Data and Electronic Monitoring Field Technician – Co-op January 2023 to August 2023 (4 Positions)

Fisheries Monitoring Programs

Coastal, BC

Are you passionate about sustainable seafood? Want to help look after our ocean resources? Think rain-soaked high-vis fashion is the next big trend? Archipelago is seeking an organized and motivated co-op student for an 8-month work term within our Fisheries Monitoring Programs to assist with the delivery of the programs in our four ports throughout Coastal British Columbia. Hours of work can be irregular with weekend and evening work required. Housing is provided and travel costs paid.

Duties

• Perform certified dockside monitoring and electronic monitoring field services work in our four major Coastal BC ports and the surrounding regions.
• Help to schedule and deploy staff for dockside and electronic monitoring work in in our four major Coastal BC ports and the surrounding regions.
• Provide regional administrative assistance to Archipelago’s fishery monitoring programs. Provide technical support by performing data entry and data verification.
• Regularly meet with the port supervisors and staff to exchange information and to discuss issues affecting port operations.
• View predetermined imagery for trips made by fishing vessels with electronic monitoring (EM) units onboard.
• Monitor and document the offload activities of groundfish commercial fishing vessels.
• Identify and record groundfish species being caught by fishing vessels on a hook-by-hook basis.
• Identification of all species landed.
• Accurate recording of offloaded weights into electronic data systems and on paper and pprovide feedback to the appropriate staff.
• Monitor compliance of fishery regulations.
• Perform biological sampling of selected species.
• Assist at offloads with piece counting and halibut tagging.
• Ship, receive, scrub and archive hard drives as needed.
• Maintain hard drive inventory in port and communicate with the Victoria office on a regular basis.
• Greet clients and direct them to the appropriate person and answer and direct incoming phone calls.

Required Skills

• Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills.
• Highly self-motivated with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours.
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work well with others.
• The job is physically demanding, and candidates should be capable of lifting baskets of fish (50+ pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.
• Ability to prioritize and organize own workload in an effective manner, while working within broad guidelines.
• A demonstrated ability to work under own initiative without direction.
• Electronic monitoring work requires mechanical aptitude, experience with hand tools and basic understanding of electrical circuits.
• Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict deadlines.
• Must be computer savvy and be comfortable navigating through various applications simultaneously.
• Knowledge of the fishing industry and ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset.
• Some post-secondary education in a related field and/or sufficient relevant work experience is an asset.
• Must have a valid BC Driver License (or equivalent to) with a reliable vehicle.

Terms of Employment

•  The position is based on a 37.5-hour work week.
• The hourly rate is $19.00 per hour plus 8.2% vacation/stat pay.
• Position is subject to an overtime averaging agreement, approved by Labour Canada.
• Must obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans, Canada*. This required certification training is provided to successful candidates in our 2-week paid training course.
• The successful candidate will need to provide a criminal record check to be certified as a Fisheries Observer as required by Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.
• Ability to travel within Canada and the US.

*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.

Application Deadline: Open until suitable candidate 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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