Job 22-30: Vessel Captain, R/V Coral Sea, Academic Affairs

Job Details

Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory
Closing Date: 
Sep 4, 2022
Position Summary: The incumbent assures the safe operation, maintenance and administration of the Research Vessel Coral Sea, a 90-foot vessel used for Marine Sciences (Oceanography, Biology, Wildlife, Geology and Chemistry) education and research in addition to occasional research contract work from other entities. This position requires a flexible work schedule with particular emphasis on Saturdays and Sundays. The R/V Coral Sea may be out at sea for multiple days, extending beyond normal working hours.

Key Responsibilities: Supervise vessel engineer, mate(s) and deck hands. Work with students, faculty, staff, government and private contractors to accomplish the educational/research goals of each cruise. Facilitate the scheduled teaching/research activities and to coordinate with the Chief Scientist to best accomplish the voyage mission in a safe and reasonable manner. Operates vessel on cruises, daily or overnight as required. Makes presentation on basic safety to cruise participants. Cruise scheduling and preparations including scheduling all necessary permanent and temporary crew, fuel, ships stores, vessel reconfiguration, stability calculations, logistical and safety related issues and staying within budgetary allocations. Maintain and upgrade vessel. Serve in a public relations capacity as a liaison to the local and campus communities. Actively market the Coal Sea to potential contractors to increase revenue production.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:

• Responsible for the day-to-day administration and safe operations of the R/V Coral Sea and smaller vessels used in its maintenance.
• Operate a vessel with similar characteristics to R/V Coral Sea in a variety of near shore ocean conditions including rough seas and rough bar crossings.
• Provide supervision of personnel.
• Work with students, faculty, staff to accomplish the educational/research goals of each cruise.
• Maintain and upgrade vessel.

• Conduct cruise preparations and scheduling that accommodates weekend cruises and delays due to weather and sea conditions.

• Knowledge and experience with vessel related systems including maintenance and repair of main engines, gears, generators, salt and freshwater pumps, hydraulic systems, winches, davits, AC/DC electrical systems (AC & DC), computers, navigation electronics.
• Provide safety lectures to members of the scientific party at the beginning of each cruise and participate in class instruction on- and off-board when appropriate.
• Knowledge and experience with Safety Management System (SMS), Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) and Safety Data Sheets.
• Monitoring and staying within the budgetary allocations for supplies, services and personnel.
• Ability to lift 50lb, to climb 20 feet, and navigate narrow hatches and passageways on the vessel.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Valid USCG 200-ton Master or greater
• Current USCG Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC)
• Current TSA Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
• Radar Observer Unlimited/ARPA
• Current CPR/1st Aid/AED card
• FFC Marine Radio Operator Permit
• Broad knowledge of navigational electronics
• Broad knowledge of CFR and USCG regulations
• Recent experience with a vessel of similar size (or larger) and characteristics of the R/V Coral Sea
• Broad knowledge of use, repair and maintenance of shipboard machinery
• Understanding of diesel-powered vessels and their maintenance
• Ability to maneuver and operate vessel safely in a variety of ocean and weather conditions
• Experience entering and exiting harbor entrances
• Experience supervising vessel personnel
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills
• Computer skills including the use of email, MS Word and Excel
• Must be able to pass a pre-employment and ongoing random drug screening
• Valid driver’s license
• ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) endorsement, must obtain within 6 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

• Recent experience in operations of a twin-screw vessel
• Broad knowledge of navigational electronics including but not limited to GPS, Radar, ECDIS, AIS, Satellite compass, VHF & SSB radio
• Experience deploying and recovering scientific equipment
• Experience working effectively with University faculty and students and scientific clientele onboard a vessel
• USCG COI passenger vessel and inspections experience
• Experience with west coast harbors and bar-crossings
• Research vessel experience
• Familiarity with the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Research Vessel Safety Standards
• Experience with USCG small passenger and uninspected research vessels
• Experience with budgetary planning and allocations including shipyard budgeting and scheduling
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