Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
MBARI seeks an early to mid-career professional to fill the position of Marine Operations Manager (MOM). This position provides day-to-day management of ships, dock and marine operations technicians for the Division of Marine Operations (DMO). The incumbent works as the key liaison between DMO and other areas of MBARI. This position requires flexibility in that the incumbent routinely performs multiple tasks simultaneously and may be given assignments with little or no notice at times. The nature of this position also necessitates the need for emergency after hours calls for ship or waterfront issues. In addition to normal operations, DMO will be concurrently working on the build of a new vessel, which will add to this position’s workload for a few years.

The MOM is the primary point of contact for scheduling ships and submersible vehicles. Working through the annual MBARI proposal process, and in collaboration with internal Principle Investigators as well as ship and submersible teams, the individual creates an optimized annual schedule. As events evolve through the year, it is often necessary to re-evaluate and coordinate potential schedule changes.

MBARI operates one of its ships under the International Safety Management Code. The MOM acts as the Safety Management Representative, responsible for maintaining the Safety Management Manual, scheduling audits, and the Hazardous Occurrence/Corrective Action process. This position also acts as the backup Designated Person Ashore. The incumbent also has responsibilities, and is an emergency point of contact, under the vessel and facility emergency response plans.

The MOM assists Captains and submersible teams in review of appropriate safety standards for offshore designs and deployments.

One of MBARI’s ships, as well as the waterfront facility, is subject to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The MOM acts as the Institute’s Company/Facility Security Officer responsible for maintaining security manuals, scheduling audits/drills, exercises and coordinating with ship’s Master.

Most MBARI operations arrive and return from MBARI’s homeport in Moss Landing, California. Each year there are operations requiring logistics support for MBARI’s ships along the west coast of North America. This support can include; berthing, crew travel, local regulatory issues, port facilities, and equipment shipping. Marine Operations also support occasional global operations on non-MBARI ships requiring the shipment and coordination for the Institute’s submersible vehicles and operating teams. This position supervises a Logistics Specialist, and together they schedule and resolve issues related to land/ocean/air shipments, including bills of lading, international bonds, and ITAR/EAR issues. The incumbent also supervises a Dock Foreman, responsible for waterfront maintenance, mobile crane, and logistics support.

The Marine Operations Manager oversees a group of Marine Operations Technicians, responsible for such items as CTD operations/maintenance, development and maintenance of scientific underwater hardware and shore-side submersible vehicle support.

Other duties as may be assigned by the Director Marine Operations
Bachelor degree or equivalent and proven management experience particularly in the maritime industry. USCG licensed deck or engine officers, and/or experience in new construction of large ocean vessels is desired. Must hold a valid US Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Worker Identification Credential. A certificate of completion from a Ship/Vessel Company Port Facility Security Officer course is desirable. Working knowledge of International Safety Management Code, and International Ship and Port Security Code is essential. Requires minimum 5 years relevant experience. Must have demonstrated ability in project management and budgeting. Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Appropriate handling of sensitive and confidential information is essential. Must be computer literate and proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, graphics software, and shared document storage solutions such as OneDrive, Google Drive and shared network folders. Must be able to work with diverse groups of people. Familiarity with oceanographic research activities is appreciated.
About Employer: 
Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is a non-profit, private oceanographic research institute, uniquely dedicated to the development of state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation, systems and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the nation’s largest marine sanctuary, MBARI places a balanced emphasis on science and engineering, with established programs in remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and social science, as well as information management and ocean instrumentation research and development.
Contact Information: 
Submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1620.

MBARI, Human Resources
Job Code: MOM
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039