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Certified Southeast Fisheries Biologist

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Certified Southeast Fisheries Biologist

MRAG Americas is bidding on the NMFS contract to provide observers for the Southeast Fisheries Science Center Programs (SEFSC) based in Galveston, Texas, Panama City, Florida and Miami, Florida. MRAG Americas is recruiting current/prior fishery observers from the observer programs conducted in the Southeast Region. We will also accept resumes of qualified candidates to train as new observers for the Galveston Program.

Observers are data collectors deployed on commercial fishing vessels anywhere along the Gulf or Atlantic coast. Duties are collecting and recording data on catches and bycatches, gear and conditions. NOAA Fisheries use these data to assess the status of fishery resources, maintain currently productive fisheries, rebuild overfished marine stocks, and reduce bycatch. Observers will deploy from fishing ports along the southeastern coastal areas. Reliable transportation and a current driver’s license are required. Trips vary in length from 1 to 45 days.

Vessels are fishing boats and can at times have limited accommodations. Observers have to be self-sufficient and deal with crews of varying cultures and backgrounds. Observers must be able to work in harsh conditions including cold and hot weather, rough seas and seasickness.

Observers are hired on a contract basis, a minimum of two 90 day contracts is required for new observers due to the considerable expense incurred in training. We need individuals who are committed to working with the program for some time. Current/Prior observers can work on a shorter contract term, since they have already completed training. Observer training will take place in the fall/winter 2018 at the NMFS Galveston Lab, with deployments beginning after training concludes.

Candidates must successfully pass a work physical and a background check. This work is very physical and you must be able to lift 50 lbs on a repetitive basis. Observers must be located in one of the coastal states: TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, to facilitate deployments and to conserve travel costs to the program. Final offers of employment are contingent upon candidates receiving government security clearance.

Specific tasks include:

  • Estimating species composition of fish caught, retained and discarded
  • Measure selected portions of catch including incidentally caught marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles
  • Biological sampling
  • Monitoring of compliance with fishery regulations
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Collection of information on vessel and gear performance and characteristics
  • Collection of information on costs associated with fishing operations

Observers may use interpersonal communication skills to contact fishermen and schedule observer sampling trips, and observe and document compliance with fishery regulations along with MARPOL.

Requirements:

  • BS Degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field of study.
  • Must reside along the southeastern coastal areas of the United States.
  • Knowledge of applying basic concepts, principles and methodologies of fisheries science, sufficient to independently perform scientific tasks using standard methods and techniques.
  • Proficient in the use of fish, invertebrate and protected species identification keys.
  • Knowledge of southeastern offshore fishery species.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications are required before attending training.
  • Must have ability to tread water and/or swim in an immersion suit.
  • Computer literate and experienced with common word processing.
  • Must be able-bodied for at-sea duty and successfully pass a physical exam.
  • Have ability to work long and irregular hours.
  • Ability to operate personally owned vehicles and sampling equipment.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

Preference will be given to previous Fisheries Observer experience.

MRAG Americas submitted a bid in early September and expect an award in late November or early December, with work beginning in 2019. If you are interested in consideration for future classes, please send a cover letter indicating your availability and background. We also need a resume, copy of college transcripts, and three professional references to complete your hiring packet. Please send these to recruit@mragamericas.com. We will update candidates as we gain more information on future training dates.

MRAG Americas is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering very competitive compensation and exceptional employee benefits.

Certified Northeast At-Sea Monitors

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Certified Northeast At-Sea Monitors

MRAG Americas is seeking currently certified At-Sea Monitors. A sign on bonus of $1,000.00 will be paid to successful hires upon completion of 6 months employment with MRAG averaging a minimum of 12 days per month.

Full time or Part-time work available with day and multiday trip assignments ranging from 1-12 days in duration. Work includes at-sea deployments on vessels from ports in the Northeast. Majority of workload is located out of Portland, ME, Gloucester, MA and Boston, MA. Additional work available out of other Maine ports and Point Judith, Rhode Island.

