Field Marine Biologist/ Fisheries Observer


New Bedford/ Gloucester, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Per Seaday
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Are you looking for an adventurous outdoor seagoing position? Well, this is it! Get your career started in marine resource managment and marine biology by applying to EWTS. EWTS is actively searching for the next group of enthusiastic candidates to fill openings in our At-Sea Monitoring program. Candidates must possess a determined 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 we would like you to please send in your a cover letter, resume, references and a unofficial copy of your transcripts to:



Candidates must successfully pass a training course scheduled for April 10th-25th. The NOAA training facility is located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of training. Candidates will be tasks with vessel trip assignments ranging from commercial fishing ports in New Jersey and New England.

Education and Experience -

  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological sciences from an accredited four-year college or university will be given preference.
  • High School Diploma Required.
  • Basic First Aid/ CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Respiratory) valid certification by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association is required.
  • Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Candidates with any seagoing experince will be given preference.

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 Observer Training: a. Swim 100 meters; b. Tread water for three minutes; c. Don an immersion suit in 60 seconds 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. Observers 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 email your cover letter, resume, references and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to karl@ewts.com.  We encourage all who submit their documents to follow up with a text or call to the main office number at 8609104957. This will ensure that we have received your documents. Thank you for your interest in marine conservation.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Fisheries, Marine Biology
Tags Marine Mammal