[MARMAM] JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - PSOs/MMOs
thomas.f.norris at bio-waves.net
Mon Dec 9 14:36:54 PST 2019
*Protected Species/Marine Mammal Observers (PSOs/MMOs)*
*Job Title:* Marine Mammal/Protected Species Observers Level I and Level
II (Junior & Senior)
*Job Location:* Location: Seal Beach (Orange County)
*Period of Performance:* Starting Jan/Feb 2020; ending Dec 2022
*General Description:* This is a pile-driving/dredging monitoring &
mitigation project being conducted in Anaheim Bay, near Seal Beach, CA, and
possibly in San Diego Bay, CA.
*Detailed Job Description:* Junior and Senior Protected Species Observers
are needed for a land-based monitoring of protected marine species for
mitigation of dredging, pile driving and other marine construction
activities inside protected harbors and bays in Southern California, USA.
PSOs will utilize standard marine mammal and sea turtle observation methods
to record all incidents of marine mammal and green sea turtle occurrences
and will document any behavioral reactions in relation to construction
(e.g. dredging and pile-driving) activities. Observations will be recorded
using paper data-forms or electronic data forms via a laptop computer or
Work is expected to begin early 2020 (exact dates TBD) and continue until
approximately Dec 2022. Observation and monitoring activities may be
conducted around the clock (day and night). Most of the monitoring
activities are expected to occur Monday through Friday (M-F) and for the
Anaheim bay project mostly during the daytime (an 8-hour period). However,
some observation activities may involve work outside of regular working
hours including weekends and nighttime.
This job will involve long, tedious and sometimes monotonous work outside
in the elements in all seasons and weather conditions (including periods of
rain) that can occur in Southern California. Shifts typically will be
limited to 4-6 hours but multiple shifts, sometimes exceeding 8 hours per
day might be possible.
*Requirements/Skills:* A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent job experience)
or higher in the biological, environmental, or physical sciences is
required. Other degrees may be considered based on work experience. Field
experience, either via university course work, or relevant job experiences
is preferred but not required.
A. Prior experience working as a marine PSO or similar job is
B. Experience or training in the field identification of marine
mammals and sea turtles, including the identification of behaviors is
desirable but not required.
C. Visual acuity in both eyes (correction is permissible), sufficient
for the discernment of moving targets (e.g. marine mammals and turtles) at
the water’s surface with the ability to estimate animal size and distance;
use of binoculars will be required. Familiarity with SLR cameras is
D. Ability to conduct field observations for long periods outdoors and
to collect systematic data according to protocols is necessary.
E. Writing skills that are sufficient to prepare and review reports
F. Good oral and communication orally, by radio or in person, is
G. Ability to take precise and detailed data in a consistent manner.
H. Must have the ability to work a flexible work schedule throughout
the entirety of the performance period. Some overnight and weekend shifts
may be required.
I. PSO training, orientation, and safety training for work around
construction operations will be provided to workers prior to start of work.
J. Must be U.S. citizen, have a green card (Lawful Permanent
Resident Card) or a work visa and an Employment Authorization Document
K. Hiring is dependent on passing DOD/Navy government background
Pay and Benefits Pay and employment status will be non-exempt hourly wages.
Pay rates will start at ~$20.00 per hour and will be determined based on
experience with opportunity for performance-based increases. Positions are
temporary based and contractual. Health Care and other benefits will not
A food allowance and accommodations may be provided for the Anaheim Bay
Project (TBD). No allowances will be provided for the San Diego Bay
To apply, send résumé or CV (3 pages or less) to:
jobs at bio-waves.com
*Please do not call or otherwise contact us. We will confirm receipt and
contact you to request a phone or in-person interview if we are interested.*
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