog posts, newsletters, web content, project briefs, project reports, and more

  • Develop content for collateral materials such as presentations, fact sheets and FAQs

  • Support development and implementation of communications plans and strategies to reach diverse audiences

  • Develop structures for improving efficiency within communications efforts

  • Copyedit, write, and develop concept notes

  • Monitor and track key metrics and analytics

  • Produce reports and presentations evaluating the success of communications campaigns and strategies

  • Organize information, contracts, and media

  • Support planning and logistics for international campaigns, travel, events, and conferences


Professional Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of experience with demonstrated expertise in supporting communications programs

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills 

  • Organized and strong attention to detail

  • Excellent time and project management skills with ability to meet deadlines

  • Reliable, responsive, adaptable, and comfortable working across time zones

  • Bachelor’s degree (Graduate degree preferred) or equivalent in Communications, Public Relations, Environmental Studies, or similar fields

  • Experience using project management software such as Asana, Slack, Google Suite and Dropbox

  • Experience with media monitoring tools such as Cision, Meltwater or Muckrack

  • Understanding of ocean/environmental issues and solutions


Personal Attributes

  • Loves efficiency and keeping projects on track

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and ability to multitask

  • Communicative, team player, and transparent

  • Adaptable and interested in working with different countries and cultures

  • Able to strategically and creatively solve problems

  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

Company Benefits

Unlimited Paid Time Off | Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision options | Health Savings Account | 401(k) match up to 6%

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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