Description of Work:
Trawlers on the West Coast fish with individual Catch Shares from the Government; these vessels are required to carry observers at all times when they are fishing. These vessels typically range in size from 50-75 feet and make trips of 3-5 days in length. Catch Share Observers can expect to work at-sea 15-20 days per month, gathering fishing effort and location information, sampling for species composition, and collecting biological data from both prohibited and target species. While living and working in their home-port, Observers live on-call, ready to provide coverage at short notice. Observers in this program are also trained as Catch Shares Shoreside Monitors, increasing their employability by augmenting their work at-sea with on-shore opportunities.
Location of Work:
Following a three week training in Newport OR, Catch Share Observers will be required to relocate to a home port in Washington, Oregon, or California for the duration of their contracts. Possible locations include: Neah Bay and Westport, Washington; Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, and Brookings, Oregon; and Crescent City, Eureka, Fort Bragg, San Francisco, Halfmoon Bay, and Morro Bay, California.
AOI will be recruiting in March for positions that will start in May 2021. The contract length is normally 13 months.
Compensation and Benefits:
The compensation package is a combination of a base salary, which observers receive regardless of how many days in a month they are deployed to vessels, plus additional pay for at-sea days.
Base salary = $2000 per month;
Starting sea-day pay = $140 per day;
Starting Compensation (based on an average of 15 deployed days per month) = $4100 per month.
Observers receive incremental salary increases depending on the amount of time they have spent under contract. Currently, our top sea-day pay for experienced Catch Shares Observers is $195 per day.
Health insurance is also offered. Observers receive up to $350.00 for relocation expenses, are reimbursed for meal expenses incurred during travel to and from deployments outside their home ports, and are compensated for mileage driven during deployment-related travel outside their home ports (observers must provide their own automobiles). Observers can also participate in AOI’s 401-k plan after working for 4-months.
The National Marine Fisheries Service provides observers with survival suits, life-vests, and hard hats, along with all sampling equipment.