Observer Coordinator

A.I.S. Inc.

A.I.S. Inc.

Miami Beach, FL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 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. AIS is recruiting a full-time Observer Coordinator to support the SE Fisheries Observer Program.

Primary Functions:

The OC will oversee staff by managing their day-to-day operations and tracking their movements while on deployments. The OC will assist in observer coverage selection mailings to permit holders, managing databases primarily through quality control procedures, and collaborating with NMFS senior scientists, enforcement, the Coast Guard, the commercial fishing industry, and administrative personnel from various NMFS divisions.


  • Assisting with debriefing, briefing, and training observers
  • Oversee and track observer deployments
  • Communicate with commercial fishermen and vessel owners about departure schedules, safety, and vessel environment
  • Perform final data review, data entry, and quality control
  • Analyze data, write reports
  • Estimate protected species interactions
  • Attend scientific conferences
  • Oversee research projects related to observer activities and participate in other research projects as necessary
  • Writing and editing standard operating procedures
  • Compiling monthly reports to track sea days and trip coverage
  • Work with observers as primary field contact to address sampling, data, and deployment issues
  • Maintain gear and provide resupplies necessary for observer deployments
  • Travel to ports to conduct vessel inspections to verify suitability to ensure safe observer deployment
  • Make recommendations to increase program efficiency regarding recruiting, training, and safety
  • Deploy as an observer as needed

Compensation: Candidates will be paid a salary to be negotiated and total compensation will vary depending on candidates’ level of experience. This is a full–time position. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Potential additional compensation consists of performance incentives, service awards, fitness center reimbursement, and referral bonus.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a B.S. Degree in Marine Science or related field of study.
  • Experience with common word processing, database, statistical, and graphics programs.
  • Physically capable of maintaining and moving observer gear.
  • Possess problem resolution skills.
  • Experience with highly migratory species and associated fisheries is preferred.
  • At least 4 years of Fishery Observer experience (can include staff/office positions)
  • Must be motivated, self-sufficient, independent, and a strong team player
  • Must be able to work efficiently with a strong concern for completeness and accuracy
  • Possess leadership ability and ensure positive team dynamics.
  • Well organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At-sea experience
  • Coursework with dichotomous keys
  • One year of experience with Panama City observer program


  • Estimated at 35%
  • Travel is reimbursed IAW federal travel guidelines at an hourly rate along with compensation for miles accrued on a personal vehicle as well as per diem at the specified Government rate.


  • Applicants must be currently living, or be willing to live in Miami, FL


If you would like to apply for one of these exciting new openings, please click the following link to submit the following information.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter detailing relevant experience.
  3. At least 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number)

All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please contact our talent team at or 508-990-9055.

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.

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