Job: Alaska Shellfish Observer

Title Alaska Shellfish Observer
Agency, Location Saltwater Inc. / Kodiak, AK
Categories Permanent
Job # 13878
Salary $4050 – $6330 a month depending on experience

Shellfish observers collect biological data while living aboard commercial fishing vessels working in the North Pacific Ocean and eastern Bering Sea. 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, sometimes through the night. Observers must be flexible and resourceful in establishing a sampling station and sampling methods, and capable of heavy lifting. Detail oriented self-starters excel in this job. Sampling and paperwork often require observers to work long and odd hours, seven days a week. Shifts range from 5 to 10 hours daily, and it’s rare to sleep uninterrupted for eight hours. Observer contracts are typically for 120 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



Ad Closing Date: Until filled



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