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Responsibilities and Duties:

The coordinators will manage day-to-day logistics and will be responsible for including, but not limited to:
•  Communicating with observers on a daily basis
•  Conducting placement meetings
•  Communicating with captains and owners of fishing vessels
•  Monitoring notifications from the Deployment System
•  Updating Vessel Assignment Information
•  Recruiting prior observers
•  Organizing all observer travel logistics
•  Contacting observers to inform them of assignments
•  Conducting pre-deployment meetings
•  Checking that observers return all sampling and safety gear to NMFS
•  Scheduling debriefings

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

•  Experience as an Observer Coordinator or Manager/Supervisor of people. Must have demonstrated work experience.
•  Worked as an Observer; if it is specific to the observer program you are applying to, that’s a bonus.
•  A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Fisheries, Natural Science, Biology, Marine Biology, etc

Alaska (North Pacific) Groundfish Observer Program Coordinator(s)

We are looking for two to three qualified people to work full-time as Observer Coordinators in ports throughout Alaska (most likely Kodiak and Dutch Harbor) who can handle complicated day-to-day logistics while keeping an eye on the big picture. You must be able to maintain focus, even when being interrupted by a myriad of distractions, and reprioritize tasks at a moment’s notice. You need to be someone who can handle the “heat in the kitchen” and still maintain a calm demeanor with clients and employees. You must be a critical thinker, dedicated to getting your work completed, have excellent communication skills and be able to grasp basic budget concepts. You should be someone who gains satisfaction from working with people on a daily basis and be fun to work with. If this sounds like you, and this opportunity fits with your professional goals, we may have a job for you.

The following description is about the program for which we are recruiting:

Saltwater will be submitting a proposal for a 5-year contract to provide observers for the 2019 Alaska Groundfish Observer Program Partial Coverage Contract. We anticipate that the solicitation will be released in November 2018 and due approximately 30 days later. If Saltwater is the successful bidder, work will likely start early 2019.

Meeting coverage requirements and collecting high-quality data are the measures of success for the Alaska Observer Program. While these are critical to implementing a successful observer program, it is also very important that Coordinators possess the people skills and inclination to, diplomatically, solve the many people problems that invariably come up when working in a public program. The challenges are obvious, but the personal satisfaction of being a part of a successful observer program is very rewarding, albeit less obvious.

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Saltwater Inc. is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Our jobs are open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law, military and veteran status, genetic makeup, or any other legally protected status.

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