A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a diversified, national provider of marine science services. We support maritime activities along the US coastline that require certification of compliance with environmental regulations, and collect biological data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies. AIS is recruiting a Weekend Field Coordinator (FC) for a position in our Alaska office in Anchorage. The FC will provide direct support to observers who collect data for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division (FMA).
The FC will primarily supervise and provide logistical support to AIS staff deployed throughout Alaska as North Pacific Fisheries Observers. Throughout the year the number of staff deployed in Alaska ranges from fewer than five in November and December to over 40 during peak fishing seasons (January to May and August to October). The FC will be or become an expert in the groundfish fisheries in the North Pacific Region. The FC will be responsible for understanding current fishing activity and projecting future fishing effort based on communication with the fishing industry, government staff, and other key stakeholders. Travel to ports throughout Alaska may be required. Deploying as a North Pacific fisheries observer may be required at times throughout the year. The FC’s schedule will be full-time Friday through Monday and will be expected to work on holidays. The FC will perform call center functions Fridays 1700 to 2200, Saturdays 0800 to 2200, and Sundays 0800 to 2200. Average call duration is 4 minutes with an average of 10 calls per day throughout the year.
● Managing and coordinating logistics for observers deployed throughout Alaska (e.g. book hotels, flights, lodging and other transportation and provide necessary information to field staff)
● Developing and maintaining relationships with vessel representatives, processing plant personnel, vendors, and other key stakeholders
● Receiving calls from the fishing industry to log fishing trips through the Observer Deploy and Declare System (ODDS) developed by NMFS
● Documenting all industry communication
● Scheduling observers for trips on board fishing vessels selected for observer coverage
● Briefing and debriefing observers before and after fishing trips to ensure each deployment is carried out effectively
● Conducting captain’s interviews to ensure stakeholder satisfaction
● Coordinating gear logistics; shipping equipment as needed throughout Alaska
● Reviewing and approving time cards
● Conducting yearly performance evaluations of field staff
● Ensuring quality data is collected by reviewing NMFS evaluations with field staff
● Maintaining records of fishing effort, observer effort and fishing industry trends
● Completing monthly tasks and reports summarizing observer coverage, travel, billing and other reports as required
● Attending fishing industry meetings
● Deploying on commercial fishing vessels as a North Pacific Fisheries Observer as needed
● Facilitate logistics in support of other field operations
Compensation: Candidates will be paid a biweekly salary and total compensation will be commensurate with experience. This is a full–time position. AIS benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits as well as long-term and short-term disability, profit sharing, and health and wellness benefits.
● A Bachelor’s degree in Biology or another natural science
● Experience managing field staff
● Ability to work non-traditional hours and be flexible and adaptable
● A valid driver’s license
● Proficiency with MS Excel and Word
● Ability to work independently, as well as, on a team
● Excellent attention to detail as well as strong organizational skills
● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
● NMFS Certified North Pacific Observer or an individual eligible to become certified
● At least two years working as a fisheries observer
● Experience with stakeholder engagement
● Management experience
You may be expected to Travel up to 15 % of your time visiting ports or deployed as a fisheries observer.
Location: The position is located at the AIS, Inc. Office at 1503 W. 33rd. Ave. Anchorage, AK 99503
If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link http://aisobservers.com/careers/ to submit the required information:
2. Cover letter detailing supervisory and observer experience
3. 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number)
All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered.
If you have any questions pertaining to this opening please feel free to call William Byrd at email@example.com or 774-762-7019.