CBU RECENT GRAD – Assistant Manager, Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association


We are seeking a recent graduate, who has graduated from a recognized post-secondary program in Nova Scotia within the last year. The candidate must also be willing to relocate to Eastern Cape Breton.

The Assistant Manager’s duties will vary seasonally. Field work and research will be the primary focus during prime fishing season, while promoting the fishing industry will be the secondary focus. For the remainder of the year, servicing members will be the primary focus.

This is a great opportunity for a biology/marine biology graduate to gain the following experience:

  • Field work: collecting fisheries data at sea on a working fishing boat, and collecting data in port.
  • Gain experience in research that contributes towards management of a natural resource
  • Exposure to participatory research, the fishing industry and how research can improve management measures in fisheries.
  • Knowledge of the fishing industry, crustacean biology, and resource management
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and manage time, travel and resources
  • Expand knowledge of lobsters and other species of benthic animals as well as planktonic stages and species.
  • Learn to manage a membership-led organization: budgeting, finances, minute-taking, communication.
  • Experience making presentations, facilitating meetings, and proposal writing.

Training will be provided for most of the specific work however the following qualifications and requirements are essential:

  • Must be willing to go out on fishing boats.
  • Must be outgoing and look forward to meeting new people every day.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Initiative and motivated.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Experience using databases/spreadsheets, R and Excel.
  • Able to keep accurate and detailed documentation of work.
  • Basic knowledge of crustacean and fish biology.
  • Knowledge or experience in sampling procedures.
  • Familiarity with fisheries research and the fishing industry and experience at sea are an asset. 

Other tasks:

  • Training and supervising 2 lobster technicians (summer students) from Mid-May to end of August. This will include at-sea training as well as data entry.
  • Assist fishermen with on-line registry; and other administrative tasks.
  • Initiate and carry out new projects as requested by directors of the association (requiring proposal writing, budgeting, soliciting funds)
  • Attending meetings and taking minutes (such as association meetings, meetings with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other fishing industry meetings)
  • Learning and documenting tasks performed by the Executive Director with a goal of writing up Terms of Reference for that position.
  • Help promote the fishing industry through social media and food shows/agriculture shows.



Field work:

  • Participate in at-sea sampling programs on commercial fishing vessels of the inshore fleet, for lobster in Mid-May to Mid-July. At other times, sampling on all commercial vessels fishing within the St. Anns Bank proposed MPA as part of an industry-led monitoring programme.
  • Lobster Quality sampling (protein sampling and moult staging) in ports in fishing season, and at sea for post-season sampling.
  • Participate in lobster larvae tows
  • Maintain scientific equipment in good working order (GPS, refractometer, thermometer, callipers, plankton net, microscope and camera).
  • Entering data into databases and some data analysis using R and Excel.

Application Details

LFA27, or Lobster Fishing Area 27, covers the inshore area from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus in Eastern Cape Breton. The Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association is a multi-species fish harvesters’ organization whose objectives are:

  1. Service its members in all fishing matters; supplying gear tags and logbooks, assisting with on-line licensing, attending industry meetings and representing interest of members, informing members of issues and notices.
  2. Carry out research on lobster and other species of importance to our inshore fleet for the benefit of our members as well as other fish harvesters in the area.
  3. Promote the fishing industry in Cape Breton through social media and involvement in projects promoting local seafood.

For more information see capebretonfish.com or Cape Breton Lobster on Facebook.

Anticipated Start Date: May 1st, 2017, Anticipated End Date: May 1st, 2018

Hours Per Week: 40

Work County: Victoria/Cape Breton

Benefits: Workers’ Compensation

Mileage: 40 cents/km.

Annual Salary: $30,000.00

Send your application (C.V., references and cover letter) to Veronika Brzeski at veronika@capebretonfish.com