[MARMAM] MMOs Positions Available

Erin McMichael EMcMichael at remsainc.com
Wed Mar 14 13:28:15 PDT 2018

REMSA Inc is an Environmental Consulting Firm located in Hampton, VA.  Through our Marine Endangered Species Observer (MESO) Program, we are  seeking skilled and experienced Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) for a large marine construction project. Both Lead and Assistant MMOs are needed.


Land-based MMOs will conduct protected species observations and mitigation measures during a large marine construction project in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. MMOs will be required to perform duties in adverse/inclement weather and during daylight hours.  Must be able to work independently and follow technical instructions as required.

Duties include the following:

*         Maintain watch for marine mammals in all impact zones during daylight construction hours
*         Identification of marine animals to species
*         Record sightings of marine species, maintain organized and up-to-date logs
*         Utilize optical equipment to assess distance, species, and behavior of marine mammals
*         Follow and implement all protocols and outlined in Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan
*         Work outside during any weather condition for long periods of time
*         Monitor and record environmental data
*         Prepare and submit daily, weekly, and monthly forms and reports
*         Effectively communicate with team members and construction personnel via radio
*         Communicate with on-site project personnel to initiate project shut-downs when necessary
*         Report interactions with endangered/threatened species to construction personnel, REMSA, Inc., and government agencies as instructed


*         Must be a U.S. Citizen or have authorization to work in the U.S. without sponsorship or restrictions
*         Must have (or be eligible to obtain) Endangered/Protected Species approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
*         Prior marine mammal observation experience and/or training courses
*         Valid Driver's License & Clean Driving Record
*         Must have (or be able to obtain) a Federal Transportation Identification Workers Card (TWIC)
*         Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related field
*         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

LOCATION:  Hampton Roads, VA


START DATE: April 2018

These are Independent Contractor positions
Hourly rate depends on qualifications and expereince
Housing is not provided
MMOs are covered under REMSA's Marine Employee Liability (MEL) Insurance while on-site

Application Instructions:
Interested applicants should send the following application materials asap:

1.       Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills
2.       Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, MMO training certificates
3.       Cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this position
4.       Three professional references including phone number and email address

Submit all materials as attachments: PDF files or MS Word files via email to:

Erin McMichael
Project Manager
Coastal & Marine Division
emcmichael at remsainc.com<mailto:emcmichael at remsainc.com>

REMSA Inc. Supports a Drug Free Work Place
EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability

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