Job: North Pacific Groundfish Observer

Title North Pacific Groundfish Observer
Agency, Location Saltwater Inc. / Seattle, WA
Categories Permanent
Job # 11829
Salary $4050 - $6330 a month depending on experience

Groundfish observers collect biological data while living aboard commercial fishing vessels working in the North Pacific Ocean and eastern Bering Sea. Observers work on boats that range in size from 60-foot longliners to 600-foot processing factories. Working conditions on fishing boats vary widely but all are almost always challenging in Alaska, where cold, wet weather is the norm. Biologists typically work out on an open deck, often for hours at a time, or for long periods of time in factories. Observers must be flexible and resourceful in establishing a sampling station and sampling methods, and capable of heavy lifting. Sampling and paperwork often require observers to work long and odd hours, seven days a week. Shifts range from 5 to 15 hours daily, and it’s rare to sleep uninterrupted for eight hours. Observer contracts are typically for 90 days and can be renewed indefinitely. We encourage — and reward — repeat contracts.


a bachelors degree in a biological science
30 semester hours in biological sciences
a college course in math and statistics
a college course using dichotomous keys
U.S. citizenship