Ocean Internship: Open Ocean Robotics USV Pilot Intern

Operating on the ocean around the world from Victoria BC, Open Ocean Robotics (OOR) is a growing startup transforming how we understand the oceans through better data. OOR is a leader in solar-powered Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs) that voyage inhospitable ocean environments autonomously for extended missions. Combined with advanced sensors and data analytics, producing no greenhouse gases or risk of oil spills, their USVs offer a safer, more effective and affordable way to gain ocean insights. They are transforming how we study, protect and use our oceans, and are driven by a pioneering spirit to push boundaries and make the seemingly impossible possible.

Core Responsibilities

  • Participate and assist in USV deployment and recovery operations
  • Pilot OOR’s Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs) either in-house o remotely
  • Conduct small-vessel operations in support of USV field work on the water
  • Help plan field operations, including scheduling, USV preparation, and data collection
  • Support collection and organization of oceanographic, meteorological, and other data
  • Analyze various data including ocean properties, acoustics, and engineering output of USVs
  • Assist writing detailed reports including data acquisition methods, analysis, and results
  • Work collaboratively with OOR project managers and technical teams to support both customer and company goals


  • On-water experience with small vessels and boating
  • Strong organizational, planning, and prioritization skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate technical information in a clear and understandable manner
  • Experience in data analysis and related activities
  • Undergraduate degree in marine technology, ocean science, engineering, or similar
  • Adaptable and enthusiastic about a startup company environment
  • Passionate about advancing innovative technology and making an impact
  • Ability to lift >50 pounds
  • Valid Driver's license

Skills & Qualifications – Not required but an asset  

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) training, or higher 
  • Small Domestic Vessel – Basic Safety (SDV-BS) training (formerly “MED – A3”)
  • Radio Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC-M)  
  • Marine First Aid Certificate (MFAC)
  • Experience with robotic ocean vehicle deployments


Open Ocean Robotics is more than a company; it's a community of visionaries, innovators, and environmental stewards. If you are passionate about making a meaningful impact, driving global expansion through collaborative partnerships, and contributing to a sustainable future, we invite you to explore opportunities with us.

We look forward to receiving your resume & detailed cover letter outlining why this position and Open Ocean Robotics appeals to you!

Start Date: August 19, 2024

Salary Range: $45,427 - $47,006

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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