Workload and Compensation

Full time employment available based on minimum of 12 sea days per month. Fisheries observers are allocated to a primary port to deploy from the majority of their trips; however, willingness to travel to cover locations other than their primary ports is necessary.

Observer pay is commensurate with experience, starting at $203/seaday, with raises based on seadays completed. MRAG applies seadays in NEFOP, IFS, and ASM from the Northeast, as well as Hawaii Longline, North Pacific Groundfish, Alaska Shellfish and MM Observer seadays towards experience grades. Observers may be eligible for additional land hours to include travel and debriefing. An additional $3.00 per day deployed is paid to the observer to cover phone costs and $25.00 for each day trip is added on top of observers’ seaday rate to cover the meal cost. MRAG provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes holiday pay, monthly bonus opportunities, company paid employee medical coverage, vacation (after one year with MRAG) Additional coverage, including critical care, vision and dental coverage, are available at reasonable rates.

To Apply

For consideration as an ASM with MRAG, please submit a cover letter detailing your experience relating to ASM work, a copy of your resume and contact information for three (3) professional references. Email all application documents to recruit@mragamericas.com

Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers

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Certified Industry Funded Scallop Observers

MRAG Americas is seeking currently certified and prior Industry Funded Scallop Observers to deploy on vessels from ports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Vessel assignments will range from 1-14 days in duration. Willingness to travel to assigned ports outside of an Observers’ port of hire is necessary.

MRAG Americas is actively seeking Industry Funded Scallop Observers:

  • With current, active Certification
  • Have deployed within 6 months, Standby Certification
  • Have prior IFS experience (will need to retrain)
  • IFS Observers with ASM Certification or eligibility; ASM work available for those presently ASM cross trained or willing to train in ASM

To Apply:

For consideration as an IFS Observer with MRAG, please submit a cover letter detailing your experience relating to IFS work, a copy of your resume, college transcript (required for retrain only), and contact information for three (3) professional references. Email all application documents to recruit@mragamericas.com

 

Industry Funded Scallop Observers

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Industry Funded Scallop Observer

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Openings; Massachusetts to New Jersey
$240 to $305 per day

Job Duties

Must be available to take part and successfully complete company paid training in Falmouth, MA from July 16 through August 2. Following completion of training, Observers deploy on vessels from ports in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions targeting Atlantic Sea Scallops. Fisheries Observers collect scientific, management, compliance, and other data at sea. Observers live and sleep in cramped quarters and share common facilities. Vessels operate in ocean waters, 3-200 miles offshore in all weather conditions. Vessels range from 30-100 feet in length.

Workload and Compensation

Full time employment available based on minimum of 12 sea days per month. Trip assignments will range from 1-14 days in duration. Fisheries observers are allocated to a primary port to deploy from the majority of their trips; however, willingness to travel to cover locations other than their primary ports is necessary.

Observer pay is based on a daily rate for at-sea time and may be eligible for additional land hours to include travel and debriefing. Observer pay is commensurate with experience, starting at $240/day, with raises based on seadays completed. At the top rate; observers with 450+ seadays earn $305/day. Trips lasting 0-24 hours are paid at the full seaday rate. Trips over 24 hours are paid by dividing the total trip length by 24 hours and multiplying by the seaday rate. Vessels provide observer meals on multiday trips and observers provide their own meals on day trips. An additional $25.00 is added on top of observers’ seaday rate for day trips to cover the meal cost. MRAG requires a 1-year commitment if hired. MRAG provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes holiday pay, monthly bonus opportunities, company paid employee medical coverage, vacation (after one year in the program) Additional coverage, including critical care, vision and dental coverage, are available at reasonable rates.

Position Requirements

To be considered; candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences. A minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences and at least 1 undergraduate course in math and statistics. Current First Aid/Adult CPR certifications is also required. Private reliable transportation is required prior to start of training.
Additional preferred skills include; at-sea related experience, low susceptibility or a tolerance to motion sickness, data entry experience, good communication skills and adept at working in adverse weather conditions.

