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Ecotrust Canada's at-sea observer Kathryn Bond.

Dockside Sampler in Tofino

Ecotrust Canada's at-sea observer Kathryn Bond.

Are you looking for a job working outside directly with the Five Nations fishery and eager to gain experience in the environmental field?

We are looking for a Dockside Sampler in Tofino

Start Date: July 7th, 2023

Position Status: Part-time/Flexible staff 

Hourly rate: $23/hour 

Location: Tofino, and occasionally Ucluelet 

Ecotrust Canada is looking to hire a dockside sampler for the Five Nations fishery. Samplers would be based inTofino, and occasionally Ucluelet. Duties include species identification, collection of biological samples, and tagging fish. Samplers will be paid a minimum 4 hours for each shift.

About Five Nations Fishery 

The Five Nations, consisting of Ahousaht, Ehattesaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Hesquiaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, participate in a commercial rights-based fishery that is facilitated by Ha’oom Fisheries Society. As a DFO-designated Dockside Monitoring Program service provider, Ecotrust Canada currently provides dockside monitoring for Suuhaa (Chinook), Mi?aat (Sockeye), Cuw`it (Coho), Tu`skuuh (Lingcod), Puu?i (Halibut), and rockfish fisheries. At every offload, monitors and samplers collect catch data and biological samples for the Five Nations and DFO to use in management.

About Ecotrust Canada  

Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit that works with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant cultures and inclusive societies. We call this approach building an economy that provides for life. Our on-the-ground work and systems approach is entrepreneurial, partnership-based, and relentlessly practical. Learn more at

Position Summary

We are looking to hire part-time staff with flexible availability from Monday to Friday and the occasional weekend. If you are interested in fisheries, specifically the Five Nations fishery, this opportunity might be for you. Actual length of fisheries is not known and set number of workdays is not guaranteed. Schedules are created monthly.

Responsibilities include:
– Collection of biological samples
– Legibly and accurately record sample data
– Always maintain professional working relationships

– Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
– Organizational skills
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Excellent teamwork skills
– Comfortable working on docks, climbing on and off fishing vessels, and handling fish
– Does NOT hold a fisher’s registration card or certificate of accreditation
– Does NOT purchase fish to resell
– Is NOT an owner, operator, or employee of a business that catches, cultures, processes, or transports fish

If you like the atmosphere of a busy dock, and the opportunity to participate in the data collection of a sustainable rights-based fishery, please apply.

Pursuant to Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, preference will be given to Indigenous candidates who have a working knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth culture and fishing practices.

To Apply  

For more information, contact Shelby Huebner at (250) 266-0418. Email your resume to and include “Job Application – Dockside Sampler” in the subject line.

Apply before June 30th, 2023