All personnel within the group are expected to perform the following tasks while at sea:
Stand regular watches (typically 12 hours per day); perform duties of scientific data collection and archiving; and assist with deployment and recovery of scientific equipment as required to meet the objectives of each expedition
Assist the Master of the vessel to maintain compliance with ship, deck, and lab safety procedures and with proper storage and use of scientific hazardous materials and radioisotope materials brought onboard by vessel users
Operate, monitor, and maintain shipboard scientific instruments and associated software, shipboard navigation and communications systems, and GPS receivers
Provide summary reports at the end of each expedition of successes and deficiencies in meeting objectives and the status of on board equipment and instruments
Plan and implement upgrades, as well as document procedures and configurations.
All personnel within the group are expected to perform the following tasks while on shore:
Provide logistical support within SSSG, including order and ship equipment or repair parts and supplies to ports of call
Provide technical support to shipboard personnel via e-mail or phone consultations
Inform SSSG Manager of equipment status and assist in ongoing efforts to schedule and document required repairs, upgrades, and associated tasks
Work with manufacturers to ensure maintenance, repairs, and calibrations of instruments and equipment
Contribute ideas to improve efficiency and function of SSSG.
Interact with ship users and operators to determine best procedures to accomplish planned work safely;
Participate in pre-cruise conferences to identify and schedule the acquisition of specialized equipment to support expedition objectives;
Maintain pooled oceanographic instrumentation and equipment in safe working condition.
Work collaboratively with other marine operations personnel to plan, schedule, and accomplish individual mobilization and demobilization tasks during vessel in port periods (both in Seattle and in other ports), and participate in the planning for shipboard scientific system maintenance, repairs and upgrades.
Participate during drydock and shipyard work periods.
Participate in vendor, UNOLS (University National Oceanographic Laboratory System) or NSF-sponsored training opportunities to achieve standards of performance expected fleet wide.
As schedule permits, attend annual meetings of the UNOLS Research Vessel Technical Enhancement Committee (RVTEC) to exchange information with personnel from other institutions to identify best practices and to resolve common problems.
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to oceanography or engineering; other degrees and disciplines will be considered with prior experience in a seagoing technical position directly related to oceanographic field studies, including operation and maintenance of standard shipboard scientific instruments; excellent written and verbal skills; ability to work under and meet short deadlines; and demonstrated ability to work safely and effectively at sea in adverse weather and conditions.
2-5 years of experience depending on the applicant's education and related work experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.