Product Manager - Marine Reserve Program; Global Fishing Watch

Job Title: 
Product Manager - Marine Reserve Program
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GFW has a fully distributed workforce, with employees all over the world and no central office.  All of our staff work from home or from a local cowork office.  For this position, a timezone in  Europe or the Americas is preferred.

Reports To

Program Director/CIO Paul Woods


Commensurate with experience. GFW offers pension/retirement, health and other benefits commensurate with similar level GFW employees in country of employment.

Working Hours

Global Fishing Watch (GFW) supports flexible working, so the pattern of hours may vary according to operational and personal needs. Periodic domestic and international travel will be required. No overtime is payable.

Program Description

Global Fishing Watch (GFW) is an independent, international nonprofit organization. We are committed to advancing ocean sustainability and stewardship through increasing transparency. We do this by offering, for free, data and near real-time tracking of global commercial fishing activity, supporting new science and research, and boosting global cooperation on ocean transparency. Our ambitions are to provide an unprecedented global picture of fishing activity by capturing the large industrial vessels responsible for around 75 percent of the global catch and further develop our platform to track smaller vessels. 

GFW is developing a new online tool under the development name “Amathea”.  This tool will provide a near real-time, dynamic and interactive picture of changing ocean conditions, biology and human use patterns from a local to global scale through an accessible and open platform. It will provide data and analysis for users such as governments, marine managers and academic institutions to support decisions which maximize human benefits and minimize harm to the marine environment. 

The tool will be used to inform the planning and designation of marine reserves. It will also support the ongoing management and evaluation of protected areas. In the longer term, it could also support the sustainable management of fisheries and other human activities both within exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and on the high seas.

The project has completed a pilot phase where the concept was tested in 4 pilot countries, and now is beginning a 3-year development and implementation process to build out and deploy to tool, starting in the initial pilot countries and then expanding to as many as 20 countries before opening up the tools for use by partner organizations for a global footprint.

Position Description

The Amathea product manager acts as the connector between the end users that will eventually use the tool and benefit from it, and the technical and scientific teams that are building it, consistent with our broader government engagement strategy.  The key to success is developing a strong understanding of the target user’s needs and the outcomes that they desire, and then communicating those needs effectively to the development team. In later project phases, the role will expand to developing a marketing plan for identifying and engaging new users, evangelizing the product at international conferences, ensuring high visibility and uptake.

The ideal candidate will have experience in ocean conservation and already have a good understanding of how marine protection planning works and who the key stakeholders are.  The ideal candidate will also have experience with design of technology- and data-driven online tools, software design and distributed applications.


  • Engage with identified users to develop key use cases for the tool
  • Act as the primary source of end user requirements for the product development team
  • Evangelize the tool and its applications to stakeholders, partners and potential users
  • Track and report progress to project funders and stakeholders
  • Coordinate with a geographically distributed team of engineers, scientists, regional managers and end users 
  • Develop and maintain collaboration and partnership with other NGOs, academics and government agencies in target countries
  • Develop and execute the long term product development and marketing strategy

Job Requirements

Required Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five years of relevant professional experience 
  • Advanced interpersonal skills in relationship cultivation, including persistent follow up, flexibility and attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A task-oriented and inclusive style to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with fisheries management and/or marine conservation

Desired, Nice to Have

  • Experience with developing and delivering software products
  • Experience with agile software development methodology 
  • Spanish language skills
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