Officer, Chilean Patagonia Project

Location CL-Santiago
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/5/2021 10:41 AM)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts


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The Environmental Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than 25 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging 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 more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural 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 wilderness and more recently expanded our land conservation efforts to Australia’s Outback and Chilean Patagonia. Safeguarding these places offers an opportunity to conserve wildlife habitat, shorelines and landscapes for current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable 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. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems.
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 known for 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, both places where Pew also 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, freshwater ecosystems, and countless fjords and islands.
Pew works 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 and working with local partners to use currently existing policy tools to establish protections for freshwater flows within targeted river basins in Patagonia. Because safeguarding landscapes alone is not sufficient to ensuring the long-term survival of these rivers, many of which run through Patagonia’s parks and reserves, we aim to protect freshwater flows in priority river basins in the region.
Pew’s focus on preserving the extraordinary biodiversity of Chilean Patagonia began in September 2015, when the Pew board approved a 10-year strategy aimed at designating new protected areas and upgrading existing safeguards for 30-million acres of land and nearshore waters in the region. This work is carried out by a small team of staff based in Santiago and works closely in partnership with a robust network of non-governmental organizations in Chile. 
Position Overview
The officer supports both the community level and the policy work of the Chilean Patagonia project through activities to establish protections for freshwater flows and key watersheds within river basins in Patagonia. The officer will support partners and local communities’ efforts to obtain protections for the free-flowing character of two key rivers as well as the integrity of watersheds that house them. Key partners include conservation and outdoor recreation groups, rural potable water committees, local governments, and other local stakeholders that have an interest in conserving rivers and water sources for local uses.
This position also will conduct outreach to policymakers and experts to advance policy goals, develop campaign materials for external engagement, and manage and coordinate meetings with key stakeholders on public policy developments. In addition, the officer and partners would seek to promote a stronger institutional framework for freshwater and riparian protections in Chile. This will include fostering academic and public debate around more advanced approaches that ensures government responsibility to conserve freshwater resources.
This position is based in Pew’s Santiago, Chile office and reports to the project director, also based in Santiago. 


  • Develop a freshwater conservation strategy in coordination with the project director.
  • Carry out and facilitate networking and coalition building with partners and key consultants in support of the project’s new freshwater conservation strategy by: identifying and contacting key stakeholders; and developing and maintaining a coalition of organizations with science and policy freshwater expertise in support of strategy implementation.
  • Develop contracts with partners for implementation of the freshwater strategy, and coordination of this work as it progresses. Draft, review, or contribute to contracts with non-governmental organizations or consultants for specific components of the strategy.
  • Establish connections and explore potential synergies and collaborations between the Patagonia project and other freshwater work at Pew. Maintain communications with Pew staff working on freshwater conservation in the U.S. and internationally and exchange information to promote learning between programs.
  • Engage in all aspects of Pew’s Chilean Patagonia campaign, including developing materials for external engagement on policy, organizing and coordinating meetings, and researching and synthesizing findings related to freshwater conservation.
  • Conduct outreach to local groups, policymakers, experts, and other key stakeholders to advance project goals related to establish protections for freshwater flows and key watersheds within river basins in Patagonia. Coordinate the campaign’s involvement in public policy developments and advocacy in Chile’s various branches of government, in coordination with the project director.
  • Effectively coordinate and update multiple agendas and stakeholder communications with partners, including local organizations and nonprofit and government representatives. Manage campaign systems such as team calendars and organize key meetings and events with external stakeholders.
  • Manage and coordinate program meetings and convenings, including current and prospective project partners, community stakeholders, and government representatives. Execute overall logistics and ensure internal compliance related to national high-level events.
  • Produce periodic written progress reports of key activities, developments, and results for management reporting.
  • Conduct research projects that synthesize scientific, policy, and technical information on freshwater conservation.
  • Produce written materials such as correspondence, memos, reports, and research summaries.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required in environmental science, hydrology, conservation biology, political science, public policy, or another relevant field.
  • At least eight years of applicable experience required, particularly in the field of freshwater conservation.
  • Fluency and strong professional writing skills in Spanish required. English language skills are required. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners, and a wide range of actors, from local communities to high-level officials. 
  • Experience working in coalitions.
  • Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills, 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 nonpartisan 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 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 MS Office 365, particularly Teams, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
Travel, especially in the Patagonia region, as necessary and occasional travel to the United States.
Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program.
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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