Hydrographic Surveyor - Marine


Ventura, California, United States


Entry Level


Full time





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Job Description

Here at Fugro, we conduct seabed mapping from the coastline and hazardous shallow water to full ocean depths using a suite of hydrographic surveying technologies, including satellite imagery, airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB), and acoustic sensors. Our advanced technologies can be used independently or combined based on your project requirements and are operated by our global network of qualified hydrographic surveyors. Supporting nautical charting, cable route surveys, and coastal zone management, our surveys accelerate the acquisition of high-quality hydrographic data.

The Hydrographic Surveyor will oversee the collection of hydrographic and geophysical data in a variety of challenging coastal environments, which extend from the marsh to the nearshore coastal waters.  If qualified, the Hydrographic Surveyor may also be expected to process and interpret hydrographic data and generate deliverables as needed.

Salary Range - $97,500 - $113,000 per year

Job Description

The Hydrographer is responsible for conducting hydrographic and geophysical surveys in accordance with project requirements and company procedures via the direction of a Lead Hydrographer or Project Manager. Will perform and/or supervise the installation and calibration, if applicable, of any and all survey equipment required for a particular project. Will operate all applicable equipment utilized on a project. Will perform data processing, charting and reporting of collected data into the deliverables required. Will be responsible for the quality control of the collected data at time of acquisition, during processing and subsequent creation of deliverables.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead by example and place Quality, Health & Safety, Security, and the protection of the Environment as core values while never intentionally placing employees, our processes, customers, or the communities in which we live and work at risk.

  • Configure and operate data acquisition and data processing software, including but not limited to Hypack, Qinsy, Qimera, FMGT, CARIS, Sonarwiz, Global Mapper, and POSPac.

  • Configure and operate data acquisition and data processing hardware, including but not limited to singlebeam, multibeam, side scan sonar, POS M/V, sub-bottom profilers, magnetometers, USBL, RTK/PPK and LiDAR systems.

  • Monitor data quality during acquisition and processing efforts and keep the supervising Manager advised of any issues requiring additional assistance.

  • Responsible for logs and record keeping.

  • Maintain accurate version control of all data and/or deliverables.

  • Responsible for survey specific calibrations, utilizing Fugro procedures, client requirements and/or best practice.

  • Assist with or plan project operations for the safest approach with maximum efficiency utilizing given assets.

  • Assist with or complete, if applicable, the Daily Progress Report, for submittal to the Project Manager each day during field operations.

  • Assist with the coordination of logistics, spares or replacements of equipment as well as consumable when required.

  • Track and direct backup of all raw and processed data complete with logs.

Job Requirements

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States, without restrictions.

  • Possess current driver’s license with acceptable motor vehicle record.

  • Possess the ability to obtain a valid passport for international travel.

  • Possess a Bachelors in Survey Engineering/Hydrography/Marine Geophysics or related discipline with emphasis in geodesy, math, or cartography.

  • Have 1 or more years’ experience conducting hydrographic surveys.

  • Ability to spot irregularities and data quality issues during the data acquisition process.

  • Have strong computer skills.

  • Knowledge of geographic conversion software, ArcGIS/ArcPro, AutoCAD, MicroStation experience.

  • Knowledge of hydrographic data analytical tools (e.g. Caris, HIPS/SIPS).

  • Familiar with boat operations and vessel handling.

  • Knowledge of land survey and geodetics.

What’s in it for you?

At Fugro, our people are truly our number one priority and are central to our purpose to create a safe and livable world. Our values set the foundation for our unique culture: we are determined to deliver, we prepare for tomorrow, we do what’s right, and we build trust. Our talent philosophy is seeded by our values and fueled by a passion for learning, developing leadership behaviors, transparency, and accountability.

Fugro offers opportunities to sharpen skills and provide career growth through on-the-job learning experiences, LinkedIn Learning access, business and technical training, and leadership development programs.

We value the mental, physical, and financial health of our employees and their families and offer a variety of flexible work models. Additionally, Fugro's comprehensive benefits package ensures you have choices that fit your needs at any life stage.

Disclaimer for recruitment agencies:

Fugro does not accept any unsolicited applications from recruitment agencies. Acquisition to Fugro Recruitment or any Fugro employee is not appreciated**.**

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