Electronic Monitoring Project Manager

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 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. 

For the past 7 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. GMRI is currently in its third 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 2-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 a third-party (i.e. non-federal) dockside monitoring pilot and will contribute to the design of the pilot. 


  • Assist in the development of an RFP for a third-party dockside monitoring pilot and choose providers to undertake the work in fishing year 2022 (begins May 1, 2022).
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring project with special emphasis on overseeing a dockside monitoring pilot project.
  • Coordinate data collection, transfer, review and timely delivery with all stakeholders and project partners, including fishermen, NOAA, States and NGOs.
  • Oversee task management and daily communications with electronic monitoring & dockside monitoring providers.
  • Assist in data analysis and reporting
  • Manage project databases

Other General Responsibilities

  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of experience in the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery
  • Experience in or knowledge of fisheries monitoring
  • Familiarity with Electronic Monitoring technology or similar marine technology
  • Experience with report-writing, statistics, and data manipulation
  • Blend of lived experiences that substitute or enhance the above


  • 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, spreadsheets, 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

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.

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Salary and Benefits

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

Salary: $55,000 to $60,000

Application Instructions

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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.