Vacancy: Passive Acoustic Monitoring Operator (PAMO) – experienced
Salary: £23–29,000, dependent on qualifications and experience
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, UK (project work offshore globally)
Application deadline: 1st April 2021
Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) seeks to expand its UK-based team. This is a rare opportunity for permanent, full-time employment as an experienced Passive Acoustic Monitoring Operator (PAMO). Applicants must be technically minded and capable of configuring, troubleshooting, operating, deploying, recovering, and servicing, PAM and other scientific equipment/instrumentation, e.g. noise recorders, C-PODs, acoustic releases and Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) aka “seal scarers”. This role will be based primarily offshore and at remote locations, with project durations lasting from a few days to periods of months. Between field work, personnel will contribute to shore-based duties at the Company’s headquarters in Dunbar, Scotland. Shore-based duties will include (but not be limited to) stock control and supplier liaison, equipment preparation and coordination, field-work planning and execution, training and, ideally, reports and literature reviews. The successful candidate will be self-motivated to ensure that when working offshore and remotely, desk-based duties are resumed during project downtime.
OSC is a privately-owned and technology-focused marine-science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise and marine mammal monitoring, modelling, and risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests >80% of profits into R&D, orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine mammal species, Rigs-to-Reefs using Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) footage, underwater noise measurement and modelling, and improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide. OSC’s research has resulted in many peer-reviewed publications and a non-profit book entitled the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook.
Individual Job descriptions can be found on: http://www.osc.co.uk/careers
A successful candidate will have the following:
- A degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. marine biology/ecology/oceanography, other sciences, engineering, computing) and/or equivalent experience;
- Prior PAM experience in either research or commercial sectors;
- PAM equipment configuration, testing and data collection;
- Highly competent in PAMGuard;
- Ability to lift 20 kg;
- MMO JNCC certification;
- BOSIET, and offshore medical (O&G or ENG1);
- Not prone to sea-sickness or able to mitigate with proactive measures;
- Ability to work offshore for prolonged periods of time; and,
- Legally permitted to work in UK prior to employment, and possess a UK bank account.
- Experience configuring, deploying, and servicing C-PODs/T-PODs/F-PODs
- Experience with relevant oceanographic-instrument configuration (e.g. hydrophone, CTC and ADCP technologies), maintenance, data downloading and processing;
- Understanding of oceanographic equipment specifications (e.g. hydrophones, junction boxes, amplifiers, acoustic filters, etc.);
- Experience with stock control;
- Experience providing other field services (e.g. Van Veen grabs and ROVs); and,
- Experience with mooring configurations, rope and buoys.
This position is only for applicants entitled legally to work in the UK and involves working offshore. Timelines are often tight, and workloads must be prioritised accordingly. This entails involvement in multiple projects simultaneously; therefore, multitasking is key. Other responsibilities may include, day-to-day administration, social media, etc. Shortlisted candidates should expect to receive skills and writing tests during the interview process.
Please send your CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.