Careers at IPNLF

At IPNLF, our ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses, and seas connected with them. IPNLF works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line, handline and troll (collectively known as one-by-one) tuna fisheries around the world.

One-by-one tuna fisheries are widely regarded as the most ecologically responsible fisheries due to their minimal impact on the environment. Furthermore, these fisheries are very people-centric, supporting comparatively high employment compared to industrial fisheries, while still providing a model on which to sustain tuna fisheries and fishery-dependent livelihoods into the future. Due to these attributes, one-by-one fisheries are lauded as a responsible choice across international consumer guidelines. 

Would you like to be part of our team? Please find our job openings below. Would you like to send in an open application? Please send your CV and motivation letter to


Open Positions:


Location – Flexible, in the following locations where IPNLF have country offices (Brighton, UK; Stellenbosch, South Africa, Malé, Maldives, Bali, Indonesia and Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Overall purpose: To support the Fisheries Team, Policy Support and/ or Communications Team and contribute to associated research that will support the IPNLF Team

Responsibilities and activities: May include, but not limited to, activities supporting IPNLF’s Social Research & Programmes Director,* the Markets Outreach Director and Communications and Marketing Director to:

  • Conduct a review of social-economic questionnaires directed at understanding small-scale fisheries and community based resource management activities
  • Design and populate a database containing the different groups of questions (these will be coded according to the primary point of interest e.g. income, food security, wellbeing etc.)
  • Reach out to IPNLF members and Trustees to identify their interests and needs concerning social/economic data collection and reporting.
  • Summarise outreach responses and define key priorities for IPNLF social-economic research strategy, starting with IPNLF key geographies 
  • Report to the IPNLF Social/Economic Research Steering Committee, working with IPNLF contacts to arrange update calls (number and frequency to be determined)

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues and experience in the marine environment desired
  • Experience working on environmental projects
  • Knowledge of one-by-one tuna supply chains
  • Skills in other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German and French)

Desirable skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills (in English)
  • Commitment to high work standards and attention to detail.  
  • Ability to work independently with self-motivation and also as part of a small and international team.      
  • A positive attitude and interpersonal skills.

Personal Qualities:

  • Work independently, is dedicated, and open to the challenges of working for a small organisation;
  • Derive strong motivation from working for a good cause;
  • Quickly learn new skills and systems

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