[MARMAM] Ocean Science Consulting NZ DOC-approved MMO & PAM training course for experienced observers

OSC NZ Course Coordinator courses at osc-nz.co.nz
Thu Oct 29 10:06:11 PDT 2015

Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is running a Marine Mammal 
Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) training course for 
experienced observers (must have 12 weeks experience), which has been 
approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), as being 
consistent with standards in the ‘2013 code of conduct for minimising 
acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic survey operations’ 
(the Code). OSC’s DOC-approved course was the first combined MMO and PAM 
training available in the world for working in NZ waters, and our first 
ever course ran successfully in May 2014. Our next course is scheduled 
in December 2015.

OSC’s high-quality training involves responsive personal (including 
one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with 
state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical 
sessions, and field practice aboard a vessel at sea.

OSC is a technology-focused marine science R&D company with over a 
decade of experience in supplying commercial and scientific MMO and PAM 
services to the offshore and other marine-related industries worldwide. 
OSC has a company in New Zealand servicing the Asia-Pacific region 
(www.osc-nz.co.nz <http://www.osc-nz.co.nz>), a company in the UK 
operating worldwide (www.osc.co.uk <http://www.osc.co.uk>), and a branch 
in Greece (www.oceanscienceconsulting.gr 
<http://www.oceanscienceconsulting.gr>) servicing the Mediterranean and 
neighbouring geographical waters. Our course instructors are highly 
experienced and degree-level qualified scientists, practiced MMOs and 
PAM Operators, and authors of the 'Marine Mammal Observer and Passive 
Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ (www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk 
<http://www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk>), which forms the course 

OSC’s knowledge and expertise is second-to-none, and DOC has set 
exacting training standards, so this course is the obvious choice for 
anyone wishing to train and prepare as a competent MMO and PAM Operator 
to work anywhere in the world (please note additional local 
qualifications and experience may be required).

The next course will be run in Wellington, New Zealand, for three days, 
from 7–9 December 2015.

All candidates must have their own equipment, including reticle 
binoculars (i.e. lens stencilled with measurements for range 
estimation), handheld GPS, ID guide, and a laptop preloaded with NZ data 
forms, software required for your GPS, and PAMGuard.

*To register for the course, please send your CV and a brief description 
of why you want to attend this course to **courses at osc-nz.co.nz* 
<mailto:courses at osc-nz.co.nz>*.*Your CV must give details (client, 
location, type of industrial activity, role, duration, etc.) of your 
offshore experience, as this course is only available for experienced 
MMOs and PAM Operators. As per DOC requirements, a minimum of 12 weeks 
sea time as a professional seismic MMO/PAM Operator anywhere in the 
world is required to undertake this course.

***The deadline for applications is 20 November 2015.

*The full payment of $2,700 (NZD) is required to secure your position. 
Course costs do not include accommodation or food, and candidates are 
required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Wellington.

Please note that this is not simply an ‘attend-and-pass course’. In 
accordance with DOC’s requirements, successful candidates must achieve 
‘results of 75% and above’, although we will provide further 
reassessment procedures for anyone initially scoring less than 75%. This 
high pass mark is a key selling point for successful candidates to 
demonstrate their knowledge and competence; furthermore, for candidates 
who preform exceptionally, OSC may have opportunities for employment 
and/or scientific research 

We look forward to seeing you on our course soon.

MMO & PAM Course Coordinator
c/o Melanie Orr
160 Goat Island Rd
Leigh RD5
Warkworth 0985
New Zealand
W: www.osc-nz.co.nz

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