Seafood Trends Intern

Environmental Defense Fund Europe

London living wage

Paid • Part Time • Temporary Katherine Tinoco

Reference: INTOC-2018

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Wednesday, 25th April 2018   1 day left

Seafood trends Intern – Oceans Programme


Environmental Defense Fund Europe is an affiliate organisation of Environmental Defense Fund, a leading international non-profit organisation that creates transformative solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has used science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to bring a new voice for practical solutions to environmental problems. Hallmarks of Environmental Defense Fund Europe’s approach include:

  • Working across the political spectrum
  • Presenting a positive vision
  • Investing in science and data analysis
  • Using legal and economics expertise to design lasting solutions
  • Working with strategic partners across all sectors.

You can find full details of our programmatic goals in our European strategic plan at

This position is being offered through a collaboration between EDF Europe and The Fishmongers Company. For over 700 years, The Fishmongers’ Company is has upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish and supported the fisheries industry. This will be an exciting opportunity to have access to EDF’s acclaimed fisheries experts while at the same time forming part of the Fishmonger’s Hall academic sponsorship programme with the opportunity to forge long term industry connections through their fisheries alumni.


We are seeking a paid intern to join the Europe team for sixteen weeks part-time to contribute to our work by conducting research to support a more diversified and conservation-minded seafood palate for the British public and, depending on research outputs, to help develop a program to promote consumption of sustainably caught local seafood.

The EDF Europe Oceans team is keen to develop a campaign that promotes sustainably caught fish that is local to the UK, as well as diversifying the palette to enjoy greater supply of local, varied fish products. This idea is founded in part upon the successful “Eat These Fish” campaign that EDF spearheaded in the U.S. in partnership with local seafood restaurants, chefs, and industry leaders.

The intern would conduct baseline research to help us understand the context for exploring a similar campaign, which may inform the development of a strategy that supports and celebrates a healthy, diversified approach to seafood consumption in the UK. While the role is focused on UK consumer seafood preferences, there may be opportunities to support the team’s other Oceans related projects and to be involved in Environmental Defense Fund’s global activities related to the Oceans program.


The intern will:

  • Conduct an assessment of the main ways in which UK consumers purchase fish including recent trends and new purchasing habits, such as food box deliveries and other on-line retailing options.
  • Conduct a comparative assessment of the types of species (shellfish and finfish) landed to the top UK fish markets versus what is sold for consumption in the UK. The assessment should include post-Brexit analysis, so far as it is available.
  • Product a report on locally caught, sustainable fish species that could offer an alternate option for consumers and be advocated for adoption within the supply chain, particularly markets that value locally sourced, diversified species.
  • Develop a landscape analysis of other sustainable fish consumption campaigns in the UK, including recommendations for how research findings might complement existing initiatives.
  • Working towards a cost benefit analysis, assess the impact of shifting consumption trends to support more locally sourced, sustainable seafood from UK coastal fishing communities, against the status quo supply chain. This should include opportunity costs for shifting consumer preferences towards sustainably sourced and locally caught seafood and impacts associated with this shift, including reduction of environmental impacts (e.g., fish discards and greenhouse gas emissions).

This information will feed into the outline of a campaign that promotes greater consumption of locally sourced, sustainable fish.


The successful candidate will need:

  • A postgraduate degree in marine biology, environmental management, fisheries economics or related subject;
  • Good grasp of UK seafood processes and knowledge and/or experience of UK and European fisheries policy;
  • Experience of research and cost-benefit analysis;
  • Ability to familiarise yourself with new topics and communicate complex ideas;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to adapt your style to a range of audiences;
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities in a timely and effective manner;
  • Ability to work in a varied and multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to use independent judgment to plan, prioritise, and organise workload in a fast-paced and time-pressured environment;
  • Demonstrated initiative in the workplace with a positive, outcomes-focused approach to tasks;
  • Strong computer proficiency;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills. Ability to represent EDF Europe in external meetings and events.

Desired qualifications:

  • Familiarity with EU institutions and good understanding of EU fisheries;
  • Relevant professional experience such as research or work experience in the UK seafood sector;

Location The position will be based in the European office in central London.
Term 16 weeks
Hours 17.5 hours/week
Start Date Apr/May 2018
Salary London living wage
Availability The applicant will already have the legal permission to work in the UK.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to Katherine Tinoco at, quoting the reference ‘Seafood Intern’ in the subject line of your email.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Environmental Defense Fund Europe is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

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