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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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 15 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 complete a three-week training course. After successful completion of the course, applicants’ names will be forwarded to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for screening and final certification. Applicants must qualify for “Reliability Status – Level 1” security clearance in order to work at sea.

Out-of-town trainees will be provided with accommodation for the duration of the training course if required.

NOTE: 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 British Columbia. 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. When in port between assignments, observers will stay in a company port 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.


  • 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


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 with five years of residency. Birth certificates will be required of all applicants.
  • The ability to travel freely to and from the USA
  • No ownership or employment stake in a commercial fishing or processing operation
  • An ability to meet the Government of Canada’s security clearance guidelines for “Enhanced Reliability – Level 1”
  • A willingness to consent to a credit check and a criminal record check (applicants’ fingerprints will be collected as part of the security clearance process)

Note: All selected applicants must participate in and successfully complete a three-week training course in order to receive fisheries observer certification. The start date for our next course is scheduled for January 2, 2017.

Preference will be given to applicants who have some experience working at sea and who are familiar with marine fish identification.

Salary Range:

  • Wages range from $170.00 to $233.77 per day while working at sea.


To Apply, submit below form with your resume and a hand-written cover letter by:

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




APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until suitable candidates are found

Data Technician

Fisheries Monitoring Programs
Victoria Office

 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’s staff includes 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 groundfish 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 occasional evenings required.  Compensation will commensurate with experience.


  • Verification of incoming data generated by at sea and dockside field staff working in fishery monitoring projects
  • Data entry of information generated within the fishery monitoring projects
  • Maintenance of data storage and filing systems
  • Maintenance of program data applications
  • Routine and ad hoc data reporting including electronic uploading of data
  • Liaise with field staff and clients regarding data quality and other data issues
  • Perform dockside validations when required

 Required Skills

  • Experience with data entry, manipulation and analysis
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to perform simultaneous tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Must be comfortable working with computers and be comfortable navigating through various applications simultaneously
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours
  • Commercial fishing knowledge and/or experience an asset
  • Post Secondary education in a related field

TO APPLY: Email a PDF of your resume to
Deadline:  December 16, 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.