Posted on: September 5, 2020
Alaska Groundfish Observers Saltwater Inc. is currently hiring
Fisheries Observers for the Alaska Groundfish Program. Alaska
groundfish observers gather data onboard commercial fishing boats
working out of ports along the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.
Most of the assignments are based out of Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, King
Cove, or Akutan, Alaska. Observer Duties: Provide independent catch
estimates Sample species composition Provide fish ID and
measurements Collect biological samples Monitor marine mammal and
bird interactions Document fishing activity (set times, positions,
gear performance, etc.) Record and report all data to NMFS Comply
with all regulatory requirements Carry out assigned special
projects General Observer Requirements: Bachelor's degree or higher
in one of the natural sciences (biology, fisheries, natural
resources, wildlife biology, limnology, etc.), including 30 credit
hours of applied biology, one of which must include extensive use
of a dichotomous key College Course in Statistics and Math U.S.
citizenship or Permanent Resident Card Not prone to chronic or
debilitating seasickness. Physically able to carry out duties
(i.e., lift baskets often weighing up to 40kg, climb steel ladders,
don an immersion survival suit within 60 seconds, lift yourself
into a life raft using your own strength). Successful completion of
the appropriate observer training course. Excellent people skills.
Ability to adapt to change, manage stress, and live in confined
quarters. Capacity to work independently, yet follow technical
instructions. Capacity to maintain objectivity and the appearance
of objectivity. Ability to adapt to changes in sea assignments of
extended and uncertain duration. Preferred Experience: Previous
experience as a marine mammal or fisheries observer. Previous
experience in scientific data collection, and data entry beyond
college. Previous ocean experience aboard boats. Valid and current
passport. Trainings classes are 3-weeks in duration in Seattle,
Washington. Trainings for 2019 will be offered in June, July,
August and December. After training contracts are typically 3
months with an option for renewals throughout the year as the
fishing season is year-round. Further information on these
positions can be found on our website . If interested, click How Do
I Apply, to be directed to our online application.
Keywords: Saltwater, Anchorage , Fisheries Biologist/Observer, Other , Anchorage, Alaska
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