Location: Onboard seismic survey vessels operating in the US Atlantic Ocean
Duration: May through December
Job Type: Full time Seasonal
Job Description: The Commercial Fisheries Liaison will monitor, document and report commercial fishing activity during offshore geophysical/geotechnical surveys. The liaison will serve as the primary point of contact between commercial fishing vessel representatives operating in the survey area and the survey team. The goal of the liaison will be to mitigate and document any interaction between the survey operations and commercial fishing operations. Trips will last up to 35 days. Survey vessels range in size from 120 ft. length overall to over 300 ft. length overall. Observation information and communication will be documented electronically on approved data sheets and summarized in daily reports. The liaison works approximately 12 hours per day.
Duties: The fisheries liaison will collect fisheries data according to the training and protocols required by the client. The data includes:
- Document date, time and location of any fishing vessel activity or fixed gear or interactions with survey gear, visibility, sea state, and other environmental conditions
- Respond and communicate effectively with any fishing vessels in the vicinity of the geo-survey operations via VHF radio or single side ban radio
- Maintain a vigilant lookout for fishing activity or fishing gear in the vicinity of the survey vessel
- Communicate to the vessel captain and crew of any fishing activity or gear sighted and advise them on any information that is relayed from communication with fishing vessels.
- Conduct protected species observation and serve as back to the PSO monitoring team
Qualifications: Must be able to distinguish between the various commercial fishing gear utilized in the US Atlantic. Must possess or obtain training/experience to acquire a NMFS letter approving the applicant for protected species observing in New England. Experience working on commercial fishing vessels is desired. Project specific training will be provided. Applicants must be in good physical condition and will be required to complete a health questionnaire that includes a physician statement stipulating to the applicant’s ability to perform duties at sea. Applicants must have complete offshore safety survival training (12 hour minimum) within the last two years. Applicants with prior experience will be given preference. Familiarity with the use of hand held GPS, ships plotter, ship communications (single side band and VHF) and binoculars with reticules is required.
Compensation: $20.00 to $25.00 per hour, depending on experience. Liaisons will be provided equipment, travel to and from the port of embarkation, and per diem. Selected candidate will be an employee (not independent contractor) and eligible for company benefits once company full time eligibility requirements are met.
Contact: To apply, please click the link below or visit our website (http://aisobservers.com/careers/) to submit the required information: resume, cover letter detailing your experience and at least 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number).
Closing: Open until filled.
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 • For more information please visit the AIS, Inc. website www.aisobservers.com