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North Pacific Groundfish Observers

AIS, Inc.

Seattle, WA

Analyst/ Research

Skill Level: Mid Level

Position Type: Full Time

~ A.I.S., Inc. has successfully provided unbiased data collection to the Government and Marine Industries since 1988. ~

The goal of the company is to provide fully trained and certified inspectors and observers for maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies. Also, A.I.S. subcontracts and consults for other Prime contractors and private companies.

While maintaining the company's core values of accuracy, integrity and service, A.I.S. has grown from a firm of 10 inspectors to over 100 biologists, technicians, administrators and support staff working in the marine and aquatic environments. Services have been provided along the US Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and North Pacific coasts including Alaska. Customers have included various government agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the US Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Maine Dept of Marine Resources and other non-government organizations.

A.I.S., Inc. is dedicated to the collection of accurate, complete, and reliable marine and ecological data. Our experience includes providing fisheries observers to collect catch data onboard commercial fishing vessels for NOAA Fisheries, endangered species observers to monitor on scows and hopper dredge vessles, dredging inspectors to record disposal data for dredging operations, and marine biologists to collect ecological data associated with the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Position Overview

AIS, Inc. (contractor to NMFS) has open positions located in ports along the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.


  • Work at sea collecting and recording fish catch/discard and biological samples for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aboard commercial fishing vessels.
  • Observers record detailed information on the gear and fishing activity of the vessels.
  • Vessels range from 40 ft to 300 ft and trips are 2 to 90 days.
  • After attending a 1 to 4 week paid training course observers are deployed from ports throughout the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.


  • A BS in Marine Biology or other natural science is required including 30 semester hours of biological course work including at least one course that required extensive use of dichotomous keys and 5 semester hours of mathematics consisting of at least one math course and one statistics course.
  • Previous observer experience, sea and fish research experience strongly preferred.
  • A valid driver's license and US passport are required.
  • Candidates must be physically capable of safely navigating slippery docks and vessels, lifting at least 80 pounds repeatedly and being at sea for extended periods of time.

Compensation: Starting rates are $15.31 per hour plus health/dental insurance/vision, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. Experienced observers may be paid at higher rates depending on qualifications and experience. Overtime is paid for hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a day and/or 40 hours in a week.

To Apply

Please click below: "Apply Here!" to submit the required information: resume, cover letter detailing sea and research experience, at least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number), latest NPGOP evaluation (if applicable), and unofficial copies of your college transcripts. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Note: Position is open until filled, the next training class will start November 28th 2016. 

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Contact Information:
Donald MacIsaac

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