Platform Removal Observer – Galveston, TX

Agency
A.I.S., Inc.
Location
Galveston, TX
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
16.27/hr.
Last Date to Apply
06/04/2021
Website
http://aisobservers.com/careers/
Description
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. AIS is recruiting Platform Removal Observers to monitor for the presence of sea turtles, cetaceans and other sensitive marine wildlife during offshore oil platform removal. The objectives of the Platform Removal Observer Program are to protect sea turtles and marine mammals from impacts of underwater explosives used in the platform removal process and to assess the impacts of underwater explosives on these protected species. To meet these objectives federal regulations require the use of National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) approved observers to perform biological monitoring at the explosive removal of oil and gas structures in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In that year, the Platform Removal Observer Program was initiated to meet this requirement. If you ever wanted to make a difference, this is how. The Southeast Fisheries Science Center designed the platform removal observer program to minimize the impacts to sea turtles and marine mammals of underwater explosives used during the removal of offshore oil and gas platforms. Observers conduct surface and aerial surveys prior to detonation of explosives to detect the presence of marine protected species within a predetermined impact zone around the detonation site. Observers perform visual monitoring for sea turtles and marine mammals at explosive removal of oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico primarily off Louisiana and Texas. Observations are made from vessels, barges, oil platforms, and small aircraft, primarily helicopters. Record keeping, trip report preparation, data collection, data entry and data proofing are also required. Duration of offshore trips averages approximately 3-7 days. Much longer trips may occur. Approximately 95% of work is offshore where observer lives aboard vessels, barges, and platforms. Travel by car, boat, plane, and helicopter is required. After attending a 1–2-week paid training course in Galveston, TX, observers are deployed from ports throughout the Gulf of Mexico, primarily Louisiana and Texas. Training includes instructions on sampling protocols, gear, fisheries, fish identification, marine mammal/sea turtle identification, and safety. After completing the training course, you will work at sea collecting and recording data for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFCS) aboard vessels, barges, oil platforms, and small aircraft, primarily helicopter. Position is intermittent with no set daily working hours. Observers are “on call” for offshore work. Work is only available during offshore platform removals. Most work occurs from June through November. During offshore trips, observers generally work one 12 to 16 hour shift each day (sometimes longer). Overtime is paid for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. This is a challenging job and candidates must be physically able to handle heavy lifting, working odd hours, long days in rough seas and inclement weather often under harsh living conditions is required. This is a challenging job and candidates must be mentally prepared to be away from home for multiple days, and must be physically able to handle heavy lifting, working odd hours, and long days in rough seas. Observing provides an excellent career in marine biology, as observers are widely recognized as being excellent field biologists. A broad range of advancement opportunities are available to those who demonstrate appropriate capabilities. Those opportunities include, but are not limited to, project management, field supervisors, and fieldwork in other programs. Compensation: Observers will be paid an hourly rate to be negotiated and total compensation will vary depending on employee’s availability and fishing effort AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. Potential additional compensation consists of performance incentives, service awards, fitness center reimbursement, referral bonus. Travel is reimbursed according to the Federal Travel regulations for such things as mileage and meals & incidental expenses. Minimum Qualifications: Observer candidates must have: 1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences and a minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in the biological sciences 2. At least one undergraduate course in math or statistics 3. All relevant course work must have been performed at a level acceptable for credit at the candidate’s academic institution. 4. Experience with data entry on computers. 5. Observer candidates must be U.S. citizens, or be legally authorized to work in the U.S. 6. Candidates must be physically able, as determined by a licensed physician’s certification, to perform observers’ duties. 7. Must have a valid driver’s license. 8. Pass Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (“dunker” training)/Sea Survival classroom & pool training 9. Must have physical attributes conducive to working at sea aboard large and small vessels and barges including but not limited to: performing offshore transfers using swing lines and personnel baskets, performing vessel to vessel transfers, traversing steep stairways and walkways aboard rolling vessels, performing visual surveys of the sea surface from altitudes up to 700 ft. Preferred Qualifications: 1. At-sea experience 2. Coursework with dichotomous keys Locations: Applicants must be currently living, or be willing to live in the area of, in Galveston, TX Contact: If you would like to apply for one of these exciting new openings, please click the following link http://aisobservers.com/careers/ to submit the following documentation. 1. Resume 2. Cover letter detailing sea and fish experience. 3. 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number) 4. Unofficial copies of your college transcripts. All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to call William Byrd at williamb@aisobservers.com or 774-762-7019. An Equal Opportunity Employer It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. Must be able to work in the U.S. • VEVRAA Federal Contractor • Request Priority Protected Veteran Referrals • Equal Opportunity Employer
Qualifications
If you would like to apply for one of these exciting new openings, please click the following link http://aisobservers.com/careers/ to submit the following documentation. 1. Resume 2. Cover letter detailing sea and fish experience. 3. 5 professional references (name, email address and phone number) 4. Unofficial copies of your college transcripts. All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to call William Byrd at williamb@aisobservers.com or 774-762-7019.
Contact Person
William Byrd
Contact Phone
17747627019
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