Love the ocean? Looking for an exciting new career that will allow you to travel and observe marine wildlife? Are you hard working, flexible and a team player? Then look no further and join the growing industry of Protected Species Observers (PSO)! AIS is a nationwide leader in providing protected species monitoring services to government agencies and private companies operating in the marine environment.
Our Protected Species Observer training curriculum was created by NMFS approved PSOs and AIS scientists, in consultation with BOEM, BSEE, and NMFS staff. Individuals that successfully complete the training and meet the minimum qualifications described below, may be eligible to serve on offshore enterprise projects as a professional PSO, compliant with BSEE and NMFS standards.
Based in the US Northeast, AIS is near one of the richest offshore wildlife refuges in the world. During our three day training in historic downtown New Bedford, you’ll experience two days of ‘in class content’ and one day of in-situ training aboard the FV Gunsmoke, putting your new skills to the test out on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. In between sessions, you’ll be free to explore the town where Ishmael’s story began and visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Trainees will receive marine species and behavior identification training through activities designed to simulate real in-field detection events. Throughout the course trainees will participate in active discussions and exercises to ensure a comprehensive understanding of topics. Our training will introduce you to: