Research Vessel Captain / Skippers

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Piscine Energetics Inc. (Piscine) is an environmental agrotechnology company ON A MISSION to restore fish populations to their natural levels through the management of invasive aquatic organisms.

Under the auspices of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Piscine pioneered proprietary harvesting methodologies for the sustainable removal of invasive Mysis shrimp (1-2cm freshwater zooplankton). Deliberately introduced to Okanagan Lake in 1966 by the Ministry of Environment, Mysis shrimp was intended to provide a natural forage to increase lake rearing condition for declining Kokanee Salmon stocks. Regrettably, introduction of Mysis backfired, proving to be harmful to fish populations. As mysis biomass exploded into uncontrollable numbers, the natural food web was disturbed and juvenile salmon began to starve, as mysis shrimp compete for the same microscopic organisms in the lake to feed on.

Over the past two decades, Piscine Energetics has developed into a vertically integrated, “from Skipper to Sales Staff” boutique fish feed manufacturer; simultaneously removing and transforming invasive mysis shrimp into fish feed supplying Zoos and Public Aquariums, ornamental tropical fish hobbyist and the global aquaculture markets.

Are you an environmental crusader?

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and the natural environment?

Are you interested in becoming a member of a dynamic team of individuals who are passionate about environmental conservation, restoration and want to contribute directly to rehabilitating the natural environment?

Do you want to spend your summer working on beautiful Lake Okanagan while taking in some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises?

ARE YOU READY to help restore Okanagan Lake Kokanee salmon species to historic numbers?

If you answered YES to the above questions, PLEASE KEEP READING!


Do you have a proven track record (with references to vouch for you) of being an ambitious team-oriented “A player” with a history of empowering coworkers, subordinates, and supervisors?

Will your previous coworkers, teammates, supervisors, and references describe you as a flexible individual who strives to be efficient and optimize performance, NEVER “cutting corners” while being extremely safety orientated?


Piscine Energetics is seeking seasonal (May – September) full-time Mysis Shrimp RESEARCH VESSEL CAPTAIN to expand and advance the removal of invasive mysis shrimp from Okanagan Lake. You will report directly to the Senior Skipper and our Director of Fishing Technology and Innovation.

Mysis shrimp harvesting activities takes place during nighttime hours with shifts usually consisting of 10 – 12 hours (7pm -5am). This position is perfect for you if you have prior experience working on commercial fishing vessels and/or tug boats. You are familiar with the risks associated with working on the water and possess a “top of mind safety awareness mindset” which comes naturally to you. Once the harvesting nets are deployed each evening you will be responsible for overseeing the safety of your deckhand, who will operate the “Mysis Shrimp Catch Vessel” (being towed 100 yards behind the trawl vessel)

Please watch the following video which will give you a good understanding of our unique methodology which we use to facilitate the removal of invasive mysis shrimp from Lake Okanagan here:


PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES of The Mysis Shrimp Research Vessel Captain

1. Operate mysis shrimp research trawl vessel (< 15 gross tons) conducting midwater beam trawls
2. Working in conjunction with our Director of Fishing Technology and Senior Skipper you will be responsible for deploying techniques and procedures to maximize removal of invasive mysis shrimp
3. Operate and maintain diesel engines and hydraulic systems
4. Completing safety checklists and filling our reports/paperwork daily
5. Communicate frequently during the night via VHF radio on harvesting strategy and gear adjustments with our other skippers
6. Maintain a SAFE. clean, organized working environment on vessels.
7. Repair fishing nets and gear as necessary

• Dedicated team player with a “safety first” approach
• Physically fit/strong (able to lift heavy weights 60lbs +)
• High school diploma
• Pleasure Craft Operators Card
• Valid first aid
• High level mechanical aptitude, familiar and comfortable with the “in and outs” of commercial vessels
• Familiar with vessel electronics (GPS/Plotters, Radar, Auto Pilots, etc.)
• Excellent boat handling skills including aluminum skiff/outboard motor operations
• Valid Class 5 Drivers Licence
• Ability to take initiative, work independently and follow strict policies and safety procedures
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Able and willing to work long shifts during the night in all weather (rain, wind, heat, etc.)


• Post secondary education (and/or currently enrolled or working towards a diploma, certificate, or degree program)
• MED 3. SVOP or higher (i.e. Limited Master, Master, etc.)
• Previous experience operating and maintaining the following engines: Caterpillar (3160, 3208) Detroit (6-71, 4-71)
• Forklift operators card an asset


• A passion for Piscine’s mission and values
• Life long learner who is constantly looking to expand and grow your knowledge and skills
• Ability to think analytically and problem solve, combined with a willingness to ask questions and work collaboratively
• Patience and exceptional listening skills
• Energetic, hard-working, and a team player
• Positive, enthusiastic, and professional image in representing Piscine, both internally and externally
• Ability to work in a fast paced, ever evolving atmosphere
• Flexible


• During the harvest season (May – September) our fleet of research vessels operate on Okanagan Lake 7 days a week.
• Operations occur during the evening (sunset to sunrise) typically for a 10 hour shift from 7pm – 5am.
• Schedule shifts of 10 days on and 4 days off, including weekends are required for this position.


• Starting hourly wage is $23/hr + performance bonus.
• Salary commensurate with experience.


To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “MYSIS SHRIMP RESEARCH VESSEL – CAPTAIN” in the email subject line. Please note that we only have the capacity to respond to applicants with whom we would like to interview. No phone calls please.

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Closing Date May 1, 2021
Post Date:May 7, 2021
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