Careers with GAP – Aquaculture Welfare Specialist

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 2008. GAP brings together farmers, scientists, ranchers, retailers, manufacturers, and animal advocates all collaborating with a common purpose: improving the welfare of animals in agriculture. GAP is making a difference by creating and managing a comprehensive 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating program for farm animals, where farms and ranches are audited every 15 months by an independent third-party. Through our 5-Step® Rating program and labeled product program, producers and consumers can choose to support a program that continuously improves the lives of farm animals step-by-step. As of February 1, 2018, 3400+ farms and ranches are certified to GAP’s standards that range from Step 1 to Step 5+, impacting over 290 million animals annually.

Position: Aquaculture Welfare Specialist

Type: Full time contract position (2 year, with option to renew)

Start Date: April 2018

Location: Preference is for position to be in Austin, TX, but consideration will be given to an alternative location.

About the Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director and Farm Animal Welfare Manager, the core responsibilities of this
position will include:

  • Developing and launching a multi-step framework for aquaculture with marketing descriptions
    relevant to aquaculture
  • Creating a standard for farmed salmon (with a plan for 3-5 additional aquaculture species)
  • Contributing to development of a strategy for consumer and partner outreach and engagement
  • Leading the creation of a promotional campaign for launching the initial species (press releases, partner farm(s), brochures, web-based assets)
  • Establishing and maintaining an aquaculture network of relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Supporting marketing and social communication initiatives
  • Performing other duties as required
  • Ability to travel 35%

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph. D. in animal production / animal science / welfare science with specialization in aquaculture (M.Sc. will be considered)
  • Experience with sustainability issues related to aquaculture
  • Experience with aquaculture supply chain and industry
  • Self starter, with ability to self-manage and plan
  • Ability to work with a remote team
  • Proven technical expertise with animal welfare and aquaculture
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Detail oriented with excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Great personality – a team player who is able to have fun and create a positive work environment!
  • Preference for US citizen or permanent resident


Commensurate with experience. Benefits package available for US citizens.

For more information or to apply:

Please send résumé to:

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by
April 27th, 2018.