Fisheries Observing is a challenging and unique position. This is not a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. job--rather, twelve to fourteen hour days are the rule. Gathering, sorting, and weighing a sample at sea is a physically demanding job, and recording the data gathered requires a biologist's attention to detail. The work is further complicated by the fact that observers and fisherman have different objectives--diplomatic efforts on the observer's part, aimed at securing a mutually agreeable working environment, are often part of the job.
Observers go into the field for 70-90 day deployments, and work a series of these deployments spread out over a year. While at sea, observers collect fishing effort and location information, sampling for bycatch composition, and collecting biological data from both bycatch and target species. While onboard, Observers live in extremely close quarters with commercial fishermen. Positions begin with a 3-week paid training starting 5/16/18.
To apply for this position please submit the online application found at our website: www.alaskanobservers.com. Additionally, please email both a resume and transcripts to Rachel Moore, AOI Recruitment Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the job description and application process, please feel free to call: 888-317-9343.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in fisheries biology, marine biology, general biology, zoology, or a related natural science. Coursework must include at least one math class, one statistics class, and a class that relied heavily on dichotomous key work. Prior sea-time preferred but not required.