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Shellfish Biologist/Observer


  • Saltwater
  • 09/13/21
  • Anchorage, AK
  • 99501
  • Salary, room and board, travel / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Alaska Crab Observers

Saltwater Inc. is currently hiring Fisheries Observers for the Alaska Shellfish Program.

Alaska crab 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, King Cove or St. Paul.

General Observer Requirements:
Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the natural sciences (biology, fisheries, natural resources, wildlife biology, limnology, etc.)
A valid ADF&G observer certification can be substituted for a degree.
U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Card
Not prone to chronic or debilitating seasickness.
Physically able to carry out duties (i.e., lift baskets often weighing up to 40kg, climb steel ladders, don an immersion survival suit within 60 seconds, lift yourself into a life raft using your own strength).
Successful completion of the appropriate observer training course.
Excellent people skills.
Ability to adapt to change, manage stress, and live in confined quarters.
Capacity to work independently, yet follow technical instructions.
Capacity to maintain objectivity and the appearance of objectivity.
Ability to adapt to changes in sea assignments of extended and uncertain duration.
Observer Duties:
Provide independent catch estimates
Sample species composition
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 ADF&G
Comply with all regulatory requirements
Carry out assigned special projects
Preferred Experience:
Previous experience as a marine mammal or fisheries observer.
Previous experience in scientific data collection, and data entry beyond college.
Previous ocean experience aboard boats.
Valid and current passport.

Trainings classes are 3-weeks in duration in Kodiak, Alaska. Trainings for 2019 will be offered in September and January. After training, contracts are typically 10 days to 3 months with an option for renewals throughout the fishing season from October through spring of the following year.

Shellfish trainings happen in September and December. If interested in similar work, consider looking at Alaska Groundfish through our website, www.saltwaterinc.com.

Further information on these positions can be found on our website. If interested, please apply on our website and click How Do I Apply, to be directed to our online application. www.saltwaterinc.com


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