Field Hydrographer

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Norwood, NJ and offshore

Alpine is looking for Field Hydrographers with experience conducting field operations for hydrographic survey projects and performing data processing tasks both on board survey vessels and in the office.


  • Conduct field operations for hydrographic survey projects and perform data processing tasks. both on board survey vessels and in the office.
  • Set-up and operate hydrographic survey equipment and survey vessel.
  • Install and operate real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning equipment and apply post-processing kinematic (PPK) techniques to hydrographic data.
  • Responsible for installation, calibration and operation of marine survey tools including high-resolution multi-beam and single beam systems.
  • Acquire and process sound velocity and/or CTD data.
  • Install and operate tide gauges and process the resulting data.
  • Process and interpret final hydrographic data sets at least to the QA/QC stages.
  • Follow safety rules and practices.
  • Perform routine inspection, maintenance and minor repair of hydrographic survey equipment.
  • Perform other marine survey related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, Cartography, Geomatics, Geosciences, Engineering or related field required.
  • ACSM Hydrographer, Category A Hydrographer or PLS certification is a strong plus.
  • At least two years of marine survey experience in the field of hydrographic surveying, involving both single beam and multi-beam bathymetry.
  • Experience using hydrographic software, survey measurements and hydrographic equipment.
  • Ability to create and interpret bathymetric/topographic maps.
  • Experience in navigation and positioning software and survey line planning a plus.
  • Proven track record of leadership, initiative and self-motivation, the ability to effectively follow best practices with regards to HSE, and attention to detail in a marine survey / hydrographic environment are all important skills to bring to the position.
  • Knowledge AutoCAD or GIS.
  • Knowledge of GPS and motion reference positioning systems, calibration techniques and data processing. 
  • Good writing skills, including a track record preparing at least preliminary, but preferably, final reports related to hydrography.
  • Ability to safely operate a small boat or water craft.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to remain tactful and professional when managing groups with various opinions and task timelines.
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent observational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 50%+ travel to projects both within the US and overseas will be required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid state driver’s license.

Physical Requirements:

Prolonged periods of standing on a vessel and sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Working in outdoor weather conditions on a vessel.

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times.


Alpine provides its employees with a pleasant work environment and competitive compensation. Benefits include an excellent medical plan with low out-of-pocket expenses, vision, and dental coverage, as well as group life and long-term disability insurance, 401k matching, and paid time off.

Alpine invests in the development of its employees by offering continual professional training and a leadership development program.

Alpine is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

No phone calls and no employment agency submissions, please.

Job Location: Norwood NJ and offshore

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