Vessel Strike Avoidance Observer - RI

Department: Environmental Monitoring
Location: Dartmouth, MA

A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline.

Primary Function:

AIS is recruiting vessel strike avoidance protected species observers (VSA) to deploy on a vessel conducting boulder removal operations off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AIS is looking for individuals with NMFS PSO approval letters to stand watch during while the vessel is under way to record data on protected species sightings and implement strike avoidance protective measures when necessary. The VSAs will be stationed offshore during 24 hour operations. Duties include but are not limited to identification of protected species; documenting location, documenting behavior and other essential data; documenting data on logs in an organized manner.  Candidates will be selected based on their past experience identifying protected species.



Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Documenting behavior and other essential data
  • Documenting data on logs in an organized manner
  • Daily data submission
  • Operate and maintain field equipment including Garmin GPS, binoculars with reticles, range finder, handheld thermal imaging devices, and high-resolution digital camera with video capabilities.

Compensation: $18-20/hour and some travel expenses to and from the staging location will be reimbursed.  This is a full–time temporary position. For long term placements on AIS projects you will reach the eligibility threshold for the AIS benefits package. AIS benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.


Minimum Qualifications:


Some travel to and from the staging location will be reimbursed.


Providence, RI


If you would like to apply for this exciting new opening, please click the following link d to submit the required information:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter detailing at sea experience.
  3. 3 professional references (name, email address and phone number),
  4. PSO Training Certificate
  5. Safety Training Certificate
  6. NMFS Approval Letter


All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered.


If you have any questions pertaining to this opening please feel free to call William Byrd at or 774-762-7019.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of A.I.S. to recruit, hire, train, promote, transfer and compensate our employees and provide all other conditions of employment including Company sponsored events without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, lawful alien status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Must be able to work in the U.S. • VEVRAA Federal Contractor • Request Priority Protected Veteran Referrals • Equal Opportunity Employer