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Survey Technician

Category :
Shoreside Operations
Full Time
Mid Career


·         AS/BS in Geomatics, Cartography, Geography, Natural Sciences, Engineering, or other relevant discipline

·         2+ years of hydrographic survey experience utilizing current technologies

·         Experience in GPS and cartography

·         Multibeam experience preferred

·         Candidate must be legally eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments

·         Bilingual (Spanish-English) is a plus

·         Working knowledge of applicable software packages to include AutoCad, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Trimble Geomatics Office

·         Basic knowledge of hydrographic data analytical tools including Caris, Hypack and QINSy

Skills and Special Requirements/ Licensing:

·        Demonstrated commitment to safety principles and protocols

·        Knowledge of all aspects of hydrographic surveying including DGPS, RTK, tides and tide zoning, cartography, sound velocity, multibeam echosounder, single beam echosounder operation, sidescan collection and interpretation, and determination and application of vessel configuration offsets. Record survey measurements and descriptive data using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.

·        Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts or measurements, traverse closures, adjustments, and tides

·        Ability to identify deviation, anomaly, and data quality issues during data collection

·        Comprehensive knowledge of hydrographic data analytical tools

·        Merchant Marine Physical

·        Valid driver’s license

·        Ability to procure a passport

Work duties are performed in a combination office and field environments. Field work is performed outdoors and may take place in inclement weather and extreme temperatures. Hydrographic survey work requires working at sea for extended periods of time and may require living and working in close, cramped quarters. Both field and office work requires occasional heavy lifting of survey equipment. Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long days, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet project deadlines. Extensive travel is required.

TerraSond is committed to a drug free workplace. Drug screening and background checks are required.


Position: Hydrographic Survey Technicians


Locations Available:

  • Palmer, Alaska
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Seattle, Washington

Position Offered:

The Survey Technician is responsible for conducting surveying and mapping duties under the supervision of a Project Manager or more senior Survey Technician. He or she verifies the accuracy of collected data, and prepares data, charts, plots, maps, records, documents and deliverables related to the survey. He or she may also conduct ADCP mooring configuration, surface navigation, LBL, USBL, geophysical and seismic data collection

The Survey Technician is also required to serve as a member of the vessel crew as needed.


Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Complete all company required HSE training; actively participate in regular safety meetings
  • Assist in establishing project goals and objectives
  • Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and maintain surveying equipment including single beam echo sounders, multi-beam echo sounders, sidescan, applicable Motion Reference Units, and Gyros
  • Review GPS differential correction source and software to ensure that configuration is correct
  • Coordinate with the team, review project plans from start to finish to identify and resolve problems, accept responsibility for assigned tasks following all quality control standards, review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures, and suggest improvements as necessary
  • Collect hydrographic data offshore
  • Analyze and process data using project-specified software packages
  • Follow all quality assurance and quality control methods during collected and processing of field data
  • Update supervisor daily with data acquisition progress, maintain survey logs, update records, and write field operation daily reports  
  • Assist with mobilizing and demobilizing survey vessels in the field
  • Assist with vessel operations and vessel crew duties as needed


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