The Pew Charitable Trusts

Senior Associate, Chilean Patagonia Project

3 months ago
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The Pew Charitable Trusts



The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


The Environmental Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts
For the past twenty-five years, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with close to 250 professionals working full-time at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the  scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity and the destruction of the marine environment.


Pew has worked in the United States and Canada since 1990 to protect vast stretches of unspoiled wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia.  Preserving these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and pristine landscapes for future generations.  Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and ecology to advocate for sound solutions to the loss of biodiversity.


In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat.  Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Since 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program has expanded around the world and has played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas. Our work is grounded in the best available science and our goal is to reverse the decline of ocean life ranging from sharks and tunas to penguins and whales, and the habitat on which they depend.


Chilean Patagonia
Chile’s Patagonia is one of the last remaining intact wilderness areas of the world, yet today it is both under-recognized and under-protected. Pew and its partners are working to change that by promoting this region’s unique value in the world and developing and implementing policies to secure the long term protection of this remarkable landscape. 


Chilean Patagonia is on the west coast of the southern cone of South America, where the continent tapers toward the Antarctic Ocean. While many of Chile’s natural lands all have important ecological values, Patagonia is special because of its high degree of intactness, endemism and exceptional land and sea interconnectedness.


Approximately 80 percent of this area remains unspoiled, therefore making it similar in ecological condition to Australia’s Outback and Canada’s Boreal, other places where Pew works. Although it is approximately one-fifth the size of the continental-scale Boreal in Canada and Outback, Chile’s Patagonia stretches over several hundred miles of important wilderness that features unique geography, oceanography and ecological productivity, including a lush temperate rainforest, glacier-carved valleys, windy grasslands, inland shorelines, and countless fjords and islands.

In partnership with a robust network of non-governmental organizations in Chile, Pew will work to improve and enhance the protection of this landscape through the country’s park and reserve system, while also promoting public-private partnerships for new conservation efforts.
Position Overview
This position will be responsible for providing program support to the Chilean Patagonia project. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.




Reporting to Project Director, Chilean Patagonia, this newly created position will:

  • Support all aspects of Pew’s Chilean Patagonia campaign, including organizing and coordinating meetings, developing materials, conducting research, synthesizing findings, and managing data and information.
  • Track and document the campaign’s involvement in public policy developments and advocacy in Chile’s parliament and with its executive branch, including the relevant ministries. 
  • Organize and maintain program contacts, consultants and experts through database management including PeopleSoft and Salesforce software.
  • Prepare regular oral and written progress updates summarizing the campaign’s efforts for both internal and external audiences. Produce monthly updates of key activities, developments and results for management reporting.
  • Prepare agendas, and take and distribute notes for weekly campaign team meetings.
  • Conduct short research projects as assigned by the project director, such as gathering scientific, policy, and technical information on national park and protected area conservation and land management in Chile.
  • Assist in effectively conveying research findings to key audiences. Develop digital and print products.
  • Help develop, draft and edit written materials such as correspondence, memos, reports and research summaries.
  • Assist in performing outreach to policy makers and experts to advance project goals.
  • Represent Pew by participating in external meetings and events.
  • Manage campaign systems such as email lists, calendars, Salesforce contacts, and communications with campaign partners.




  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of four years of directly related professional experience is required.
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish required.
  • Strong professional writing skills in both English and Spanish.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills applied to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • A keen understanding of the importance of rigorous, timely, and policy-relevant research, experience commissioning and managing such research, and disseminating it effectively to policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach. Demonstrated ability to build relationships among individuals and organizations with a range of interests and perspectives.
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork. Outstanding organizational and time management skills including the ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously, and a strong capacity to track details.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and concisely and in a compelling way, both written and orally. A clear, effective writing and presentation style.
  • Superior ability to work with people, and in a team environment.
  • Task-oriented, a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Proficient knowledge of Windows Office in particular Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with budgets and budget monitoring maintenance and databases.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners and others.


As this is a full-time position, we offer a competitive salary and benefit program.

Occasional travel in Chile and to the United States as necessary.



The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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