Employment Opportunity

Frank Orth & Associates is recruiting for the 2018 West Coast Groundfish Observer Program. These positions are contingent upon FOA winning a contract with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. There will be year-round and 8-month seasonal positions which will entail sampling aboard vessels with a variety of gear including longline, hook and line, pot, shrimp trawl, etc. FOA plans to assign observers to a group of ports which are close in proximity.

The potential ports in which observers will depart and arrive are: California Ports- Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Avila, Morro Bay, Monterey, Moss Landing, Santa Cruz, Princeton, Alameda, San Francisco, Other Bay Area/San Mateo County Ports, Bodega Bay, Fort Bragg, Other Mendocino county Ports, Eureka, and Crescent City; Oregon Ports - Port Orford, Coos Bay, Florence, Newport, Pacific City, Tillamook, and Astoria; Washington Ports- Ilwaco, West Port, Grays Harbor, Neah Bay, Port Angeles, Bellingham, and Blaine. Observer should expect to have a home port and be responsible for vessels in several nearby ports. A PSMFC or NMFS field coordinator will assign vessels and provide debriefing.

Main duties include collecting information on discarded catch in order to asses and account for total fishing mortality and to evaluate the effectiveness of management measures, including rockfish rebuilding plans. Accurate data recording is required. The program hopes to improve management of groundfish, improve estimate of total catch, and collect better biological and economic information from the fishery. Observers are assigned to vessels which vary in size from 35 to 100 feet, and share quarters with other members of the vessel’s crew. Quarters may be cramped and toilet facilities and showers may not be available. Trips are typically one to five days but may last up to seven days. Adequate measures will be taken to ensure privacy when sleeping and living quarters are shared

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have the ability to work legally in the U.S. All applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences with at least 30 semester hours in biological sciences. Pay will be competitive with other observer programs. Previous experience observing in the West Coast Groundfish Program If you are interested in applying for these positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Scott Casey at seagoat98@hotmail.com