Want to make a difference? Commercial fishing dates back hundreds of years. Today commercial fishing continues to be possible due to cooperation between fishermen and fisheries management scientists. In order to facilitate that cooperation, fisheries observers collect data pertaining g to fishing programs, economics, catch data, and fishing efficiency. Collected data is used to document stock information which is then used to protect the environment and preserve future generations of fish/fishermen. Commit to the journey!
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Responsibilities: Work at sea collecting and recording data and biological samples for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aboard commercial fishing vessels. Observers work on deck on vessels ranging from 40’ to 100’ on trips ranging from 1 to 14 days collecting data on fish catch and discard and incidental takes such as marine mammals, seabirds and marine turtles. Positions are located in ports from North Carolina to Maine. This is a challenging job and candidates must be physically able to handle heavy lifting, working odd hours and long days in rough seas. Observing provides an excellent start to a career in marine biology, as observers are widely recognized as being excellent field biologists.
Compensation: These are full time positions based on an average of 12 sea days a month with an income potential of $30K to $50K+ based on motivation. Observers will be paid a minimum of 12 hours of work pay for each day at sea and may be eligible for additional paid time while on land. The AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. Health and welfare compensation at an additional $4.27 per hour is available in lieu of medical benefits.
Potential additional compensation consists of performance incentives, service awards, fitness center reimbursement, referral bonus, monthly sea day accomplishment bonus.
Travel is reimbursed at an hourly rate along with compensation for miles accrued on a personal vehicle as well as per diem at the specified Government rate.
Training: Three-week, paid training course starting August/September in Falmouth, MA. Accommodations and meals provided. Training includes instructions on sampling protocols, gear, fisheries, fish identification, marine mammal/sea turtle identification and safety.
Contact: If you would like to apply, please vist our website to submit the required information: resume, cover letter, at least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number), and unofficial copies of your college transcripts. All documents must be submitted in order for your application to be considered.
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Additional questions regarding the position can be directed to Jay Litchfield at 508-990-9054.
For more information please visit the AIS, Inc. website www.aisobservers.com
A BS in Marine Biology or Biology with 30 credits of biology coursework, 6 credits of marine science and a math class is required. Candidates are expected to commit to the program for at least a year. Your own transportation is required. At-sea experience is desirable. Candidates must be a US Citizen or a non-citizen who has legally resided in US for the past 2 years.