Position Summary:

Responsible for the overall safe operations of recording instruments and supervises crew operations to ensure safe and productive acquisition of high quality data. In the field, the Chief Observer ensures that recording and testing operations are complying with program parameters. From a quality and safety perspective, the Chief Observer ensures company policies, regulatory requirements, and customer expectations are being met.

Reports to: Party Manager and Project Manager

Direct Reports: Vessel Observer staff

Key Interfaces: Fellow crewmembers (employees and contractors), corporate management and operations staff in Data Acquisition, Data Processors, QHSE staff, vendors, and customers.

Specific Functional Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for safe operations of recording instruments.
  • Supervises crew operations to ensure quality seismic data is recorded in a safe and productive manner.
  • Ensures proper use and maintenance of company assets.
  • Prepares and executes a plan for field recording to ensure that all recording and testing operations complies with client parameters.
  • Complies with and enforces policies and procedures of company and the customer, as well as regulatory or industry requirements.
  • Assists in developing and mentoring of junior field personnel.
  • Participate in special projects as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Attributes Required (Behavioral-based Requirements):

  • Consistently demonstrates the Company’s Core Values (Integrity, Safety, Quality, Technology, Teamwork, Financial Discipline, Process, Continuous Improvement, and Customer Focus) in all internal and external interactions.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with crewmembers, corporate staff, customers and vendors.
  • Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Provides strong leadership by actively leading and challenging the Observer staff, seeking their input in decision making, and providing fair and timely performance feedback.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively manage tasks and projects from start to finish.
  • Troubleshoots and solves operational issues as they arise, keeping both the Company and customer’s management team informed as needed.
  • Demonstrates a continuous improvement mentality, with a capacity and energy to challenge the status quo.
  • Willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves and dig into the details”.  Ability to deal with complexity while meeting tight deadlines and giving highest attention to detail.
  • Should be able to work autonomously and meet required deadlines.

General Qualifications (Professional Degree(s), Yrs of Specific Experience, Certification(s)), Job Knowledge, and Skills:

  • At least 5 years of seismic acquisition experience. 
  • Extensive experience with seismic recording systems and operations, OBC or OBN experience is preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills in overseeing seismic operations and staff.

Knowledge of:

  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications:  Microsoft Office required and FairfieldNodal Z Recorder operation preferred, but not required.

Certificates, Licenses or Registrations:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Current US Passport
  • Current TWIC card
  • BOSIET certification
  • OGUK certification
  • SafeGulf/Rig Pass (for Gulf of Mexico projects)

Other qualifications:

  • Must pass Physical, Drug Screen and Background Check.
  • Must be able to work seven days a week, including holidays.  Must be able to work various shifts up to 12+ hours per day.
  • US Citizen or Green Card holder with ability to work in the US without sponsorship.

FairfieldNodal is an equal opportunity employer.