• Undergraduate Lab Technician-Digitizers

    School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)

    Department of Fisheries Oceanography


    Supervisor:  Kevin Stokesbury, PhD

    Maximum Hours: 20 hours per week during academic semester, 40 hours per week during academic breaks


    We are seeking to hire digitizers with the Marine Fisheries Field Research Group for the spring and summer 2015 field season.  The Marine Fisheries Field Research Group focuses primarily on cooperative fisheries research to aid in providing independent data for use in fisheries stock assessment. Our two main projects are a scallop video survey and a groundfish video survey. Both surveys rely heavily on the commercial fishing industry and use fishing vessels as the research platforms. 


    Since 1999, SMAST and the commercial sea scallop industry have cooperatively video surveyed sea scallop density distributions, benthic substrates and the presence of megabenthos along the continental shelf of the northwest Atlantic.  Results from the annual scallop video survey are given to fisheries managers every year and are integrated into fisheries stock assessments.  In 2013, SMAST developed a video survey system which employs a live-feed camera in an open fishing net to enumerate the fish passing through the net without causing unnecessary mortality.  The objective is to estimate the biomass of the yellowtail flounder to be provided to fishery managers.


    Job Description:

    Work as part of the SMAST Marine Field Fisheries Research Group on a variety of field, lab and office tasks including:

    • Image analysis of SMAST sea scallop and groundfish video survey data
    • Participation in SMAST scallop and fish tagging programs
    • Participation in SMAST sea scallop and groundfish video survey    
    • 6- to 10-day trips on commercial fishing vessels up to 200 miles offshore
    • Assist with lobster research program in Buzzards Bay
    • Other lab needs and duties at supervisor’s discretion


    Desired Qualifications:

    • Basic background knowledge and identification of marine organisms
    • Ability to work independently
    • Organizational skills
    • Ability to work in various environments including extended time offshore
    • Ability to lift 40 lbs


    If interested, please send resume and cover letter to: Erin Adams, 508-910-6372,

    We are looking to fill these positions ASAP.