We are hiring for the December 5th training in Anchorage, and the December 26th training in Seattle.
Alaska groundfish observers gather data onboard commercial fishing boats working out of ports along the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Most of the assignments are based out of Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, King Cove, or Akutan, Alaska.
Groundfish Observer Duties:
* Provide independent catch estimates
* Sample species compositionObserver sampling on vessel
* Provide fish ID and measurements
* Collect biological samples
* Monitor marine mammal and bird interactions
* Document fishing activity (set times, positions, gear performance, etc.)
* Record and report all data to NMFS
* Comply with all regulatory requirements
* Carry out assigned special projects (eg. stomach collection, tagging, etc.)
Specific Groundfish Observer Requirements:
In addition to the general requirements that must be met by all observer candidates (see About Observing), Groundfish observers must also fulfill the following specific requirements:
* 30 semester hours in applicable biological sciences.
* A college level course in math and statistics (minimum of 5 credit hours combined).
* A college level course with the use of dichotomous (taxonomic) keys.
* Computer experience.
Groundfish Observer Training
Groundfish training is an intensive 3-week course offered by NMFS at various times throughout the year in Seattle and Anchorage. Please see the current Observer Training Schedule. Candidates must pass this training to be eligible for a contract with Saltwater.
Please apply via our website www.saltwaterinc.com, click "How Do I Apply" to be directed to our online form.
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