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Lead Marine Mammal Observer

REMSA, Inc. Hampton, VA

  • Expired: April 14, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.
Lead Marine Mammal Observer
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.

Hourly rate:

Based on qualifications and experience 

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should send the following application materials asap: 

  1. Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills.
  2. Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, MMO training certificates.
  3. Cover letter outlining qualifications to perform on this project.
  4. Three professional references including phone number and email address.

Submit all materials as attachments: PDF files or MS Word files via email to

Application Deadline: Until Filled 

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Hampton, VA
23669 USA
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