Small Research Vessel Captain

Job Details

University of New Hampshire
Closing Date: 
Feb 15, 2023
Operate the R/V John M. Kingsbury and R/V John B Heiser and all other vessels owned and operated by the Shoals Marine Laboratory.
-Supervise and train all crew members working aboard SML vessels.
-Ensure the safety of all passengers (may include faculty, students, staff, and/or visitors).
-Train other individuals to safely operate all SML vessels, as appropriate.
-Conduct general administrative duties including maintaining vessel logs and scheduling waterfront staff.
-Develop a vessel sustainability/maintenance plan and manage the waterfront budget according.
-Be able to work within UNH’s on-line purchasing portal in order to process P-card purchases, set up vendors and Purchase Orders.
-Overseeing the operation of laboratory and oceanographic equipment during open-water laboratories, paying particular attention to the health and safety of all boat occupants.
-Instructing students and/or faculty in the use of oceanographic equipment.
-Providing instruction on navigation, boat operation, boat maintenance or marine- related topics.
-Work with UNH and other partners on waterfront/boat related issues.
-Take a leadership role in vessel replacement planning and activities.

Provide routine, preventative maintenance and troubleshoot problems on all SML vessels and waterfront facilities including.
-R/V John M. Kingsbury, R/V John B. Heiser, R/V Miss Christine, Sailboats, inflatables, outboards.
-Floats, moorings, docks (island and mainland), and barges.

Schedule and oversee yard periods for all vessels. Ensure all maintenance and academic needs are addressed during yard period.
-Prioritize vessel maintenance and needs to avoid impacts on the operating season.
-Set up vendors/contractors and related paperwork as needed.
-Perform work on the vessels along with the yard to complement maintenance as needed.
-Provide suggestions and implement improvements to existing equipment and vessels.

Work with the proper agencies to ensure that all vessels have the proper logs, documentation, inspections, permits and registrations.
-U.S. Coast Guard inspections and documentation.
-State registrations.
-Director of Ports and Harbors
-NH Fire Marshall
-FCC licensing
-Life Raft and EPIRB inspections

Act as a representative of SML and each parent university when dealing with students, faculty, vendors, and the general public.

Related duties and special projects as assigned.
-Associate degree or technical/vocational school degree
-U.S. Coast Guard 50 ton near-coastal license and 4 years Captain experience
-Strong background in vessel maintenance/diesel engines/mechanical systems/electrical systems.
-Maintain vessel records/logs in accordance within US Coast Guard regulations
-Appropriate FCC licensing.
-Experience operating and maintaining vessels similar to our current vessels: R/V John M. Kingsbury and R/V J.B. Heiser
-Strong interest in education, the environment and marine affairs
-Good communication skills and ability to work well with students, faculty and other staff members in an isolated environment
-Ability to work with as a team member with students, faculty and staff in an isolated and physically demanding environment involving long hours.
-Must be willing and able to assist with moving, packing, loading and unloading of all scheduled and unscheduled baggage, materials and supplies both on Appledore and on the mainland.
-Participate in SML substance-abuse testing program and oversee drug testing compliance for seasonal staff.
-Valid driver’s license
-Willingness to respond to off-hour calls for emergencies.
-This position is residential during SML’s operating season; 3-4 nights per week in residence on Appledore Island is expected from April – October.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
-U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton near-coastal license.
-Knowledge of local waters
-Remote field station or marine laboratory experience
-Advanced emergency and medical training. SML may financially support such training.

Salary Information
-Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
About Employer: 
Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is a seasonal field station located on Appledore Island, Maine (10 miles from our dock in Portsmouth, NH). In operations for over 55 years, SML is the largest and oldest marine laboratory in the country focused on undergraduate education. The SML mission is to provide outstanding experiential, place-based education and to support innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment. SML is open for programming from May through September. Our year-round office is located at UNH in Durham, NH.

The key focus of the Research Vessel Captain (Captain) is to operate, maintain and ensure the safety of the R/V John M. Kingsbury, R/V J.B. Heiser, and all other elements of the Appledore waterfront to provide transportation, supplies and program services to Appledore participants. Reporting to the SML Director of Operations, the Captain will supervise waterfront staff, including two seasonal captains, crew and some student staff at any given time. Coordinate vessel schedules with island and mainland staff to accommodate program needs and transportation of passengers and freight. Provide routine preventative maintenance and troubleshoot problems on all SML watercraft including vessels, motors, floats, moorings, barges, and docks. Schedule and oversee yard periods for all boats; develop a maintenance plan; and work with SML leadership to ensure all lab needs are addressed through yard period. Ensure that all vessels have proper documentation, inspections, permits and registrations. Oversee the operation of all laboratory and oceanographic equipment during open-water academic activities with particular attention to the safety of all vessel occupants. Service as a waterfront instructor in SML courses. Expected to be available in case of emergency during the operating season.
Acceptable minimum level of education
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