30+ days ago


Galveston, TX


Want to make a difference? Commercial fishing dates back hundreds of years. Today commercial fishing continues to be possible due to cooperation between fishermen and fisheries management scientists. In order to facilitate that cooperation, fisheries observers collect data pertaining g to fishing programs, economics, catch data, and fishing efficiency. Collected data is used to document stock information which is then used to protect the environment and preserve future generations of fish/fishermen. Commit to the journey!

Galveston, TX Laboratory

Reef Fish & Shrimp Trawl Fisheries Observers: The primary goals of the shrimp and reef fish observer programs are to provide quantitative biological, vessel, and gear-selectivity information for the southeastern shrimp fishery and Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The observer will operate on commercial shrimp and reef fish vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Seasonal categories are: January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December. Gear types assessed included, but limited to, bottom longline, modified buoy gear, bandit reel, and handline.

Learn More About Becoming a Fisheries Observer

  1. : Work at sea collecting and recording data and biological samples for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFCS) aboard commercial fishing vessels. Observers record detailed information on the gear and fishing activity of the vessels. Observers work on deck on vessels ranging from 30 to 90 on trips roughly ranging from 1 to 45 days collecting data on fish catch and discard and incidental takes such as marine mammals, seabirds and marine turtles. After attending a 2-3 week paid training course in Galveston, TX, observers are deployed from ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic states. Applicants must be currently living, or be willing to live, in Galveston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Bayou La Batre, AL; Panama City, FL; Madeira Beach, FL.. This is a challenging job and candidates must be physically 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.

Compensation: Observers will be paid an hourly rate starting at $16.27 for Fisheries Observer I and total compensation will vary depending on employee s availability and fishing effort. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Potential additional compensation consists of performance incentives, service awards, fitness center reimbursement, referral bonus, monthly sea day accomplishment bonus.

Travel is reimbursed at an hourly rate along with compensation for miles accrued on a personal vehicle as well as per diem at the specified Government rate.

Qualifications: Observer candidates must have : ) a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences and a minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences, 2) at least one undergraduate course in math or statistics; and 3) experience with data entry on computers. All relevant course work must have been performed at a level acceptable for credit at the candidate s academic institution. Observer candidates must be U.S. citizens, or be legally authorized to work in the U.S. Candidates must be physically able, as determined by a licensed physician s certification to perform observer duties.

Contact: If you would like to apply for one of these exciting new openings, please click the following link 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 in order for your application to be considered.

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