Love the ocean? Looking for an exciting new career that will allow you to travel and observe marine wildlife? Are you hard working, flexible and a team player? Then look no further and join the growing industry of Protected Species Observers (PSO)! AIS is a nationwide leader in providing protected species monitoring services to government agencies and private companies operating in the marine environment.
Our Protected Species Observer training curriculum was created by NMFS approved PSOs and AIS scientists, in consultation with BOEM, BSEE, and NMFS staff. Individuals that successfully complete the training and meet the minimum qualifications described below, may be eligible to serve on offshore enterprise projects as a professional PSO, compliant with BSEE and NMFS standards.
Based in the US Northeast, AIS is near one of the richest offshore wildlife refuges in the world. During our three day training in North Dartmouth, you’ll experience two days of ‘in class content’ and one day of in-situ training aboard the FV Gunsmoke, putting your new skills to the test out on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Our office is less than 10 minutes from historic downtown New Bedford, a town rich in marine mammal history, and where Ishmael’s story began. While you’re here, be sure to visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Trainees will receive marine species and behavior identification training through activities designed to simulate real in-field detection events. Throughout the course, trainees will participate in active discussions and exercises to ensure a comprehensive understanding of topics. Our training will introduce you to:
- Sound in the Sea
- Federal Legislations and Regulations
- Protected Species Identification including: whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, manatees and fish that are covered under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
- Roles and Responsibilities of a PSO
- Monitoring and Communication Techniques
- Data Management and Reporting
- Hands on practice with ‘Tools of the Trade’
- Life at Sea
- You’ll even get to meet a PSO!
When is the Training?
· July 14-16
· July 21-23
· August 11-13
Where is the Training Taking Place?
North Dartmouth, MA and Buzzards Bay, MA
What am I Responsible for?
Travel to and from the training and accommodations. AIS can send you information on our group rate with a local hotel once you have registered for the training course.
What are the Qualifications?
To qualify for the PSO training you’ll need to provide a resume demonstrating an undergraduate degree in science or equivalent field experience. Ultimately in order to be considered for a job as a PSO, you will also need to complete the following:
- BOSIET/GWO or equivalent offshore safety certification
- Medical screening
- If working as a PSO in the Northwest Atlantic region, an approval letter from the NMFS to work in the Northwest Atlantic
You don’t need these prior to the training but they will be a requirement to begin work.
I’m ready to be a PSO!
Click the link below and it will take you to the PSO Training landing page on out website.