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.

Service Technician and Fisheries Observer Prince Rupert, BC

Archipelago is seeking a motivated individual to work primarily as an electronic monitoring (EM) technician within our Fisheries Monitoring Programs in Prince Rupert.  An EM technician installs and works with hardware and software on board commercial fishing vessels while at the dock.  Additional duties for the successful candidate will be to work as a certified observer when require.  Hours of work are irregular, and both evening and weekend work are required.  All required training required will be provided to the suitable candidate.  The work is primarily in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, but can also occur in other locations.  Ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

Electronic Monitoring Service Technician

  • Install, remove and service EM systems on commercial fishing vessels
    • Retrieval and analysis of data from onboard monitoring systems
  • Repairs to electronic sensor equipment
  • Mechanical aptitude, experience with hand tools and a basic understanding of electrical circuits

Electronic Monitoring Service Technician Required Skills

  • Computing experience including data entry skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and cope with tedious work
  • Ability to deal effectively and appropriately with demanding or frustrated individuals
  • The job is physically demanding and candidates should be able to climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels and climb masts to install camera equipment
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are required
  • Extensive experience and familiarity with groundfish species identification is an asset

Dockside Observer 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

Dockside Observer Duties 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.
  • 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.

* 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.

Terms of Employment

  • Wages starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked.
  • The work is primarily in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, but can also occur in other locations. Ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

 

 

TO APPLY: Email your resume to

hr@archipelago.ca

Application Deadline:  July 5, 2019

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

Halibut Taggers, 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 honest and reliable workers to assist certified Fishery Observers by tagging commercially caught halibut and counting bycatch at offload stations in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

Duties

  • Assist a Fisheries Observer at a 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

Required Skills

  • 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 Licence with a reliable vehicle is an asset.

Terms of Employment

  • Wages is $15.38/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: Please email a PDF of your resume to kristinm@archipelago.ca

Application Deadline:  Open until positions are filled.

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

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

To Apply

Visit http://www.archipelago.ca/company/careers/ to 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 date the next course is to be determined.

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
  • Small Domestic Vessel: Basic Safety training (formerly Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A3) will be considered an asset — certification training will be provided to successful applicants during the course
  • A VHF Marine “Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime)” and Occupational First Aid Level 1 certification will be considered assets
  • Canadian citizenship, permanent resident/landed immigrant status, or an open work permit valid for at least one year
  • 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.

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.