Fisheries Observer – Dockside (Full Time)


Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.


Fisheries Observers, Dockside Prince Rupert, BC

Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. is a world leader in the design and implementation of commercial fishery data collection systems. We are a private company with a head office in Victoria, B.C. and three regional offices throughout coastal B.C. Archipelago maintains a staff of 140+ employees, including biologists, technicians, administrative and information technology staff, and fisheries observers. Archipelago is seeking organized and motivated individuals to assist with the delivery of its groundfish dockside monitoring program occurring in Prince Rupert, BC and in Port Edward, BC.


  • Monitor and documenting the offload activities of groundfish commercial fishing vessels
  • Identification of all species landed.
  • Accurately recording offloaded weights into electronic data systems and on paper
  • Monitor compliance of fishery regulations
  • Biological sampling of selected species

Required Skills

  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently, follow procedures, and meet strict timelines
  • Ability to identify commercially important marine species an asset
  • High school graduation as a minimum. Knowledge of the fishing industry is an asset.
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence with a reliable vehicle.
  • The job is physically demanding and candidates should be capable of occasionally lifting or moving fish (up to 50 pounds) and climb ladders up to 25 feet to board fishing vessels.

Terms of Employment

  • Competitive wage starting at $17.00/hour with a guaranteed minimum 4-hour callout on all days worked. Hourly rates increase by length of service and hours worked to $18.75/hour, $19.94/hour and $21.28/hour.
  • Must obtain Fisheries Observer Certification through Fisheries and Oceans, Canada*. This required certification training is provided to successful candidates in our 2-week training course.
  • All successful candidates will need to provide a criminal record check to be certified as a Fisheries Observer as required by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Full and part-time equivalent positions are available. The hours and work schedules are variable as they are governed by the landing times of the fishing vessels.
  • The work is primarily in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, but the ability to travel to other fish landing ports is desirable.

Fisheries Act and Fisheries (General) Regulations state that a person who owns, operates, manages, or is an employee of an enterprise that catches, cultures, processes or transports fish can not be certified as a Fisheries Observer.

How to Apply

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