Marine Superintendent

Florida Institute of Oceanography
Closing Date: 
Jan 19, 2019

Personnel Management: Direct the crewing of vessels in accordance with Federal regulations and FIO policies. Serves as top level supervisor for all Ship Ops employees. Exercise hiring, performance and disciplinary authority over direct reports. Provide leadership, supervision, and direction for assigned staff. Develop collective bargaining strategies in cooperation with USF?s Division of Human Resources for contract matters related to classified vessel crew members.

Business Management: Develop annual vessel operation budget for at-sea operation and annual maintenance. Manage annual vessel operations budget. Writing bid proposals for chartered ship activity or vessel equipment upgrades. Developing vessel related purchase orders for equipment and repairs. Scheduling and Planning: Schedule vessels for chartered research in cooperation with vessel users and State/Federal agencies, obtaining foreign vessel clearances when required. Facilitate the coordination cruise planning and vessel use for research cruises. Drive passenger vehicles to complete cruise preparations and support operations.

Stakeholder Management: Participate in the committee activities of UNOLS. Maintain liaison with Federal and State regulatory agencies, keeping up-to-date on regulations and laws affecting marine operations. Participate in FIO Director and FIO Council. Provide and publish cruise-planning manual, review and update vessel standard operating procedures and FIO marine operations safety manual and other related policies/procedures for vessel and shore operations. 

Health, Safety, and Environment: Develop, implement, and maintain mandated plans for vessel operation including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandated International Safety Management (ISM) plan, Oil Spill Response Plans, and other plans required by international and US regulations


A Bachelor's degree in a related field and 5 years of related exempt experience, including 2 years of supervisory experience; or, a Master's degree and 3 years of related exempt experience, including 2 years of supervisory experience; or, 8 years of related exempt equivalent military experience, including at least 2 years supervisory experience. Must possess (or obtain within 6 months of hire) current Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Certificate, Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC), and passport.

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Oceanography, Business, Management, or related field. Three years of experience with budget development and fiscal management. Five years of experience with personnel administration. Experience in the operation and/or management of vessel(s); at-sea experience, preferably on or with Research Vessels. Possession (current or past) of a U.S. Coast Guard license, preferably 1600 gross tons or better

Experience in the operation and/or management of vessel(s); at-sea experience; a commitment to supporting oceanographic research and education and familiarity with the various national oceanographic research programs; demonstrated ability to deal effectively with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities ascritical problems surface. Hold current 700 ton USCG Oceans licensure.
USF St. Petersburg


This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

About Employer: 

For nearly half a century, Florida's coastline and marine life has been protected and monitored by the Florida Institute of Oceanography providing a shared resource across the State University System (SUS). The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is a state-wide Academic Infrastructure Support Organization (AISO) established in 2009 by the Chancellor and Board of Governors (BOG) of the State University System (SUS). Hosted by the University of South Florida and housed at the College of Marine Science located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The FIO has two major sea-going vessels, the R/V Hogarth and R/V Weatherbird II, along with the land based Keys Marine Laboratory located in Layton, Florida provide science and education capabilities. Combined, these platforms have supported over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students Statewide since 2009, allowing students to connect first-hand with scientific research conducted along Florida's coast. FIO operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with 30 institutions and agencies engaged in marine research, education and resources management, including all 12 public universities providing collaborating opportunities across academia, government, and private sector for educational, training, research and public outreach opportunities for students and scientists across Florida.

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist
Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act; Subtitle F of Public Law 112-141). The Act established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department and designated the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) as the Gulf Coast Entity that would administer and oversee the Center(s) of Excellence for Florida. Under the terms of the Act, a percentage of funds will be allocated to FIO, the funds will be used and be available for FLRACEP programs, projects and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region.

Contact Information: 

Cam Ngo
Assistant Director 
(727) 554-3942