Lead Protected Species Observer - Atlantic City, NJ

A.I.S. Inc.

A.I.S. Inc.

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Atlantic City, NJ, USA
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2023

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 Lead Protected Species Observers to observe the monitoring and exclusion zones around pile driving operations and implement protective measures when necessary. The PSOs will work in a team during offshore operations and monitoring will be conducted 24 hours a day with an anticipated eight to twelve hours of work per PSO per day. This position is expected to start as early as April 2024 for an estimated 6 months of work with 45 days on, 45 days off rotations. 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 and acoustic detections of marine mammals around observation platform/vessel for up to 12 hours in a 24 hour period.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with project personnel, Project Lead PSO and PSO team regarding protected species detections and request operational shutdown as required by permit stipulations.
  • Conduct QA/QC checks on all data collected by PSO team.

Compensation: Candidates will be paid an hourly rate to be negotiated. This is a full–time 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 4-year degree with major in biological sciences
  • Must have current STCW Basic Safety Training (BST), or GWO or BOSIET training.
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Must be certified by a physician as fit for sea duty including:
    • Not 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 have NMFS unconditional PSO approval for nearshore and offshore projects.
  • 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.
  • Must have offshore experience in the field.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience using thermal imaging cameras in the field.


  • Some travel to and from the staging location will be reimbursed.


  • Atlantic City, NJ


If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link http://aisobservers.com/careers/ to submit the required information:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter detailing relevant experience.
  3. 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number),
  4. PSO Training Certificate
  5. Offshore Safety Training Certificate
  6. NMFS Approval Letter

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Must be able to work in the U.S. • VEVRAA Federal Contractor • Request Priority Protected Veteran Referrals • Equal Opportunity Employer

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