North Pacific Groundfish Observer
About the organization
Saltwater was founded in 1988 on the belief that the health of fisheries and oceans is one of the critical issues of our time.
We were one of the first companies certified to provide observers when U.S. fishery observer programs were first established. Over the years our commitment to our mission – and our people – have enabled us to attract and retain top talent.
Today Saltwater is a recognized industry leader in the design and implementation of both fishery and marine mammal observer programs – and an innovator in the use of new technologies and electronic monitoring for data collection. We serve hundreds of clients including public agencies, non-profit research organization, and fishermen.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, NOAA ProTech-Fisheries Contractor and Certified Women Owned Small Business.
Groundfish observers collect biological data while living aboard commercial fishing vessels working in the North Pacific Ocean and eastern Bering Sea. Observers work on boats that range in size from 60-foot longliners to 600-foot processing factories. 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, or for long periods of time in factories. Observers must be flexible and resourceful in establishing a sampling station and sampling methods, and capable of heavy lifting. Sampling and paperwork often require observers to work long and odd hours, seven days a week. Shifts range from 5 to 15 hours daily, and it’s rare to sleep uninterrupted for eight hours. Observer contracts are typically for 90 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
Contact email: [email protected]
Equal Opportunity Employment
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