Position Description:

JOA Surveys, LLC, a small business based in Anchorage, Alaska, specializing in measurement of tides and water levels, vertical datums and geodetic networks, is currently seeking a Party Chief for tides and GNSS surveys.

Position Duration:

Full time employment (minimum of 40 hours/week) April to November with the possibility of year round employment depending on need and performance.

Position Description:

JOA has a 10 year term contract to perform Environmental Field Services to the NOAA Center for Oceanographic Operational Products and Services ( and is also a subcontractor on term contracts for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Geological Survey and the NOAA Office of Coastal Management.  Primary services provided are tide measurements throughout the coastal US including remote Alaska and territories.  JOA is looking for a Party Chief with experience installing water level monitoring equipment, geodetic leveling and conducting static GNSS survey campaigns for hydrographic, shoreline and topographic mapping projects.  Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

·       Responsible charge for a 2-3 person field crew

·       Recon, installation and maintenance of tide stations

·       Deploying oceanographic equipment at sea

·       2nd Order Class I digital leveling

·       Static GNSS observations

Additional tasks the Party Chief may perform are ground control and check point surveys for aerial mapping projects, GNSS data processing, tide station reporting and equipment testing. This position would be based at the JOA office in Anchorage, Alaska and will require travel throughout Alaska, the US and its territories.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s of Science in surveying or related field with a minimum of five years field experience, fluency in MS Excel, good communication skills, and current driver’s license required.  Must be able to obtain US Passport.  Experience with SCUBA or diving operations, NGS software (OPUS, Windesc, Translev), and scientific programming languages (Matlab, Python, R, etc) is preferred.


Pay will be hourly and based on experience.

Closing Date:

Until filled.

If interested:

To apply, please email resume outlining education, work history and salary history to Nathan Wardwell at resume to  For further information about JOA visit our website at