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.


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Fisheries Observer and Service Technician

Groundfish Monitoring Programs
Prince Rupert, BC


Archipelago’s Fisheries Monitoring Programs are seeking motivated individuals to work as a certified fisheries observer and/or to perform field electronic monitoring (EM) 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.


  • 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


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


  • 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
  • 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.

* 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.


  • Wages starting at $16.56/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • The work is primarily in Prince Rupert, but can also occur in other locations. Ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

Fax: (250) 627-1316
Open until a suitable candidate is found

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.