||Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.
525 Head Street
Victoria, BC Canada
||January 16, 2013
||March 01, 2013
||At-Sea Fisheries Observers
||Fisheries Monitoring Program - At Sea Observer Program
||Coastal British Columbia
||Wages range from $160.00 to $225.80 per day while working at sea.
Archipelago Marine Research Ltd is seeking hard working, enthusiastic people to work at sea as
Fisheries Observers. While this is a year-round position, work levels are seasonal. The position requires
working and living aboard vessels fishing in British Columbia waters.
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 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. Recruitment is ongoing with the next training course scheduled for: March 11, 2013. Interviews may be conducted throughout the posting period and positions may be filled prior to the closing date. 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 5 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.
- 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
||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).
- Provide a criminal record check before being offered a seat in the course.
All selected applicants must participate in and successfully complete a three-week training course in order to receive fisheries certification. Course dates will be announced as they are scheduled. Please check the posting for updates.
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
Mail, Fax, or Email your covering letter and resume before the closing date to
the address above quoting the Posting Number.
NOTE: For the fisheries observer positions please complete this
application form and a hand-written cover letter
outlining your qualifications.
We thank everyone for applying. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be
Interviews may be conducted throughout the posting period and
the position may be filled prior to the closing date.
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