Chief Mate

Institution: 
Old Dominion University
Duties: 
Research Vessel Mate/Relief Captain will be responsible for operating, assisting, and completely maintaining a major research vessel to support oceanographic function. Performs and controls deck operations. Operates various vessel machinery and performs maintenance. Serves as captain of research vessel, assuming full responsibility and control, when requested by supervisor.
Qualifications: 
Demonstrated knowledge of ship-handling, anchoring, and rules of the road (Inland & International) 2. Demonstrated knowledge of vessel navigation, including use of electronic charts and radar plotting. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of vessel communications, including AIS, VHF & SSB radios. 4. Demonstrated knowledge of engine room procedures and maintenance and repair including winches, windlasses, capstan, A-frame, etc. 6. Knowledge of oceanographic instrumentation, including PC-based data acquisition systems.7. Knowledge of marine safety and safety equipment. 8. Basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, email, and navigation software. 9. Small boat handling and trailering. 10. Ability to interact with embarked scientists, research staff, vendors, and outside agencies with a pleasant demeanor.11. Ability to understand oceanographic project requirements and rig deck equipment for over-the-side operations.12. Ability to conduct demonstrations and tours regarding vessel operations for VIPs, faculty, students, and the general public.13. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks.14. Knowledge and ability to ensure adherence to Coast Guard rules and regulations, and other federal and local rules and regulations. 15. Basic working knowledge of all vessel’s systems and their proper maintenance: diesel engines, winches (hydraulic, electrical) fire suppression, communication, and navigational systems. 16. Ability to enroll in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Consortium. Some related marine experience on vessels fifty-five (55ft) or larger with an outstanding record.
About Employer: 
The Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences acquires and disseminates knowledge of the earth system, including the relationships among the biological, chemical, geological and physical components of our planet. It is critical that we understand both natural and human-induced processes that change this system so we are prepared to meet present and future challenges. With curiosity, creativity, scholarship, and respect as cornerstones of our philosophy, we strive to increase scientific knowledge and literacy through excellence in research, education, and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and society in general. WWW.ODU.EDU/OES
Contact Information: 
Captain Patrick Curry, pcurry@odu.edu