Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Protected Species Observers Needed

Job Category: Other
Date Posted:

Location: Various locations within the U.S.

Job Type: Independent Contract Opportunities

About Us: REMSA, Inc. is a leading environmental consulting firm dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for the protection and conservation of natural resources. We specialize in conducting environmental assessments, monitoring, and compliance services for a wide range of industries. Our team of experts is committed to ensuring the sustainable management of ecosystems and the preservation of protected species.

Job Summary: We are seeking highly motivated and experienced Protected Species Observers (PSO)s to join our team of Independent Contractors. Selected Contractors will be responsible for conducting field surveys and monitoring activities to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and the protection of endangered and threatened species. A PSO willing to perform subcontract work alongside our clients requires a strong understanding of local and federal regulations, excellent observational skills, and the ability to work independently in challenging field conditions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Conduct field surveys and monitoring activities to identify and document the presence of protected species in designated project areas.

– Implement appropriate mitigation measures to minimize potential impacts on protected species.

– Collect accurate data on species abundance, behavior, and habitat use through visual observations, acoustic monitoring, and other appropriate techniques, as required.

– Prepare detailed reports and maintain accurate records of survey findings, including species identification, location, and any observed impacts.

– Collaborate with project managers, clients, and regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and permit requirements.

– Stay updated on relevant local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to protected species and incorporate them into survey protocols and mitigation plans.

– Provide training and guidance to project personnel on protected species identification, monitoring techniques, and best practices.

– Participate in meetings, workshops, and conferences related to protected species conservation and management.


Be a US Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S without sponsorship or restrictions.
Must have an Endangered/Protected Species Certification (approval) from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
Have a valid Transportation Worker's Identification Card (TWIC).
Valid Driver’s License & Clean Driving Record.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, marine biology, or a related field.

– Minimum of 1-2 years of experience to start as a Protected Species Observer or similar role.

– Strong knowledge of local and federal regulations related to protected species, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

– Demonstrated experience conducting field surveys and monitoring activities for protected species.

– Proficiency in species identification, including birds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and other relevant taxa.

– Excellent observational skills and attention to detail.

– Ability to work independently and in a team environment, often in remote and challenging field conditions.

– Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to prepare detailed reports and effectively communicate findings to diverse stakeholders.

– Proficiency in using GPS, GIS, and other relevant software for data collection and analysis.

– Willingness to travel to project sites as required.

Compensation: -REMSA offers Competitive negotiable.
Pay Rates based on qualifications and experience (Negotiable).

How to Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter, and any relevant certifications (copies of NMFS Certifications/approval) email to Attachments as PDF files or MS Word files. Please include "Protected Species Observer Application" in the subject line.

Only candidates meeting the required qualifications will be considered.