Electronic Monitoring Project Manager; Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Job Title: 
Electronic Monitoring Project Manager
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges.  Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

For the past 6 years GMRI’s Fisheries Technical Assistance Program (FTAP) has been dedicated to working on the design, testing and implementation of a fisheries monitoring solution known as electronic monitoring (EM) for the New England Groundfish fleet.  Electronic monitoring is an innovative and cost-effective alternative to at-sea monitoring. It replaces the on-board human observer with a suite of video cameras, computers, gear sensors, and GPS to record information about a vessel’s fishing activity. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is currently in its second year of developing the “maximized retention model” in which high-volume vessels are exempt from minimum size requirements for allocated species, and instead must retain most fish species (e.g., allocated groundfish stocks). This approach is complemented by a dockside monitoring program and EM is used as a tool to ensure that regulated groundfish are not discarded.

GMRI is seeking a full-time project manager for a 1-year position, with the potential to extend, to support the Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring project and all EM efforts in the Fisheries Technical Assistance Program (FTAP). The project manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all EM efforts and support the management and strategic guidance of the Maximized Retention project.


Electronic Monitoring

  • Serve as project manager to all Electronic Monitoring projects in the FTAP program
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Maximized Retention project
  • Coordinate data collection, transfer, review and timely delivery with all stakeholders and project partners, including fishermen, NOAA, States and NGO’s
  • Oversee task management and daily communications with EM providers.
  • Troubleshoot EM systems and EM program protocols
  • Assist in data analysis and reporting
  • Manage project databases


  • The Fisheries Technical Assistance Program is a growing program.  An ideal candidate will assist with future directions of the program and contribute to new program initiatives. 
  • This position will be part of GMRI’s Community team and will therefore assist towards all community team initiatives as time allows.


Education/Work Experience

  • BA/BS in fisheries or related field
  • 2 years of experience in the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery
  • Experience in or knowledge of fisheries monitoring
  • At-sea experience
  • Familiarity with EM technology or similar marine technology
  • Experience with report-writing, statistics, and data manipulation


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinking and ability to create solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization.
  • An ability to interpret and communicate the complex policy & science arena simply/accurately
  • Experience convening and facilitating meetings with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a manner that earns the confidence of funding sources, industry, scientists, conservation organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Experience implementing projects from design phase through implementation and evaluation
  • Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet and email software


  • Detail-oriented performer
  • Self-motivated, optimistic, and energetic
  • Good interpersonal skills, collaborative, interested in other viewpoints
  • Enjoy working both independently and as a team member
  • A good sense of humor


  • Interest in traveling within the Gulf of Maine region and potentially nationally/internationally.
  • The applicant should have the ability to travel through the region and should expect to spend some time on the road (~3-5 days/month).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in fisheries or a related field
  • Completion of either NEFOP or ASM training, with good standing in the NEFOP species verification program, or equivalent training and experience with the identification of northeast species.
  • Familiarity or experience in Northeast fisheries additional to the Multispecies fishery.
  • Competency with R, Matlab and/or similar.
  • Experience with our coursework in computer science

To Apply:

To apply for this position CLICK HERE to submit cover letter, resume, and 2 references. Questions should be referred to jobs [at] gmri.org. However, we will not accept resumes sent to that address. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Application deadline is March 10, 2020.

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