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Fisheries Observer/Field Biologist

Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, Port Orford OR

Alaskan Observers, Inc. is recruiting
BIOLOGISTS to begin training March 4th, 2019
for Observer positions on the Oregon Coast; Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, Port Orford.

Are you looking for a challenging at-sea biology position? Do you want to play a critical roll in the conservation and management of fisheries resources?

Description of Work: Observers sample on commercial fishing vessels that range in size from 32 - 70 feet. Trips are generally be 3-5 days in length. Observers can expect to sample at sea 12-18 days per month, gathering fishing effort information, sampling for bycatch composition, and collecting biological data. When not at sea, Observers work on shoreside tasks that include making dock rounds, entering and editing data, debriefing, performing safety reviews, and contacting vessels to be observed.  This is not a 9-5 office job, Observers live on-call, ready to respond to vessels. Living and working closely with commercial fishermen requires diplomacy.

Following training in Newport, OR, observers will be required to relocate to a port on the West Coast. Starting average pay is $3750.00/month, and Observers receive a 6% pay increase after 4 months on the job. Observers will receive up to $350.00 in relocation expenses, and will be reimbursed for work related travel outside of home port.

• 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 that emphasized the use of dichotomous (taxonomic) keys. 

  • Prior sea-time is preferred but not required.


For more info, contact Rachel Moore



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It is the policy of Alaskan Observers, Inc. to select the best individuals available for each job opening without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by regulations or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

Posted February 8, 2019

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