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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 652F
Category: Marine-Ferry & Aircraft


Serve as the master of a research vessel, 100 gross tons or less.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under the general direction of the Marine Superintendent, have responsibility for the safe navigation, proper operation, readiness and security of a research vessel of 100 gross tons or less.  During scientific cruises, is responsible to the Senior Scientist on board for operating the ship in full support of the scientific objectives of the cruise.

Typical Work

Acts as Master of a seagoing research vessel up to 100 gross tons, within the authority of the license; 

Assists in logistic planning for cruises; submits requests for supplies; directs loading and stowage; enters and clears vessel through customs and immigration; 

Operates the vessel to which appointed within University rules, regulations and directives; ensures compliance with Coast Guard rules and regulations and maritime laws governing ships and mariner; 

Responsible for safe navigation and security of the vessel and safety of personnel embarked; 

Utilizes electronic, dead reckoning and pilotage techniques of navigation; 

Responsible under the senior scientist's direction, for following navigational tracks and occupying positions as required for scientific purposes; 

Observes safety precautions and seagoing procedures, instructing embarked scientific personnel of necessary safety precautions and procedures; 

Maintains and monitors use of all medical supplies aboard ship; and is responsible for ship's sanitation, hygiene and handling of medical emergencies; 

Directs and performs routine maintenance and upkeep of ship's machinery and equipment; makes minor repairs at sea; prepares work requests for other than minor repairs; 

Stands regular watches at sea as well as security watches in port; 

Maintains custody of the petty cash fund on extended cruises; is responsible for proper expenditures; 

Responsible for proper and adequate hotel services for embarked scientists; 

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent AND U.S. Coast Guard license as operator of a small passenger vessel of tonnage equal to that of the vessel to which assigned AND six years experience as a vessel operator or as a licensed officer 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Class: 6-27-88
Revise Class: 2-15-91
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 4925), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work; effective July 1, 2007.
Abolished; adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 15, 2009.
Re-established, abolished in error; adopted August 13, 2009, effective August 14, 2009.