This position is vital to the commissioning and ongoing operation of FIO's newest research platform, the R/V Western Flyer. Per US Coast Guard regulations, the vessel requires CREW who are licensed. Position supports captain, crew, and science party while underway to ensure a safe operation while at sea and in-port. Position performs safety and routine maintenance and repair on the vessel and related equipment while at sea and in port. Position is also available to provide support to other FIO platforms and shore side to ensure FIO's goals and mission are met.
- Assist with launching and recovery of over-the-side scientific equipment as needed using cranes, winches, davits, capstans, gypsy heads, nets, small boats, dive compressors and miscellaneous rigging, mooring lines and towing cables. Operates portable power and hand tools.
- Load and unload vessel equipment and supplies, by hand or using hoisting fisheries equipment. Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, and/or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, and/or dredges as appropriate. Pull and guide nets, traps, and lines onto vessels, by hand or using hoisting equipment. Work with PI to remove catches from fishing equipment and store them as appropriate. Wash decks, conveyors, knives, and other equipment. ensure maintenance of winches, cranes, davits and other equipment are operational and kept up.
- Assists with general shipboard maintenance, both in port and underway, including cleaning, de-scaling, chipping and painting. Performs manual labor while at sea and in port, assist with general housekeeping, which may include janitorial (loading, unloading laundry, garbage and etc.), work at the shipyard performing maintenance and repair work as well conducting like duties away from port and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or captain.
- Assists in routine tasks involved in watchkeeping of the vessel, particularly during inclement weather. Responds to all shipboard emergencies. Inspect, correct, notify appropriate parties of any conditions that may affect the safety of the crew or cargo, makes vessel safety checks, walk around the vessel inside and out, go into storage areas, etc., turn off any lights that may interfere with navigation as directed. Must perform requirements of Emergency Station Bill for both drills and actual emergencies to include fire, flooding, man overboard, abandon ship, medical, and spill response. Safe operation of small boats, daily upkeep of small boats, rafts and other small vessels as needed.
- Assists with mooring, unmooring and anchoring of vessel during underway periods. Sets the appropriate gangway and secures it to the dock, helps with the on-load of passengers as needed, taking on potable water, assist with loading and/or unloading of materials and supplies to and from docks, barges and boat. On turnaround day, take on dry stores. Clean all common related areas of the boat (exterior) that can't be completed while underway. Load/Off-load science equipment.
Certifications for Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping, Basic Safety Training (STCW-95, BST), including First Aid and CPR. Applicant must possess a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential with a minimum rating of Able Seaman, Limited, (US), Able Seafarer Deck (STCW) and STCW endorsement of Rating forming part of a navigational watch (RFPNW).
One year of appropriate experience working onboard a vessel. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Ability to pass through scuttles and hatches and over door coamings while the vessel is in a seaway; does not get chronically seasick. Previous experience as a deck hand, including experience with vessel maintenance, splicing and handling lines, which operations, cargo handling, anchoring, small boat operations and navigation, and long lining experience highly desired. Experience working with the academic and/or science communities.