PIRFO (Pacific Island Regional Fishery Observer) Observers Requirements
MINIMUM CRITERIA TO APPLY FOR PIRFO OBSERVER BASIC TRAINING
Candidates wishing to attend Pacific Island region Fisheries Observer (PIRFO) training will, in most cases, need to be available for 7-9 weeks intense training.
Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and able to carry out calculations on catch and other fisheries related statistic.
Be physically and mentally capable of carrying out observer duties, able to pass a sea-going medical clearance certificate issued by an authorized medical practitioner at any time, if required.
Clear police record with a history of strong socially acceptable ethical standards in the areas of honesty and public behavior and able to travel with clear immigration record.
Available for a PIRFO pre-selection screening test.
Minimum of 21 years old and mature enough to converse confidently with fishing vessel officers in difficult circumstances and be able to deal with confidentiality of work relations.
Must be able to engage in conversation in clear English
Can write comprehensive reports on activities aboard a vessel in English.
Able to go to sea for long periods in foreign and (sometimes) unfriendly environments (sea time can be from 7 to 100 days but is generally from 30-60 days on purse seiners and 10 to 30 days on long liners fishing vessels).