To Apply

Interested applicants are to send the below items to recruit@mragamericas.com
Cover Letter
Resume
Unofficial Transcript
Contact information for four (4) professional references

Chain of Custody Auditors

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MRAG Americas is recruiting for several Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Auditors.  The successful applicants would perform Chain of Custody audits, write reports and help maintain client relationships.  MRAG Americas will provide training.  We are looking for auditors in the following locations:

  • Mid-Atlantic and South
  • Southern California

We currently anticipate an average of 3-4 days’ work per month, with the potential of increasing days as our client list and program grows.  This is a contract position

Position Title:  MSC Chain of Custody Auditor

Office Location:  Selected auditors will work from their own home or office.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform audits (including pre-audit preparation and post-audit follow up) and write reports against the MSC’s Chain of Custody Standard and Certification Requirements using MRAG Americas’ document templates
  • Participate in annual training

Qualifications:

  • 5 years’ work experience including 2 years food-related, in supply chain management, science, trace-ability or policy development, OR
  • Degree or equivalent in business, economics, science or technical program and 3 years work experience including 2 years food-related, in supply chain management, science, traceability or policy development. Examples of technical qualifications include: supply chain and logistics management, food/seafood science and fisheries science.
  • Ability and willingness to travel several times per month for short trips (typically no more than 1-2 nights)
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, strict adherence to deadlines
  • Good interpersonal communication skills

Compensation:  $40-50/hour

Contact:  Please e-mail cover letter and CV to Jennie Harrington, certification@mragamericas.com

Closing Date: Open

Northeast At-Sea Monitor Positions

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MRAG has contracted with NOAA Fisheries to provide At-Sea Monitors (ASMs) to collect scientific data on board domestic commercial fishing vessels operating under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. At-Sea monitors deploy on vessels deploying from main ports of Portland, ME, Gloucester, MA, Boston, MA and New Bedford, MA.  At-sea monitors are responsible for documenting vessel compliance with federal fishing regulations, by observing fishing operations, conducting interviews with vessel captains and crew, photographing catch, and collecting measurements of selected portions of the catch and fishing gear. In addition to recording vessel catch data, at-sea monitors are required to record and photograph marine mammals, sea turtles and sea birds incidentally caught in fishing gear.

Vessel assignments are predominantly multiday trips ranging 3-12 days in duration. Locations of assigned ports are subject to change and require a willingness to travel to assigned ports outside of a monitor’s port of hire. Vessels operate in ocean waters, 3-200 miles offshore in all weather conditions. Vessels are generally 30-100 feet in length and require monitors to live, sleep, and work in cramped quarters, often in damp conditions, with necessary tolerances to share common facilities. On some vessels language barriers might make communication difficult. For some individuals an open ocean environment and adverse weather conditions can cause motion sickness.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A reliable, dependable mode of transportation;
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences;
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences;
  • At least one undergraduate course in math or statistics;
  • Experience with data entry on computers;
  • Physical fitness requirements, including the ability to swim 100m, tread water for three (3) minutes, don an immersion suit in 60 seconds, to climb a ladder, and lift and carry 50 pounds correctly;
  • Not susceptible to chronic motion sickness; and
  • The ability to live in confined quarters.

At-Sea Monitor Training

At-Sea monitor (ASM) training classes are held 3 to 4 times per year and consist of 10 days of intensive training. Training is held in Falmouth, MA, at the NOAA Fisheries training facility. MRAG provides training compensation and per diem to those who successfully complete the ASM training class and in turn signs a 1-year employment contract agreeing to the employment terms outlined in the contract. NOAA Fisheries will certify each trainee after successful completion of the training class, which includes deployment on a minimum of three training trips. One of which is accompanied by an MRAG certified trip trainer for the purpose of providing hands on guidance, support and advice.

