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.

Video Classification Biomapper/Junior Biologist 6 month intern position Marine Environmental Services, (Victoria BC)

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd., established in 1978, is a Victoria-based consulting firm specializing in national and international commercial fisheries monitoring and marine environmental assessment services. Archipelago is a recognized world leader in the development and delivery of fisheries monitoring programs and monitoring technology. Our products and services significantly contribute to the marine resource sustainability in our community and our world. We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual to join the Marine Environmental Services Division of the company. This division focuses on nearshore coastal inventory, marine habitat and environmental assessment as well as coastal planning and sustainable resource management.

This six month intern position will be for approximately 30-37.5 hours a week from May 2018 until October 2018, with the possibility of extension. Rate of pay will be based on experience. Hours of work can be irregular with some weekend work and evenings that may be required.

VIDEO CLASSIFICATION BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Shoreline imagery is collected by helicopter or drone during low tides, with precise GPS positioning. Video classifiers record attributes related to each shore unit in a database, to describe biological features of the coast. This work requires a natural ability for image classification. Interpretations are descriptive and qualitative and are systematically recorded, following a defined protocol.

FIELD SURVEYS BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Archipelago conducts marine inventories, environmental assessments, and monitoring programs for foreshore, nearshore and offshore developments.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• View aerial video imagery of intertidal shoreline and record observations about the intertidal biota in an online database.
• Assist with construction monitoring activities including water sampling, acoustic monitoring, and wildlife monitoring. The Junior Biologist may also conduct intertidal and subtidal field surveys under the direction of the Project Biologist.

REQUIRED SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS

• This position is under consideration for funding that provides wage subsidies to employers who work in science, technology, engineering, math or natural resources, eligible candidates need to meet all the requirements including:
• Recent post secondary graduate or have previously completed post secondary education and are planning on returning to complete more education (e.g. Masters program);
• Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee status; and
• 30 years of age or younger.
• B.Sc. in related discipline (Biology, Environmental Science) with 2+ years working experience
• Strong knowledge of Pacific Northwest marine coastal biology and ecology
• Intertidal biological field experience
• Marine field skills (including small boat handling and GPS navigation)
• Image classification
• Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines and quality criteria
• Project oriented and highly motivated
• Ability to complete repetitive tasks that require concentration
• Ability to obtain government security clearance through Public Works

ASSET SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience with marine sampling techniques (water, sediment, fish and invertebrates)
• Proficient in the use and maintenance of marine instrumentation (e.g. CTDs, YSI water quality meters)
• Experience with subtidal video classification
• Fish, marine invertebrate and algae identification
• Experience in technical report preparation
• Database, spatial analysis (GIS), and statistical analysis skills
• Broad-scale ecological classification
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Willingness and able to travel and work in remote field locations and in adverse weather conditions
• Registered Professional Biologist
• Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) and Marine Emergencies Duties (MED A-3) certification

TO APPLY: Email a PDF of your resume to hr@archipelago.ca

Deadline: May 4, 2018

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

Sales Manager, BRNKL Monitoring Technologies Division (Victoria, BC)

Who Are We Looking For?
Archipelago has partnered with Barnacle Systems to help deliver their new boat security and monitoring product, BRNKL (www.brnkl.io), to clients across North America.

The Sales Manager position is a pure selling role that requires someone with high-energy, sales experience (B2B, B2C and channel management) and a strong knowledge of the recreational boating industry. Our expectations are very high for the BRNKL product and this position will be the driver for that success.

There will be very little time spent in the office and most of your time will be spent in front of clients presenting the value of the BRNKL product as well as attending boat shows and any events that will help provide BRNKL with a platform to grow sales and subscription revenue.

While this position is with Archipelago Marine Research, you will be working very closely with the BRNKL team on a daily basis. You will be a key influence in developing a sales and marketing strategy to take the product to market and to achieve the forecasted sales results.

Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of the Sales Manager, BRNKL will be to generate new revenue through the sale of BRNKL units and maintain client subscription revenues year over year.
• Identify and generate new opportunities for Archipelago and the BRNKL product.
• Develop new and maintain existing client relationships.
• Carry out BRNKL product and company presentations to a wide-array of potential clients and channel partners.
• Assist with all aspects of the sales pipeline including lead generation, project tracking, sales coordination and pricing.
• Work with the product team to identify and provide custom solutions to suit client specific requirements.
• Liaison between client, Archipelago and Barnacle Systems to resolve problems, confirm or follow-up on delivery/installation dates, etc.
• Make, develop and encourage technical/commercial suggestions or solutions that will enhance the overall competitiveness of the BRNKL product.
• Maintain awareness of market trends and technologies, key market drivers and competitor position.
• Attend conferences as directed, participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
At Archipelago we realize that not every great employee comes with a university degree and 10 years experience in a similar role, so we are open to hearing from all individuals who feel they can fulfill on the responsibilities outlined above.

However, there are some qualifications that we feel are very important to be considered for the role:
• Technologically Savvy: The BRNKL product is a cutting edge technology product that requires a certain level of understanding of technology to be able to speak intelligently with clients. If you have trouble using your iPhone, this role might be a little too “techy” for you. If you have a firm grasp of remote monitoring (think “Smart Home” technology), you may be a suitable candidate.
• Self-Starter: We love a team member who tells us what they are going to do and then goes and does it. We are not as fond of those who ask what they should do and wait for our response.
• Organizational Excellence: We believe that any strong sales person needs to be organized in order to manage our clients in the manner we expect. Being able to quickly and accurately forecast and track account management activity and pipeline reports is a necessity and organizational excellence will drive that success.
• Software Knowledge: Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Hubspot (or similar CRM tools).
• Communication Skills: Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills. If you are not a fan of standing up in front of clients and telling them why they need a BRNKL unit on their boat, this is probably not the right job for you.
• Travel: Must be available for domestic and international travel.
Starting wage and commission structure will be commensurate with experience. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package that includes: health and dental benefits package, health care and wellness spending account, and RRSP contributions. We have a socially responsible and flexible corporate culture, and provide training and development opportunities for our employees.

About Archipelago:
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd., established in 1978, is a Victoria-based company specializing in national and international commercial fisheries monitoring and marine environmental assessment services. With more than 700 systems worldwide, Archipelago is a recognized world leader in the deployment of electronic monitoring (EM) programs, services, and systems for observing, recording and reviewing fishing activity at sea. Archipelago sells EM systems that integrate video cameras, sensors, and GPS mapping to create a clear and accurate profile of a commercial fishing vessels’ activity at sea. These monitoring systems help fisheries manage and account for what is being caught, including by-catch, and documents protected species interactions such as marine mammals, turtles and seabirds as well as mitigation measures. http://www.archipelago.ca/EMServices.aspx

Note: This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been chosen.
TO APPLY: Email: hr@archipelago.ca

Attention Human Resources
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
525 Head St.
Victoria, BC, Canada
V9A 5S1

Operations Coordinator Fisheries Monitoring Programs (Victoria, BC)

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. (AMR) 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.
AMR is seeking an organized and motivated individual to assist with the delivery of its fisheries monitoring
programs. The position is full-time unit paid and based in AMR’s Victoria office. Hours of work can be
irregular with weekend work and some evenings required. Compensation will be commensurate with
experience.

DUTIES

• Coordinate f i sher ies observer assignments on board commercial fishing vessels operating
throughout coastal BC.
• Coordinate on shore validations of fish landings by shore-based fisheries observers.
• Provide customer service to commercial fishing clients.
• Provide briefings and debriefings for observer field staff.
• Provide technical support by performing data entry, data verification, and other administrative
functions.
• The current schedule for staff is a Sunday to Thursday but is subject to change depending on
activity. Work on statutory holidays and weekend days are required by this schedule. The
Operations Coordinator will also be required monitor after hours calls and alerts.
• Work as an at sea observer and/or a dockside monitor may be required to support program
needs.
• Liaising with government employees regarding observer certifications and security clearance.

