Marine Biologist


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.

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. AIS has an established portfolio in delivering high quality, performance based professional, scientific and technical services in coastal communities from Maine to North Carolina, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Gulf of Alaska.


Primary Function:

The primary goals of the government’s North Pacific Observer Program are to provide quantitative biological, vessel, and gear-selectivity information for the groundfish and halibut fisheries in Alaska. Marine Biologist deploy on commercial fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands or at processing plants. If you ever wanted to make a difference, this is how.


Biologists take trips typically lasting from two to ten days on vessels ranging from 40 feet to 125 feet long. Biologists log detailed information on the gear and fishing activities of the vessel. They set up a station on deck to collect catch and bycatch data as well as document interactions with marine mammals and seabirds. After attending a three-week paid training course (currently two virtual weeks followed by one hands-on week in (Seattle, WA), biologists are deployed from ports throughout Alaska. Gear types include benthic and pelagic trawl, hook and line, and pot.


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences and a minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences.
At least one course that required extensive use of dichotomous keys.
At least five semester hours in math, including one statistics course.
All relevant course work must have been performed at a level acceptable for credit at the candidate’s academic institution.
Experience with data entry on computers.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens.
Candidates must be physically able, as determined by a licensed physician’s certification to perform biologist duties

Preferred Qualifications:
At-Sea and/or another field experience
Experience working in remote locations.
Flexible schedule
Independent worker with good time-management skills


Marine Biologists will travel from Seattle to a port in Alaska for 90 days a time and are likely to remain there for the duration of their deployment. At the end of their deployment, they will fly back to Seattle for debriefing before returning home for up to 45 days. After 45 days at home the biologists are deployed to Alaska for another 90 days. Biologists may travel within Alaska when fishing seasons change, if they are needed to cover vessels in a different port.


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Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link to submit the required information:

Cover letter
At least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number)
Unofficial copies of your college 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 Malissa Rosanina at 774-392-4282

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