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.

Fisheries Observer, Dockside – Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson), 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 occurring in Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson), 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
• Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
• Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
• Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
• High school graduation or equivalent required. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
• The job is physically demanding, and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting or moving fish (up to 50 pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

• Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/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 in Prince Rupert.
• 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.
• This is a part-time position. The hours and work schedules are variable as they are governed by the landing times of the fishing vessels.
• DFO states that Fisheries Observers can not also work at fish offloading facilities.

* 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: Please email a PDF of your resume to hr@archipelago.ca
Application Deadline: Open until suitable candidates are found

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

Port Supervisor Fisheries Monitoring Programs Prince Rupert, 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 130 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 monitoring programs in the Prince Rupert region.

The position is full-time and based in Prince Rupert.  Hours of work can be irregular with weekend and evening work required.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience and includes Group health and dental package, vacation and RSP matching.

Duties

  • Oversee managerial activities performed within an office, including facilities management, computer maintenance, financial, and human resources functions;
  • Supervise staff and staffing levels in port;
  • Recruit, hire and train additional staff as needed;
  • Schedule and deploy staff for dockside and electronic monitoring work in the Prince Rupert region including Port Edward, Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson), and Haida Gwaii;
  • Perform Dockside Monitoring and Electronic Monitoring Services on a regular basis;
  • Regularly meet with other supervisors and staff to exchange information and to discuss issues affecting the office;
  • Serve as a point of contact concerning the activities of the office;
  • Supervise specific program functions within the monitoring programs as required;
  • Provide customer service to commercial fishing clients;
  • Provide technical support by performing data entry, data verification, and other administrative functions.

Required Skills

  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Strong leadership and management abilities;
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including conflict resolution, and interpersonal management skills;
  • High level of sound judgment, reasoning, and discretion;
  • 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;
  • Willing and able to undertake training needs in order to fulfill the changing requirements of the job;
  • 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; Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset;
  • Post Secondary education in a related field.

Terms of Employment

  • 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.
  • 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;
  • Must have a valid BC driver’s license and a reliable means of transportation for work in the Prince Rupert region;
  • 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 can not be certified as a Fisheries Observer.

TO APPLY: Email or fax your resume to:

Fax: (250) 383-0103 or email it to hr@archipelago.ca

Application Deadline:  March 11, 2019

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

Fisheries Observer, Dockside Vancouver, 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 now seeking organized and motivated individuals to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program in Vancouver, BC.

Duties

  • Monitor and document the offload activities of groundfish commercial fishing vessels
  • Act as back up to the geoduck plant observer (2-3 days per week)
  • Identification of all species landed
  • Accurately record offloaded weights into electronic data systems and on paper
  • Monitor compliance of fishery regulations
  • Biological sampling of selected species as required
  • Install, remove and service electronic monitoring systems on commercial fishing vessels
  • Retrieval and analysis of data from onboard monitoring systems

Required Skills

  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, night shifts and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle
  • The job is physically demanding, and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting baskets of fish (25 – 50+ pounds) and climbing ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/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.
  • The work is primarily in Vancouver and area, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

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

Application Deadline:  Open until suitable candidates are found

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

Fisheries Observer, Dockside Ucluelet, BC

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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 now seeking organized and motivated individuals to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program in Ucluelet, BC.

Duties

  • Monitor and document the offload activities of groundfish commercial fishing vessels
  • Identification of all species landed.
  • Accurately record offloaded weights into electronic data systems and on paper
  • Monitor compliance of fishery regulations
  • Biological sampling of selected species as required

Required Skills

  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • The job is physically demanding, and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting baskets of fish (25 – 50+ pounds) and climbing ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/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.
  • The work is primarily in Ucluelet and Tofino, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

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

Application Deadline:  Open until suitable candidates are found

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

Fisheries Observers, Dockside - Prince Rupert, BC

­Fisheries Observers, Dockside

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 organized and motivated individuals to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program occurring in Prince Rupert, BC and in Port Edward, 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
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • The job is physically demanding and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting or moving fish (up to 50 pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/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. 
  • The work is primarily in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

 

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

Application Deadline:  Open until suitable candidates are found

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

Fisheries Observers, Dockside - Port Hardy BC

Job Description

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 Port Hardy, 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
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • The job is physically demanding and candidates should be capable of lifting baskets of fish (25 – 50+ pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/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. 
  • The work is primarily in Port Hardy, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

 

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

Application Deadline:  Open until suitable candidates are found

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

 

AT SEA FISHERIES OBSERVERS - 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.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Download and fill out a PDF application form – At Sea Observer Online Application Form_ May 2018

Submit your completed application form, a PDF copy of your resume, and a handwritten cover letter by email to hr@archipelago.ca, or print it and fax it to 250-383-0103.

NOTE: After completing your application form, save it as “Archipelago_AtSea_FirstnameLastname”

Email is preferred, but a hardcopy application package can be mailed to:

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

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until suitable candidates are found

Join Archipelago

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.