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Electronic Monitoring Technician/Technical Operations Coordinator, Area A EM Program
Location: Prince Rupert, BC, with some travel to other ports
Start Date: Immediate
Length of Contract: Part Time – to December 31st, 2019, with possibility of annual renewal
Salary Range: We have a budget range for this position, dependent on experience. To ensure a mutual best fit, please advise us of your salary expectations.
Terms of Employment: Part-time to full-time position is based on 20-30 hours per week and will require flexible working hours (evening & weekend hours to service fleet emergencies). Additional work may be available if the candidate is willing to do video review.
Main Purpose and Function
The Electronic Monitoring (EM) Technician/Technical Operations Coordinator is part of the team responsible for providing services to the Area A crab fleet, including data retrievals, system updates, and parts replacement. They are also responsible for our parts inventory, and working with program and finance teams on communications with the fleet, invoicing, and ordering.
The successful candidate will be personable and well-organized, with either experience in fisheries monitoring and electronic equipment, or a technical aptitude and willingness to be trained. This person will have a diverse skill-set that includes physical ability to climb on and off of fishing vessels, good customer service, and excellent communication.
Desired Skills and Experience
• Mechanical aptitude, curiosity about how things work, and willingness to learn how to troubleshoot EM systems on boats
• Some knowledge of Linux and/or a basic understanding of computer languages
• Proficiency with computers and MS Excel
• Interest or experience in commercial fishing or working in the marine environment
• Customer service skills
• Attention to detail and experience in information or records collection/management
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to problem solve
• Access to a vehicle and a valid BC Driver’s licence
• Physical fitness level to install EM equipment, lift totes of equipment, and climb ladders to board fishing vessels
• Must be willing and able to reside in Prince Rupert, BC
Ecotrust Canada is a mission driven organization, striving to provide affordable and effective electronic monitoring and biological sampling to fishermen which enable them to be active participants in their fishery. As a member of the team, the EM Technician/Technical Operations Coordinator is:
● Reliable, organized, and committed to ongoing learning
● A good listener, building on others’ ideas; builds shared ownership and accountability
● Curious, observant; asks rather than assumes
● Self-aware; views challenges in a larger context, and can give and receive feedback
● Able to work independently with a high level of motivation, and as part of a team
● Able to work under pressure and shift activities as priorities change
● Innovative and creative in approaches to problem solving
Organization and Project Background
Ecotrust Canada is a respected national charity that designs economic alternatives that benefit people in the places they call home. Our work supports initiatives resulting in improved livelihoods and environmental and community conditions. The Skeena office, based in Prince Rupert, BC, has been active since 2010 supporting community and fisheries programming. For more information, please see www.ecotrust.ca.
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 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 is our eighth 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.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and references by October 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, but will only contact those shortlisted for an interview. This position will remain open until filled, though we may hire before the close date if the right candidate comes forward.