Career Opportunities at OSI

Positions currently available are listed below.  If you are interested in learning more, e-mail us at

To apply, please send or e-mail your resume to:

Ocean Surveys, Inc.
129 Mill Rock Road East
Old Saybrook, CT  06475 


Small Boat Operator

Ocean Surveys is currently seeking candidates for several Small Boat Operator positions. Industry specific training will be provided, but the ideal candidate will be familiar and comfortable with handling small boats (<36’) and their accompanying maintenance. Small Boat Operators will be comfortable with precise maneuvering with hull-mounted and towed behind equipment in both marine and freshwater environments.

Duties include the operation of company owned watercraft varying in size from small jon boats to custom aluminum survey vessels ranging from 24’ to 36’. Candidates should be comfortable inspecting vessels and performing basic maintenance. Small Boat Operators are responsible for trailering (transporting), launching and retrieving, and fueling our boats around the country (pre-dominantly the eastern seaboard).

Field work consists of off-site travel along the Eastern Seaboard (with the occasional potential for international) as an integral part of the job; candidates should expect travel assignments that range from a few days to several weeks. While not actively working in the field, Small Boat Operators will assist with shop duties at the home office in Old Saybrook. Those duties may include truck and trailer maintenance, vessel testing, welding, fabrication, and more (with training available).

Candidates will be required to submit to a drug test and pass a DOT Physical. Candidates must also have a clean driving record. Field work requires evenings, weekends, overtime, and the occasional holiday (with compensation). 

The ideal candidate will be able to work independently, but also as a part of the team. Field crews must be self-starters who possess strong critical thinking and communication skills.

To apply, please email with an overview your boating experience, including type of vessel.

OSI offers excellent benefits and pay to qualified personnel.


Ocean Surveys is looking for an individual with a marine geophysical background to join our survey company. Duties of this position will include the field acquisition and subsequent processing, analysis, and interpretation of a variety of remote sensing data sets through and including technical report writing. Work will include a mix of field and office assignments. Candidate should have minimum BS degree in geology/geophysics (Master’s degree a plus) and varied field experience acquiring subbottom profiling, side scan sonar, hydrographic and magnetometer data.

Position will be based out of Old Saybrook, CT with domestic travel as an integral part of the job (30-50%).

Respondents must have strong computer background and familiarity with GIS based programs and data processing software (ACAD, ArcGIS, Global Mapper, HYPACK, SonarWiz, MagPick, Caris, etc.).

OSI offers excellent benefits and pay to qualified personnel.


OSI currently has openings for entry level and experienced Hydrographers. On-the-job training will be provided for all levels of experience. These positions represent an opportunity for engineers and scientists who are interested in a career involving lakebed, riverbed and seafloor mapping using state-of-the-art remote sensing instrumentation. OSI hydrographers utilize standard single beam (single and dual frequency), multibeam, and side scan sonar to map bottom topography, bedforms, natural and manmade debris, and to create 3D imagery of sites.  Duties include project setup, vessel mobilization, fieldwork, data processing, analysis of survey results, report preparation, client liaison and all other activities associated with our firm’s scientific and engineering support services.

Work will include a mix of field and office assignments, with domestic and international travel as an integral part of the job.  Applicant should expect travel assignments of periods from one day to several weeks. 

Qualifications: The preferred applicant will have a BS/BE degree in a marine, earth science, or engineering discipline (or other closely related field).  Related work experience preferred.  Small boat handling experience highly desired.  Vessel or drone operator licensing a plus. 

Strong computer skills are a must.  Knowledge and experience with Hypack, CARIS, Sonarwiz, POSPac, ARCGIS,  MATLAB, Global Mapper, AutoCAD, and MS Office Suite, a plus.  

OSI offers excellent benefits and pay to qualified personnel.

Geospatial Data Processing Analyst

Responsible for processing and analyzing single beam, multibeam, side scan sonar, and other data sets utilizing a variety of custom and commercial software. The analyst will produce final data sets necessary for generating bathymetric images and maps. May also be responsible for producing digital and plotted maps, figures, and reports.

Qualifications: Bachelors Degree of Science in the fields of: Earth Science, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, (or other closely related fields)

  • Must have strong computer, communication and organizational skills.
  • Must have strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Comfortable working within fluid timelines.
  • Able to work independently, with minimal supervision.
  • Experience with one or more programming languages (VBA, Python, C++, etc.) desired.

Knowledge and experience with Hypack, CARIS Hips and Sips, Sonarwiz, POSPac, ARCGIS, Microstation, Inroads, MATLAB, Global Mapper, MicroStation, and AutoCAD, a plus.

Salary Range: $50,000 – $62,000

The OSI salary range for this job position serves as a rough estimate and does not promise or guarantee a specific compensation amount. Additional variables that are considered while determining the salary offer encompass the scope of the job responsibilities, educational background, prior experience, expertise, skill set, capabilities, and internal equity considerations.

Ocean Surveys, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full benefits package.

Job Type: Temporarily or Full-time

Electronics Technician

Position is for a field technician who will travel as an integral part of a survey crew (usually two to three people). Duties involve support of geophysical and oceanographic survey work, generally aboard small boats (less than 30 feet). Field responsibilities will be to assist with setting up and operating remote sensing equipment for data collection, and the maintenance of this equipment when problems occur. Office responsibilities will include preventative maintenance of field equipment, repairs, developing new equipment and testing and checking equipment in preparation for field projects. Expect more than 50 % travel, mostly domestic but some overseas. We are looking for someone with a strong electronics background, good computer skills, and preferably small boat experience who wants to be part of a survey crew, using electronics troubleshooting skills when needed.

Shop/Field Assistant

We are actively seeking candidates to fill the position of Shop Assistant/Field Technician based out of our Old Saybrook, CT facility. These are either entry level or experienced positions that require domestic travel as an integral part of the job. Candidates should expect projects that range from a few days to several weeks in the field.

Shop Assistant duties include, but are not limited to, maintenance work on boats, outboard engines, trucks, trailers, and survey equipment. Strong mechanical aptitude, computer skills, and small boat experience is a plus. 

Field Technician specializes in sediment sampling using piston and vibracores or surface grab samplers to acquire sediment samples in a variety of environments. Duties include maintenance of our coring equipment, lifting heavy sediment cores, and the ability to work around heavy machinery. Candidates must be comfortable working on open coring platforms such a lift boats, barges, or deck boats.

The ideal candidate will fulfill Shop Assistant duties while working from the home office and will fulfill Field Technician duties while in the field. The candidate would have opportunities for hands on training in other disciplines throughout the company.


This position is for an experienced full-time mechanic. Responsibilities include routine maintenance and repair of a wide variety of equipment, including but not limited to: outboard motors, generators, vans, and boat trailers. The position also includes a support role in the other activities of our repair, maintenance, and fabrication facility, supporting worldwide environmental and marine surveying operations. Applicant must have good mechanical skills and the ability to finish work in a timely manner with limited supervision in a dynamic environment. Also, the availability to work some evenings and weekends is required. Knowledge of pneumatic and hydraulic is a plus.

Ocean Surveys, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and offers a full benefits package.