COMPANY OVERVIEW: Riverside Technology, inc. (Riverside), a leading international engineering and science consulting firm, is in search of multiple Fishery Observers to support NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Miami, FL.
THE POSITION: Successful candidates will collect data for the NMFS Miami Pelagic Observer Program (POP) for an Alternative Fishing Gear Study. Observers will deploy from fishing ports along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastal areas. Candidates do not need to reside near the POP office in Miami, FL, but must be located along the southeastern coastal areas of the U.S. and be available to travel to assigned fishing ports. Reliable transportation and a current driver’s license are required. Trips vary in length from 1 to 45 days.
Training will be from December 3, 2018 to December 14, 2018 at the NMFS Miami Lab, with deployments beginning January 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2019.
Specific tasks include:
- Estimating species composition of fish caught, retained and discarded
- Measure selected portions of catch including incidentally caught marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles
- Biological sampling
- Monitoring of compliance with fishery regulations
- Environmental monitoring
- Collection of information on vessel and gear performance and characteristics
- Collection of information on costs associated with fishing operations
Work can be performed on a variety of vessels including small boats without facilities such as rest rooms or bunks; commercial fishing vessels with minimum (sometimes crude) facilities in less than optimal weather. Observers may use interpersonal communication skills to contact fishermen and schedule observer sampling trips, and observe and document compliance with fishery regulations along with MARPOL.
- BS Degree in Marine Biology, Marine Science or related field of study.
- Must reside along the southeastern coastal areas of the United States.
- Knowledge of applying basic concepts, principles and methodologies of fish or related biological field sufficient to independently perform scientific tasks using standard methods and techniques.
- Proficient in the use of fish, invertebrate and protected species identification books and keys; computer literate and experienced with common word processing.
- CPR and First Aid certifications are required before attending training.
- Knowledge of southeastern offshore fishery species.
- Must have ability to tread water and/or swim in an immersion suit and to right and board a life raft.
- Must be able to manage motion and seasickness.
- Must be able-bodied for at-sea duty and successfully pass a physical exam before attending training.
- Have ability to work long and irregular hours; an aptitude for maintaining diplomacy, professionalism, and interpersonal relations in a challenging environment.
- Ability to operate Government-owned or personally owned vehicles and sampling equipment.
- Ability to pass a background check.
- Experience/knowledge with commercial fisheries practices or previous Fisheries Observer experience.
Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering very competitive compensation and exceptional employee benefits.
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