Hydrographer/Marine Technician

The Center for Coastal Studies Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory (CaPE Lab) is looking for a skilled Hydrographer/Marine Technician and energetic team member in a dynamic, science-based lab who is interested in living in a unique setting on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.

The CaPE Lab is a joint research effort between the School for the Environment within the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, MA.

The successful candidate will lead the day-to-day operations of nearshore, shallow water acoustic surveys and contribute to ongoing scientific studies. This person will be stationed at the CCS Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown, MA.

CCS and UMB have several acoustic instruments including the Edgetech 6205 phase-measuring sidescan sonar (550/1600 kHz), the Edgetech 4125 (600/1600 kHz), and the Teledyne RDI Sentinel V ADCP (1000 kHz). The CaPE Lab has two main acoustic survey platforms, a customized, shallow-draft, research vessel (27’ Eastern) and a custom-built 12’ ultra-shallow draft (~0.5 ft) pontoon.

Main responsibilities are the acquisition of hydrographic data during day cruises based primarily from the CCS Marine Lab in Provincetown and occasionally other locations. Also, the candidate will be the lead for the processing of bathymetric data. Days at sea will vary but typically range from 20-30 days per year. Qualifications include:

  • Experience at sea on vessel-based, acoustic surveys.
  • Experience with hydrographic data acquisition, preferably using Hypack and Discover.
  • Experience, or aptitude with the planning of field operations and logistics.
  • Experience, or aptitude with troubleshooting hydroacoustic & oceanographic equipment.
  • Experience with hydrographic data processing and visualization through software packages such as Hypack, CARIS, SonarWiz, Fledermaus, and ArcGIS.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, though candidates with long-term professional experience will be considered.
  • Experience with phase-measuring sidescan sonar operations and data processing a plus.

Hydrographers, technicians, and other specialists are encouraged to apply. Ample opportunities exist for program expansion, as well as integration with other UMB and CCS programs, depending on candidate skills and interests.

Position comes with a comprehensive benefits package and salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit cover letter and CV via email to:

Dr. Mark Borrelli: [email protected] and at [email protected], and Stephanie Richardson: [email protected]

Review of applications will begin after October 9th and will continue until the position is filled.


Right Whale Ecology Program – Aerial Observer Position
Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), Provincetown MA USA

The Center for Coastal Studies is seeking one aerial survey observer for the upcoming 2021 right whale survey season. Observers will work on the aerial team, which operates between January 1 and May 31 every year, flying surveys to assess the abundance, distribution, conservation status and behavior of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in right whale aerial surveys by rotating through the three positions: observer/data recorder, observer/photographer, and ground contact
  • Processing aerial survey data: entering and proofing data recorded during surveys, completing effort and sightings data tables, photo-analysis and photo-identification of individuals, updating in-house identification catalog, and preparing data for submissions to the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium
  • Familiarizing oneself with current entanglement cases and protocols, as well as individuals of interest

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting program director, data manager, or flight coordinator with relevant projects
  • Writing field notes to be shared with the public
  • Finalizing data entry and photo analysis from previous field seasons

Minimum Requirements:

  • A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences
  • Proficient with DSLR cameras in a variety of lighting conditions
  • Experience in species-identification of marine mammals, and photo-identification of individuals
  • Basic computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Must work well in a team. Field hours can be long and the winter fieldwork conditions are cold and often uncomfortable
  • Ability to work in small aircraft for up to 9 hours per day with continual focus
  • Must not suffer from air sickness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of R, iMatch, and/or Mysticetus software
  • Previous aerial survey experience
  • Aircraft ditch and EBS training within the last five years
  • Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, attention to detail and willingness to learn

We fly between one and four surveys weekly throughout the field season. Observers are sometimes required to work on weekends and holidays, often for long hours in a small aircraft and/or aboard a research vessel. Housing will be provided for the duration of the field period. This is a paid position.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North Atlantic right whale. Details of our work can be found at coastalstudies.org/right-whale-research/

Application process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and the contact information for three references via email in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line: 2021 RW Aerial Observer Position


Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date.

You can find our open internship opportunities here:  coastalstudies.org/about/internships/




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