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Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observers (MMO/PSO)

Cranford, New Jersey, US
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Oct 6, 2022

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Job Description Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observers (MMO/PSO) Needed Immediately!!!!!

***Quick telephonic interviews for interested "Qualified" Independent Contractors***

Location: Ambrose Channel (NJ) Project Schedule: (12-hour day shift)Start Date: September 6, 2022 REMSA Inc. is seeking qualified Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observers (MMO/PSO) that are unconditionally NMFS certified to perform Independent Contract work (on a hopper dredge), near a marine construction project in New Jersey.

MMO/PSO will conduct observations and mitigation measures at the Ambrose Channel for no more than 12 hours a day. MMO/PSO will maintain watch for endangered species/ marine mammals in all impact zones of the project operation. If you are not unconditionally NMFS certified, please do not apply.

This job include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Identify marine animals to species.
  • Record sightings, distance, and behavior of marine species.
  • Maintain, organize, and up 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 shutdowns 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.

  • Must be a US Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S without sponsorship or restrictions.
  • Must have an "unconditionally" approved Endangered/Protected Species Certification from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
  • Have a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Card (TWIC)
  • Must have the required safety & work equipment (Binoculars, Phone, lap top/iPad or similar computer device, steel toe boots, hard hat, etc.)

MMO/PSO must be prepared to work shifts during inclement weather conditions.

Education: Degree (Associates or higher) in Marine Science, 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 (Negotiable).Lodging and food- provided onboard vessel. 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 (Required)
  • 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: 1 August 2022 REMSA Inc. Supports a Drug-Free Workplace
    EOE of Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability
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