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.

Junior Software Developer, Victoria, BC

Are you looking to contribute to the development of software solutions that really will change the world? Do you want to play a role in 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? 


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 vesselsat-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. 


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


  • 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 
  • Ocean-front building with proximity to transit and bike paths
  • Alternative-commuting incentives 
  • 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 
  • Free parking 


  • Creativity and the ability to bring new ideas to the table. 
  • The ability to work well in a small, diverse development team. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio & C#.Net 
  • Experience with Android mobile app development 
  • Experience or recent training in C and/or embedded systems and/or RTOS  


Beneficial Experience / Training: 

  • Microsoft Office 365 development 
    • Power Automate (Flow) 
    • Power Apps 
    • SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft Access 
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Java
  • Python
  • Database Design
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision 

 This is a full-time permanent position based in Victoria, BC. We are interested in hearing from qualified candidates including graduate students or 4th year co-op students interested in continuing with full time employment after their placement.  

 TO APPLY:                     Email your resume and cover letter to: 

 Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 

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

Data Technician - Victoria, 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.CArchipelago maintains a staff of  150 employees, including biologists, technicians, administrative, information technology staff, and fisheries observers.  Archipelago is seeking an organized and motivated individual to assist with the delivery of its fisheries monitoring programsThe position is fulltime hourly based on a 37.5 week, Monday through FridayOccasional travel may be required, and hours of work can be irregular with weekend work and some evenings required. 


  • Verification of incoming data generated by atsea and dockside field staff working in fishery monitoring projects 
  • Data entry of information generated within the fishery monitoring projects 
  • Review of electronic monitoring imagery and sensor data
  • Maintenance of data storage and filing systems 
  • Routine and ad hoc data reporting including electronic uploading of data  
  • Liaise with field staff and clients regarding data quality and other data issues 
  • Provide customer service to commercial fishing clients
  • Work as an at sea observer and/or a dockside monitor in remote locations may be required to support prograneeds
  • Coordinate on shore validations of fish landing by shore-based fisheries observers


  • Experience with data entry, manipulation and analysis 
  • Highly selfmotivated with strong organizational skills 
  • Excellent communicatioskills (both oral and written) 
  • Adaptable personality and strong diplomacy skills 
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours including some weekends, evenings, and possibly occasional travel
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines 
  • Must be proficient with computers and be comfortable navigating through various applications   simultaneously 
  • Able to obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans Canada* 
  • Post-secondary education in a related field an asset 
  • Ability to travel within Canada and the US
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset  
  • Experience working as an AtSea Observer an asset 

*Criminal record check is required. 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.  

TAPPLY:                     Email your resume and coveletter to 

Application Deadline: December 13, 2019 

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

At-sea Fisheries Observers (Coastal BC)

Next Course starts early January 2020 

To Apply: Download an application form. Email your completed application form, a scanned handwritten cover letter, and a PDF copy of your resume to, 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 

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 January 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 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. 


  • 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 


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 $196.54 to $272.00 per day while working at sea. Archipelago offers a competitive compensation package. 

Next Course starts early January 2020

To Apply: Download an application form. Email your completed application form, a scanned handwritten cover letter, and a PDF copy of your resume to, 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 

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.