» Electronic Monitoring Technician – Area A Crab Electronic Monitoring Program Ecotrust Canada


We are an innovative non-profit striving to define a better kind of economy for British Columbia and the world. We welcome individuals who share that vision and are prepared to dream big with us.

Electronic Monitoring Technician – Area A Crab Electronic Monitoring Program

Apply until: June 30, 2018

Position Location: Prince Rupert, BC
Start Date: Immediate
Type: PTE – to December 31, 2018, with possibility of renewal
Compensation: We have a budget range for this position, dependent on experience, that is competitive for the non-profit sector. To ensure a mutual best fit, please advise us of your salary expectations.
Terms of Employment: A part-time to full-time position will be based on 20-30 hours per week and will require flexible working hours (evening & weekend work will be required).

Number of hours per week will depend on number of vessels fishing and needs of the fleet.

Position is based in Prince Rupert, BC but travel may be required. Remuneration is semi-monthly through Ecotrust Canada’s regular payroll system. Travel and miscellaneous expenses, as required for job performance, are compensated according to the organization’s policy manual. The primary responsibilities for this position are to service and maintain electronic monitoring systems on Area A crab vessels, collect data from systems and prepare it for review by video analysts. Additional work may be available if candidate is willing to do video review.




Ecotrust Canada is the service provider for the Area A Crab fleet’s electronic monitoring (EM) and biological sampling programs for 2018. The Area A Crab fleet is currently composed of 32 licences which fish the waters of Hecate Strait and Haida Gwaii. The EM systems used in the Area A Crab fishery consist of the hardware and software necessary to collect data from video cameras, GPS, RFID tag scanners and hydraulic pressure sensors to monitor vessel movements and fishing activity. The EM technology itself is divided into three components. The physical EM control box is a small computer that records data coming from RFID tag scanners, GPS, and pressure sensors. It contains recording software that reads and compiles the data on hard drives. The hard drives are then copied and studied using analysis software that isolates potential compliance issues for review by a trained technician.

2018 will be our eight year of delivering EM programs in Area A and our sixth year delivering biological sampling programs. Our approach is to provide an EM system comprised of software and hardware components that are affordable and effective, and a biological sampling program that draws on local people to collect biological data during regular fishing trips. Key components of these programs are to work in collaboration with the Area A Crab Association, individual licence holders and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to collect and deliver high quality and timely data. The Area A crab fishery has been monitored using camera based EM systems since 2000 and this continues to be a tool used by DFO and the fleet to address concerns with gear theft, product theft, vandalism, vessel trap limits and compliance with regulations.

Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit organization that supports initiatives resulting in improved livelihoods and environmental and community conditions. Our fisheries team has many years of direct experience in commercial fisheries and fishery monitoring programs. For more information, please see www.ecotrust.ca




The Electronic Monitoring Technician & Data Analyst is responsible to the Marine Monitoring Program Manager and will work under the day to day supervision of same in our Prince Rupert office. Both technical field skills and organizational office skills are required for this position.


Technical Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Installation, removal and service of the EM systems on commercial fishing vessels
  • Retrieval and analysis of data from onboard monitoring systems
  • Repairs to electronic sensor equipment
  • Compilation and analysis of data collected via Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS)
  • Assist in the prototyping process to make improvements to the systems
  • Assist in on-going development of best practices and methodologies for data management and analysis


Coordination Responsibilities:


  • Communicating with users (fishermen) about system requirements and program expectations;
  • Coordinating with vessels to ensure that data is collected from EM systems, analyzed and available to DFO within regulatory timelines.
  • Documenting and tracking all data retrieval and delivery to ensure data transparency and integrity.


Technical & Analytical Qualifications


Will have proven experience with fisheries monitoring and electronic equipment, or a technical aptitude and willingness to be trained.

Minimum required skills:

  • Mechanical aptitude and basic electronics knowledge (understanding of electrical circuits and experience with hand tools, ability to troubleshoot simple circuitry);
  • Proficiency with computers in general and a basic computer hardware knowledge;
  • Basic linux (command line);
  • Debugging and troubleshooting experience;
  • Experience with basic IT support, networking.
  • Customer service skills;
  • Excellent communication skills & the ability to problem solve.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience in Linux environments;
  • Basic theoretical knowledge of electronics (basic circuits, understands how simple components interact, can calculate voltages to expect, etc);
  • 1-2 years of relevant computer repair experience;
  • Experience in installation and maintenance of electronic systems;
  • Experience with A/V systems;
  • Programming, especially Python, serial port and arduino programming (C language and similar).
  • Proven experience working with data management systems, GIS software (including ArcGIS) and databases


Other Qualifications


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel;
  • Good time management and organizational skills;
  • Work well under pressure;
  • An individual who is reliable, very organized and disciplined;
  • Access to a vehicle and a valid BC Driver’s license;
  • Physical fitness level to install EM equipment, lift totes of equipment and climb ladders to board fishing vessels;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working in fisheries and the marine environment;
  • Ability to work independently with a high level of self motivation as well as the ability to take direction from managers and be a team player;
  • The ability to communicate in Vietnamese is an asset.


To Apply


Please submit a cover letter, resume and references by June 30th, 2018 outlining how you meet the desired qualifications by email to Amanda@ecotrust.ca or in person at 200-515 Third Avenue West, Prince Rupert BC.

Questions about the position can be submitted to Amanda@ecotrust.ca

We encourage all interested parties to apply. We will contact those shortlisted for an interview and written test directly.