Hydrographic Surveyor
Boskalis Westminster Ltd
23 May 2021

The Surveyor is expected to initiate, carry out (or have carried out) and report on all surveying and hydrographical work for projects that are not all too complex. The work also includes supervising trainees and local surveyors.

To apply, forward your CV with covering letter to recruitment.wdc@boskalis.com


Main Tasks:

  1. Setting up, installing and then independently executing all surveying and hydrographical work for a project (“own work”).
  2. Administering the project survey data.
  3. Reporting according to the Boskalis QA system.
  4. Performing all relevant calibrations.
  5. Solving technical surveying problems (approx. 80%) during a project.
  6. Supervising trainees and local surveyors.
  7. Explaining the survey results to the Project Manager and client

Required Knowledge:

  • Higher professional degree or equivalent (scientific disciplines).
  • Survey-specific applications
  • Knowledge of computer applications (Windows, MS Office, Autocad (LD97))
  • User’s knowledge of DredgeView
  • Computer knowledge at system level (installing, troubleshooting)
  • Knowledge of all relevant survey equipment
  • Knowledge of acoustic measuring techniques
  • Knowledge of hydrographical measuring systems
  • Knowledge of all applicable/available calibration methods
  • Basic knowledge of installation technology (specifically power)
  • Basic knowledge of radio waves
  • Topographic knowledge
  • Hydrographic knowledge equivalent to the “Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors, level A” of the IHO, insofar as relevant for the dredging industry
  • Knowledge of the Boskalis QA system
  • Basic knowledge of dredging techniques at VOUB level (specifically dredging equipment and types of soil)
  • Knowledge of Intercultural Management.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) and a basic command of a second foreign language

Boskalis core competencies & Examples of behaviour:


  • You are part of a team and make sure you know not only what survey information is important for other team members, but also how you can contribute to achieving the best possible project result.


  • For every survey activity, you perform (or help to perform) a cost-benefit analysis that considers what should be done from Boskalis’s perspective and what the customer wishes/needs.


  • You listen to constructive criticism and are prepared to improve yourself and the organisation if possible;
  • You keep your colleagues on their toes by pointing out things that are going wrong and/or that can be improved, and they do the same for you.

Position-specific competencies & Examples of behaviour


  • You listen well and pick up both verbal and non-verbal signals and place them in the right context;
  • You understand the feelings of others.


  • You are capable of using arguments to convince others (such as the project manager or customer), for example when the accuracy of measurements is being discussed.

Problem analysis

  • You detect problems and are able to isolate their causes.


  • You are capable of solving problems, even if a standard solution is unavailable;
  • When necessary, you can come up with various alternative solutions to a problem.

Organisational sensitivity

  • You are aware of the consequences of your actions for the rest of the organisation.


  • You know your own strengths and weaknesses and take responsibility for working on your personal development;
  • You are generally aware of trends and developments in the field.


  • You supervise trainees and local surveyors by assigning them tasks and responsibilities along with the necessary instructions and by monitoring their progress and results.

Client focus

  • You are a member of the operational team;
  • You know what the Project Manager requires and render services for the client in consultation with the PM;
  • You are capable of anticipating the wishes of the PM and the customer.

Being immune to stress

  • You continue to ensure the delivery of good quality work, even when working under tight deadlines or difficult external circumstances.


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