TerraSond is seeking a Hydrographic Survey Technician for its Houston, Texas office located at 6699 Portwest Houston, TX. The Lead Hydrographer is responsible for mobilizing, demobilizing, directing and participating in offshore surveys to acquire bathymetric and geophysical data. He or she verifies the accuracy of collected data, and processes or supervises the processing and interpretation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, documents and deliverables related to the survey. The Lead Hydrographer leads survey crews with minimal direction from the Project Manager. This position is a full time non-exempt position based in Houston, Texas and requires residence within a daily commuting distance to the Houston office but requires a considerable amount of travel. Relocation assistance is not available.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect and oversee collection of hydrographic data
- Configure and operate acquisition software and hardware
- Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and maintain surveying equipment including single beam sounders, multibeam sounders, sidescan, and applicable Motion Reference Units and Gyros
- Analyze and process data using project specified software packages
- Oversee and approve Quality Assurance and Quality Control of collected and processed data
- Oversee mobilizing and demobilizing of boats in the field
- Write field operation daily reports, maintain logs and update records
- Review GPS differential correction source and software to ensure that configuration is correct
- Direct, coordinate and review project plans from start to finish, meet with staff to identify and resolve
problems, assign and quality control work product, monitor work flow, review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures, suggesting improvements as necessary
- Update Project Manager with daily data acquisition progress
- Diagnose faults in acquisition systems and interface with appropriate TerraSond Ltd staff member(s) to facilitate repairs
- Research and provide required charts to plan survey operations
- Assist in establishing project goals and objectives
- Write and proof project descriptive reports
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of hydrographic surveying. Specific knowledge areas may include multibeam echosounder, single beam echosounder operation, sidescan collection and interpretation, sub bottom profiling, determination and application of vessel configuration offsets,
tides and tide zoning, cartography, sound velocity, and magnetometer.
- Background in mathematics to include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications as related to surveying
- Demonstrated commitment to safety principles and protocols
- Ability to identify deviation, anomaly, and data quality issues during data collection
- Working knowledge of personal computers, telephone systems, fax machine, copier, scanner and printers
- Physically able to work long hours in the field at sea and lift up to 50 lbs.
- Working knowledge of applicable software packages to include AutoCad, Microsoft Word and Excel, Trimble Geomatics Office, and Hypack
- Knowledge of hydrographic data analytical tools including Caris, Hypack, and QINSy
Required Background and Experience
- Minimum of 6 years of experience combined with completed degree, 10 years of work experience, or equivalent combination of work experience and education
- Experience managing own projects, communicating well with clients and mentoring junior staff members
- Candidate must be legally eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments
- AS/AA or BS/BA in Geomatics, Marine Geomatics, Oceanography, Cartography, Geography, Natural Sciences, Engineering, or other relevant discipline preferred
- ACSM certification
Work is performed in a combination of an office and a field environment. Field work is performed outdoors and may take place in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. Hydrographic survey work requires working at sea for extended periods of time and may require living and working in close, cramped quarters. Both field and office work requires occasional heavy lifting of survey equipment. Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long days, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines. Extensive travel is required.
For consideration, please go to TerraSond’s website at www.terrasond.com/careers to submit a job application.
TerraSond is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
Reasonable Accommodation Statement
TerraSond Limited provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources at 907-745-7215.