Explore, enable, inspire.

MarAlliance explores, enables and inspires conservation action for threatened marine wildlife and their critical habitats with dependent communities.

MarAlliance improves the understanding and conservation of threatened marine species and their habitats, notably sharks and rays on the Mesoamerican reef. To do this, we create new knowledge by monitoring the abundance and characteristics of species in key sites. We train local fishermen to help us at sea and engage our local communities to obtain information on sightings of important species. We share this knowledge in many different formats to many different audiences, from the youngest audiences in pre-schools all the way to politicians and other decision-makers. Through this, we hope to inspire a sense of wonder about the ocean, to promote sustainable tourism and to foster the effectiveness of marine protected areas.

Science for management and conservation

Working with stakeholders, from fishers and other NGOs to government institutions, we identify the science needed to support management and conservation efforts and build local scientific capacities while undertaking research and long-term monitoring. We are precautionary in our approach, as evidenced by whale shark science conducted in several countries, finfish spawning aggregation research in Belize and Micronesia, shark and ray fisheries-dependent and independent science, deep sea fisheries research in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and assessments of protected areas’ effectiveness for large mobile fish.

Effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs)

Marine wildlife, such as sharks, rays, finfish, turtles and a host of other less iconic species, need refuge from the near constant threat of fishing; if not for their entire life-cycle, at least for part of it. Fully protected marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the most important fish management methods in the conservation toolbox. A global goal has been set to fully protect 10% of the world’s seas by 2020. Currently, there are 6,500 MPAs protecting just over 2% of the world’s seas. MarAlliance identifies and recommends potential marine sites for protection and works with the managers, staff and a cohort of fishers from 13 protected areas in five countries to identify and integrate protective measures for large fish.

Fostering behavioral change

Understanding the drivers of fishing and marine resource use is key to identifying management and conservation strategies. Using a host of survey approaches, from structured to semi-structured, retrospective to pre/post as well as online surveys, MarAlliance has collected multi-faceted data on a range of fronts. We have identified the status of sawfish, derived value for whale shark watching and shark diving, characterized fisheries for sharks and rays, identified fisheries trends for goliath grouper, restaurant preferences for fin-fish species, and more. Results from these surveys have been returned to stakeholders to tailor outreach, improve tourism management efforts for species, protected areas, and wildlife, and have supported legislative reform.

Building collaborations and networks

We believe in the power of many to tackle conservation needs. We build social capital for marine wildlife conservation by linking the various skillsets held by partners through well-defined collaborations and networks. With these we are able to better understand, manage and protect the migratory marine species we work with and increase conservation impact. MarAlliance has established local and international networks of partners to replicate and scale up research and outreach efforts to leverage greater conservation outcomes for marine wildlife. In 2013 we created a network of marine megafauna monitoring practitioners in the MesoAmerican Reef countries and the region (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras). This network now includes 24 partners, with several now leading local monitoring efforts. In November 2015, we founded the Caribbean Chondrichthyan Network (CCN) with 39 partners from the Caribbean region’s NGO, governmental, private and research sectors to better address the regional declines in elasmobranch populations and foster both collaborative science and policy reform.

Developing stakeholder skills

Creating a large cohort of marine wildlife stakeholders who can understand and conduct scientific research and monitoring is critical to sustaining conservation. Students, fishers and partners take part in short- and long-term marine courses, learning how to develop hypotheses, collect, analyze and interpret field data. We further build partner skills in strategic planning, conservation and messaging, and advanced data analyses. Participants are then encouraged and, where possible, supported to train their peers in a highly successful ‘peer-to-peer training program’ that encourages the horizontal spread of knowledge and skills, further building the social capital underpinning large marine wildlife conservation.

Engaging the Public for Conservation

The sea and its large marine wildlife need many champions to mitigate the many impacts of unsustainable fisheries, climate change, pollution, unregulated development and more. We work with all sectors of society to inform, educate and enthuse them with appreciation for the sea. MarAlliance helps identify and foster the talents of the next generation of marine scientists and decision-makers by introducing students to marine science and sharks through the Children of the Sea/Niños del MAR Program. We inform the public and engage them through events, activities and social media to become marine stewards and make better consumer choices for seafood.

Asistente de comunicación (Internship)

MarAlliance es una organización internacional sin ánimo de lucro registrada en EE.UU., Belice, Panamá y Cabo Verde, cuyo objetivo es explorar, facilitar e inspirar cambios positivos para la fauna marina amenazada, especialmente tiburones y rayas, sus hábitats críticos y las comunidades humanas dependientes. Nuestra misión es amplia y ambiciosa, y trabajamos en tres idiomas y en siete países de tres regiones. Ante el declive de muchas poblaciones de megafauna marina, estas especies necesitan una voz fuerte, eficaz y con base científica que las represente para ayudar a los socios dependientes a dar forma a las estrategias y acciones de gestión y conservación para invertir el declive.

Resumen del puesto:

Buscamos a un becario (6 meses) proactivo, con conocimientos digitales y excelente capacidad de redacción y edición de textos, que apoye la creación de contenidos escritos de alta calidad y recursos multicanal para difundir el trabajo que MarAlliance realiza a través de sus plataformas en línea (sitio web, redes sociales, boletín, entre otras) y fuera de línea, y que interactúe con nuestro público externo para contribuir a nuestros objetivos generales de comunicación y marketing. El Asistente de Comunicación dependerá directamente del Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing, y trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el resto del equipo para apoyarles en los elementos de comunicación de su trabajo.

