About MPSC: What We Do
MPSC furthers conservation of protected species through sound research, mitigation, and training. MPSC offers Protected Species Observer (PSO) training that is approved by the federal agencies Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service to provide PSO certification. Our PSO training is given by Angela Bostwick, a BOEM/BSEE/NMFS-approved instructor for the course.
Working as a PSO and Obtaining Certification
Protected Species Observers (PSOs), also known as Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs), monitor for marine mammals, sea turtles, and protected fish. PSOs complete certain reports on protected species activity and industry operations that are required by federal agencies such as NMFS, BOEM, and BSEE. PSOs also advise regarding protected species in the "exclusion zone," and on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals. Work as a PSO is a great way to see a wide variety of marine life, such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and fish, and the sunrises/sunsets are nothing short of spectacular on the broad, open horizon offshore.
MPSC l 2261 Northpark Drive #147 l Kingwood, TX USA 77339 l 832-523-2402 l ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com l ProtectedSpeciesObservers.com
Disclaimer & Copyright
Obtaining PSO certification is not a guarantee of finding work as a PSO. All materials in the MPSC training course and website are protected under copyright, and may not be reproduced without prior written consent from the company.
To work as a PSO on geological and geophysical operations such as seismic surveys, site characterization, or construction at sea, you must take PSO training which meets the standards set forth in federal regulations. We provide this approved PSO training, and upon successful completion of this course, students will receive their PSO certification to monitor for geological and geophysical operations in the Gulf of Mexico. While the monitoring, mitigation, and reporting measures discussed are specific to the Gulf of Mexico, the regulatory framework that students will learn about in this course is the same framework which permits operations offshore country-wide, and the animals discussed are largely the same in similar latitudes and within the Atlantic Ocean. Our PSO certification is an established and recognized standard that is often accepted in other parts of the country (Atlantic, etc.) or world to qualify an individual to work as a PSO. Attendees of this course have gained approval to work in various settings such as geological and geophysical/seismic surveys (including site characterization for renewable energy, ie, wind in the Atlantic), dredging, pile driving, construction, or other work requiring monitoring for protected species. The methods for locating and identifying animals discussed in the training are valuable tools for wildlife observers worldwide, and the live discussions with experienced PSOs and PAM Operators include tips and tricks of the trade in living and working offshore.
After the PSO Training course, we supply a list of PSO providers that you may wish to contact for work. Prior to beginning work, PSOs may also need to hold a degree in the natural sciences which included 30 semester hours in the biological sciences, and a course in math or statistics. This is, however, not a requirement to take this course, and the degree requirement may be waived, depending on experience. Current students or others seeking to learn more about work offshore and life as a PSO may wish to take this course to add a professional credential to their skill set, while learning more about monitoring for animals at sea, the key physical traits and behaviors for each species, regulatory framework, and reporting requirements.