Head of Aerial Surveys

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Job ID 12694
Offshore Wind

Head of Aerial Surveys required for an Offshore Windfarm project, based in Ireland.


  • The Head of Aerial Surveys is responsible for leading the Aerial Survey Team.
  • Must possess on the ground experience of carrying out Aerial Surveys in the Marine Environment or equivalent experience.
  • Company owns and operates its own Aerial Survey Plane, equipped with the most up to date equipment to support Bird and MMO surveys as well as LiDAR applications.
  • This role will require the candidate to work in harmony with the company's existing aerial team and marine survey department leads across Environmental, Geophysical & Geotechnical.
  • This is a management role, responsible for building the team required to ensure aerial operational success - delivering world class data to our existing client


  • Meeting the client's requirements from understanding the initial aerial survey brief to submitting a factual report.
  • Liaising with pilots and planning survey flight strategy.
  • Checking equipment and using a mixture of technology to capture photographic evidence and other points of interest.
  • Interpreting collated photographs and data.
  • Analysing and understanding patterns and relationships that are uncovered from the GIS.
  • Compiling reports that are accurate and combine visual, aerial photographic evidence as well as a comparison to old data and past photographic and mapping records.


  • A bachelor's degree in a related subject such as Ecology, Marine Biology, Geography.
  • Understanding of European/Irish guidelines in relation to bird and Marine Mammal surveys to ensure compliance and best practice is adopted during survey planning, execution, and reporting.
  • A surveying qualification is highly desirable as well as membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or equivalent.
  • Increasingly, drones are being deployed as they can be as effective as other equipment and are more cost effective. If this is the case, it is essential that land surveying drone training is undertaken to understand how to safely operate these devices.
  • Field work experience of using survey techniques and operating aerial photographic equipment.
  • Ideally candidates will have worked previously in an aerial surveying role, but related surveying land experience may be acceptable.
  • A working knowledge of GIS, LIDAR, GPS, and other technologies is highly sought after.

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