Job Announcment for Recreational Fisheries Field Surveyors…

We are seeking to fill several statewide vacancies for Recreational Fisheries Field Surveyors.

Please see the attachment for more details, as well instructions on how to apply.

Please circulate far and wide to assist us in finding good candidates.

Thank you.



14 Barnabas Rd.

Marion, MA 02738

Tel: 508-990-9054

Fax: 508-990-9055


MA Recreational Fisheries Survey Technician

Title: Seasonal Fisheries Technician

Full-time – Part-time: Part-time (20-40 hrs. week). No benefits

Shift:  Variable Day and Night

City – Town Location: Various coastal ports throughout Massachusetts. From North Shore south, to all of Cape Cod, Islands, Plymouth and Bristol Counties.

Facility Location:  MA Division of Marine Fisheries – Work is field based

Region:  Coastal ports in MA

Pay:  $12.00 – $14.00 per hour commensurate with experience

Application Deadline:  March 3rd or until filled.



A.I.S. Inc. is contracted by the State of Massachusetts, Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF) to support the collection of recreational fisheries data for the NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). A.I.S. will provide MA DMF with fisheries technicians to interact with fishermen and conduct Access Point Angler Intercept Surveys (APAIS) at coastal locations and, or, at sea aboard recreational party boats during fishing trips.  Sampling time and locations are randomly selected by NOAA Fisheries protocol and will occur at boat ramps, marinas, beaches, jetties and fishing piers throughout MA.  Interviewers obtain actual catch information from anglers such as species caught, and count of fish kept or released.   Biological information such as length and weight measurements of whole harvested fish are also obtained.  The catch data are used to produce a statewide estimate of the total fish caught, harvested and released for recreationally important marine species.  The survey data are used extensively by fishery biologists and managers to assess stock condition, evaluate regulations, and plan future management actions that lead to sustainable recreational fisheries. 



1.      Interview anglers using scripted survey questions.  Collect biological, demographic, and economic fisheries data at coastal locations throughout MA, or aboard “for hire” party boats at sea.

2.      Accurately record and code data on standardized forms.  Self audit data prior to submission.

3.      Follow strict sampling schedule, specific sampling times and locations, according to scientific protocol.

4.      Electronically submit weekly summary reports of activity.  Mail data on time, according to deadline.

5.      Operate and maintain field equipment and sampling gear.

Compensation: $12.00 – $14.00 per hour commensurate with experience, plus paid mileage.



1.      Applicants should have at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time technical experience in marine biology or fisheries work. One year of the required experience may consist of the substitution below:

Two years of study in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for the required experience.  Candidates without the above experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

2.      Ability to identify marine fish and invertebrates common in Massachusetts’ coastal waters.

3.      Experience working on fishing vessels and small craft with common sampling tools (measuring boards and scales).

4.      Knowledge of computer software applications including: Microsoft Office Suite

5.      Experience filling out data forms in the field and compiling data in tabular and graphical form.

6.      Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions including rainy and windy conditions, heat and cold.

7.      Good public relations skills.  Ability to interact favorably with anglers, boat crews and captains.

8.      Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays to accommodate sea sampling trips.


1.      Job requires work on most weekends, when a majority of recreational fishing takes place, and some longer/earlier/later than normal work days.

2.      Some applicants will be primarily shore based, while others will be designated to survey anglers from both shore and at sea.  Candidates selected to survey on vessels, must be able to perform sampling offshore in less than ideal weather and vessel operating conditions.

3.      Applicants must be physically fit and capable of lifting heavy fish specimens, both alive and dead, standing for 6 hours, climbing and descending ladders to access shore sample sites, walking on soft sand, conduct interviews in noisy environments and to safely navigate slippery surfaces at boat ramps, rock jetties and while boarding vessels.

4.      Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable source of transportation.

5.      All candidates must be approved by the MA Division of Marine Fisheries.


To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, 5 professional references (name, e-mail address and phone number) and unofficial copies of your college transcripts.  Click the following link ( ) to complete our application and to submit the required documents.

Application deadline is open until filled.

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Additional questions regarding the position can be directed to Jay Litchfield at 508-990-9054.