Vessel Captain, Vessel Operations, Office of Academic Affairs

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Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory
Assures the safe operation, maintenance and administration of the Research Vessel Coral Sea, a 90- foot vessel used for Marine Sciences (Oceanography, Biology, Wildlife, Geology and Chemistry) education and research in addition to occasional research contract work from other entities. This position requires a flexible work schedule with particular emphasis on Saturdays and Sundays. The R/V Coral Sea may be out at sea for multiple days, extending beyond normal working hours.

Duties: Supervise vessel engineer, mate(s) and deck hands. Work with students, faculty, staff, government and private contractors to accomplish the educational/research goals of each cruise. Facilitate the scheduled teaching/research activities and to coordinate with the Chief Scientist to best accomplish the voyage mission in a safe and reasonable manner. Operates vessel on cruises, daily or overnight as required. Makes presentation on basic safety to cruise participants. Cruise scheduling and preparations including scheduling all necessary permanent and temporary crew, fuel, ships stores, vessel reconfiguration, stability calculations, logistical and safety related issues and staying within budgetary allocations. Maintain and upgrade vessel. Serve in a public relations capacity as a liaison to the local and campus communities. Actively market the Coal Sea to potential contractors to increase revenue production.
Valid USCG 200-ton Master or greater

• Current USCG Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC)

• Current TSA Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

• Radar Observer Unlimited/ARPA

• Current CPR/1st Aid/AED card

• FFC Marine Radio Operator Permit

• Broad knowledge of navigational electronics

• Broad knowledge of CFR and USCG regulations

• Recent experience with a vessel of similar size (or larger) and characteristics of the R/V Coral Sea

• Broad knowledge of use, repair and maintenance of shipboard machinery

• Understanding of diesel-powered vessels and their maintenance

• Ability to maneuver and operate vessel safely in a variety of ocean and weather conditions

• Experience entering and exiting harbor entrances

• Experience supervising vessel personnel

• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills

• Computer skills including the use of email, MS Word and Excel

• Must be able to pass a pre-employment and ongoing random drug screening

• Valid driver's license
About Employer: 
Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at
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