General Nature of Work:
Operates estuarine and ocean reseach vessels up to seventy-two feet in length engaged in marine and oceanographic research and marine resources conservation activities.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Operates vessels to transport scientists and students on research and educational cruises.
Conducts a preventive maintenance and overhaul program on hull, machinery and electronic gear; writes specifications for major repairs.
Directs the setting of trawl nets, plankton nets, fish traps, benthic sampling devices and other marine sampling gear.
Constructs and repairs nets, doors, ground tackle, towing bridles and wires.
Operates complex navigational equipment, echo sounders, radar and other modern electronic aids associated with marine operations.
Meets with chief scientist and conservation and management personnel to coordinate outfitting of the vessel for specific tasks.
Supervises mates, fishermen and deckhands in accordance with cruise plans.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of lifesaving equipment, first aid and safety procedures.
Knowledge of commercial fishery techniques.
Knowledge of tides, currents and coastal features.
Knowledge of inland and international rules of the road.
Skill in the operation of navigational equipment, echo sounders, radar and other modern electronic aids associated with marine operations.
Skill in the operation and maintenance of marine diesel engines, pumps, compressors, generators and auxiliary equipment common to fishing vessels.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Positions require a current United States Coast Guard license as master or captain for the gross tonnage of the vessel operated.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma and experience in the operation of a commercial fishing, military or large private marine vessel.