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Hydrographic surveyors may do some or all of the following

  • survey and monitor the seabed, riverbeds or riverbanks
  • survey and monitor intertidal and foreshore areas
  • operate specialist echo-sounding equipment
  • record and analyse survey data
  • report on survey data to clients
  • develop maps and charts for maritime and commercial fishing use
  • provide sea and waterway resource management advice
  • make environmental impact assessments for marine areas.

Hydrographic surveyors need to have

  • knowledge of survey methods
  • skill using surveying equipment
  • computer skills
  • knowledge of environmental issues
  • understanding of relevant legislation such as the Resource Management Act
  • good writing and communication skills
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • planning and organisational skills
  • seamanship and navigation skills.

Hydrographic surveyors need to be

  • adaptable
  • accurate
  • practical
  • able to work well under pressure as they have to meet deadlines
  • comfortable working in an office and outdoors.