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


Performs logistical planning, pilots and navigates vessel for research cruises of an extended duration on oceanographic research vessel of 50 to 100 gross tons.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action.

Under general direction, perform logistical planning for cruises of extended duration with oceanographers and/or other scientific researchers; coordinate vessel operations and maintenance with researchers to meet scientific cruise objectives; responsible for provisions, security, safety, and supervision of crew and scientific party during day and night vessel operations on a research vessel which primarily accommodates cruises of a duration of more than 24 hours.

Typical Work

Operates research vessel within institution rules, regulations, and directives;

Ensures adherence to Coast Guard and maritime rules and regulations governing ships and mariners;

Plans and obtains provisions for cruises, including loading and care of scientific equipment, food, and medical supplies;

Ensures all requirements are met for entrance and clearance of vessels through Customs and Immigration;

Utilizes electronic, dead reckoning, and pilotage techniques of navigation;

Operates communications equipment;

Maintains daily logs, maintenance records, supply records for Marine Superintendent;

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 seven years of experience as a vessel operator or licensed officer, including one year of experience on a vessel in a supervisory or lead position


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 6-27-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Class: 2-15-91
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 4926), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work; effective July 1, 2007.