Current Job Openings

Assistant Boat Captain

Primary duties of this position include maintenance of the RV Apalachee and serving as the Boat Captain when the 1st Captain is either unavailable to go to sea or while at sea on multi-day cruises, in which case they split shifts to ensure compliance with Coast Guard rules. Qualifications include:

  • a 100-ton valid Captain's license, meeting all US Coast Guard standards for time at sea & drug testing
  • bachelor's degree & 2-years experience related to the job duties, or a high school diploma and 6-years experience
  • experience with scientific field equipment use and maintenance
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.
  • proficient at computer applications including excel and word

Applicant must be physically capable of conducting rigorous field work and have the flexibility to work long hours occasionally.

View the listing for more information.

Alternate Boat Captain/First Mate - a part time position

These positions are onboard the R/V APALACHEE, a 65-ft (80 ton), a twin engine research vessel. The positions will require abilities for precise vessel maneuvering and extensive nighttime work, and deployment of a variety of oceanographic equipment and fishing gears. Other duties include assisting the first captain in vessel maintenance and accommodating research equipment loading, hookup and deployment. Knowledge of hydraulic systems strongly desired.

Qualifications: (1) Must have at least a 100-ton captain's license and meet all US Coast Guard standards for time at sea and drug testing; (2) high school diploma/equivalent and at least four years of relevant experience; (3) knowledge of field equipment use and maintenance; (4) proficient in computer applications, including Excel and Word or equivalent software. (5) attention to detail and ability to multi-task; (6) ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.

To apply, go to: Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu and refer to job ID 37136.

Note: Please indicate if you are interested in the Assistant Captain or Alternate Captain positions (or both). This position is being posted as open until filled. Review of applicants will begin in May and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Applicants must submit electronic copies (PDF files preferred) of a Resume and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional references along with the application.


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