Posted: October 6, 2022

Seeking Mariculture Project Coordinators Passionate about Partnerships and Growing Alaska’s Mariculture Industry

Organization Description: Established in 1958, Southeast Conference’s mission is to support activities that promote strong economies, healthy communities, and a quality environment in the Southeast Alaska region. As the state designated Alaska Regional Development Organization (ARDOR) and the federally recognized Economic Development District for the region, it is the responsibility of Southeast Conference to provide the economic development strategy for Southeast Alaska.  An updated strategy is created every five years and reported on annually.

Opportunity Background: Southeast Conference was recently awarded $49 million through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge program to support the state’s growing mariculture industry and bring together a coalition of stakeholders who will work together to maximize the benefits of this historical funding opportunity for Alaska’s economy, environment, and communities. The Alaska Mariculture Cluster proposal, led by Southeast Conference, includes activities supporting the industry through workforce development, research and development, marketing, green energy, and innovation and technology.  Southeast Conference is looking to build a team of quality individuals excited about mariculture and interested in being on the ground floor of this historical investment. Southeast Conference’s role as lead entity will require significant coordination supporting project partners, deepening relationships and prioritizing trust-building with rural and indigenous communities throughout coastal Alaska.

Job Description: Southeast Conference is looking to hire two full-time or ¾ time Mariculture Project Coordinators (MPC) to support Southeast Conference’s role in managing the 7 projects included in the Alaska Mariculture Cluster’s (AMC) proposal. The MPCs will support Southeast Conference’s Mariculture Project Manager, liaising with several AMC partners to ensure project goals and deliverables are being met and provide technical assistance to the AMC coalition members and other participating partners. Visit for additional information on project descriptions and partners.

Job responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Maintain regular correspondence with coalition members implementing various projects and provide direct assistance in project coordination, administration, and grant management.
  • Conduct project progress assessments through tracking timelines and deliverables, working within the EDA’s biannual reporting periods and assembling reports and other project updates.
  • Facilitate collaborative partnerships between tribal and municipal governments, non-profits, philanthropic entities, higher education institutions, and the private sector.
  • Manage equipment procurement & placement, develop and track use-agreements and provide technical support.
  • Occasional travel for in-person meetings to support project partners and engage with local communities.
  • Contribute to project documentation and outreach, including multimedia content for annual reports, social media, and other uses.
  • Interact with EDA staff & TA support groups, other duties as assigned.

The Mariculture Project Coordinators are grant-dependent positions fully funded for the four-year life of the grant, with potential for extension if funding is available. Southeast Conference offers the option of a balanced onsite/offsite workplace and a competitive benefits package.

Benefits for full-time employees include but are not limited to:

  • Competitive personal leave, medical, and retirement programs.
  • Nine paid holidays.
  • Flexibility around remote and in-office hours.
  • Office space available for Juneau-based employees.

Positions reports to Southeast Conference’s Mariculture Project Manager.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Grant management and/or equivalent project management experience
  • Self-motivated with excellent time-management skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Alaska’s fisheries and management practices
  • Familiarity with indigenous ways of life and the many communities throughout Alaska and the associated traditional and contemporary, political, social and cultural organizations in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest
  • Excellent communications skills and capacity to facilitate collaborative work and new partnerships
  • Knowledge of Alaska’s major industry sectors and the impacts to rural and underserved communities
  • Ability to assist at the administrative level through familiarity with virtual meeting platforms, google/outlook calendars, and other virtual information-sharing platforms

Compensation and Benefits

Position Title: Mariculture Project Coordinator (MPC)
Employer: Southeast Conference
Salary (full-time): $55,000-$65,000 Depending on Experience
¾ time: DOE
Location: One position preferred in Juneau but other locations within project region will be considered (Aleutians, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Southeast Alaska).
Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2022


How to Apply:

This position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply, send an email to with the subject line “MPC – [YOUR NAME]”.  In the email, please include the following as a single PDF attachment:

  • Your resume
  • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
  • Contact information for three professional references.

For questions regarding the position, please reach out to Juliana Leggitt at or Robert Venables at