Lead Engineer, Shoals Marine Laboratory

University of New Hampshire
Closing Date: 
May 31, 2022
The key objective of the SML Lead Engineer (LE) is to coordinate the daily operation and maintenance and ensure the regulatory compliance of Shoals Marine Laboratory’s facilities. In addition, the LE supports SML’s academic, research and public engagement in relation to our facilities and engineering endeavors. Hire, supervise, and manage the work of two seasonal non-academic staff engineers. Manage and develop preventative maintenance programs for SML equipment. Source and purchase project materials ensuring fiscal soundness and efficiency against department budgets.

Reporting to SML Facilities Director, the LE ensure work safety and conduct in accordance with University and facility policies and procedures. Responsible for managing SML’s engineering department maintenance and repair budgets. Assist with grant writing to support facilities and sustainability initiatives. Support and assist SML’S Sustainable Engineering Internship (SEI). Give public lectures about SML SEI and general sustainability programs. Assist with academic/research projects, which utilize or impact facility operations, contributing to the project as appropriate. Serve as a crew member aboard the SML’s research vessels.

Lead monitoring, maintenance, and operation of diesel generators, reverse osmosis system, freshwater, saltwater and wastewater systems, vehicles (trucks, backhoe and tractor), kitchen equipment, and other machinery.
Assist SML waterfront department to maintain and repair laboratory vessels as needed.
Assist SML program department to maintain laboratory equipment as needed.
Work with SML Director of Facilities during open-up and close-up of SML island facilities.
Collaborate with the SML Director of Facilities in construction, maintenance, and repair of island infrastructure including acquisition of materials, cost estimations and oversight of contractors.
Perform and supervise work with a priority toward human and environmental safety.
Support maintenance of SML information technology (IT) infrastructure, in close collaboration with SML Facilities Director and contractors
Document SML facilities operations including island open-up and close-up and basic maintenance of all components (drinking water, wastewater, saltwater, electrical, waterfront).
Assist the Director of Facilities in program planning, as well as student recruiting and mentoring in the Sustainable Engineering Internship program.
Provide support and instruction to SML students, researchers, and faculty to related to sustainable engineering infrastructure and facilities equipment.
Develop engineering solutions to support SML research and education.
Provide educational tours and presentations about SML’s sustainable engineering facilities and programs.
Working with the guidance of SML Operations Manager and Director of Facilities: Recruit, train, and supervise SML’s seasonal engineering staff
Ensure 24 hr/day, 7 days/week engineering staffing during the operating season
On call at all times during the operating season for engineering related emergencies
Oversee and train student staff engaged in light facilities activities
Represent SML’s engineering department during annual inspections of SML’s United States Coast Guard Inspected Passenger vessels. Assist boat captains in correcting mechanical deficiencies aboard laboratory vessels.
Work with the SML Operations Manager to ensure regulatory compliance with State of Maine Drinking water standards; sample, evaluate, and submit drinking water monitoring reports as required. Represent SML during periodic inspections of drinking water facilities by State regulators.
Work with SML Operations Manager to represent SML’s engineering department during Health Department inspections of commercial kitchen facilities; correct facilities related deficiencies.

Bachelor’s degree
3+ years experience in a closely related position.
A combination of experience and training including: general construction, carpentry, diesel engines and generators, electrical and plumbing systems, drinking water, seawater and wastewater systems, vehicles, and small motors.
Must be able to attain a Class I Water Distribution and Class II Water Treatment certifications for drinking water in the State of Maine within 1 year of hire. (SML will support training.)
Ability to lead a team of seasonal and student staff in an isolated residential environment that isphysically demanding involving long hours.
Must be willing and able to assist with moving, packing, loading, and unloading of baggage, materials,and supply runs both on Appledore and on the mainland.
Ability to set-up staging and rigging to safely access difficult locations.
Willingness to respond to off-hour calls for emergencies.
Good communications skills, both oral and written.
Valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of this job, including heavy work (up to 75 lbs) with exposure to inclement weather conditions for prolonged periods of time.
Must be able to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment as necessary.
Periodic background checks and successful participation in SML’s substance-abuse testing program required.
This position is residential during SML’s operating season; 4-5 nights per week in residence on Appledore Island is expected from April – October.
About Employer: 

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.
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