Las funciones y responsabilidades incluirán, entre otras, las siguientes:

  1. Proporcionar apoyo creativo, editorial y operativo a los proyectos. 
  2. Apoyo en la organización, etiquetado y etiquetado del archivo fotográfico y gestión del archivo de vídeo.
  3. Gestión de la comunidad: Gestionar activamente los canales de medios sociales, así como identificar nuevas tendencias y oportunidades de colaboración. Generar reels y visuales.
  4. Apoyo en la redacción de artículos de blog (SEO) y contenido de boletines. 
  5. Ayudar a construir y desarrollar materiales, herramientas y acciones para campañas (online y offline).
  6. Ayudar en diferentes tareas relacionadas con la comunicación trabajando mano a mano con contratistas externos (desarrollador web, diseñador gráfico…) para mejorar el compromiso de las audiencias externas.
  7. Apoyo en la elaboración de informes de campañas y comunicaciones (Google Analytics, métricas de redes sociales, informes de marketing por correo electrónico).
  8. Como parte del Equipo de Comunicación de MarAlliance, apoyar al Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing en cualquier otro proyecto de comunicación, coherente con las habilidades y experiencia del titular del puesto, en circunstancias no rutinarias.

Experiencia, conocimientos y aptitudes requeridos:

  1. Licenciatura en comunicación, periodismo, marketing o cualquier disciplina relacionada.
  2. Experiencia en comunicación digital o marketing.
  3. Pasión e interés por la naturaleza, la vida marina y la conservación.
  4. Capacidad demostrada para redactar y presentar comunicaciones creativas.
  5. Presencia y conocimientos de medios sociales y digitales.
  6. Capacidad para realizar múltiples tareas y detectar buenas historias.
  7. Capacidad para trabajar a distancia y cumplir los plazos establecidos.
  8. Conocimientos de diseño gráfico deseables, pero no necesarios.
  9. Conocimientos de edición de vídeo deseables pero no necesarios. 

Salario y prestaciones:

Estipendio durante 6 meses.

Idiomas:

Español, con fluidez en inglés

Localización:

Este contrato será a distancia dentro de las zonas horarias de América, flexible, a tiempo completo y desde casa con hasta un 10% de viajes ocasionales locales e internacionales.

Cómo presentar la candidatura:

Por favor, envíe su currículum, portfolio si lo tiene, y carta de presentación a info@maralliance.org con “MAR-CA_Apellido” en el asunto antes del 21 de febrero, 2024. No se admiten llamadas.

Communications Assistant (Internship)

MarAlliance is an international non-profit registered in the US, Belize, Panama and Cabo Verde that aims to explore, enable and inspire positive changes for threatened marine wildlife – notably sharks and rays – their critical habitats and dependent human communities. Our remit is broad and ambitious, and we work in three languages and across seven countries encompassed by three regions. In the face of declines in many populations of marine megafauna, these species need a strong, effective, and science-based voice to represent them to help dependent partners shape management and conservation strategies and action to reverse declines.

Position summary:

We are seeking for a proactive, digitally savvy Paid Intern (6 month) Communications Assistant with excellent writing and copy editing skills, who will support the creation of high-quality written content and multichannel assets to broadcast the work MarAlliance does through its online (website, social media, newsletter, among others) and offline platforms, and engage with our external audiences to contribute to our overall communications and marketing goals. The Communications Assistant will directly report consistently to the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and work closely with the rest of the team to support them on the communications elements of their work.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Provide creative, editorial, and operational project support. 
  2. Support organizing, labeling and tagging the photo archive and video archive management.
  3. Community Management: Actively manage social media channels, as well as identify new trends and collaboration opportunities. Generate reels and visuals.
  4. Support with writing blog articles (SEO) and newsletter content. 
  5. Help build and develop materials, toolkits, and actions for (online and offline) campaigns.
  6. Assist in different communications-related tasks working hand in hand with external contractors (web developer, graphic designer…) to improve the engagement of external audiences.
  7. Support in campaign and communications reporting (Google Analytics, social media metrics, email marketing reports)
  8. As part of the MarAlliance Communications Team, support the Communications and Marketing Coordinator with any other communications projects, consistent with the skills and expertise of the post holder, in non-routine circumstances.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or any related discipline.
  2. Experience working in digital communications and or marketing.
  3. Passion and interest for nature, marine life and conservation.
  4. Proven ability to write and deliver creative communications.
  5. Social Media and digital presence and knowledge.
  6. Ability to multitask and spot good stories.
  7. Capable of working remotely and meeting established deadlines.
  8. Graphic design skills are desirable but not required.
  9. Video editing skills are desirable but not required.

Salary and benefits:

Stipend for 6 month.

Language:

Spanish, with fluent English

Location:

This contract will be remote within the Americas time zones, flexible, full-time and home-based with up to 10% occasional local and international travel.

How to apply:

Please send your resume, portfolio if you have one, and cover letter to info@maralliance.org with “MAR-CA_Last name” in the subject line by 21st of February, 2024. No calls please.