Marine Biologist/ At-Sea Monitor


Gloucester/ New Bedford, Massachusetts

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

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

Get your career started in marine resource management by applying to East West Technical Services (EWTS). EWTS is actively searching for the next group of enthusiastic candidates to fill openings in our At-Sea Monitoring program. The next training is scheduled for March/ April of 2022. 

Candidates must possess a strong drive to collect high quality data while at-sea. Candidates need to have a passionate drive for marine resource 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 email us your cover letter, resume, references and an unofficial copy of your transcripts. 

Training: Candidates must not be susceptible to seasickness. Candidates must successfully pass a three-week training course scheduled for March/ April of 2022. The training facility is located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of training, candidates will be tasked with vessel trip assignments ranging from commercial fishing ports in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. 

Education and Experience: High School diploma required. Candidates that possess 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. Candidates that possess any seagoing experience will also be given preference.

Other Requirements: Candidates must not be susceptible to seasickness. If you are not sure if you are susceptible to seasickness, do not apply.

Basic First Aid/ CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Repertory) valid certification by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association is required. Candidates must pass a NOAA background check and be willing to submit fingerprints as well as a medical screening. Candidates must not be susceptible to seasickness. 

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. Candidates must have the capability and aptitude to conduct the required marine species 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  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.

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