The Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board (GNSFPB) is an umbrella organization that represents 518 fishermen and all multi-species, accredited fishing organizations in the Gulf Nova Scotia region. The GNSFPB has made it one of their priorities to coordinate and conduct scientific research and data collection on the lobster populations in the Gulf of Nova Scotia, supporting sustainable development of the fishery. We are seeking to hire summer students who can perform field work related to the research projects that are being coordinated by the GNSFPB.

The Lobster Science Research Technician (the Student) will perform data collection and tasks related to a collaborative project being undertaken with the Lobster Node (a division of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network). The research will include at sea-sampling from two locations in the Cheticamp area, Cape Breton. Sampling will include measuring lobsters, recording information about the lobsters, collecting samples from the lobsters for analysis, and maintaining equipment. When sampling is not being performed, the student will be preparing samples to be sent for analysis and entering data into computers.


The Lobster Research Technician will be a student who:

  • must have access to a vehicle (including driver’s license, insurance and registration) to travel to the areas where research will be undertaken. Mileage will be reimbursed.
  • must be willing to work on board a lobster fishing vessel. This will include leaving the wharf early in the morning.
  • must be willing to work in sometimes adverse weather conditions (cold and wet) and therefore, must dress appropriately for the job (PFDs will be provided by the GNSFPB).
  • must be willing to follow scientific protocol and learn scientific methods of data collection.
  • must record information diligently and accurately.
  • must communicate with the supervisor daily
  • must be willing to complete any other tasks, as directed by the supervisor.


This job will provide the fishing industry and communities with important information on the health of lobster populations in the Gulf of Nova Scotia. The lobster industry is considered the “back bone” of fisheries in Nova

Scotia. Therefore, this job will provide experience working in the fisheries, environment and sustainable development, and the not-for-profit sector, as well as being directed towards rural areas.


This position is pending funding.

Application Details

Duration of employment: May 1 – July 8, 2016 (10 weeks)

Wage: $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week

The student must be returning to school (university or college) in fall 2016.

Please send resumes to Andrea Flynn by April 1, 2016 at andrea.d.flynn@gmail.com