Lead Marine Mammal Observer
REMSA, Inc. Hampton, VA
- Expired: April 14, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.
Independent Contract Work
Location: Hampton, VA Start Date: ASAP Hours Per Week: variable, part-time availability considered
REMSA, Inc. is seeking a skilled and experienced Lead Marine Mammal Observers to assist our Marine Endangered Species Observer (MESO) Program in performing work on a large marine construction project for one of our clients.
Only candidates with previous marine mammal observation experience will be considered.
The lead land-based MMO will act as the primary point of contact on site; conduct protected species observations and mitigation measures; and maintain watch for marine mammals in all impact zones of the project operation. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Provide updates to the Company and client, as required.
- Identify marine animals to species.
- Record sightings, distance, and behavior of marine species.
- Maintain organized and up-to-date logs.
- Utilize optical equipment to assess distance, species, and behavior of marine mammals.
- Follow, implement, and ensure that all protocols as outlined in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan are being followed by all MMOs.
- Monitor and record environmental data, perform quality assurance.
- Prepare and check for accuracy of daily, weekly, and monthly forms and reports.
- Communicate with other contractors and construction personnel via radio
- Serve as primary point of contact when communicating with on-site project personnel to initiate project shut-downs when necessary.
- Report interactions with endangered/threatened species to construction personnel, the Company, and governmental agencies as required.
- Be a US Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S without sponsorship or restrictions
- Have, or be eligible to obtain, Endangered/Protected Species approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
- Valid Driver’s License & Clean Driving Record.
- Must have, or be able to obtain, a Federal Transportation Identification Workers Card (TWIC).
Lead MMO may be required to work outside during adverse/inclement weather conditions for long periods of time.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related field.
Experience and skills:
- One or more years of experience conducting Marine Mammal Observations.
- Prior marine mammal observation experience and associated training courses.
- Knowledge of Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Ability to follow safety protocols and technical instructions as required.
- Ability to serve as Team Lead for all MMO personnel on the project
- Excellent Communication (orally, by radio and face to face) and writing skills.
- Experience and or training in construction operations.
- Experience and ability to conduct and oversee field observations and data collection.
Based on qualifications and experience
Interested applicants should send the following application materials asap:
- Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills.
- Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, MMO training certificates.
- Cover letter outlining qualifications to perform on this project.
- Three professional references including phone number and email address.
Submit all materials as attachments: PDF files or MS Word files via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: Until Filled
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