Graduate Hydrographic Surveyor

CMS GeoScience Ltd is looking for a Graduate Hydrographic Surveyor to join the team, preferably based in our office near  Falmouth, Cornwall. although hybrid options may be considered.

Our multidisciplinary geoscience team specialise in the collection of data from around the UK and Europe for a variety of marine business ranging from ports & harbours to offshore energy developments, civil engineering projects through to key aggregate industries. Our data allows our clients to properly evaluate the seabed prior to developments or activities effecting the seabed.

You will become a key member of this very specialised team and will be trained to be  able to take responsible for a variety of tasks related to accurate site characterisation and marine engineering projects, offshore site investigations and the production of accurate and concise reports in accordance with industry and company standards.

This role will primarily be based in our South West offices near Falmouth, but will demand a flexible approach towards your working location.

You will typically be required to work offshore for several weeks at a time throughout the year, in demanding marine environments as well as having the opportunity to work around the globe on various third party contracts.  Tidal and coastal/inshore working demands a flexible approach to working patterns.

When not offshore you will be working to review and interpret the data in order to compile accurate reports for our clients.  You will also work from our sites in Plymouth or Lowestoft, with travel/temporary accommodation provided as required.

We would like to hear from you if:

  • You are looking for a career in a company where your actions count, and you become a valid and pivotal member of a small and ambitious team.
  • You want to be continuously challenged and motivated to develop an exciting and rewarding career.
  • You are highly organised & flexible with an ability to adapt & remain calm in challenging and rapidly changing situations
  • You can work closely with a variety of different people and communicate clearly to achieve positive outcomes.
  • You can prioritise and remain focused when under pressure
  • You are accountable and responsible for your own decisions and actions and will prioritise the health and safety of yourself and those you are working with

What would a typical week involve?

No two days will ever be the same in this vibrant company but you can typically expect to be assisting with the planning and preparation of all upcoming offshore projects with responsibility for creating the correct paperwork and project information, as well as  ensuring that all relevant equipment is calibrated, verified and mobilised correctly. You will participate in operational planning meetings and provide accurate updates and information on projects.

If you are out at sea you will be in charge of the positioning for the offshore team to ensure data is collected accurately and meets the specified contractual and company requirements, quality checking the data at all stages.  You will jump in and help other team members as necessary for the duration of the job in order to get the contract completed and you will be working closely with the skipper to ensure accuracy and efficiency in all operations. When the project is over you will be responsible for ensuring the safe demobilisation of the survey equipment and ensuring the safe transfer of any data, feeding back any faults or improvements you recommend.

When not offshore you will be desk based processing the data and compiling reports and information as required. You will also be continuously working to maintain our company systems and procedures and provide input into the continuous improvement and development of our systems.  You may also spend some of your time at shows and events or networking on behalf of the team.

What makes this opportunity stand out?

CMS GeoScience is an equal opportunities employer.  We build and adapt our business using the strengths of our employees.  We believe providing professional training and personal development opportunities are vital for growth of the individual and the team. No longer just a holiday destination, Cornwall provides a thriving and dynamic environment to work, live and relax and features in the top 20 list of the happiest places to live in the UK.

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What do you need to apply?

  • Survey/hydrographic/data related degree
  • Extensive knowledge & skills for data processing and interpretation of relevant data
  • Ability to use Trimble, HydroPRO, Hypack and QPS QINSY navigation software
  • Sound knowledge & skills of modern survey methods and equipment
  • A full UK driving licence
  • Currently eligible to work in the UK
  • A valid offshore medical certificate
  • Strong IT skills, especially in Microsoft 365
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

Nice to have but not essential:

  • Software /programme experience
  • Offshore / marine experience and interests
  • Experience of working in the shallow nearshore and coastal environments
  • Experience of mobilising and demobilising a variety of inshore to offshore vessels
  • Practically  minded & ‘hands-on’ aptitude

What we offer you in return?

A competitive salary along with an attractive package of benefits including a contributory pensions scheme, private medical insurance and offshore top up pay

Comprehensive training and personal development opportunities allowing you to move your career forward to reach your full potential within a supportive and progressive company

28 days annual leave including statutory holidays plus up to 5 days sell-back/buy-extra options

An inclusive culture, with a friendly environment and regular social events

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Closing Date:

31 July 2024