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Ocean Conservation Incentives Legal Fellow

Honolulu HI

ID: 1420


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.



Do you want to make a difference? Come join a dedicated team of professionals who are working to ensure a healthy, productive planet for everyone. Because people need nature to thrive.​

Since 1987, Conservation International has been developing game-changing solutions to the pressing issues of a growing global population and a shrinking base of natural resources that we all depend on. Since 2011, Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program has been bringing new approaches together with traditional practices to secure a healthy and abundant ocean for the benefit of Hawai‘i and its people, now and into the future.

We now have the opportunity to design innovative ways for people to give back to the ocean and ensure its better stewardship for future generations. Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program is adding an Ocean Conservation Incentives Legal Fellow to transform the sustainable funding landscape of ocean stewardship in Hawai‘i and share what we learn with ocean communities around the world.



Provide legal research and analyses of (1) the regulatory and legal landscape relevant to the primary threats and stresses to coral reef and other marine ecosystems in Hawai‘i; (2) public and private financial tools available to fund ocean stewardship; (3) the legal feasibility of applying these financial tools to fund ocean stewardship in Hawai‘i; and (4) the opportunities and challenges relevant to developing sustainable funding strategies for ocean stewardship in Hawai‘i.

Collaborate with State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) staff, other State of Hawai‘i staff and law fellows, Conservation International global, regional, and country program staff working in sustainable finance and relevant law and policy, and other relevant agencies or organizations to ensure that legal research and analysis efforts support and align with the long-term goals for ocean stewardship in Hawai‘i.

Compile research, exercise judgment, and identify opportunities and challenges relevant to sustainable funding strategies for ocean stewardship in Hawai‘i.

Identify opportunities for collaborative initiatives or tools to address challenges that cannot be resolved under DAR’s jurisdiction or authority alone.

Draft legal memoranda on specific issues for discussion with supervisor and DAR staff. Attend related meetings.

Draft overview and summary documents (including slide presentations) for broad, non-technical audiences. Present summary findings to various audiences, as needed.

Provide support for aligned initiatives.

Draft relevant reports to funders.

Assist supervisor in providing direction to legal interns.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor



This position is based in Honolulu, HI

Typical office environment. Occasional travel may be required.




Have a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) Degree from an accredited college or university, with a concentrated study on environmental law or administrative law.

Have at least one (1) year of paid or unpaid work experience in a relevant field and focused course work or externships in environmental law, administrative law, or conservation finance.

Demonstrate familiarity with Hawai‘i, the Pacific Islands, or Pacific region environmental law issues. Knowledge of federal, state, and local government regulatory functions related to environmental issues.

Be able to speak and write clearly, including the ability to analyze and draft documents requiring minimal review and editing.

Be able to conduct legal research and other relevant research, synthesize information, and write clear concise reports.

Have excellent communication and time management skills.

Be able to work independently and with a wide variety of partners.



A passion for nature, sustainability, or environmental conservation.

Experience in ocean-related industries or stewardship efforts.

Education or experience in conservation finance approaches, strategies, and trends.


To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.



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Posted January 8, 2021

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