Manatee Observers (131 views)

Jacksonville and Tampa Florida
November 17, 2018

REMSA Inc’s Marine Endangered Species Observer (MESO) Program is seeking skilled and experienced Protected Species Observers (ESOs/PSOs) with previous manatee monitoring experience for several projects throughout Florida. Project duration ranges from 4 months up to 2 years, depending on location.  Observer invoices are submitted and processed on a bi-weekly basis.



Protected Species Observers will conduct protected species observations, watches, and mitigation measures during marine construction projects in several Florida locations.  PSOs will be required to perform duties in adverse/inclement weather and during daylight and nighttime shifts 12 hours in duration. Must be able to work independently and follow technical instructions as required.  Previous experience conducting manatee watches is required.


Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

– Identification of marine animals to species

– Maintain watch for marine mammals, specifically manatees, in all mitigation zones

– Record sightings of marine species, keep organized and up-to-date logs, complete daily summary reports   

– Coordinate temporary project shut-downs when manatees are present in project zones

– Ability to work outside during any weather conditions for long periods of time

– Ability to effectively communicate with team members and construction personnel

– Report interactions with endangered/threatened species to REMSA, Inc. personnel, construction company, and various government agencies as instructed


**Must have prior experience monitoring for manatee interactions during construction projects**

Must be a U.S. Citizen or have authorization to work in the U.S. without sponsorship or restrictions

Must have (or be eligible to obtain) Endangered/Protected Species approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Must have prior marine mammal and sea turtle observation experience

Must have or be able to obtain a Federal Transportation Identification Workers Card (TWIC)

Must have Bachelors Degree in Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or related field

Knowledge of Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act

Must be able to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team


These are Independent Contractor positions, daily rates depend on experience

Housing and daily food stipend provided in addition to daily rate

Bi-weekly invoice submissions and processing


 Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should send the following application materials:

Detailed resume documenting all relevant experience, education, and skills

– Copies of NMFS approval/certifications, MMO training certificates

Cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this position

Submit all materials as attachments to the posting: .pdf files or MS Word 2003 compatible files

for additional attachments email  or FAX to 757.722.4571

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