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 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 now seeking organized and motivated individuals to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program in Prince Rupert, 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
  • Highschool graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset
  • Valid BC Drivers License (or equivalent to) with a reliable vehicle
  • The job is physically demanding, and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting baskets of 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 guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increased by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/hour.
  • Must obtain Fisheries 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 located 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.

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC)

Next Course starts late April 2020

NOTE: All interviews will be conducted by webcam to address concerns related to COVID-19. Due to restrictions on international travel, applicants currently residing outside of Canada will not be eligible to apply to our Spring 2020 training course at this time.

To Apply: Download this PDF application form and complete it using Acrobat Reader. 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 (email is preferred). 

Hardcopy application packages can be mailed to: 

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

Job Description

Archipelago 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 May 2020. 

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 on the BC coast. 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. Observers are given 7 days off between rotations. 

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: 

  • Strong time management skills
  • An affinity for accurate data collection and a keen eye for detail
  • The ability to produce high quality data while working unsupervised in remote locations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for diplomacy
  • A willingness to accommodate a flexible work schedule
  • Experience performing simple dissections
  • Experience with species identification
  • Experience working on boats (preferably on the open ocean)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent math skills (experience with accounting an asset)
  • Completed at least two years of post-secondary education in a related discipline — students and recent graduates majoring in general biology, marine biology, resource management, fisheries and aquaculture, environmental science, and environmental technology comprise the majority of our field staff
  • The 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 some knowledge of marine fish identification and the commercial fishing industry and have some degree of marine safety training. Preference will be given to those applicants who meet all of these requirements.

Salary Range 

Wages range from $2010.78 to $284.27 per day while working at sea. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package. 

Next Course starts late April 2020

To Apply: Download this PDF application form and complete it using Acrobat Reader. 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 (email is preferred). 

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.