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Position: Vessel Operator(s) – 3-month contract
Organization: Pacific Salmon Commission
Location: Abbotsford, BC

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), an international organization responsible for transboundary salmon fisheries management in Canada and the United States, is seeking two Vessel Operators for a 3-month contract position, from late June to the end of September. Based at the Mission Hydroacoustic field site in Abbotsford, BC, vessel operators will collect hydroacoustic data while piloting a 7-metre (~22ft) vessel across the Fraser River. Successful applicants will become familiar with fisheries hydroacoustics while contributing towards the assessment of sockeye salmon populations for fisheries management as part of an international fisheries agency.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operate a 7-metre (~22ft) vessel transecting across the Fraser River to collect hydroacoustic data
  • Deploy and monitor hydroacoustic equipment to ensure accurate data collection
  • Troubleshoot minor vessel problems
  • Record fishing vessel activity at the hydroacoustic site
  • Assist with the set?up and take?down of the field site as required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience operating a boat
  • Ability to work shift work, including night shifts (9am – 9pm; 9pm – 9am)
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Possession of a Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC)
  • Valid driver’s license and means of transportation to/from the field operations site in Matsqui Trail Regional Park, Abbotsford, BC.


  • Experience with boating in a riverine environment
  • Experience with boat engine repairs
  • Familiarity with fisheries and/or environmental awareness
  • Possession of the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification
  • Possession of a Marine Radio Operators Certificate (ROC?M)
  • Possession of a Marine Emergency Duties Certificate (MED?A3/SDV?BS)

Wages will begin at $ 22.50 CAD per hour plus 4% in lieu of vacation.

To Apply:

Applications should be received by midnight Friday, May 7, 2021, and be addressed to Ms. Ehrmantraut at: . Include a cover letter and résumé with two references. Please reference the name of the position in the email subject line.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 1 2021    ID: 59325