Field Marine Biologist/ Scallop Observer


New Bedford, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent

Are you looking for an adventure-filled, outdoor-based, sea-going position that affords job purpose and personal flexibility? Well, this is it!

Get your career started in fisheries management and marine biology by applying to East West Technical Services (EWTS). EWTS is actively searching for the next group of enthusiastic candidates to fill openings in our Scallop Observer program.

Candidates must possess a strong drive to collect high quality data at-sea while displaying a passion for marine conservation. If you like working outdoors in inclement weather and challenging yourself both mentally and physically to attain a greater goal in marine conservation, then please send us your cover letter, resume, references and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to: 


Candidates must successfully pass a three-week training course scheduled for April 20th- May 8th. The training facility is located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of training, candidates will be tasked with vessel trip assignments ranging from fishing ports in New England and New Jersey.

Education and Experience - Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences from an accredited four-year college or university with at least 30 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics entomology, animal husbandry, physics or mathematics, of which at least six semester hours are in marine science or fisheries.

One year of specialized experience, performed at an acceptable level, may be substituted for the six semester hours of marine science or fisheries course work. The specialized experience must have been in the field of fisheries and included functions such as:

a. observing ocean fishing activities;
b. recording data for marine mammal sighting and fishing activities;
c. tallying incidental takes of marine mammals, sea turtles and sea birds on
fishing vessels; or
d. collecting biological specimens from postmortem animals.

Basic First Aid/ CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Repertory) valid certification by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association is required.

Physical Condition - Candidates have to be certified by a physician to be physically fit to work as an observer on a commercial fishing vessel. The physician must understand the observer’s job and working conditions. Physical considerations include, but are not limited to:

  • Susceptibility to chronic motion sickness;
  • Ability to live in confined quarters;
  • Ability to tolerate stress;
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects up to 50 pounds;
  • Ability to drag heavy objects up to 200 pounds; and
  • Ability to climb a ladder.

Observer candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability to do the following during ObserverTraining: a. Swim 100 meters; b. Tread water for three minutes; c. Don an immersion suit in 60seconds or less; and d. Perform various water survival skills (i.e., boarding a life raft and cold water survival introduced during safety training.

Character Disposition - Candidates must be able to work independently, while following technical instructions. Candidates must be able to get along with others. Observers must maintain objectivity, and the appearance of objectivity. Observers must not have either direct or indirect financial or political interest in an organization that might be aided by the performance or non-performance of an observer’s duties. Candidates must have the capability and aptitude to conduct the required protected species (marine mammal and sea turtle) sampling.

Citizenship - Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen who has legally resided in the

United States continuously for at least the past 2 years.


Please send in a cover letter, resume, references and a unofficial copy of your transcripts to:

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