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Sustainable Seafood Project Manager

List Date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018
Close Date: 
Friday, August 24, 2018

SUPERVISOR: Sustainable Seafood Senior Program 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.

GMRI’s Sustainable Seafood Program seeks to achieve an ecologically and economically sustainable seafood industry around the Gulf of Maine and beyond. Working with all parts of the supply chain, inclusive of harvesters, processors, retailers, and restaurants, the program stimulates market pull for responsibly harvested seafood from the Gulf of Maine and assists buyer partners with responsible global sourcing. This work includes assisting seafood retailers in the development and implementation of sustainable sourcing policies and creating market leverage for responsibly harvested seafood products with the Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested program. The Sustainable Seafood Culinary Partners program engages the food service sector in promoting Gulf of Maine seafood and contributing to sustainability initiatives. Working with research staff and other partners throughout the region, the Sustainable Seafood program convenes members of the seafood supply chain on strategies to increase profitability through improved quality handling and marketing of seafood while decreasing discards, habitat impacts, and fuel consumption. Finally, the seafood team provides expert consultation to major buyers, ensuring that all of the seafood they sell – from the Gulf of Maine and beyond – meet important sustainability criteria.

Position Description

The Sustainable Seafood Project Manager will assist with major buyer consultation, reviewing products and sources from all over the world to be sure that they meet GMRI's partners’ sustainable seafood policy criteria. The Project Manager will also assist with outreach throughout the New England region, engaging the supply chain, including fishermen, dealers, processors, and marketers, in strategies to increase the value and demand for Gulf of Maine seafood. Finally, the Project Manager will coordinate and contribute to communications and events aimed at increasing awareness of and affinity for seafood generally, and seafood from the Gulf of Maine specifically.

The Project Manager will interact with a variety of stakeholders, including fishermen, seafood farmers, seafood industry leaders, conservation organizations, retailers, and restaurants. This may include networking at conferences and meetings and direct outreach to supply chain stakeholders.

To inform consultation with industry, the Project Manager will maintain familiarity with federal and state policy actions, as well as the latest in stock assessments and research. The Project Manager should develop an understanding of supply chain issues and should also be familiar with global seafood sustainability issues.

The Project Manager will translate complex information into consumable pieces for the web or print targeted at supply chain participants, restaurants, or consumers. Similarly, the Project Manager will assist in communicating about the efforts of the Sustainable Seafood program, including tweeting, developing web content, preparing annual reports, and documenting case studies.

As an integral part of GMRI’s Community team, the Sustainable Seafood Project Manager will participate in staff meetings and support GMRI’s commitment to convening diverse stakeholders, engaging the community in marine issues, and facilitating quality dialogue throughout the Gulf of Maine.

Specific Tasks:

Major Buyer Consultation

  • Support the senior program manager in assessing seafood products from all over the world against our clients' sustainability policy criteria.
  • Conduct regular audits of seafood products to ensure ongoing compliance with our clients' policy criteria.
  • Conduct outreach to suppliers to correct data deficiencies.
  • Contribute information and messaging to our clients' communication strategies.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise on major sustainable seafood issues facing the global seafood marketplace.
  • Liaise with NGOs from around the world on strategies to address global sustainability issues.

Regional Supply Chain Outreach

  • Conduct outreach to the New England seafood industry on mechanisms to improve sustainability and build greater market value for seafood.
  • Coordinate and contribute to communications and events (Culinary Partners newsletter, Trawl to Table, Seafood Celebration, etc.)

Content Expertise

  • Maintain familiarity with the latest in federal and state management of fisheries and aquaculture operations, as well as the science regarding harvest levels;
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of seafood supply chain issues;
  • Establish understanding of global seafood sustainability issues, as well as efforts in other parts of the country and world to address them;
  • Keep up on the latest trends in seafood consumption and perception.

Networking and Communications

  • Participate in relevant conferences and meetings;
  • Develop content for seafood communications pieces targeted to seafood consumers and the industry, including programmatic communications pieces for the web and print; and
  • Provide updates to the Seafood Program’s web site, twitter account, and other related media.

Training and Convening

  • Develop training and support programs for the industry;
  • Organize meetings of stakeholders; and
  • Summarize outcomes of trainings and meetings and follow up on outcomes.

Engaging as a Member of a Team

  • Think creatively to develop or enhance cross-cutting opportunities among GMRI’s community, research, education, and development teams;
  • Participate in team and staff meetings.


Education/Work Experience

  • Undergraduate degree and at least three years of work experience involving marine resources, seafood or analogous industry; or
  • Graduate degree in a relevant subject and one year of work experience involving liaison /development work with the seafood or analogous industry.


  • An understanding of sustainable seafood issues and management practices, combined with the ability to interpret and communicate the complex policy and science arena to stakeholders simply and accurately.

Communication and Facilitation

  • Experience convening 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;

Project Coordination

  • Experience implementing projects and programs from design phase to implementation to evaluation; and
  • Understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes.


  • Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet and email software; and
  • Interest in and comfort with mastering emerging communication tools.


  • 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;
  • Articulate and concise in verbal and written communication.


  • Interest in traveling within the Gulf of Maine region and occasionally nationally or internationally.
  • The applicant should have the ability to travel through the region and should expect to spend some time on the road (~2-3 days/month).

Final candidate may have the literal pedigree summarized above or an eclectic background that provides the project coordination, communication, and content expertise required to excel in this position.


The application deadline is August 24, 2018. To submit cover letter and resume CLICK HERE Applications will be reviewed after that date. Note that you will be navigating away from the GMRI website.  Questions should be referred to However, we will not accept resumes sent to this address. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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