Marine Archaeologist


The Marine Archaeologist position requires offshore QA\QC, interpretation, and reporting of hydrographic survey data in accordance with project requirements and client company procedures. Data collected include multibeam echosounder, subbottom profiler, multi-beam backscatter, side-scan sonar, and magnetometer. Marine Archaeologist responsibilities will include the quality control of acquired survey data and ensuring HSSE standards are met while offshore, and interpretation of survey data and reporting while in the office.


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

• Must have a driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle record.

• Possess or able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC).

• Possess or able to obtain a Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training card (BOSIET).

• A Bachelor’s degree or higher in anthropology, archaeology, maritime archaeology, or related field.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Willingness to work in remote (offshore) locations for extended periods of time.


• Familiarity of government regulations associated with archaeological resources and exploration activity.

• Ability to identify, utilizing hydrographic and/or geophysical data, potential man-made hazards and constraints in the specified project area as well as potential archaeologically significant features.

• Familiarity with processing software such as Caris HIPS/SIPS, SonarWiz, and Global Mapper.

• Familiarity with navigation software such as FMGT/Midwater, EIVA (NaviModel, NaviEdit), and Hypack.

• Knowledge of GIS and CAD software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS).

• Ability to support the installation and calibration of survey equipment onboard vessels.

• QA/QC and delivery of processed data files (.jsf/geotiff/.raw/.sgy/.shp), charts, field survey reports, and additional mapping products.

• Familiarity with underwater positioning and field calibration techniques of USBL positioning, patch tests, and collecting CTD, SVP, and XBTs.


• QA/QC the acquisition and processing of hydrographic survey data (MBES, subbottom profiler, multi-beam backscatter, side-scan sonar, and/or magnetometer).

• Interpretation of survey data and report preparation satisfying current government regulations.

• Preparation of daily project update reports and handover notes while offshore.

• Participation in daily project update meetings.

• Participation in pre-work toolbox meetings.

• Ensure that client quality control and safety procedures are adhered to.


Marine Archaeologist will be assigned specific duties involving planning, collection oversight, interpretation, and reporting of hydrographic survey data. While offshore he/she will provide oversight of the survey crew and technicians to assist in survey data collection. The Marine Archaeologist will also have responsibilities for data interpretation and reporting according to governmental regulations.

The objectives of this work include:

• quality control of work that involves conventional surveying practice but may include a variety of complex features;

• supervising and performing QA/QC of processed data and demonstrating a high proficiency in data review, analysis and manipulation

• ensuring client HSSE standards are adhered to

• direct conversations with clients at beginning, during, and end of projects;

• coordinate with survey crew, technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments; and

• extensively use historical records such as ships’ plans, logs, and manifests; explorers’ accounts; old maps; and legal, business, and tax records.

• Maritime history including the study of the construction and operation of all types of prehistoric and historic watercraft.

• ancient land sites inundated after the last ice age; sinkholes or bogs where people placed offerings or buried their dead; cities and harbors now submerged by sea level change or earthquake; and dwelling, agricultural, and industrial sites along rivers, bays, and lakes

• interpretation and report preparation meeting current government regulations.


An evaluation of work performance on each project will be based upon review of project work by Company management. This evaluation includes customer relations, sensitivity to timeliness, adherence to project deadlines, and adherence to project quality control standards. The incumbent will be provided with appropriate performance feedback on a project by project basis. At a minimum, yearly performance evaluations are provided to employees.


This full-time position reports to the Geohazards Services Manager who establishes the baseline criteria, defined deliverables, and a schedule for each specific project. The incumbent will interface with other members of the Company’s staff as required in the performance of his/her responsibilities. This position is based at the Company’s corporate office in Houston, Texas.

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