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    AFMA deploys observers on a variety of commercial fishing vessels in and out of the Australian Fishing Zone domestically and internationally. The primary functions of the role include observing and documenting commercial fishing catches, collecting vessel, technical and biological data which is not normally obtainable through vessel logbooks, monitoring operations and documenting interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species.

    Working as a fisheries observer is a unique, adventurous and rewarding position that takes place in some of the most remote locations around Australia, on the High Seas and in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. The position provides our staff with the opportunity to gain valuable field experience, an understanding of life at sea and the ability contribute to the sustainable management of living marine resources.

    The position offers the opportunity for an excellent work-life balance. Observers are based remotely from the Canberra office and successful applicants are deployed from their home location. Flexible working arrangements are required by the role and remuneration is comprised of a competitive daily rate plus allowances.

    Observers are required to undertake work at sea, often in challenging conditions. The work can be physically and mentally demanding and can include exposure to cold and wet environments, rough seas and cramped living quarters. 

    Observers are required to regularly liaise and work with industry, management, peers and office based AFMA staff. The role also includes port-based sampling, and all aspects of the position are performed under limited supervision.

    A position description can be found here.

    To express your interest in joining the observer team, please complete an application through our temporary employment register.

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    Page last updated: 11/08/2023