The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is hiring two part-time Fisheries Dockside Monitors to verify daily charter boat harvest occurring on the Chesapeake Bay. Verification supports an electronic harvest reporting program for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay fisheries. Dockside monitors will be responsible for intercepting charter boat captains at the dock to verify the species and amount harvested during the offload process.


Job summary: Dockside monitors will be expected to work independently from home to conduct spot checks at charter boat landing locations during the 2022 charter season.  Monitors must be available to participate in trainings to learn harvest documentation procedures. Dockside monitors will be provided tablet computers with software to schedule spot checks and document and submit monitored harvest.  


When:  June 2022-September 2022, although there is potential for continued activity beyond this time frame.


Weekly hours:  Harvest occurs 7 days a week. Monitors will be scheduled for 4 hours per shift for 3-4 days a week (total of 12 shifts per month).


Compensation:  Monitors will be compensated for 4-hour shifts at a rate of $15/hr.  Monitors will be reimbursed for mileage using Maryland’s State mileage rate.


Where: A dockside monitor will be hired in close proximately to each of the following locations:

  • Northwest portion of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, with most landings occurring at locations spanning from Middle River to Annapolis, MD.
  • Northeast portion of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, with most landings spanning from Kent Island to Rock Hall, MD



  • Reliable transportation to perform monitoring duties.
  • Effective communication and interview skills and ability to handle difficult interpersonal situations if they occur while maintaining professionalism.
  • Ability to follow Covid-19 safety protocols.
  • Ability to work independently to intercept daily fishery offload locations.
  • Ability to understand specifics related to Maryland Chesapeake Bay fisheries, target species, and common terminology. This includes the ability to learn to rapidly identify Chesapeake Bay fish species during spot checks (training will be provided).
  • Competent using tablet computers, applications for data collection and reporting, measuring scales, or ability to learn.
  • Ability to maintain weekly schedule and coordinate with project supervisor.
  • Ability to travel to other Chesapeake Bay regions if needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Reliable source of transportation for driving to harvest offload locations
  • Ability to learn and follow harvest reporting guidelines and data collection procedures.
  • Interest in fisheries management.
  • Dockside monitoring provides an independent third-party process to verify charter boat harvest and qualified dockside monitors should not be affiliated with Maryland’s commercial fishing industry.


Additional Information:

  • Dockside monitors will be hired, managed, and paid through one of ORP’s project partner firms. ORP and its partners adhere to CDC Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Appropriate safety protocols (wear masks, consent to temperature checks, maintaining social distance, etc.) must be followed while interacting with commercial or recreational fishing representatives and the public.

About us: The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that designs, promotes, and implements consensus-based and sustainable shellfish ecological restoration, aquaculture, and commercial fishery activities to improve the environment and expand economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and beyond.


This position is open until filled. Interviews of qualified applicants will be scheduled for early May 2022.


For consideration, please send resume to Eric Amrhein

Attn: Job Opening – Fisheries Dockside Monitor

Note: Please specify which location you are applying for in your application