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.


Archipelago posts new opportunities regularly. Check back frequently for the latest postings.

Biologist, Victoria, BC


Are you passionate about doing field work?  Are you someone who likes a lot of variation from looking at data, viewing marine imagery, working on a boat, writing reports to walking along the shore? Does working in different parts of BC, sometimes with the rain falling sideways make your heart beat faster? Are you someone that takes a positive approach to all your work?


Archipelago has been around for over 40 years and is at the forefront of 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. As well, we offer marine environmental services for clients up and down the west coast of Canada and the United States. 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Marine Environmental Services Division of the company. This division focuses on nearshore coastal inventory, marine habitat and environmental assessment, environmental monitoring as well as coastal planning and sustainable resource management.


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


  • Conduct or assist with environmental monitoring activities including environmental construction monitoring, water/sediment sampling, acoustic monitoring, invertebrate and fish sampling, coastal marine biophysical inventory, and habitat assessment.
  • Conduct or assist with intertidal and subtidal field surveys (marine inventories).
  • View aerial video imagery of intertidal shoreline and record observations about the intertidal biota in an database.
  • View underwater video imagery and record observations of the subtidal biota in various databases
  • Conduct or assist with desktop (literature review) assignments and preparation of technical reports.
  • Assist with map production and various types of GIS analysis for reports and field planning purposes.



  • B.Sc. in related discipline (Biology, Environmental Science) with 3-5 years working experience.
  • Strong knowledge of Pacific Northwest marine coastal biology and ecology including strong marine fish, invertebrate and algae identification skills.
  • Experience with marine sampling and monitoring techniques (water, sediment, fish and invertebrates).
  • Experience in the use and maintenance of marine instrumentation (e.g. CTDs, YSI water quality meters, hydrophones).
  • Marine field skills (including small boat handling and GPS navigation).
  • Experience with ArcMap and/or ArcGIS Online.Demonstrated ability to meet project timelines and professional quality client deliverables.
  • Innovative and can work independently and in a team setting.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills (Teams, MS Office 365, Access).
  • Ability to obtain government security clearance through Public Services and Procurement Canada. All successful candidates will also need to undergo a criminal record check to work on projects as required by Public Services.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work in remote field locations, work irregular and unpredictable field schedules, and in adverse weather conditions.



  • Experience with acoustic monitoring of marine construction activities.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) and Marine Emergencies Duties (MED A-3) certification.
  • Understanding of freshwater fish, and their habitats, in coastal British Columbia.
  • Previous experience conducting freshwater field work (fish exclusion and salvage, environmental monitoring, stream classification)
  • Experience with video classification.
  • Database, spatial analysis (GIS), and/or statistical analysis skills.
  • A registered member of the College of Applied Biology or eligible to become registered with the college within the next six months.



  • Group benefits program (Health and Dental)
  • Health spending account
  • Personal wellness fund
  • RSP matching
  • Flex schedules
  • Performance and success sharing plan
  • 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 (virtual during Covid 19)
  • Staff events (virtual or while following BC Public Health Authority Guidelines)
  • Oceanfront building with proximity to transit and bike paths and free parking



The position is based on a 37.5 hour work week – Monday to Friday with 3 weeks paid vacation and 5 days paid personal days per year. Archipelago is focused on getting the job done and not watching the clock, but we use these figures as our guidelines for our team members.

The anticipated salary range for this role is $45,000 to $55,000 based on experience.

If you are interested in applying, email your resume and a cover letter to

We will keep this posting active until the position has been filled.

Halibut Taggers Fisheries Monitoring Programs Prince Rupert, BC

Archipelago is seeking honest and reliable workers to assist with the delivery of it’s groundfish dockside monitoring program in Prince Rupert, BC and in Port Edward, BC. Hours of work can be irregular with weekend and evening work required.


  • Assist a Fisheries Observer by tagging halibut and counting fish
  • 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


  • Requires fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and use of both hands
  • Ability to stand at a fish grading table for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend at waist to reach and slide halibut weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and directions
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • Valid BC Drivers License with a reliable vehicle is an asset.


  • Wages is $15.57/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • 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.
  • Workers must provide their own rain gear and boots suitable for work at a fish offloading station.

TO APPLY: Email a pdf of your resume to:

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.

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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.