Research Vessel Master

Job Details

Old Dominion University
Chief navigator/helmsman for all docking and hazardous navigational situations.
Overall vessel maintenance, operation, and preparation to ensure all systems and the vessel structural integrity are fit for sea.
Responsible for all ship logs (helm, engines, generator, etc.) with regards to maintenance and daily records.
Coordinates cruise planning efforts with science party, ship’s crew, OEAS marine technician, and OEAS Department Chair to effectively execute seagoing missions.
Effective supervision of ship crew to ensure proper conduct and completion of their assigned duties, including:
Setting watch schedules,
Coordinating crew member training,
Providing fair crew performance evaluations & correcting deficiencies,
Providing promotion and disciplinary recommendations to the Department Chair.
Safety of all crew and science party members, including:
Management of all medical and lifesaving equipment,
Safety drills in compliance with USCG & University policies.
Ensuring vessel compliance with all federal, state and University polices and regulations including USCG, EPA, NOAA, Commonwealth of Virginia including:
Vessel inspections with USCG,
Shipboard coordinator for all Federal, Commonwealth and University policies including but not limited to EEO, Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies.
Coordinate maintenance and repair of onboard scientific instruments.
Perform other duties as assigned
The candidate must possess a valid USCG 100-ton Master Near Coastal license. 200 ton Master Near Coastal license preferred. Other licenses and certificates required: STCW, Radar, TWIC, First Aid & CPR, USCG Medical Certificate.
Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of diesel and gas engines, pumps, compressors, generators, hydraulics and electronic communication/navigation equipment common to marine vessels required.
Considerable experience operating vessels of equivalent size or greater; experience on oceanographic research vessels preferred.
Proficiency with the use of personal computers including Microsoft Office software and email applications required.
Supervisory or Facility Management experience preferred.
Candidate must be in good physical condition with the mobility to move throughout the vessel, enter voids and tanks.
Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds on a daily basis.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and successfully complete a criminal background check.
Routine drug testing is required.
About Employer: 
The Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) operates the R/V Fay Slover, a 55-ft., CG-inspected stable research platform in the Chesapeake Bay, its estuaries, and offshore coastal waters. Slover's capabilities and versatility allow for exploration, hydrography, meteorological monitoring (including air quality) and instrumentation deployment. Further details on the vessel, its capabilities and operating calendar can be found at
Contact Information: 
Interested parties apply for this position through the ODU jobs portal:

Working Title Research Vessel Captain Supervisor
Position Number 00162A