Careers

Headquartered in Victoria since 1978, Archipelago Marine Research is a long-standing BC employer. Through additional offices at each of British Columbia’s busiest fishing ports, and its Asia Pacific subsidiary in Australia, Archipelago maintains a staff of 170+ industry professionals including biologists, at-sea observers, dockside monitors, technicians and more. Archipelago provides observer training (with full government certification) for at-sea and dockside monitoring staff, and maintains the highest standards for quality service and professional conduct.

At Archipelago, employees make a commitment to the company and to each other. Employees are expected to contribute to a positive workplace, exercise best efforts, and develop their careers within an atmosphere of cooperation and shared respect; in kind, Archipelago offers gainful employment in a safe, healthy, and respectful environment.

Postings

Archipelago posts new opportunities regularly. Check back frequently for the latest postings.

Observer/Technician (Prince Rupert, BC)

Archipelago Fisheries Monitoring Programs is seeking motivated individuals to work as a certified fisheries observer and/or to perform field technical duties onboard commercial fisheries vessels. Hours of work are irregular and both evening and weekend work are required. Any additional training required will be provided to the suitable candidate. Hourly rate is $16.56.

Dockside Observer

Dockside Observer duties requires:

  • Must obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans, Canada*. This required certification training is provided to successful candidates in our 2-week training course.
  • Ability to obtain a Government of Canada security clearance to “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1.”
  • Identification of groundfish species.
  • Accurate recording of offloaded weights and monitoring compliance of fishery regulations
Service Technician

Electronic monitoring field services work requires:

  • Mechanical aptitude, experience with hand tools and a basic understanding of electrical circuits.
  • Install, remove and service EM systems on commercial fishing vessels
    • Retrieval and analysis of data from onboard monitoring systems
  • Repairs to electronic sensor equipment
Requirements

The following knowledge and abilities are necessary for this position:

  • Computing experience including data entry skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and cope with tedious work
  • Ability to deal effectively and appropriately with demanding or frustrated individuals
  • Physically able to climb ladders to board fishing vessels and climb masts to install camera equipment
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are required
  • Extensive experience and familiarity with groundfish species identification is an asset
To Apply

Email your resume to hr@archipelago.ca, fax it to 250-383-0103, or mail it to:

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
525 Head Street
Victoria, BC, V9A 5S1
Canada

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

* Fisheries Act and Fisheries (General) Regulations state that a person who owns, operates, manages, or is an employee of an enterprise that catches, cultures, processes or transports fish cannot be certified as a Fisheries Observer.

Note: Interviews may be conducted throughout the posting period and the positions may be filled prior to the closing date.

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC)

Job description

Archipelago Marine Research is now seeking hard working, enthusiastic people to work at sea as Fisheries Observers. While this is a year round employment opportunity work levels are seasonal. The position requires working and living aboard vessels conducting fishing operations in British Columbia waters. Fisheries Observer duties include: documenting catch size and composition, verifying fishing locations, collecting biological samples, monitoring compliance to fishery regulations, and describing fishing and processing techniques within a comprehensive trip report.

Working and living conditions

Vessels range in length from 40 feet to over 100 feet. Working conditions on deck are typically wet and can be cold. The job may involve heavy lifting. Many of the vessels operate with 3 or 4 crew members. The Observer will be assigned a bunk in the crew’s quarters, which are usually cramped and may be co-ed.

Training and certification

Applicants will be screened and interviewed through a competitive process. Successful applicants must then participate in and complete a three-week certification-training course. (The next course starts April 2016)

Employment can only be offered to those who have completed this training with a passing grade. Out of town trainees will be provided with accommodation if required. Upon successful completion of the course, applicants’ names will be forwarded to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for screening and final certification. All applicants are required to meet the Government of Canada’s security clearance “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1” before employment will be offered.

Note that the Fisheries Act and Fisheries (General) Regulations state that a person who owns, operates, manages, or is an employee of an enterprise that catches, cultures, processes or transports fish can not be certified as a Fisheries Observer.

