Ocean Career: AIS Vessel Strike Avoidance Observer—Benthic Survey

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline.

Primary Function:

AIS is recruiting protected species observers to conduct vessel strike avoidance watch for marine mammals and sea turtles during vessel transit during benthic survey campaigns scheduled for summer 2024. The PSOs will work in a team during offshore operations which will be conducted 24/7 and PSO will an average of twelve hours of work per PSO per day. This position is expected to start in June 2024 for two-week survey. Candidates will be selected based on their experience identifying protected species.


  • Ability to vigilantly monitor for visual detections of marine mammals around vessel for up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period
  • Advise vessel crew on the project specific regulatory requirements and real time mitigation actions
  • Identify marine animals using the naked eye and visual technology
  • Documenting behavior and other essential data
  • Collect and enter data into the required data sheet in an organized manner
  • Conduct personal QA/QC checks on data collected
  • Attend daily toolbox, HSE and project related meetings as needed
  • Operate and maintain field equipment including Garmin GPS, binoculars with reticles, range finder, handheld thermal imaging and night vision devices, and high-resolution digital camera with video capabilities

Compensation: Candidates will be paid an hourly rate to be negotiated. This is a full–time temporary position. Once you complete 90 days of work you will be eligible for the AIS benefits package. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have current STCW Basic Safety Training (BST), or GWO or BOSIET training
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid certification
  • 4-year degree with major in biological or geophysical sciences
  • Must be certified by a physician as fit for sea duty including:
    • Not be susceptible to chronic motion sickness
    • Ability to live in confined quarters
    • Ability to tolerate stress
    • Ability to lift objects up to 30 pounds
    • Ability to vigilantly monitor waters surrounding observation platform/vessel for up to 4 hours at a time and not more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Must have passed an approved PSO course/training and provide certificate
  • Must have NMFS conditional PSO approval for nearshore and offshore projects
  • Must not be affiliated with any group that may impair the objectivity or the appearance of objectivity
  • Must have proof of eligibility to work within the US.

Location: Quonset, RI

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