Ocean Career: East West Technical Services At-Sea Monitor

Are you looking for an adventurous outdoor seagoing position? Well, this is it! Get your career started in marine resource management and marine biology by applying to EWTS (East West Technical Services).

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 cover letter, resume, references and an unofficial copy of your transcripts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Candidates must successfully pass a 12-day training course scheduled from December 4th-19th. The NOAA 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 Southern and Northern 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 valid in-person course certification by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association is required
  • Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Candidates with any seagoing and/ or field data collection experience will be given preference

Physical Condition

Candidates have to be certified by a physician to be physically fit to work as an at-sea monitor on a commercial fishing vessel. The physician must understand the at-sea monitors sampling duties 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
  • Ability to climb a ladder

At-Sea Monitoring candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability to do the following during 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. At-Sea Monitors must maintain objectivity, and the appearance of objectivity. At-Sea Monitors 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. At-Sea Monitors must have the capability and aptitude to conduct the required protected species (marine mammal and sea turtle) sampling.

Citizenship—Candidates must be a US citizen.

Salary Details: $400/ per seaday

Deadline: December 4, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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