Ocean Career: AIS Inc. Protected Species Observer

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline.

Primary Function:

AIS is recruiting protected species observers to observe the monitoring and exclusion zones around noise producing operations and implement protective measures when necessary. The PSOs will work in a team during nearshore pile driving operations which will occur during daylight hours and PSO will average 8-10 hours of work per day. This position is expected to start in May 2024 for an estimated 2-5 weeks of work. Candidates will be selected based on their experience identifying protected species.


  • Identify marine animals using the naked eye and visual technology.
  • Ability to vigilantly monitor for visual detections of marine mammals around observation location for up to 10 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Advise vessel crew on the project specific regulatory requirements and real time mitigation actions
  • Documenting behavior and other essential data
  • Documenting data on logs in an organized manner
  • Operate and maintain field equipment including Garmin GPS, binoculars with reticles, range finder, and high-resolution digital camera with video capabilities.
  • Conduct personal QA/QC checks on data collected.
  • Attend daily toolbox, HSE and project related meetings as needed.


Candidates will be paid an hourly rate to be negotiated. This is a full–time temporary position. Once you complete 90 days of work you will be eligible for the AIS benefits package. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. Housing and per diem will be provided while deployed on project if needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have current STCW Basic Safety Training (BST), GWO, BOSIET or equivalent training.
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • 4-year degree with major in biological sciences
  • Must be certified by a physician as fit for sea duty including:
  • Not be susceptible to chronic motion sickness
  • Ability to live in confined quarters
  • Ability to tolerate stress
  • Ability to lift objects up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to vigilantly monitor waters surrounding observation platform/vessel for up to 4 hours at a time and not more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Must have passed an approved PSO course/training and provide certificate
  • Must be NMFS approved PSO (must provide NMFS approval letter)
  • Must not be affiliated with any group that may impair the objectivity or the appearance of objectivity
  • Must have proof of eligibility to work within the US.


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