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At-Sea Fisheries Technician

Date Posted: August 23, 2018
Closing Date: August 1, 2019
Job Type: Graduate Employment
Job Category: Natural And Applied Sciences And Related Occupations
Number of Positions: 10
Job Location: Multiple sites, Nova Scotia

About the Position

The Southwest Lobster Science Society is seeking qualified candidates to join our team as At-Sea Fisheries Technicians. The At-Sea Fisheries Technician positions are seasonal with locations throughout Lunenburg, Queens, Yarmouth, and Digby. The At-Sea Fisheries Technician positions are considered to be physically demanding as the majority of the work is performed at sea in various weather conditions.  The At-Sea Fisheries Technicians will be required to travel and must have the ability to work flexible schedules including irregular hours, weekdays, evening, weekends and holidays. Field work involves exposure to all types of weather, occasionally slippery decks, around fast-moving equipment, and working in small quarters. As such, the Fisheries Technician position is best suited for those who have experience working at sea.

Position Overview:

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Participate in At-sea bycatch monitoring onboard lobster vessels;
  • Communicate and/or confirm deployment locations and times with vessel Captains;
  • Collect and record accurate bycatch data as per Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) requirements including: species identification, measurements of finfish and crustaceans, fishing coordinates, trap depth, gear types, photograph unfamiliar species etc.;
  • Collect at-sea biological data on Lobsters including identification of male and female lobsters, carapace (body) lengths, shell hardness, and visual observations for injuries using standardized sampling protocols;
  • Conduct species tagging (lobster and Cod);
  • Record and submit field data to Data Entry Clerk and/or Lead Biologist in a timely manner;
  • Keep regular watch for marine mammals in the area and report any confirmed sightings of North Atlantic Right Whales, to DFO and/or Marine Animal Response Society (MARS); and Assist with other project functions as needed, including data entry, data cleanup, and equipment maintenance.


Desired Qualifications:

  • A range of work experience and education will be considered however those candidates with experience working at-sea will be considered to be an asset.
  • Previous experience working at-sea.
  • Experience within the fishery sector or with biological data collection that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic, reading, writing, and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks.  

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Must possess valid driver’s license AND own means of transportation.
  • Must possess own cellular phone.
  • Must possess a computer.
  • Compile and collect neat and accurate data
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Familiarity of handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units and associated functions;
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic and data collection to perform routine or repetitive tasks;      
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and have strong organizational skills
  • Adhere to all health and safety requirements and protocols.
  • Marine Emergency Duties (MED A1) certificate is considered an asset.

Physical Demands:

  • Employee must be able to withstand sea conditions.
  • Employee must be able to lift crates of lobsters (approx. 50 pounds).    
  • Long periods of standing.

About the Company

Southwest Lobster Science Society
368 Main St., Suite 105 Lovitt Plaza
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1E9

Phone: 9028812683

Company Contact

Gille Maillet
Preferred Contact: Email

Documents to be Forwarded

  • Resume
  • Cover letter