Deployments and work levels

Observers are deployed from a number of ports in BC. Deployment periods average 24 days in length with each deployment period being made up of individual vessel assignments that average six days. Some assignments may extend over 30 days. Between assignments Observers are on active status and are expected to be available within the deployment port. During these active status days, Observers have the use of a staff house.

Responsibilities
  • Documenting all fishing activity, including catch size and composition
  • Verifying fishing locations
  • Collecting biological samples
  • Monitoring compliance to fishery regulations
  • Describing fishing and processing techniques in a comprehensive trip report
Qualifications

Successful applicants must have:

  • Experience at sea and not be prone to motion sickness.
  • Completed at least one year of post-secondary education in a related discipline.
  • Experience accurately recording data (at sea preferred).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent math skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work long hours under adverse conditions and without supervision.
  • A VHF Marine “Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime).” Arrangements can be made to obtain this certification during the three-week training program.
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident/landed immigrant status.
  • Ability to travel freely to and from the USA.
  • Not be an owner or employee of a commercial fishing or processing operation.
  • Ability to meet the Government of Canada’s security clearance “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1” (required to have established residency in Canada for a minimum of five years).
  • Agreement to a criminal record check before being offered a seat in the course.

Notes: All selected applicants must participate in and successfully complete a three-week training course in order to receive fisheries certification.

In addition to these qualifications, applicants should have knowledge of marine fish identification and the commercial fishing industry and have some experience working at sea. Preference will be given to those applicants who meet all of these requirements.

Salary Range

Wages range from $170.00 to $230.32 per day while working at sea. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package.

To Apply

Email your resume, a handwritten cover letter, and the completed application form to hr@archipelago.ca, fax it to 250-383-0103, or mail it to:

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
525 Head Street
Victoria, BC, V9A 5S1
Canada

Fisheries Observers: Dockside Monitoring Programs (Ucluelet, BC)

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. is a world leader in the design and implementation of commercial fishery data collection systems. We are a private company with a head office in Victoria, B.C. and three regional offices throughout coastal B.C. Archipelago maintains a staff of 150+ employees, including biologists, technicians, administrative and information technology staff, and fisheries observers. Archipelago is seeking an organized and motivated individual to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program in Ucluelet, BC.

Duties
  • Monitor and documenting the offload activities of groundfish commercial fishing vessels
  • Identification of all species landed.
  • Accurately recording offloaded weights into electronic data systems and on paper
  • Monitor compliance of fishery regulations
  • Biological sampling of selected species
Required Skills
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • Must obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans, Canada*. This required certification training is provided to successful candidates in our 2-week training course.
  • Ability to meet the Government of Canada’s security clearance “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1”
  • Ability to travel within Canada and the US
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • Physically fit to lift baskets of fish and climb ladders to board fishing vessels
Terms of Employment
  • Competitive wages starting at $16.53/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • Full and part-time equivalent positions are available. The hours and work schedules are variable as they are governed by the landing times of the fishing vessels.
  • The work is primarily in Ucluelet, but can also occur in Tofino, French Creek and Nanaimo. Ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

Note that the Fisheries Act and Fisheries (General) Regulations state that a person who owns, operates, manages, or is an employee of an enterprise that catches, cultures, processes or transports fish can not be certified as a Fisheries Observer.

To Apply

Mail or fax your resume to:
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
525 Head Street,
Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 5S1
Fax: (250) 383-0103
or email it to hr@archipelago.ca

Application Deadline: June 3rd, 2016

Note: Interviews may be conducted throughout the posting period and the position may be filled prior
to the closing date.

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Recruitment agencies:  Please note that Archipelago does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. From time to time, Archipelago works with a limited number of recruitment agencies to assist with sourcing candidates for specific positions; however, the company only works with recruitment agencies that have signed a written service agreement with Archipelago. Any third-party recruitment agency submitting candidates without an agreement in place will not be eligible to receive any fee, and Archipelago will consider any candidate application submitted without an agreement in place to be the property of Archipelago Marine Research.