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The School of Oceanography has an outstanding opportunity for a Captain, RV Rachel Carson. The Research Vessel Rachel Carson is a local/regional research ship owned by the University of Washington and operated by the School of Oceanography. R/V Carson is 72’, 168-ton, diesel-powered, twin-screw vessel with a USCG Research Vessel designation. The Captain oversees the safe operation of the vessel and supervises a crew of up to 3 additional personnel: a permanent mate/engineer, and two temporary employees (mate and deckhand or oiler) during overnight and extended trips. One to three crew members and a Marine Technician report to the Captain when the vessel is away from home port. In addition, the Captain is responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 20 scientists aboard the vessel for day trips or up to 9 scientists for overnight trips. The Captain is expected to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of ship operations, safe navigation, shipboard firefighting and damage control, stability, vessel communications, and the use (including safe deployment/recovery) of scientific equipment.
Managerial Responsible for the overall safe and efficient operations of the R/V Rachel Carson. Maintains the Standing Orders for the vessel, creates and maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and keeps the Safety Management Manual up-to-date. Responsible for knowing and enforcing on the vessel all relevant Federal (USCG), State, local and university rules and regulations including the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards (RVSS). Ensures that the vessel meets all safety equipment and other inspection requirements in the federal regulations and US Coast Guard research vessel designation letter. Plans and conducts regular safety training and emergency drills involving all members of the crew and scientific party. Assigns watch scheduled for crew members and assign day-to-day duties for routine vessel tasks; act as supervisor for all crew members aboard when the vessel is away from homeport (UW School of Oceanography). Conducts crew training and familiarization for new and existing crew.
Operations Safely and efficiently operate R/V Rachel Carson as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) and oversees the performance and safety of the other assigned watchstanders. Utilizes appropriate navigation techniques (visual, electronic, dead reckoning) for safe navigation of the vessel. Operates the vessel’s communication and bridge equipment (VHF radio, MF/HF radio, RADAR, electronic navigation, sonars). Operates the vessel for trips as short as 6 hours and as long as 15 days depending on the assigned research project. Takes lead in deck operations to include operating all deck equipment and deploying and recovering science equipment. Maintains daily logs, submit daily reports, and other records to document the operations conducted and support the Marine Superintendent. Performs logistical planning for cruises with scientific researchers and professors, coordinate vessel operations, and execute scientific research projects to ensure scientific objectives are met. Plans and purchases supplies so the vessel is adequately provisioned (food), fueled, and adequate supplies and spares are aboard for efficient operations. Plans and oversees that all scientific equipment is loaded in accordance with the stability conditions of the vessel. In concert with the shoreside port engineer, assists in the planning, scheduling, and coordination of routine and emergency maintenance.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Minimum Required Education: Associate's degree in Oceanography or related field. Required License: US Coast Guard Master 200 ton. Required Experience: three years experience as a vessel operator (officer in charge of a navigational watch) with at least one year of experience on a vessel of similar tonnage (>100 ton) in a supervisory or lead position.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography, Fisheries, or related subject; Five years of experience as a vessel operator or licensed officer including at least one year of experience on a research vessel of similar size (100 ton or greater) in a supervisory or lead position
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