Relief Chief Mate, R/V Oceanus

Oregon State University
Closing Date: 
Dec 31, 2019

The Chief Mate assists in the operation and maintenance of the Research Vessel (R/V) Oceanus under the immediate supervision of the Ship’s Master in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. The Chief Mate is second in command to the Master and supervises the work of the vessel’s deck department in addition to standing watch.
50% – Stands watch as Officer of the Watch at sea under direction of the Ship’s Master. Navigates by use of electronic equipment and other means. Maneuvers the vessel as necessary to conduct oceanographic work. Writes logs. Uses navigational charts. Conducts shipboard and ship-to-shore communications. Carries out ship’s daily routine. At the direction of the Master, functions as lead for emergency response drills.
20% – Organizes, directs, trains and supervises (hires/fires; plans, assigns and approves work; disciplines and rewards; evaluates performance; and responds to grievances for direct reports) the deck department in the operation and maintenance of departmental equipment and spaces: cranes, winches, wire rope and cable, ground tackle, rigging, frames, boats, decks, bulkheads, hull, blocks, lines, etc.
10% – Operates radios, radars, electronic navigation equipment, fathometers, ship control equipment, winches, cranes, boats, and research support equipment as necessary.
10% – As second in command, assists the Master in the overall operation and administration of the vessel. Serves as custodian for science party safety and consent documentation for the duration of each voyage. Leads the ship’s routine in-port and is in overall charge of the vessel during Master’s absence.
5% – Directs firefighting party and provides First Aid when necessary. Maintains ship’s medicine chest and acts as medical provider.
5% – Ensures all equipment and cargo is secured for sea in accordance with vessel trim and stability requirements.


Possess a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential with the following:
•       Mate, 1600 GRT/3000 ITC ton oceans or better.
•       Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats.
•       Advanced fire-fighting
•       Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Operator.
•       Valid Advanced Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) Certificate.
Ability to obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
Meet Coast Guard drug testing requirements.
Ability to obtain a passport.
Ability to speak, read, and write English.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
Preferred Qualifications
Master, 1600 ton Oceans or better.
Medical Person in Charge Rating/Certificate.
At least one year of supervisory experience.
Research Vessel Experience.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
This position is required to work on-board the Oceanus at sea on research cruises that may last from one day to three weeks or more before returning to port, in ocean and weather conditions which are highly variable. The incumbent must not be incapacitated by sea-sickness. For information about the Oceanus, please go to
Ship Operations is a seven day per week operation; therefore, weekend and holiday work may be required. Shift and/or work assignment may change based on operational needs
The ability to lift/carry/push/pull objects weighing up to 40 pounds is required.

About Employer: 

Ship Operations with the College of Earth, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, hourly academic wage positions as Relief Chief Mate. Appointments are anticipated to last up to one year from appointment date.
These positions will be located in Newport, Oregon.


Contact Information: 

 Oregon State University will only accept applications for this position via the OSU online jobs  portal at