Community Science Program Manager
Portland, Maine, ME Education
Job Type


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) develops 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 businesses 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.

The Ecosystem Investigation Network (the Network) is GMRI’s longstanding program designed to support public participation in scientific research, or community science (sometimes also called citizen science). Established in 2009 under the name Vital Signs, the Network now works with partners ranging from classroom teachers to state agencies to other nonprofits to facilitate data collection and knowledge sharing about the Gulf of Maine watershed among scientists of all ages and levels of expertise.

The Community Science Program Manager (PM) leads the program’s everyday operations, partner/participant engagement, and strategy development. A cross-organizational working group serves as advisors and stakeholders, connecting the program to GMRI’s science, community, and education programs. Aligned with GMRI’s organizational goal to engage minoritized communities, recent funding for the program includes a particular focus on engaging Indigenous communities throughout the watershed region, including raising questions about who is an “expert,” who is a “learner,” what counts as “data,” and what constitutes “community.” 

The PM will work across a range of tasks (from operations to strategy), a range of constituents (from classroom teachers to aquaculturists to the general public), and broad geographic range. Therefore, the ideal candidate likewise will have substantial range in both skills and experience. While the Network platform and projects are a critical asset, a central focus going forward is creating mechanisms for knowledge sharing between and among experts and amateurs with common interests regarding the changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem. The PM will serve as a bridge among the numerous parts of GMRI who contribute to the program and will lead strategy and fundraising for its ongoing sustenance based on a collaboratively developed vision. A positive, can-do attitude; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively; and excellent communication skills are critical to success in this role.

This position is full-time and located at GMRI in Portland, Maine, however GMRI enables hybrid work arrangements and this position will involve travel around the watershed to support projects and partners.



While the Ecosystem Investigation Network is poised to grow over the coming years, the PM will start as the sole full-time staff member on a program with numerous internal and external stakeholders. The PM therefore will be the go-to person for all levels of tasks and activity. Specifically, the PM will:

  • Guarantee the smooth everyday operation of the program including managing growth in the availability of active projects through collaboration with professional and amateur stakeholders across the watershed.
  • Steward collaborative processes to implement planned new projects in collaboration with staff at GMRI, and community partners, including from the Wabanaki Tribes, focused on integrating Indigenous and western knowledge into community science projects, in cooperation with GMRI’s Indigenous Partnerships Manager.
  • Support existing partners of the Network (Nature Conservancy, Department of Marine Resources, Downeast Salmon Federation, University of Maine, Manomet, Maine Forest Service, and Maine Sea Grant) to use community science to advance their mission and serve their constituents.
  • Guide internal software developers in the evolution of the Ecosystem Investigation Network technology platform as well as the technical implementation of newly designed projects.
  • Steward the Working Group within GMRI composed of staff from all departments with some involvement in community science, allowing for their ongoing contributions to the program’s vision and strategy.
  • Collaborate with GMRI’s Development team to continue the financial stability of the program.
  • Collaborate with GMRI’s Communications team, staff across the organization, external stakeholders, and funders to share news and lessons from the program. Serve as web master for the EcoINet web site.
  • Pursue the vision of the Network as a focus for knowledge sharing among investigators of the Gulf of Maine watershed through convenings, webinars, meetings, social media, and other to-be-determined channels.
  • Execute basic administrative tasks to support the program including scheduling meetings, establishing systems for communication, reporting on progress, processing financial documents, and monitoring subawards. Maintain the project calendar, records, and documents and execute administrative tasks as needed including reports to the funder and to GMRI stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

A wide range of backgrounds are appropriate preparation for this position, but proven success in a project or program management role with multiple stakeholders is critical. A bachelor's degree in any field, or equivalent preparation through job experience, is required for this position.  Required skills and experience include:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in program or project management, including demonstrated involvement in guiding program strategy development, operations, and fundraising. 
  • Exceptional communication skills in all forms and contexts, verbal and written
  • Demonstrated self-starter with strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to take initiative to solve problems and tackle challenges
  • Knowledge of, and curiosity about, collaboration tools that could be applied to integrating a wide range of internal and external stakeholders into the work

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the field of community science (citizen      science, public participation in science), and ability to contribute to advancement of that field, will be a substantial asset.
  • Personal commitment to and experience in two-eyed seeing: the integration of Indigenous and western knowledge systems

Diversity and Inclusion:

Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a long-standing policy and commitment to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. GMRI's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Applicants and employees are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity, gender, disability status and veteran status to assist GMRI in fulfilling various data reporting requirements of the federal government. This self-identification is completely voluntary, will be kept confidential and separate from your application data, and used only to meet federal reporting requirements. Providing or declining to provide this information will not result in adverse action of any kind.

Salary and Benefits:

Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary: $70,000 to $75,000

Application Instructions:

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue through the closing date of 9/30/2022.    

Per GMRI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all GMRI personnel are required to maintain full vaccination status against COVID-19, as defined by CDC, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

Salary Description
$70,000 to $75,000