Hydroghraphic Surveyor

Ecospan Environmental Limited (EEL) is looking for a full-time suitably qualified hydrographic surveyor to join our dynamic team in Plymouth.

The successful applicant will be responsible for planning and conducting nearshore hydrographic surveys throughout the UK typically of 1-5 days duration as well as occasional longer-term deployments.  The role will primarily involve acquisition and processing of multi-beam bathymetry data but will also include provision of other hydrographic services to our clients in the ports, harbours, aquaculture, manufacturing and energy sectors.  These include: measuring tidal flows and wave velocities using ADCPs and RCMs; the installation and maintenance of tide gauges and multi-parameter meters; side scan sonar surveys; and investigations using magnetometers.

We will consider candidates with differing skill levels ranging from recent graduates to those with considerable experience. A list of desirable requirements for the role are outlined below. To apply please submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ecospan.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Closing date for applications: 28th September 2023


We are a well-established marine environmental consultancy based in Plymouth and hold a wealth of expertise in conducting hydrographic and oceanographic studies, long-term ecological monitoring programs, contaminated land investigation and marine environmental impact assessments. We recently became part of Ocean Ecology Limited and the wider Åkerblå Group of companies who provide world leading marine environmental services internationally with offices and laboratories throughout the UK and Europe.


The role will provide you with the unique opportunity to work in and help shape a growing and dynamic organisation alongside a team of passionate marine scientists. We offer industry competitive salaries commensurate with experience, with associated benefits including private health options, extensive training opportunities, s and a flexible working policy including hybrid home-office arrangements or working primarily from one of the group’s other UK locations in Gloucester, Oban, Orkney or Plymouth.


  • Degree in Hydrographic Survey or equivalent survey related discipline (ideally IHO Cat A or B);
  • Experience of planning and undertaking all aspects of single beam and multibeam bathymetric surveys including acquisition through industry standard software packages (e.g. Hypack, NaviPac). This will include the processing and reporting of data obtained in the field;
  • A thorough understanding of the set-up, use and data processing of ADCPs and other commonly used hydrographic and oceanographic equipment (e.g. side-scan sonar and magnetometers);
  • Experience of working on small boats;
  • Commercially endorsed boat handling qualification;
  • Experience of towing (preferably in vehicles up to 5.5 tonnes);
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when required;
  • The ability to cost and manage projects from inception to delivery of the final reports;
  • Good problem-solving abilities;
  • Have a positive, focused and pragmatic approach to project work and appreciation of need to work to tight timescales; and
  • Enjoy taking ownership of your work and being responsible for making key decisions.
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Hydrographic Surveor


Ecospan Environmental


Hydrographic Surveyor


Plymouth / Hybrid

Closing Date:

28 September 2023