R/V Captain

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Present Position Number00383VRole Code TitleWatercraft Operations Mgr IPosition TitleR/V CaptainPosition Summary

Marine Operations at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites qualified applicants to apply for the Research Vessel Captain. The ideal candidate will have 500 ton Master Oceans license issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Strong knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding tributaries. The proven ability to work with diverse groups of individuals, and work long days, including holidays and weekends.

The Research Vessel (R/V) Captain serves as Captain on the R/V Bay Eagle (65 ft), R/V Tidewater (43 ft), M/V Tyndall Pointe (35 ft) and other trailered vessels as needed.

The R/V Captain also provides crewing relief by sailing as Mate or Able Seamen (AB) as needed on the R/V Virginia (93 ft). This position ensures that all federal and state maritime regulations are followed while operating VIMS research vessels. The R/V Captain also ensures that all VIMS policies and procedures are followed.

Reporting to the Director of Marine Operations, the R/V Captain directs all shipboard activities while on watch and accepts full responsibility for the proper operation of all shipboard systems. This position is ultimately responsible for all aspects of safety for embarked personnel.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Effectively operates various VIMS vessels and directs the safe operation of the vessel. Operates various davits, frames, cranes and winches as necessary to accomplish each specific scientific operation in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Utilizes a computerized maintenance management program to ensure vessels are maintained to manufacturer’s specifications as well as internally established best practices.
  • Oversees and actively participates in the maintenance and operation of all deck and safety equipment.
  • Ensures operational readiness of the vessel as it relates to accomplishing the scientific objectives of a cruise which includes but is not limited to, ensuring ship’s gear is appropriate for deploying/recovering instrumentation and all personnel are briefed on safety related issues prior to leaving port.
  • Oversees all sampling activities while at sea and contributes to the accomplishment and integrity of scientific goals. Coordinates with scientific personnel to assure vessel requirements, capability and availability are appropriate to complete the scientific objectives of each mission.
  • Assumes overall responsibility for the cleanliness and maintenance of the vessels, inventory of scientific equipment, and proper stowage on the vessel prior to leaving port.
Required Qualifications

EDUCATION/LICENSE:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid Driver’s License required.
  • 100 ton Master near coastal license issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
  • 500 ton or greater near-coastal Mates license issued by the USCG (or the ability to obtain within 12 months of hire).
  • Valid Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) credential.
  • Valid STCW credential appropriate for vessel tonnage.

COMPETENCIES:

  • In-depth knowledge of federal, state and local regulations (including those contained in the Federal Code Of Regulations-CFR’s), governing the operation of vessels under 300 gross registered tons (GRT).
  • Proficiency with a variety of software applications, particularly MS Office applications.
  • Excellent communication and interactive skills, with the ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform all responsibilities while being exposed to inclement weather at sea for extended periods of time.
  • Trained in First Aid/CPR.
  • Ability to pass USCG mandated drug screening and submit to random drug testing program.
  • Ability to pass a USCG physical.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in hot/confined spaces.
  • Ability to work long days (more than 12 hours) weekends and holidays.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience working as Master or crew on vessels over 100 GRT.
Preferred Qualifications

EDUCATION/LICENSE:

  • Bachelors degree in technical or marine related field.
  • 500 ton Master Oceans license issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

COMPETENCIES:

  • Extensive knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding tributaries.
  • Familiarity with dynamic positioning (DP) and its use in research vessel operations.
  • Basic familiarity with the maintenance and repair of diesel engines and ship-board electrical systems.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience working on research vessels or in the commercial maritime industry.
  • Experience working with Safety Management Systems (SMS) as defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Advertised Pay RangeCommensurate with experienceDepartment137100 Marine OperationsLocationVIMS - GloucesterUniversity Salary Range

U10Job Open Date10/16/2020Review Begin DateJob Close Date11/16/2020Open Until FilledNoEmployment CategoryFull Time OperationalPosition Term12 Month - ContinuingSpecial Application InstructionsConditions of Employment:
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by the supervisor.
  • 500 ton or greater near-coastal Mates license issued by the USCG (or the ability to obtain within 12 months of hire).
  • Valid Driver’s License required.
  • Ability to pass USCG mandated drug screening and submit to random drug testing program.
  • Ability to pass a USCG physical.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in hot/confined spaces.
  • Ability to work long days (more than 12 hours) weekends and holidays.
EEO Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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    Posted: 10/18/2020
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