Internship - Hydrographic Survey Technician

Newport, NC
Added: February 27, 2024
Based in Newport, NC, Geodynamics is a division of NV5 that specializes in coastal shoreline and offshore bathymetric and geophysical surveying. The strength and continuing goal of Geodynamics is to provide our clients with the highest level of data quality and scientific integrity in a format that is easily applicable to both real-life management scenarios and research-oriented goals.

We are announcing openings for a limited number of survey technicians beginning in late Spring/ early Summer 2024. This is a seasonal internship position; applicants should have exposure or experience in coastal science, coastal or offshore surveying, geomatics, or related discipline. Technicians will assist with acquisition and processing of singlebeam, multibeam, sidescan and other surveys. Duties may include small boat operation, hydrographic data acquisition and processing, equipment checks and maintenance, and completing regular survey logs. The position will be based in Newport, NC with opportunities for travel for fieldwork.


  • Assist with data acquisition using multibeam, singlebeam, sidescan, and other sensors.
  • Assist with the operation of precise positioning systems such as RTK-GPS, VRS, and DGPS.
  • Support data processing, analysis and reporting efforts.
  • Assist with basic calibration, integration, maintenance and repair of various survey systems & platforms.
  • Assist with and / or operate survey vessels and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Assist in planning, logistics, and supervision of survey and processing activities.
  • Assist in post-acquisition processing, reporting, QC, and cartography, calculations, and project evaluations.


Education / Qualifications:

  • Completion or progress toward BA, BS, or AAS degree in hydrography, coastal geology, geomatics or related scientific discipline.
  • Experience working on boats and in the coastal environment.
  • Applicants should have work or educational experience in coastal science, coastal or offshore surveying, geomatics, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with acoustic data acquisition systems (singlebeam, multibeam, sidescan) is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with computers, basic file organization and data management.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, self-manage and problem solve.
  • Ability to perform field work including travel and weekends, and the physical ability to lift objects over 50lbs.
  • A commitment to details and an enthusiastic attitude.

Certifications / Licenses:

  • Small vessel operation experience (with or without USCG licensing) preferred but not required.
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.


  • This is a temporary full-time hourly internship (30+ hours/week) with compensation.
  • Hourly rate will be determined during the hiring/evaluation process.

NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.

NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.