Marine Biologist (ASM) - Boston, Ma

A.I.S. Inc

About the organization

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) was founded in 1988 to provide fully trained protected species observers and certified inspectors for harbor and river dredging operations. With more than three decades of experience supporting government, the private sector and academia, AIS has evolved into a diversified provider of marine science services. Our accomplishments are based on our ability to mobilize and support a highly qualified and geographically dispersed workforce of professionals, our commitment to customer service, and our innovative management approaches.

We are experts in designing and managing complex field sampling and monitoring programs with 24/7 operations and logistics support. AIS is your eyes and ears on the water providing sound science. We are dedicated to the collection of high quality environmental data, data management, and compliance monitoring to ensure sustainable use of our marine resources.


At-Sea Monitors record detailed information on the gear and fishing activity of the vessels. Monitors work on deck on vessels ranging from 20’ to 100’ on trips roughly ranging from 1 to 14 days collecting data on fish catch and discard and incidental takes such as marine mammals, seabirds, and marine turtles. After attending a 3-week paid training in-person training in Falmouth, MA monitors are deployed from ports throughout New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Gear types assessed include, trawl, gillnet, longline and handline.

Accommodations and meal reimbursement during in person session of training are provided. Training includes instructions on sampling protocols, gear, fisheries, fish identification, marine mammal/sea turtle identification, and safety.

This is a challenging job and candidates must be mentally prepared to be away from home for multiple days, and must be physically able to handle heavy lifting, working odd hours, and long days in rough seas. Observing provides an excellent career in marine biology, as observers and monitors are widely recognized as being excellent field biologists. A broad range of advancement opportunities are available to those who demonstrate appropriate capabilities. Those opportunities include, but are not limited to, project management, field supervisors, and fieldwork in other programs.


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma is required
Experience with data entry on computers.
Monitor candidates must be U.S. citizens, or be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Candidates must be physically able, as determined by a licensed physician’s certification to perform observer duties.
Your own transportation is required
Candidates are expected to commit to the program for at least one year.
Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university with 30 credits of biology coursework, 6 credits of marine science is preferred
At least one undergraduate course in math or statistics preferred
At-sea experience
Coursework in Dichotomous Keys
Experience collecting Field Data and entering databases

*Applicants must be currently living, or be willing to live, in Boston, MA*


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Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

If you would like to apply for one of these exciting new openings, please click the following link to submit the following information.

-Cover Letter detailing sea and fish experience.
-At least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number)
-Unofficial copies of your college (or high school if applicable) transcripts.

All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to call William Byrd at [email protected] or 774-762-7019.

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