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At-Sea seabird observers needed to work on U.S. West Coast hake catcher-processors

Amanda Gladics, February 27, 2019

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking four (4) project participants to conduct dedicated observations of seabird interactions with fishing gear aboard U.S. West Coast Pacific hake catcher-processor vessels. The project will deploy these seabird observers during the Spring (May – June) and Fall (September – November) fishing seasons of 2019. Seabird observers will be responsible for: identifying seabirds to species, conducting seabird abundance counts, collecting standardized observations of seabird interactions with 3rd wire and trawl warps during daylight hours, and entering and proofing data in spreadsheets. Seabird observers will accompany their assigned vessel on all sailings for the season, and provide regular updates and data to the project supervisor via email. The ideal candidates will be independent, detail-oriented, self-starters with high standards for ethical research, and be able to maintain a professional demeanor and positive attitude while working in challenging situations and inclement weather conditions. Candidates must have experience with: working independently following detailed protocols, working on fishing vessels in a research capacity, and observational research methods that require maintaining concentration to ensure accurate data collection over long periods of time. Seabird observers must be available for the entire Spring or Fall Pacific hake season, with a commitment to both seasons preferred. Preferred qualifications include previous experience with seabird identification, demonstrated interest in seabirds or bycatch research, and current certification as a fisheries observer. An initial stipend of $1,036 will be provided to cover travel and purchase of health insurance (documentation required), $7,430 after successful completion of the Spring season, a travel stipend of $535 prior to the start of the Fall Season and $6,720 after successful completion of the Fall season. Training on protocol, seabird identification, and a sea safety refresher course will be provided. If participants are not currently certified fisheries observers, they will need to go through Sea Safety Training prior to deployment. Participants for the Spring 2019 season must be available for training in Seattle on 5/6/2019 and be ready to deploy immediately thereafter. Participants must be willing to sign an Oregon State University liability release form. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Amanda Gladics, amanda.gladics at, (503) 325-8573.