Under direct supervision, performs semi-skilled duties and tasks
related to the operation, navigation, and maintenance of inland and
coastal research vessels of up to 100 gross tons.
1. Steers vessel on pre-determined course. Performs simple piloting
to maintain vessel on course and to avoid shoals, bouys, and other
2. Plans, prepares and serves up to three meals a day. Purchases food
and other supplies.
3. Assists in the routine maintenance and repair to diesel engines,
winches, rigging, and other shipboard equipment.
4. Maintains interior and exterior of vessel in a clean and sanitary
5. Dispenses diesel fuel into vessel's tanks; fills fresh water
6. Prepares, primes, and paints aluminum, steel, and wood surfaces.
7. Rigs trawls, dredges, submersible pumps, and other scientific
sampling gear for over-the-side deployment. Loads and unloads
8. Handles mooring lines when vessel is docking/undocking.
9. Operates winches to anchor vessel or deploy scientific sampling
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED
EXPERIENCE: Two years in the operation, maintenance, and repair of
vessels of at least 30 feet in length.
General knowledge of and skill in a variety of semi-skilled boat
maintenance and repair practices. Ability to read a compass and use a
fathometer; to operate a winch and other simple hoisting mechanisms.
Knowledge of diesel engines, plumbing, electrical circuits, and
carpentry. Ability to plan, prepare and serve meals; to prepare and
maintain shopping lists; to purchase provisions and other minor
supplies. Ability to understand and follow oral and written
instructions; to communicate effectively. Ability to work in, on,
around, over and under fixed equipment or machinery; to work at
heights up to 50 feet; manipulation of heavy equipment, tools,
supplies and/or exertion of force up to 70 pounds; to concurrently
manipulate multiple controls on machinery and equipment; to work in
hazardous or irritating environments, confined spaces and under
adverse weather or temperature conditions; to wear and work in
personal protective equipment.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations and drug test (per U.S. Coast Guard
requirements) to determine physical ability to perform the job.
Weekend, holiday, shift work, on-call and overnight travel will be
required. Valid Maryland Non-commerical Class C or equivalent driver's
license may be required.