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.

Lead Software Developer, Victoria, BC

Are you looking to lead the development of software solutions that will really change the world? Do you want to lead the design and planning for our entry into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology? Are you passionate about our environment and sustainability? Can you play nice with humans and machines?

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT? 

Archipelago has been around for over 40 years and is at the forefront of electronic monitoring solutions for fisheries around the world. We create and deploy technology for commercial fishing vessels, at-sea observers and dockside monitors to collect data and report back to our clients. This data helps manage global fisheries and ensure sustainability for generations to come. Our head office sits right on the water in Victoria (Esquimalt), British Columbia and we have offices in Alaska, Oregon, Australia, Norway and in port cities up and down the British Columbia coast. 

 Our electronic monitoring technology has been deployed on over 700 fishing vessels around the world and we work with government agencies like DFO, NOAA and AFMA (Australia) and MPI (New Zealand). We support organizations like The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in their efforts to create more sustainable fisheries around the world. 

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE ARCHIPELAGO? 

It will likely come up in an interview, so do your research. 

WHAT DO WE OFFER? 

Group Benefits Program (Health and Dental) 
Health Spending Account 
Personal Wellness Fund 
RSP matching 
Flex Schedules 
Performance Bonuses 
Remote Work Options 
A commitment to sustainability and the environment within all our operations 
Staff funding programs for local and global non-profits 
Company funded education and development opportunities 
Staff Deck Days (overlooking the Inner Harbour) 
Staff Parties and Events 
Ocean Front Building with close proximity to transit and bike paths 
Free Parking 

WHAT DO YOU OFFER? 

Creativity and the ability to bring new ideas to the table.
Experience in day-to-day task management of a small software development team (5-7 ppl) 
Significant software development experience 
Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical co-workers 
Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio & C#.Net 
Experience with highly scalable web application design 

Familiarity With: 
Software Architecture 
Software development project business analysis and scoping 
Software development processes 
Microsoft Azure and/or other cloud hosting platforms 
Database Design 
Artificial Intelligence 
Machine Learning 
Computer Vision 

Beneficial Experience: 
Microsoft SQL Server 
Android Development Studio 
Java 
Python 
Embedded Software 

To Apply

            Email your resume to hr@archipelago.ca

Application DeadlineNov 7, 2019 

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

Assistant 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.  AMR is seeking an organized and motivated individual to work with the local port supervisor to assist with the delivery of its monitoring programs in Prince Rupert, Port Edward and the north coast region. Hours of work can be irregular with weekend and evening work required.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience. 

Duties

  • Perform certified dockside monitoring and electronic monitoring field services work in Port Hardy and the north island region; 
  • Help to schedule and deploy staff for dockside and electronic monitoring work in the Prince Rupert, Port Edward and the north coast region; 
  • Assist with recruitment, hiring and training of dockside and electronic monitoring staff; 
  • 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 the office; 
  • Serve as a point of contact concerning the activities of the office; 
  • Acts as port supervisor back up during vacation coverages. 

Required Skills

  • Strong communication 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; 
  • Previous experience scheduling and supervising staff; 
  • A demonstrated ability to work under own initiative without direction; 
  • Ability to prioritize and organize own workload in an effective manner, while working within broad guidelines to meet strict timelines; 
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team; 
  • 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. 
  • Electronic monitoring work requires mechanical aptitude, experience with hand tools and basic understanding of electrical circuits; 
  • 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. 

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 Prince Rupert, Port Edward and the north coast 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 your resume to hr@archipelago.ca

Application DeadlineOctober 28, 2019 

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

Fisheries Observers, Dockside, Bella Bella, BC

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. is seeking an organized and motivated individual to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program in Bella Bella, BC.
Archipelago 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.

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 

  • 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 grade 12 equivalent. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Need to provide own transportation within Bella Bella.
  • The job is physically demanding and candidates should be capable of lifting or moving baskets of fish (25 – 50+ pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

Terms of Employment 

  • 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.
  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • The successful candidate must obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans, Canada*. This required certification training is provided to the successful candidate in our 2-week training course in Port Hardy. Training dates to be determined.
  • The successful candidate 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 Bella Bella, 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

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

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC)

Next Course starts late September 2019 

To Apply: Download an application form. Email your completed application form, a scanned handwritten cover letter, and a PDF copy of your resume to hr@archipelago.ca, or print it and fax it to 250-383-0103.  

Hardcopy application packages can be mailed to: 

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

Job Description

Archipelago Marine Research 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 seasonally variable. 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 comprehensive trip reports. 

Working and Living Conditions 

Vessels range in length from 40 feet to over 150 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. The next course is tentatively scheduled to start late September 2019. 

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 Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) 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 second 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 their port of deployment. During these active-status days, Observers have the use of a staff house.

Responsibilities 

  • 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 comprehensive trip reports 

Qualifications 

Successful applicants will 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) 
  • Experience performing simple dissections 
  • Experience with species identification 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent math skills (experience with accounting an asset) 
  • A demonstrated ability to work long hours under adverse conditions and without supervision 
  • Domestic Vessel Safety training (formerly MED A1/A2). VHF Marine “Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime)” and Occupational First Aid Level 1 certification will be considered assets 
  • Ability to travel freely to and from the USA 
  • No employment or ownership stake in a commercial fishing or processing operation 
  • A willingness to consent to a criminal record check during the training course 

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 $174.25 to $239.56 per day while working at sea. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package.

Next Course starts late September 2019 

To Apply: Download an application form. Email your completed application form, a scanned handwritten cover letter, and a PDF copy of your resume to hr@archipelago.ca, or print it and fax it to 250-383-0103. 

Hardcopy application packages can be mailed to: 

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

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.