Chief Mate

University System of Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Under direction of the Captain, manages the daily workload aboard the vessel, assigning tasks to other crew members as necessary

Acts as the Master in the absence of the Captain

Responsible for the operation and maintenance of deck equipment, including frames, winches, crane and ship’s tender.

Required to perform duties as regular crewman, standing deck watches and assisting with loading, unloading, deployment and recovery of scientific equipment.

Performs the duties of Safety Officer and, serves as Medical Person in Charge (MPIC) aboard the vessel.

Oversees the maintenance of safety equipment. Conducts safety briefing for the science party and under the direction of the Captain, oversees the crew and scientific party’s participation in safety drills.

Time/effort is split between frequent cruises (usually 5-10 days duration) and on shore.
Minimum of a USCG 100-ton Master Near Coastal deck license

Basic STCW endorsement (required); MPIC and Adv. Fire endorsements preferred.

Knowledge of marine maintenance and repair.

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of diesel and gas engines, pumps, compressors, generators, and auxiliary equipment common to marine vessels

Operation and maintenance experience on commercial, government, military or large private or research vessels preferred.

Minimum high school diploma or equivalent with 5 years related experience.

Good physical conditioning and an ability to lift and carry a minimum of 70 pounds.

Successful completion of a criminal background check and drug test is required.
About Employer: 
The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute’s primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow’s scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University’s Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.
Contact Information: 
John Bichy, Marine Superintendent, at or Levon Calloway, Business Manager, at