» Project Manager – Fisheries and Marine Monitoring Ecotrust Canada


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Project Manager – Fisheries and Marine Monitoring

Apply until: May 16, 2018

Position Location: Prince Rupert, BC
Start Date: Immediately
Type: full time contract employee to December 2018, with potential for annual renewal
Compensation: Competitive rates, commensurate with experience plus benefits package

Position Overview/Responsibilities:

We are recruiting a full time Fisheries Project Manager to lead the delivery and development of projects that support small scale fisheries and provide electronic, at-sea, and dockside monitoring services. The successful candidate may also participate in other Ecotrust Canada initiatives. The key projects encompassed in this role include: Area A Crab electronic monitoring & biological sampling service provision; salmon at-sea and dockside monitoring programs; and pilot fisheries monitoring programs supporting community-driven objectives.

The majority of time will be spent on the delivery of monitoring services to the Area A crab fleet. In the busy summer months you will be working day to day with our program technician and video analyst(s) to make sure data is collected and delivered on time. During the slower months you will work with the program’s general manager, harvesters and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on program administration and communication. Support of other marine monitoring programs, including at-sea and dockside Observer programs, will also be required as needed and may include field work in the summer. Organizational office skills are required for this position; managerial and field experience are an asset.


Ecotrust Canada is the service provider for the Area A Crab fleet’s electronic monitoring (EM) and biological sampling programs. In addition, we run a number of innovative monitoring pilot programs through our Marine Monitoring Initiative, and provide support to fishermen and community organizations through our charitable programs.

The Area A Crab fleet is composed of 30 active licences which fish the waters of Hecate Strait, Haida Gwaii and the Goose Bank. 2018 will be 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 during regular fishing trips. Key components of these programs are to work in collaboration with the Area A Crab Association, individual licence holders & captains, 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

Area A Crab Program Duties:

  • Coordinate with Area A EM technical and data analysis staff to ensure that EM data is collected from EM systems, analyzed and available and/or delivered to DFO within regulatory timelines.
  • Coordinate with vessel operators to ensure required Area A crab biological sampling trips are conducted. These duties include organizing all deployments and ensuring Observers are trained and designated prior to sampling.
  • Review all data that is produced from Area A crab biological sampling activities prior to and following entry into a DFO approved Access database. Project Manager will also be responsible for delivery database and paper datasheets to DFO within required timelines.
  • Work with Marine Monitoring General Manager to ensure proper administration of the Area A softshell charter.
  • Document and track all EM data retrievals, biological sampling and softshell charter data collection, and delivery of all data to ensure data transparency and integrity. As project manager, will be responsible for signing off on all letters based on data review delivered to DFO.
  • Coordinate with technical staff to ensure that all equipment necessary for delivery of EM and biological sampling is on-hand in Prince Rupert.
  • Support the Marine Monitoring General Manager in administration of Area A Crab programs (this could include but is not limited to: invoicing for service and parts, tracking inventory, drafting communication pieces for program partners, attending meetings with harvester and regulators).
  • Support harvesters in acquiring commercial licences, and manage communications for the program and correspondence, as required
  • Track budget and reporting

Kitimat Recreational Fishery Monitoring Project Duties:

  • Coordinate with EM technical staff for data retrievals in Kitimat (travel may be required)
  • Coordinate with EM data analysts to ensure data is analyzed in a timely manner and delivered to project partner
  • Track budget and reporting

Observer Program Duties:

  • Support Observer recruitment and training
  • Support program staff in development and administration of any 2018 North Coast or South Coast salmon monitoring programs, including deployment of Observers & data management functions

Other duties related to the Skeena office and general Ecotrust Canada programs may also be required.


Previous experience with data entry, and good task management and tracking skills. The following qualifications and assets will also be sought:

  • 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;
  • Proficient with computers, with working knowledge of MS Office suite and familiarity with Excel and Access;
  • Good time management and organizational skills including the ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects/deadlines;
  • Work well under pressure;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to problem solve;
  • Familiarity with applicable federal and provincial policies and regulations related to fisheries management;
  • Experience working with community based organizations, related government agencies and interest/sector groups. First Nations preferred;
  • Direct knowledge/work experience in one or more BC coastal communities;
  • Access to a vehicle and a valid BC Driver’s license;
  • The ability to communicate in Vietnamese is an asset;
  • Free from any Conflicts of Interest as defined by DFO’s monitoring programs;
  • Willing to have a criminal records check and credit check run as per DFO’s monitoring program requirements; and
  • Willingness to train to become, or be previously trained in, both dockside and at-sea Observing.

Reporting Responsibilities:

The Project Manager is responsible to the Director of Community Programs and works under the day to day supervision of Amanda Barney, General Manager of Marine Monitoring. The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating staff and contractors hired to perform duties associated with the fisheries monitoring programs, and they will represent the organization and the program to outside agencies as required.

 Terms of Employment: This is a full time contract to the end of the calendar year, with potential for renewal annually. The position is based on 37.5 hours per week and will require flexible working hours (evening & weekend work will be required). Position will be housed 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. Potential to enroll in the organization’s benefits package valid after probation period.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references by May 16th 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 or devlin@ecotrust.ca

All qualified applicants are invited to apply.  We thank all applicants, however we will only contact those applicants selected for an interview.