Under general supervision, performs duties and tasks associated with
the operation, navigation, and maintenance of inland and coastal
research vessels of up to 100 gross tons. Occasionally performs
complex duties and tasks associated with the Master, Research Vessel
1. In the absence of the Master, assumes full responsibility for the
operation, navigation and maintenance of the vessel.
2. Uses electronic navigation equipment such as radar, loran, and
fathometer to position vessel on station and in relationship to
bottom, land, shoals, navigation aids, and other vessels.
3. Handles vessel during docking/undocking; maintains vessel position
during deployment of scientific sampling gear.
4. Assists in the planning and actively participates in performing
modifications to the vessel. Performs routine maintenance and
repair to diesel engines, generators, and other shipboard
5. Plans, prepares and serves up to three meals a day. Purchases
food; requisitions and purchases minor equipment and supplies.
6. Maintains interior and exterior of vessel in a clean and sanitary
7. Dispenses diesel fuel into vessel's tanks; fills fresh water
8. Operates winches to anchor vessel or deploy scientific sampling
9. Rigs trawls, dredges, submersible pumps, and other scientific
sampling gear for over-the-side deployment. Loads and unloads
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: Five years in the operation, maintenance, and repair of
vessels of at least 30 feet in length.
LICENSE: Current U.S. Coast Guard license "Master of Inland Stream
and Motor Vessels of not more than 50 Gross Tons". Current Federal
Communications Commission "Marine Radio Operator Permit".
General knowledge of inland and coastal vessels and related propulsion
and auxiliary equipment; of the operation, navigation, and maintenance
of such vessels; of the Federal, State, and local regulations
governing their operation. Ability to use radar, loran, fathometers,
marine radios, and other navigational instruments to navigate on
inland and coastal waters; general knowledge of Chesapeake Bay and its
tributaries. General knowledge of boat construction, diesel engines,
generators, plumbing, electrical circuits, and carpentry. Ability to
plan, prepare and serve meals; to purchase provisions and other minor
supplies; to operate a winch and other simple hoisting mechanisms.
Ability to supervise and provide instruction to crew; to oversee the
maintenance of logs and other records; 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.