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Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observer (MMO/PSO)

Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Jan 25, 2022

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Job Description Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observer (MMO/PSO)

Location: Boston Harbor, MA Project Schedule & duration: Monday-Sunday (4 hours a day shifts- during blasting hours)Start Date: ASAP REMSA Inc. is seeking a Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observer (MMO/PSO) to perform work (on a vessel), near a marine construction project in Boston Harbor, MA, for one of our clients. This is a three (3) to Four (4) month contract opportunity, with competitive pay rates, and per diem associated.


MMO/PSO will conduct observations and mitigation measures in, Boston Harbor, MA, during daylight hours. MMO/PSO will maintain watch for marine mammals in all impact zones of the project operation.
This MMO/PSO Job include, but are not limited to the following:
  • 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 and implement all protocols as outlined in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan.
  • Monitor and record environmental data.
  • Prepare and submit daily, weekly, and monthly forms and reports.
  • Proactively communicate with team members and construction personnel via radio.
  • Proactively communicate 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 instructed.
  • Follow boat safety protocols.
  • Clean work area daily.


  • Be a US Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S without sponsorship or restrictions.
  • Must have an Endangered/Protected Species Certification (approval) from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
  • Have a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Card (TWIC).
  • Valid Driver's License & Clean Driving Record.

MMO/PSO may be required to work during inclement weather conditions.

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related field.Experience and skills:

  • Prior marine mammal observation experience and 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.
  • Excellent Communication (orally, by radio and face to face) and writing skills.
  • Experience and or training in construction operations.
  • Experience and ability to conduct field observations and data collection.
Pay Rates:
Based on qualifications and experience.Lodging- provided near/in Boston Harbor. Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should send the following application materials asap:
  • Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills.
  • Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, PSO/MMO training certificates & TWIC Card.
  • Cover letter outlining your 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 the or fax to 757-722-4571.Application Deadline: To Be Determined REMSA Inc. Supports a Drug-Free Work Place

    EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability
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