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Assistant Observer Coordinator - Galveston, TX

Texas City, Texas, US
Closing date
Oct 18, 2021
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A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline.

Primary Function:

AIS provide observer support services for the Southeast Fisheries Science Centers Observer Program. Southeast Fisheries Observers deploy on commercial fishing vessels based along the coast of the south Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. AIS is looking for Assistant Observer Coordinator (AOC) to oversee observer staff by managing their day-to-day operations and tracking their movements while on deployments, assist in observer coverage selection mailings to permit holders, assist in database management mainly via quality control procedures, and work with NMFS senior scientists, enforcement, Coast Guard, the commercial fishing industry and administrative personnel and staff from other NMFS divisions.

Job duties include:
  • Participate in training sessions and attend scientific conferences and meetings to present results of the program
  • Assist senior program staff in reviewing paper and electronic data to ensure high-quality data products.
  • Communicate with Federal Task Managers and Federal Coordinators at the facility about debriefings, and observer trainings.
  • Oversee and track observer deployments and track the deployment of observer gear
  • Resupplying new gear, repairing broken gear, inventorying stored gear, and completing the proper paperwork for repairing or acquiring gear.
  • Communicate with commercial fishermen and vessel owners about departure schedules, safety, and vessel environment
  • Perform final data review, data entry, and quality control
  • Track observer requested time off
  • Writing and editing standard operating procedures
  • Compiling quarterly reports to track sea days and trip coverage
  • Weekly timesheet quality control and monthly checks on satellite phone overages
  • Work with observers as primary field contact to address deployment and safety issues
  • Maintain gear and provide resupplies necessary for observer deployments
  • Travel to ports to conduct vessel inspections to verify suitability to ensure safe observer deployment and public outreach.
  • Make recommendations to increase the program efficiency regarding recruiting, training and safety
  • Deploy as an observer as needed
  • Occasional evening and weekend work will be required to provide emergency support to observers in the field
  • Will be trained and shall execute all aspects of annotation steps involved with fisheries research focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • May also be required to oversee research projects related to observer activities and participate in other research programs, as necessary

Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. Degree in Marine Science or related field of study and at least two years of fishery observer experience (including staff/office positions).
  • Experience with common word processing, database, statistical, and graphics programs.
  • Physically capable of maintaining and moving observer gear.
  • Possess problem resolution skills.
  • Experience with reef fish and shrimp fisheries
  • Must be motivated, self-sufficient, independent, and a strong team player
  • Must be able to work efficiently with a strong concern for completeness and accuracy
  • Possess leadership ability and ensure positive team dynamics.
  • Current Marine Safety Instructor (AMSEA or equivalent to NOP)
  • Well organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Capable of writing scientific reports and making oral presentations.
  • Must have a valid drivers license

  • Applicants must be willing to live in the area of Galveston, TX


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