[MARMAM] AIS Inc. Offering BSEE/BOEM Compliant PSO Training Course

Kathryn Roy kathrynr at aisobservers.com
Fri Apr 26 12:32:03 PDT 2019

Do you love the ocean? Looking for an exciting new career that will allow you to travel and observe marine wildlife? Are you hard working, flexible, and a team player? Then look no further and join the growing industry of Protected Species Observers (PSO)!  AIS is a nationwide leader in providing protected species monitoring services to government agencies and private companies operating in the marine environment.

Our Protected Species Observer training curriculum was created by NMFS approved PSOs and AIS scientists, in consultation with BOEM, BSEE, and NMFS staff.  Individuals that successfully complete the training and meet the minimum qualifications described below, may be eligible to serve on offshore enterprise projects as a professional PSO, compliant with BSEE and NMFS standards.

Based in the US Northeast, AIS is near one of the richest offshore wildlife refuges in the world. During our three day training in historic downtown New Bedford, you'll experience two days of 'in class content' and one day of in-situ training aboard the FV Gunsmoke, putting your new skills to the test out on Stellwagen Bank  National Marine Sanctuary. In between sessions, you'll be free to explore the town where Ishmael's story began and even explore the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Trainees will receive marine species and behavior identification training through activities designed to simulate real in-field detection events.  Throughout the course trainees will participate in active discussions and exercises to ensure a comprehensive understanding of topics.  Our training will introduce you to:

*         Sound in the Sea

*         Federal Legislations and Regulations

*         Protected  Species Identification including: whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, manatees and fish that are covered under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

*         Roles and Responsibilities of a PSO

*         Monitoring and Communication Techniques

*         Data Management and Reporting

*         Hands on practice with 'Tools of the Trade'

*         Life at Sea

*         Meet a PSO!
When is the training?
July 29-31, 2019
Where is the training taking place?
New Bedford, MA

How much does the course cost?
The three day training is $675 per person. This includes classroom and in situ training by our highly experienced training staff, a training manual, daily lunches, access to PSO equipment during the class, and vessel charter fees for the offshore training component.

What am I responsible for?
Travel to and from the training and accommodations. AIS will send you information on our group rate with a local hotel once you have registered for the training course.

I'm ready to be a PSO!
Welcome to the first step in becoming a BOEM/NMFS compliant Protected Species Observer! To register for the course, head to our website http://aisobservers.com/wordpress/protected-species-observer-training/ to fill in the required fields and submit your resume. We'll follow up with an email confirming your enrollment and payment options.  Please call or email Kathryn Roy with any questions 774-392-7127, KathrynR at aisobservers.com<mailto:KathrynR at aisobservers.com>

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