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Global Fishing Watch

Technical Project Manager, Research

Remote (but candidates must be legally authorized and based in the following countries to be considered. : Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, UK, USA

July 3


  • Manage technical projects: 
  • For each new project, engage with the team to develop the project’s scope and objectives while ensuring technical feasibility.
  • Organize meetings for each project's life cycle (initiation, planning, kick-off, checkpoints, and retrospectives) and make sure that necessary people attend and materials for meetings are sent beforehand. 
  • Ensure that tasks are assigned, progress is tracked, and deadlines are met.
  • Foster clear communication and teamwork between a project’s team members.
  • Support and improve the Global Fishing Watch’s project framework, keeping it lean and agile.
  • Support the Research team’s coordination and management:
  • Track and assist with reporting on grants, key performance indicators (KPIs), and internal objectives and key results (OKRs).
  • Schedule and coordinate regular research team meetings, ensuring that key discussions, decisions, and action items are documented using the GFW’s project framework.
  • Coordinate communication with other GFW teams to manage expectations of the Research team, provide progress updates, and advocate for support.
  • Coordinate and contribute to internal and external documentation of datasets and methods.


Skills you should have

  • At least five years of professional experience managing technical projects, particularly those involving software development or data science.
  • Technical Project Leadership: Proven track record of leading software development or data science technical projects, including setting up and managing project milestones.
  • Experience discussing and understanding technical details with product and engineering teams.
  • Remote Work Proficiency: Experience working remotely and asynchronously, using various collaboration tools.
  • Team Coordination and Project Management: Demonstrated experience in team coordination and project management, with a focus on technical projects.
  • Organizational Skills: Highly organized, analytical, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.
  • Communication Skills: High proficiency in English, with the ability to communicate project updates to stakeholders in a transparent and proactive manner.
  • Efficiency and Attention to Detail: Ability to work quickly and efficiently to a very high standard of detail.
  • Multi-tasking in Fast-Paced Environments: Ability to manage multiple priorities while performing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Technical Understanding: Strong understanding of data science/ML/Software development-driven projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.

Also great

  • Some programming skills in SQL, R, or Python.
  • Sector-Specific Experience: Experience working in academia or with researchers is a plus
  • Familiarity with project management software such as Jira, AirTable, or Notion.
  • Experience interacting with product managers and software engineers.
  • An appreciation for the complexities and rewards of collaborating in a remote, global and diverse environment.
  • Experience documenting datasets for public use.
  • The successful candidate will meet most, but not necessarily all, of the criteria above. If you don’t think you check all the boxes, but believe you have unique skills that make you a great fit for the role, we want to hear from you!

Company Background

Global Fishing Watch (GFW) is an international nonprofit organization advancing transparency of human activity at sea to improve the management of our ocean. We do research, develop technology, and publicly share data about human activities and associated impact to enable a fair and sustainable use of our ocean. Founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth, and Google, GFW became an independent organization in June 2017. Using machine learning, cloud computing and satellite data, we have produced the first global mapping of industrial fishing and energy development across the ocean. By 2030, we aim to map the activity of most ocean-going vessels and offshore infrastructure, all the way from small-scale and industrial fishing to transport and energy activities. We believe human activity at sea should be public knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean commons for the benefit of all.