Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the oiler carries out duties as directed at sea and in port to ensure
the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel. The oiler also assists the deck
department when not engaged in engineering tasks.
Primary duties are to stand an engineering watch at sea and maintain and service shipboard
equipment. Typical equipment that is the responsibility of the oiler includes but is not limited to:
marine sanitation device, shaft sump pumps, thruster bearing pumps and fans, shaft cooling pumps,
salt water service system and inventory.
At sea the oiler will stand an engineering watch and responsible for monitoring the engineering plant,
log keeping, and making thorough rounds of all machinery and non-machinery spaces. Watch
standing also includes assisting on deck; that is cleaning the galley after meals, taking out trash,
assisting with deployment and recovery of scientific equipment including winch and crane operation.
Aboard the R/V Western Flyer proactive watch standing is expected instead of reactive. Watch
standers must keep aware of normal machinery sounds, temperatures, smells and other indicators so
that small changes can be observed acted upon to prevent larger problems.
In port the oiler may be required to stand a security watch. The oiler assists with handling mooring
lines while departing and arriving port, with rigging gangway, launching the RHIB and other deck
Must have at a minimum USCG credential for Able Seaman-Special with STCW-RFPNW and
TWIC. The preferred candidate will also hold a QMED or DDE credential.
High School diploma or equivalent and 5 years related experience is desired. Must display proficiency
in maintaining a variety of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems. Must be able to work with
diverse groups of people.
Located in Moss Landing, California at the head of Monterey Canyon, MBARI enjoys convenient access to a diverse range of ocean environments. The institute operates two ocean-going research ships, a coastal workboat, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater and surface vehicles, oceanographic profilers and moorings, the MARS seafloor cabled observatory, and a wide range of oceanographic equipment. MBARI is a non-profit oceanographic research institute supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
MBARI Welcomes Diversity