Alaskan Observers is Recruiting
North Pacific Groundfish Observers


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a natural science, such as fisheries or wildlife biology, marine biology, or a related field of biology (including general biology).
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in applicable biological sciences.
  • At least one undergraduate course each in math and statistics.
  • Coursework that relied heavily on the use of dichotomous (taxonomic) keys.
  • Computer skills necessary to work with standard database software and computer hardware.
Biologists hired by Alaskan Observers, Inc. (AOI) attend a three week training in Seattle, Washington. Following training, North Pacific Groundfish Observers make an initial commitment to take multiple deployments over a span of 13 months, for an approximate total of 250 deployed days. Observers are guaranteed subsequent deployment opportunities in the future and salary advances. Observers gather management data for the Government, living and working aboard U.S.-flagged commercial fishing vessels operating in the Bering Sea, North Pacific, and Gulf of Alaska.

Compensation ranges from $4017.90 per month to $6284.40 per month, depending on experience, and includes room, board, and travel to and from job site.

Paid training courses are generally held in December, late January, March, April, May, June, and July of each year.

If you'd like to pursue a position with us, please complete the online application and email a resume, a cover letter stating your interest in becoming a North Pacific Groundfish Observer, and transcripts (a photocopy, rather than an official transcript, is fine) to:

Rachel Moore

Recruiting Coordinator
Alaskan Observers, Inc.
130 Nickerson, Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98109.


Alaskan Observers, Inc.

130 Nickerson, #206
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 888-317-9343 (toll free)
Fax: 206-283-6519
e-mail: r-moore@alaskanobservers.com