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School of Marine Sciences

Aquaculture Project Manager

List Date:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Close Date:
Friday, July 28, 2017

Title: Aquaculture Project Manager
Aquaculture 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 Aquaculture Program aims to grow aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) to support and diversify working waterfront economies.  We are working collaboratively with industry leaders, farmers, researchers, the business community, and other nonprofits to identify and pursue opportunities to expand aquaculture.  Our aquaculture strategy focuses on providing systematic support, where outcomes impact the industry as a whole and complement other efforts to grow aquaculture in the GOM (e.g. tech transfer, research, training).

FocusMaine, GMRI, and the Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA), have formed a partnership to accelerate growth of Maine’s aquaculture industry over the next 10 years. In 2016, the partners convened a group of industry leaders with expertise in business, aquaculture, and finance for an intensive 9-month strategic planning process that produced three broad strategies to enable growth of Maine’s aquaculture industry: 1) address growth barriers and provide resources that support new business success and growth of established small businesses, 2) recruit new large aquaculture businesses to Maine, and 3) improve access to startup and growth capital.

GMRI is seeking a project manager to support GMRI’s Aquaculture Program Manager and Chief Community Officer with implementation of the aquaculture growth strategies.


  • Provide broad support to GMRI’s Aquaculture Program Manager and Chief Community Officer in developing work products and achieving grant milestones
  • Track implementation tasks and summarize progress toward milestones
  • Compile information for aquaculture support resources business manual and online portal
  • Liaise with industry members, community organizations, research institutions, and lenders to facilitate their input and review during development of work products
  • Administer and track requests for proposals (RFPs) for various prospective vendors
  • Meeting/workshop/outreach planning and execution including scheduling and facilitating meetings, note taking, and drafting summaries
  • Assist with miscellaneous tasks related to aquaculture growth strategy implementation
  • Assist in the coordination of GMRI FocusMaine responsibilities with other partnership organizations


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years professional experience in related field or master’s degree in marine policy, aquaculture, or related field and 2-3 years professional experience. Alternatively, a successful candidate will have an eclectic mix of education, professional experience, creativity, and commitment.
  • Knowledgeable about aquaculture and Maine’s marine economy.
  • Ability to work independently on a diverse blend of projects.
  • Comfortable working on a team and in partnership with a wide range of agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
  • Creative and open-minded to new approaches.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • GMRI offers an excellent benefits package.


Please CLICK HERE to submit your cover letter and resume. (You will be navigating away from this website.) Questions should be emailed to However, we will not accept resumes sent to this email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: Submit your application by July 28, 2017.

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