Fish Welfare Initiative
Making a real difference for animal welfare and farmer livelihoods has never been more straightforward.
FWI is rapidly expanding and we are looking for passionate and committed people to join us.
As an FWI Field Manager, you will lead our field operations at various field sites, oversee our data collectors, maintain strong farmer relationships, represent the field sites in programmatic decision-making, and more.
Our Managers can be assigned different titles: Fish Welfare Officer, Program Coordinator, Partnerships Manager, Farmers Program Manager, etc.
This is a common application for all Manager roles that are currently open. If we elect to proceed with your application, we will discuss with you in further detail the differences between these roles and which one makes the most sense for you.
Who We Are
Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) is a relatively new, ACE-recommended organization whose mission is to improve the welfare of fishes as much as possible. We focus specifically on farmed fishes, or fishes raised in aquaculture. Our main country of implementation is India, where we currently work in the Nellore and West Godavari districts.
As part of our Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture (ARA), we work with around 80 fish farms. Through this program, we estimate that we have already improved the lives of 1.13 million fishes, though we intend to have a much greater impact in the coming years. Learn more about our plans and our organization in our blog.
The Field Manager Role
Completing our Field Manager application may lead to placement in any of the following managerial roles:
Fish Welfare Officers support the development of our welfare standard through research, testing, and evaluation.
Program Coordinators support our farmer work by managing data collectors in one particular region.
Farmers Program Managers support our farmer work by managing program coordinators across multiple regions.
Though responsibilities vary somewhat by the specific role, our field managers will generally be tasked with the following:
Manage 1-10 staff members
Build and maintain strong farmer relationships
Ensure regular and high-quality data collection and entry
Run on-the-ground trials to test out practices that may be better for fish welfare
Enroll farmers in the Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture
Become an expert in aquaculture and fish welfare
Collaborate with local NGOs and other partners
Regularly articulate the benefits and value of animal welfare in aquaculture
For an example of a Field Manager's responsibilities, see this job description of our ARA Program Coordinator. The responsibilities may differ with the role.
Who Should Apply?
We encourage anyone to apply regardless of their degree qualifications. We especially encourage you to apply if you have previous fieldwork experience, ideally in remote Indian communities.
Bachelor’s degree or greater in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Social Sciences, or other sciences; OR 1 year of experience in the development, environmental protection, or animal advocacy domains.
Willing to live in rural communities in Andhra Pradesh.
Excited to work extensively in the field.
Ability to manage other team members.
Fluent in oral and written English.
Ideally, you have all of the following characteristics, although we encourage you to apply even if you only have some of them:
Previous management experience.
Previous experience in global development, particularly agricultural initiatives.
Previous experience with aquaculture or animal protection.
Previous experience working with state governments.
Ability to drive a motorbike or scooter.
Fluent in oral and written Telugu.
If you are interested in a more field-based and less managerial role, we encourage you to apply to be a Data Collector.
You will be based in one of our programming villages in Andhra Pradesh. These are rural, remote communities. For example, current program coordinators live in Indukurpet in the Nellore district and Mudipalli in the West Godavari district.
Salary: 30,000–50,000 INR / month
Position Status: Full-time.
Benefits: Health insurance, Provident Fund, 30 days paid leave every year.
Start Date: ASAP, with some flexibility.
Since we have a continuous need for talented individuals to join us in the field, we keep our Field Manager applications open year-round.
As of November 17, 2023, we are hiring for one Field Manager to join us as soon as possible.