The Project Manager is responsible for managing multiple hydrographic and geotechnical survey
projects and customers. He or she directs multiple surveys and mapping projects from field to
finish within required time frames, budgets and in accordance with each client’s contract
requirements. He or she creates project schedules, selects and trains survey personnel, verifies the
accuracy of collected data, and supervises the preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, progress
sketches, records, documents and deliverables related to assigned survey projects.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Solicit, negotiate, review and implement survey contracts
•Perform cost estimating and project planning to determine appropriate pricing and asset
•Solicit, plan, organize and direct survey projects; schedule project in logical steps and budget
time and resources required to meet deadlines and profitability targets.
•Determine appropriate data collection and data processing methods to be employed in survey
•Write operations reports, maintain logs and update records
•Oversee and support multiple field crews conducting data acquisition
•Oversee project logistics to include permits, scheduling staff and coordinating equipment
•Requisition, set up and configure data collection instruments required for survey
•Supervise the operation of collection instruments to accumulate required data
•Supervise the preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to land
or hydrographic surveys
• Supervise the verification, compilation, processing and preparation of data to delineated
electronic drawing format as specified by contract requirements
•Coordinate findings with the work of processing personnel, clients, and others connected to
•Review project contracts to ensure that survey data and results are presented in compliance with
•Approve assembled cartographic deliverables
•Provide final QA/QC for deliverables to ensure completes, accuracy and compliance with
•Preparing customer invoices in a timely manner
•Plan and conduct staff meetings to ensure team is updated on workflow
•Perform administrative functions such as reviewing and writing reports, approving expenditures,
enforcing rules, and making decisions about the purchase of materials and services
•Direct, coordinate and review project plans from start to finish, meet with staff to identify and
resolve problems, assign and QC work products, monitor work flow, review and evaluate work
products, methods and procedures
•Review and evaluate staff performance, conduct performance conversations, assist in
establishing staff goals and objectives
•Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with
employees to correct performance deficiencies, implement discipline and termination procedures
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Knowledge of all aspects of surveying including DGPS, RTK, tide and tide zoning, cartography,
sound velocity, multibeam echosounder, single beam echosounder operation, sidescan collection
and interpretation, and determination and application of vessel configuration offsets.
•Knowledge of project instructions/statement of work applications
•Ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of hydrographic survey technicians
•Demonstrated commitment to safety principles and protocols
•Working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, database, and
•Comprehensive knowledge of hydrographic data analytical tools including Caris, Hypack and
•Ability to identify deviation, anomaly, and data quality issues during data collection
•Physically able to lift up to 50 lbs.
•Physically able to walk and stand for most of the day
•Ability to perform physical tasks in a variety of environments, including at sea
•Working knowledge of applicable software packages to include AutoCad, Microsoft Word and
Excel, Trimble Geomatics Office, and Hypack
Required Background and Experience:
• 6 years of survey experience combined with completed degree or equivalent combination of
work experience and education
•Experience managing own projects, communicating well with clients and mentoring junior staff
•Candidate must be legally eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments
•AS/AA or BS/BA in Geomatics, Cartography, Geography, Natural Sciences, Engineering, or
other relevant discipline preferred
Tools and Equipment Used:
•GPS, single beam echosounder, multi beam sonar, side scan sonar, conventional land surveying
instruments, and electronic distance-measuring equipment
• Standard office equipment including personal computer, telephone system, fax machine, copier,
10 key or scientific calculator and printers
•Various hand and power tools
Certificates and Licenses Required:
•Valid Driver’s license
•Ability to procure a passport
•ACSM Certification desirable (completed, in progress or planned)
Work is performed in a combination of an office and a field environment. 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 require occasional
heavy lifting of survey equipment. Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long
days, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines. Extensive travel is required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. The omission of specific
statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a
logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment
contract between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the
needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
TERRASOND, an experienced multidisciplinary organization, remains one of the
few truly independent, agile, client-focused survey companies. We deliver innovative,
reliable geospatial solutions with a strong company-wide culture in HSE/Q.
OUR GREATEST resource is our people.
Our mission is to collect, compile, and identify geospatial and geophysical
information that provides the best possible solution offering the lowest risk for our
Local around the globe, we excel at executing remote and challenging surveys. We
have successfully completed thousands of surveys in over 28 countries around the world
for over 330 clients. These range from inland surveys to deep ocean seabed exploration
and mapping projects.
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and employment
selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We do not
discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability,
veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.
If you require an accommodation, please contact TerraSond’s HR Department at 713-
TerraSond is committed to a drug free workplace. Drug Testing and Background
Checks are required.