Senior Research Vessel Mate
This position will serve as Mate aboard the R/V Virginia, which will be located in Weems, Virginia. The Mate will be responsible for assisting the captain in the daily operation of the vessel including handling lines, docking, operation of deck machinery, record keeping, and managing the various systems to ensure safe and efficient operation of the research vessel. The Mate will serve as the vessel safety officer whose role will be to ensure the security of crew members and scientists. Safety officer responsibilities will include: providing safety instruction, conducting drills, documenting drills, vessel orientations, and confirming all damage control systems are operable and functioning properly. The Mate will be in charge of all Information Technology aboard the vessel, and will be charged with maintaining the vessel server rack, data acquisition and storage systems. The qualified candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of all marine electronics, scientific sampling gear, deck equipment, and vessel maintenance. Vessel maintenance responsibilities will include but not be limited to: changing lube oil and filters; equipment repairs, painting, all paint prep, maintaining the vessel sanitation system, HVAC system, cleaning of the vessel, etc. The qualified candidate must be professional, with a customer service-oriented demeanor, excellent written and oral communication skills, and have the ability to work independently as well as with a team. The Mate must have the ability to stand as watch or lookout as deemed necessary by the captain in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. The qualified candidate shall contribute personal knowledge and skills which support the Field Operations Center in attaining its mandate— which is to provide safe and efficient research vessel support for the research, education, and advisory missions of VIMS.
• Bachelor’s degree
• 100 ton or greater USCG near coastal masters license
• 200 ton or greater USCG near coastal mates license
• Valid TWIC credentials
• Certified in First Aid/CPR
• Excellent communication and interactive skills, ability to work with diverse groups
• Three or more years of field experience aboard ocean going vessels engaged in scientific research
• Experience with the deployment and operation of commercial fishing gear such as bottom trawls, mid-water trawls, and longline gear
• General understanding of IT networking systems and data storage
• Ability and willingness to be at sea for extended periods of time
• Knowledge of federal (including those contained in the Federal Code of Regulations and US Coast Guard,) state and local regulations governing the operation of research vessels under 300 tons.
• Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of this job, including exposure to inclement weather for prolonged periods of time.
• Ability to lift heavy objects (70 lbs. or more)
• Willingness to work long days (more than 12 hours,) weekends and holidays.
• Ability to pass USCG mandated drug screening and submit to random drug testing program.
• Ability to work in hot/confined spaces
• Understanding of NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0185 networking systems
• Familiarity with ADCP and CTD instrument packages
The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.