AOI announces new opportunities on the West Coast:
West Coast Trawl Catch Share Observer Program and Catch Monitor ProgramAlaskan Observers, Inc. (AOI) is currently recruiting biologists to enter training in December, 2010, as well as trainings early in 2011.
Description of Work:
In January of 2011, trawlers on the West Coast received individual Catch Shares from the Government; these vessels will be required to carry observers at all times when they are fishing. Trawl vessels on the West Coast typically range in size from 50-75 feet and make trips of 3-5 days in length. The project will offer observers the opportunity to relocate to ports in California, Oregon, and Washington, and to work year-round if they choose. Observers in the Trawl Catch Share Observer Program can expect to work at-sea 15-20 days per month, gathering fishing effort and location information, sampling for species composition, and collecting biological data from both prohibited and target species. Observers in this program are also trained as Catch Shares Shoreside Monitors, increasing their employability by augmenting their work at-sea with on-shore opportunities.
Location of Work:Following training, both Trawl Catch Share Observers and Catch Monitors will be required to relocate to a home port in Washington, Oregon, or California for the duration of their contracts. Possible locations include: Neah Bay and Westport, Washington; Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, and Brookings, Oregon; and Crescent City, Eureka, Fort Bragg, San Francisco, Halfmoon Bay, and Morro Bay, California.
Qualifications:• Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a natural science, such as fisheries or wildlife biology, marine biology, or a related field of biology (including general biology).
• A minimum of 30 credit hours in applicable biological sciences.
• At least one undergraduate course each in math and statistics.
• Coursework or employment experience that emphasized the use of dichotomous (taxonomic) keys.
• Computer skills necessary to work with standard database software and computer hardware.
In the fall and winter of 2012, AOI will begin recruiting biologists for Trawl Catch Share Observer trainings in February and April 2013.
To Apply:If you'd like to pursue these new opportunities, please complete an application and send a resume, a cover letter stating your interest in pursuing a position in the Trawl Catch Share Observer and Monitor Program, and transcripts (a photocopy, rather than an official transcript, is fine) to:
Resumes, cover letters, and transcripts can also be sent via e-mail to: email@example.com, or via fax to 206-283-6519.
Alaskan Observers, Inc.130 Nickerson, #206
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 888-317-9343 (toll free)