Job: West Coast Fisheries Observer

Title West Coast Fisheries Observer
Agency, Location Alaskan Observers, Inc./ WA, OR, CA coast
Categories Permanent
Job # 12995
Salary $3450.00 on average per month to begin, with raises at 4 months and 8 months.

Observers in the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program work as at-sea biologists onboard U.S.-flagged commercial fishing vessels.  They gather data essential to the sustainability of fisheries resources in WA, OR, and CA.  Tasks on deck include making estimates of total catch, gathering fishing effort and location information, and collecting age structures and biological data from both retained and discard species.  While at sea, Observers live in extremely close quarters with commercial fishermen.  When on land, Observers live in their assigned home-port and on-call 24/7. Observers can expect to be sampling at sea on average 15 days/month.  Shoreside tasks include entering and editing data, debriefing, performing safety reviews, and contacting vessels to be observed. Positions begin with a 3-week paid training in February or March 2019.


A Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, 30 semester hours in biological sciences, a college course in both math and statistics, and a college course using dichotomous keys.  Prior sea-time preferred but not required.

Closing Date:  until filled


To apply for this position please submit the online application found at our website:  Additionally, please email both a resume and transcripts to Rachel Moore, AOI Recruitment Coordinator, [email protected].  For questions about the job description and application process, please feel free to call: 888-317-9343.