University of Alaska Southeast

Job Posting

Company: A.I.S., Inc
Location: Various ports in AK
Position: North Pacific Fisheries Observer
Requirements: See job posting

Position or Title: North Pacific Fisheries Observer, Full Time Permanent

Agency/State: A.I.S., Inc. Various ports in Alaska

Responsibilities: Collect and record fish catch/discard and biological data for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aboard commercial fishing vessels.  Vessels range from 40 ft. to 125 ft.

Qualifications: A BS in Marine Biology or other natural science is required including 30 semester hours of biological course work with extensive use of dichotomous keys in at least one course. 6 credits of marine coursework and at least one mathematics course.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Ad Closing Date: Start date: July – August 2019

Contact/Email: Luke Szymanski,


Weblink: For a  complete job description and to apply please visit to submit the required information:  resume, cover letter, at least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number), and unofficial copies of your college transcripts.  All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered.

Want to make a difference? Want to get paid to explore Alaska? Commercial fishing dates back
hundreds of years. Alaska’s fisheries are world renowned for their sustainability and effective
management. The health of the commercial fish stocks are attributed to cooperation between fishermen
and fisheries management scientists. In order to facilitate that cooperation, fisheries observers collect
data pertaining to fishing operations, economics, catch data, and fishing effort. Collected data is used to
document fish stock information which is then used for fisheries management and to preserve future
generations of fish/fishermen. Commit to the journey!
Agency/Location: AIS, Inc. (contractor to NMFS). Positions located in ports along the Gulf of Alaska and
the Bering Sea.
Responsibilities: Work at sea collecting and recording fish catch/discard and biological samples for the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aboard commercial fishing vessels. Observers record detailed
information on the gear and fishing activity of the vessels. Vessels range from 40 – 125 ft. and trips can
last from 2 – 14 days. After attending a 3 week paid training course in Seattle, WA, observers are
deployed from ports throughout the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.
This is a physically and mentally challenging job and candidates must be able to handle heavy lifting,
working odd hours, and long days in rough seas. Observing provides an excellent start to a career in
marine biology, as observers are widely recognized as being excellent field biologists. This opportunity is
a great way to get paid to explore Alaska. A broad range of advancement opportunities are available to
those who demonstrate appropriate work skills. Those opportunities include, but are not limited to, project
management, field supervisors, and fieldwork in other programs such as protected species observing and
Compensation: These are full–time positions for up to 90 day deployments to Alaska. Each 90 day
deployment may be followed by a period of time off. Many observers use their downtime to travel and
recuperate before returning to complete another deployment. Observers typically complete 1-4
deployments a year. The amount of time spent on vessels during a deployment depends on weather and
the fishing effort. When deployed to Alaska observers earn between $3,000 and $6,500 a month and
receive additional compensation for meals and incidental expenses as well as reimbursement for ground
transportation and baggage. AIS managers make all travel arrangements and pay for all flights and
The AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday benefits.
Health and welfare compensation of an additional $4.41 per hour is available in lieu of medical benefits.
Potential additional compensation may consist of:

 Data quality bonus
 Service awards
 Fitness center reimbursement
 Referral bonus
 And more!
Training: A three-week, paid training course will start between July 8 th and August 5 th in Seattle, WA.
Date is being finalized now. Accommodations at a furnished comfortable house in Seattle are provided.
Transportation to and from the NMFS training facility is also provided. Training includes instructions on
sampling protocols, gear, fisheries, fish identification, marine mammal/sea turtle identification, and safety.
 Bachelors degree in Biology or other natural science is required including:
o 30 semester hours of biological coursework

o at least 1 course that required extensive use of dichotomous keys
o 5 semester hours of mathematics consisting of at least 1 math course and 1 statistics
 You must be US Citizen
 Previous observer experience and sea and fish research experience is strongly preferred
 A valid driver’s license is required
Contact: If you would like to apply, please click the following link
submit the required information. All of the following documents must be submitted in order for your
application to be considered:
 Resume
 Cover letter
 A minimum of 5 professional references (name, email address, and phone number must be
 Latest FMA evaluation (if applicable)
 Unofficial transcript(s) – please be sure to include additional transcripts for any transferred credits
and/or undergrad degree if applicable.
Closing: Open until filled.
More information:
This is a full time position • Must be able to work in the U.S. • VEVRAA Federal Contractor •
Request Priority Protected Veteran Referrals • Equal Opportunity Employer • Resumes can be
sent to • For more information please visit the AIS, Inc. website
An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other
conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or
mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Contact: Bob Boutilier
Contact at:
Closing Date: Open Until Filled