Wages and Benefits for ASMs

MRAG provides competitive wages and maintains a comprehensive benefit package. Regular pay grade steps will be based on sea-day experience in the fishery, performance evaluations, and prior experience in other MRAG observer programs.

Those interested, please send your resume, college transcript, and three (3) professional references to recruit@mragamericas.com

 

 

North Pacific Observer Program Positions

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Required Qualifications

All observer positions require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours of biology courses to qualify for the government training. In addition, the NMFS AK Groundfish (North Pacific) program requires one course in math and one course in statistics. MRAG requires completion of a course that included field work using dichotomous keys and experience with computers. We consider experience at-sea an important qualifier.

NMFS and MRAG strictly observe Zero Tolerance laws; all observers may be asked to submit to urinalysis drug testing during or after any contract if a problem has been indicated. All applicants must have proof of a recent (within 12 months) physical examination due to the physical nature of the job and by requirement of the government agencies involved. Both the drug screen and the proof of physical examination are to be available to the vessel or vessel management company upon request.

Observer Training

Training for all current MRAG programs is provided without charge to the observer. NMFS provides 8 to 10 15-day training classes per year for the North Pacific Groundfish Program. ADF&G provides one or two 12-day trainings per year for the Alaska Shellfish. Trainings for the Alaska Marine Mammal Program occur as required and are usually held only once per year. MRAG pays $80/day and lodging with kitchen facilities and meal per diems are also provided for the duration of the training.

The North Pacific Fisheries Observer Training Center (OTC) provides the majority of the training for the NMFS Groundfish and ADF&G Shellfish Programs. The OTC is located at 707 A Street, Suite 207, Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 257-2770. Additional training classes for the Groundfish Program are offered, also without charge to the observer, by the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center Domestic Observer Program at 7600 Sand Point Way, Building 4, Seattle, WA, (260) 256-4213.

Training curriculum includes safety while at-sea, sampling methods, species identification, requirements for data recording and reporting, the basics of fisheries management, pertinent fishing regulations, and life as an observer. Attendance, full participation in exercises, and a score of 80% on exams and homework are necessary to successfully complete the classroom portion of training. In addition, attendees must be able to don an immersion suit in under one minute, enter the water in an immersion suit, and climb into a floating life raft.

Wages and Benefits

Wages vary based on the program of employment. Please refer to that specific program page for a description. For pay rate determination, MRAG will transfer all sea days earned with any MRAG programs; and we will also credit an employee with all sea days earned in a program in which MRAG provides observers, regardless of the company those days were accumulated with. MRAG will not credit any sea days earned in programs that MRAG does not place observers; however, we will consider the experience when hiring. MRAG considers experience from the North Pacific Groundfish, ADF&G Shellfish, Hawaiian Longline and Bottomfish, Alaska Marine Mammals, ICCAT Transshipment, and CCAMLR at this time. All employees are paid on a biweekly basis and direct deposit into bank accounts is available.

Insurance Coverage

As a federal marine contractor, we are required to provide our employees with the best insurance coverage possible. As an observer, and while on assignment; you will be covered by the following insurance coverage:

State Act Workers Compensation

  • $1,000,000 United States Longshoreman and Harbor Workers
  • $1,000,000 Maritime Employers Liability
  • $2,000,000 General Liability

How to Apply

We will be very pleased to consider your application for employment with our company. Please download and complete our Employment Application. Please include a copy of your college transcript and resume. Please e-mail (or snail mail or fax) all items to Bryan Belay, Observer Operations Manager, at bryan.belay@mragamericas.com; mail to 1810 Shadetree Circle, Anchorage, AK, 99502; fax to (907) 677-6022. Please indicate your program preference in the e-mail. If you qualify and pass the initial screening we will schedule a phone interview.

If you have any questions regarding Observer Programs or employment with MRAG Observer Programs, please don’t hesitate to call our Observer Operations Manager, Bryan Belay at (907) 677-8772 or e-mail at bryan.belay@mragamericas.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.