REQUIRED SKILLS

• Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
• Adaptable personality and strong diplomacy skills
• Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours
• Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
• Must be computer savvy and be comfortable navigating through various applications simultaneously
• Experience working as an at sea observer an asset
• Ability to meet the Government of Canada’s security clearance “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1”
• Ability to travel within Canada and the US
• Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
• Post Secondary education in a related field

TO APPLY: Mail or fax your resume and cover letter 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: April 16, 2018
Note: Interviews may be conducted throughout the posting period and the position may be filled prior to the closing date.

AT SEA FISHERIES OBSERVERS Fisheries Monitoring Programs Coastal British Columbia

JOB DESCRIPTION

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. 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 three or four 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 is tentatively scheduled to start on May 7, 2018.

Employment can only be offered to those who complete 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 successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Record Check being performed by the
Commissionaires during the first week of training.

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 cannot 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 to 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.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Observing represents a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to expand their knowledge of fisheries management while travelling coast wide. Former observers have gone on to work with the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and as registered professional biologists.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Documenting all fishing activity, including catch size and composition
• Verifying fishing locations
• Collecting biological samples including otoliths and hatchery-reared salmon
• Monitoring compliance to fishery regulations
• Describing fishing and processing techniques in comprehensive trip reports
• Occasional reporting of sightings to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

QUALIFICATIONS
Successful applicants must have:
• Experience working at sea and a lack of susceptibility to motion sickness
• Completed at least one year of post-secondary education in a related discipline — current students and recent graduates majoring in marine biology, resource management, fisheries and aquaculture, environmental science, and environmental technology comprise the majority of our field staff
• 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
• No employment or ownership stake in a commercial fishing or processing operation
• The ability to provide a criminal record check by the end of week one of training

Note: Applicants living outside of British Columbia or in the BC Interior must be willing to relocate to Coastal BC — i.e. the Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island or the Prince Rupert region.

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 $172.13 to $236.69 per day while working at sea. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package.

TO APPLY, SUBMIT YOUR RESUME, APPLICATION FORM AND A HAND-WRITTEN COVER LETTER TO:

hr@archipelago.ca, or print it and fax it to 250-383-0103.

ASOP Online Application Form_ May 2018

Hardcopy application packages can be mailed to:

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

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC) — next course starts May 7, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until suitable candidates are found

Halibut Taggers, Dockside (Prince Rupert, 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 140+ employees, including biologists, technicians, administrative and information technology staff, and fisheries observers.

Archipelago is seeking honest and reliable workers to assist certified Fishery Observers by tagging commercially caught halibut and counting bycatch at offload stations in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

Duties

  • Assist a Fisheries Observer at a by tagging halibut and counting fish
  • 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

  • Requires fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and use of both hands
  • Ability to stand at a fish grading table for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend at waist to reach and slide halibut weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and directions
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle is an asset.

Terms of Employment

  • Wages is $15.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • The hours and work schedules are variable as they are governed by the landing times of the fishing vessels.
  • The work is primarily in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.
  • Workers must provide their own rain gear and boots suitable for work at a fish offloading station.

TO APPLY: Please email a PDF of your resume to hr@archipelago.ca

Application Deadline:  Open until positions are filled.

Dockside Fisheries Observers (Prince Rupert 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 140+ 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 Prince Rupert, 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
  • 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

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wages starting at $16.77/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Progression through to other wage rate levels are dependent on hours of work or years of service and can reach $21.02/hour.
  • 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.
  • All successful candidates will need to provide a criminal record check to be certified as a Fisheries Observer as required by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • 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.

* 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

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

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

Application Deadline:  Open until suitable candidates are found

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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.