Recruitment now closed

Whilst MRAG are not currently recruiting fisheries observers to work on toothfish vessels, we may hold the details of speculative applicants throughout the year for potential future work. Observers will be deployed on board longliners targeting Patagonian Toothfish around South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. Deployments commence from around mid to late April and are expected to end around July-August (exact dates are dependent on vessel schedules). Prospective observers will be required to attend a training course prior to deployment.

The fishery is managed and regulated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and within South Georgia further management measures are applied by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI). As an observer you will be deployed on board commercial fishing vessels and provide a vital role in the sustainable management of the fishery. Further information is available here and here .

Duties include:

  • Collection of biometric data on target species;
  • Collection of biometric data on bycatch;
  • Marine mammal and seabird observations.

Due to the requirements of the programme, only holders of a passport from a CCAMLR Member State (individual countries) can be considered:

A joint training session for toothfish and krill observers will be held prior to the start of the season. This is currently scheduled for 29th March-1st April 2021.


Candidates should have a background in marine biology or fisheries and with relevant experience, specifically:

  • Degree in marine biology or other relevant discipline, or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • Participation in research cruises or scientific surveys is desirable;
  • Previous employment as a fisheries observer or fisheries officer is desirable;
  • Applications should highlight numbers of days worked at sea (paid or voluntary)

Prior to deployment, the following certificates must be obtained:

  • A Personal Survival Techniques or Basic Sea Survival certificate recognised by the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), or a national equivalent, awarded by an accredited organisation;
  • An ENG-1 or equivalent seafarer’s Medical certificate, awarded by an accredited physician;
  • Possession of a Seaman’s Book is preferable. However, MRAG may be able to support applications for a Seaman’s Book for candidates who lack one.

Sea survival certificate validity is 5 years of issue date or the before the expiry date, whichever is sooner.  Seafarer’s medical validity is within 2 years of issue date or before the expiry date, whichever is sooner. Certificates exceeding the above minimum standards, such as BOSIET sea survival or UKOOA Offshore Medical certificates, will also be accepted.

Prior to deployment, the following immunisations must be obtained or in date:

  •    Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP or Revaxis Polio)
  •    Meningitis ACWY
  •    Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  •    Tuberculosis
  •    Hepatitis A
  •    Hepatitis B


Still Interested in this post? Here is how you can get involved:

Applicants accepted for training will need to provide copies of relevant qualifications upon request. Copies of your Sea Survival and Medical certificates must be provided before deployment

All applications should be submitted electronically. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

For any enquiries please email