Gulf Breeze, FL
Full-time


Job Description

The Field Technician (marine)performs as a field technician as part of a two to four-person field team in the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of measurement systems. This position is located at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services field office in Pensacola FL.

Extensive travel is required along the US Gulf Coast to service the measurement systems.

At time travel to other stations in the network (West Coast, Great Lakes, East Coast) may be required. Travel typically consists of two to three-week trips with two weeks between trips. There are also some shorter trips and local travel, dependent upon workload. Overall, about one half-time is in travel status.

Tasks for which the contractor will be responsible:

  • Install, maintain, and repair coastal oceanographic sensors to include related equipment and above and below water infrastructure
  • Monitor data acquisition, system and sensor performance, tracking of activities and problems, and provide resolutions for all field systems assigned
  • Investigate and resolve problems in design, engineering, fabrication, system operations and installation procedures
  • Coordinate with subject matter experts to obtain, store, and relay project information
  • Prepare and review documentation, test results, and reports of various field work, data, drawings, schematics, and other sources
  • Travel as necessary for conferences, training and other required events in support of the project
  • Provide support and technical expertise as required
  • Perform and document site inspections to assess suitability for use and any modifications that may be required
  • Fabricate, assemble, test, configure, set-up, install and maintain a variety of instruments including current measurement systems, water level sensors, meteorological, oceanographic, and water quality sensors, data collection platforms, telemetry and power components, and/or support components
  • Construct and repair structural elements above and below water, associated with instrumentation
  • Deploy and retrieve oceanographic instruments from marine vessels
  • Analyze and interpret technical data collected in order to detect problems and take corrective action
  • May be required to lift up to 75lbs, walk long distances and perform strenuous outdoor tasks
  • May be required to perform dive activities (training provided). If diving is deemed necessary for the position, the contractor must successfully complete NOAA sponsored Dive Training within 12 months of onboarding.
  • Tend to & assist divers in the field (training provided). This is required training is also through the NOAA Dive Program.
  • May be required to operate a fork lift. Proof of certification preferred, if deemed necessary, training will be required.
  • Maintain and inventory vehicles, tools, and equipment used in CO-OPS facilities or in the field
  • Complete reports and prepare documentation associated with work accomplished
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle in order to complete assigned tasks
  • Communicate within team and with other divisions in support of completing al field work.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree and one year of related experience, Associate’s Degree and three years of related experience, or a High School Diploma and five years of related experience. Trade school, vocational school, military training, or additional college coursework in engineering or marine sciences preferred.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • A background in Oceanography/Marine Science, Electronics experience, Instrumental Analysis
  • Ability to use multi-meters and/or test and calibration equipment for electronic testing and troubleshooting
  • Knowledge of field engineering practices. Ability to read and follow technical drawings, plans, diagrams & specifications
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Self-starter, able to work effectively with minimal direct supervision
  • Construction experience including use of a variety of common hand and power tools
  • High level of proficiency in operating PCs
  • Ability to use software applications including word processor, spreadsheet, data entry/manipulation, and communications programs
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Maritime experience including small vessel operation is a plus
  • SCUBA experience is a plus
  • Experience in surveying methods & techniques is a plus
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record

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