[MARMAM] Manatee Observers Needed!

Erin McMichael EMcMichael at remsainc.com
Fri Nov 16 13:11:51 PST 2018

REMSA Inc's Marine Endangered Species Observer (MESO) Program is seeking skilled and experienced Protected Species Observers (ESOs/PSOs) with previous manatee monitoring experience for several dredging and construction projects throughout Florida. Positions available asap and throughout project duration. Project duration ranges from 4 months up to 2 years, depending on location.  These are Independent Contract positions and Observer invoices are submitted and processed on a bi-weekly basis. Land-based housing is provided near the site.


Protected Species (Manatee) Observers will conduct protected species observations and mitigation measures during a marine construction projects.  PSOs will be required to perform duties in adverse/inclement weather and during daylight and nightime shifts 12 hours in duration. Must be able to work independently and follow technical instructions as required.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Identification of marine animals to species
- Maintain watch for marine mammals, specifically manatees, in all mitigation zones
- Record sightings of marine species, keep organized and up-to-date logs, complete daily summary reports
- Coordinate temporary project shut-downs when manatees are present in project zones
- Ability to work outside during any weather conditions for long periods of time
- Ability to effectively communicate with team members and construction personnel
- Report interactions with endangered/threatened species to REMSA, Inc. personnel, construction company, and various government agencies as instructed


Must have prior experience monitoring for manatee interactions during construction projects
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)
Must have prior marine mammal and sea turtle observation experience
Must have a valid Driver's License & Clean Driving Record
Must have or be able to obtain a Federal Transportation Identification Workers Card (TWIC)
Must have Bachelors Degree in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related field
Knowledge of Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act
Must be able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

These are Independent Contractor positions, daily rates depend on experience
Housing and daily food allowance provided in addition to daily rate
Observers are paid bi-weekly

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

- Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills
- Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, MMO training certificates
- Cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this position

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

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

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