The first year of in this position will be an intern position with many learning opportunities and on the job training and the work will consist of a wide range of low to mid level duties. After the first intern year, there will be more independence, flexibility, and sophisticated work.
NOAA Navigation Response Branch operates six (6) navigation response teams (NRT's) regionally based around the country. NRT's generally consist of a three person team comprised of a team lead and two technicians. Teams provide hydrographic survey services to NOAA's maritime constituents, and they conduct Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) verification and emergency hydrographic response surveys following natural or other disasters which threaten the Nation's maritime transportation system. NRT's operate aboard 28 foot Sea-Ark Commander survey vessels outfitted with side scan sonar and multibeam echosounders.
The hydrographic assistant will be directly involved with both data acquisition and processing, learning the fundamental principles of modern hydrographic survey technology. Data acquisition ranges from side scan sonar surveys to acquiring data points on differential geographic positioning system equipment. Once the data are collected it must be checked for quality control and formatted for use in NOAA chart compilation and updates. The hydrographic assistant will be involved in all phases of planning and operations from project start to finish and will be exposed to a variety of chart product customers. The hydrographic assistant will become proficient in launch operations and the upkeep and maintenance of the survey launch.
Work will be performed at various locations between the Texas coast and the west coast of Florida, with the potential to work in other areas of the country. There will be approximately one station change every 6 months. Will be required to perform sea duty (daily operations within 20nm of land on board NRB vessels), and may be required to sail aboard a NOAA hydrographic ship for a period not to exceed 30 days per year.
The following are required:
* Ability to relocate on short notice and remain on travel indefinitely.
* Physically able to work aboard a small vessel that is underway in the ocean and perform manual tasks as necessary to keep the NRT operational.
* Excellent computer skills.
US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.
Any/All of the following are considered desired but not defined as required:
* Experience in operating/maintaining small boats.
* Familiarity with GIS (ArcView/Mapinfo), AutoCad
* Familiarity with survey acquisition and processing software (Hypack, Caris HIPS/SIPS).
* Familiarity with NOAA nautical products (NOAA Charts/ENC's, US Coast Pilot)
* Experience in hydrographic survey and hydrographic survey collection hardware (Side Scan Sonar, Multibeam Sonar, Dual-Frequency Single Beam Sonar, GPS, CTD sensors, Sound Velocity Sensors)
BS in Engineering/Mathematics, geography, physical science, related discipline, or equivalent.