New England Aquarium
  • Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life NEAq
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full Time Regular

With a vision for a vibrant and vital ocean for future generations, the New England Aquarium (NEAq) advances animal and ocean health. Based on deep technical and scientific expertise in our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL), NEAq is committed to protecting marine species across a range of taxonomic areas of research.

A leader in marine species scientific research, we seek a collaborative anddedicated individual with a strong record of strategic and cross-functional program implementation to serve as the F/T Program Manager for an exciting new conservation advocacy position centered on marine species protection and responsible use of the ocean. This position will build our capacity as a thought leader in right whale and other marine species conservation. Integrating outcomes-focused work that occurs across existing departments, this interdisciplinary position will leverage our science and policy expertise, harness the power of our public engagement capability, and cultivate relationships with other zoos and aquaria increasing impact on the survival of marine species. Working closely with NEAq leadership at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) and under the supervision of the Director of Ocean Policy, the Program Manager will harmonize various individual functions by overseeing organization-wide species conservation plans. The Program Manager will also cultivate external relationships that build upon NEAq's leadership in research towards conserving marine species.

New England Aquarium has implemented comprehensive safety protocols for employees and visitors to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. As a member of our team, you will be provided with the training and resources needed to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. In addition, the Aquarium requires all staff to be vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) against COVID-19 unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved.


This is a full time, regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off with an expansive Inclusive Holiday policy allowing employees the flexibility to take 12 paid days that best meet their need to observe, celebrate, and participate in activities related to their own traditions, values, and sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • Employee assistance program
  • Discounted parking/ T-pass
  • Free and reduced admissions to dozens of local museums and cultural institutions based on our reciprocal partnerships.

The typical schedule will be Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The position can be conducted remotely or in a hybrid onsite/offsite fashion from any of the following states: MA, NH, ME, RI, VT and NY with ongoing access to, and periodic meetings/events at the NEAq in Boston. Relocation is required if presently residing in any other states.


  1. Scope, define, manage, and implement cross-functional, organized, institutional courses of action and associated positions to achieve specific marine species conservation goals; manage and measure progress across all programs from a workstream perspective.
  2. Ensure ACCOL technical team expertise, scientific outputs and science-based perspectives are reflected in all aspects of our marine species conservation work, including through connecting with other departments (e.g., Conservation Learning, Marketing and Communications, External Relations).
  3. Track, analyze and advise on federal and state regulatory and legislative matters, linking marine species research to marine species conservation policy initiatives, and coordinating closely with the NEAq Director of Ocean Policy and Associate Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy.
  4. Serve as a member of external working groups, coalitions, and partnerships; manage collaboration with external stakeholders and engagement efforts to ensure strategic impact towards achieving marine species conservation goals; liaise on external communications related to particular marine species of taxonomic interest.
  5. Represent NEAq's marine species conservation work via drafting communications materials and participating in speaking opportunities at public events, engagement with government officials, and in the media.
  6. Contribute to institution-wide initiatives as needed, including the development and management of cross-functional collaboration through internal working groups, task forces, and committees.


  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field of expertise or equivalent practical experience.
  • Demonstrated professional experience managing, developing or leading work in marine species conservation or STEM fields; demonstrated excellence in project management skills.
  • Experience collaborating between multiple departments and external stakeholders (e.g., regulators, industry representatives, corporations, conservationists).
  • Demonstrated ability to function and relate effectively in culturally diverse situations and forge inclusive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.


  • Demonstrated experience in bridging between science and policy, communications, storytelling, and being an ambassador for marine species to implement advocacy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience building external networks, building and activating coalitions, and engaging and managing diverse stakeholders.
  • Advanced degree in field of expertise.
  • Specific conservation experience related to marine species.
  • Experience in program/impact evaluation using analytics and diverse metrics.
  • Ability to quickly digest and interpret technical information from scientific teams.
  • Commitment to the growth and team building within the ACCOL and integration with broader NEAq.
  • Genuine interest in, and passion for, the ocean and marine animal conservation mission of the NEAq.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, and to travel occasionally.

If your qualifications look different from what we've described above, but you feel your skills, knowledge, and experience match the capabilities we need, please apply!

New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

Here we foster a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to engage and inspire a broad audience with our efforts to protect the blue planet, and we believe a diverse workforce provides experiences, skills, and perspectives that enrich our programs, strengthen problem-solving, add creativity, and enhance our work environment.

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