Fisheries Liaison Officer - Multiple Offshore Locations

A.I.S. Inc.

A.I.S. Inc.

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline.

Primary Function:

AIS is seeking Fisheries Liaison Officers to monitor, document and report commercial fishing activity during offshore surveys and construction. The liaison will serve as the primary point of contact between commercial fishing vessel representatives operating in the survey area and the survey team. The goal of the liaison will be to mitigate and document any interaction between the survey operations and commercial fishing operations. Trips will last up to 4-6 weeks. Survey vessels generally range in size from 120 ft. length overall to over 300 ft. length overall. Observation information and communication will be documented electronically on approved data sheets and summarized in daily reports. The liaison works approximately 12 hours per day with the possibility to be on call at night when needed.


  • Document date, time and location of any fishing vessel activity, fixed gear or interactions with survey gear, visibility, sea state, and other environmental conditions
  • Respond and communicate effectively with any fishing vessels in the vicinity of construction or survey operations via VHF radio or single side ban radio
  • Maintain a vigilant lookout for fishing activity or fishing gear in the vicinity of the operational vessel
  • Communicate to the vessel captain, crew, and survey team of any fishing activity or gear sighted and advise them on any information that is relayed from communication with fishing vessels.
  • Conduct protected species observation and serve as back up to the PSO monitoring team

Compensation: Candidates will be paid an hourly wage to be negotiated and total compensation will vary depending on employee’s experience. Equipment will be provided. This is a full–time temporary position, however employees will be eligible for benefits once full-time eligibility requirements are met. Meals and lodging provided on vessel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have current STCW Basic Safety Training (BST), or GWO or BOSIET training completed within last 2 years.
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Must have current Passport.
  • Must be able to distinguish between the various commercial fishing gear utilized in the US Atlantic.
  • Strong preference will be given to those with experience working on commercial fishing vessels.
  • Familiarity with the use of handheld GPS, ships plotter, ship communications (single side band and VHF) and binoculars with reticules is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Must be certified by a physician as fit for sea duty including:
    • Not be susceptible to chronic motion sickness
    • Ability to live in confined quarters
    • Ability to tolerate stress
    • Ability to lift objects up to 30 pounds
    • Ability to vigilantly monitor waters surrounding observation platform/vessel for up to 4 hours at a time and not more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Must not be affiliated with any group that may impair the objectivity or the appearance of objectivity
  • Must have offshore experience in the field.
  • Must have proof of eligibility to work within the US
  • Protected species observing (PSO) certification is preferred, but not required.


  • Multiple Locations


If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link to submit the required information:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing sea and protected species observing experience.
  • 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number)
  • Offshore Safety Training Certificate

All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to call William Byrd at or 774-762-7019.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Must be able to work in the U.S. • VEVRAA Federal Contractor • Request Priority Protected Veteran Referrals • Equal Opportunity Employer