The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for the position of R/V Seawolf Deckhand. The R/V Seawolf Deckhand is responsible for supporting faculty, staff, students, and other scientific and educational parties, while on board the R/V Seawolf, operated by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences – Stony Brook University. The R/V Seawolf Deckhand will share responsibility for the day-to-day operational needs and various vessel and ships facilities maintenance tasks on board the R/V Seawolf, and will provide assistance to research parties prior to, during, and after cruises with accurate calibration, handling and deployment of oceanographic equipment, and handling of experimental materials and animals. The incumbent will assist in the sea-going operation of the R/V Seawolf and will have primary responsibility for helping to ensure the vessels and facilities are maintained and in proper/efficient operating capacity.

The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an outstanding attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

This position also requires the ability to undertake fieldwork in varying conditions and be comfortable handling sampling gear for fieldwork processes (i.e. while trawling – pulling in the sampling gear by hand, hauling sampling buckets on and off the boat, carrying needed supplies to and from the boat and/or van, etc).

Essential Duties:
Vessel and facilities maintenance and repairs:
Support the Captain and science crew, performing routine maintenance and minor repairs. Assist Captain and Operations Facilities Manager with haul-out regarding vessel operating capabilities.

Onshore duties include:

  • Assist in the maintenance of boathouse and other SoMAS building facilities when not at sea.
  • Work in conjunction with Seawolf captains and Operation Facilities Manager to procure vessel and operational supplies and equipment in accordance with scheduled vessel operations and science team requirements and other SoMAS facilities needs.

Serve as Deckhand on the R/V Seawolf:

  • Operate deck gear in the deployment and retrieval of sampling gear and assist science parties aboard the vessel to carry out their mission safely and optimally.
  • Regularly stand navigational watch as may be required on long-day or overnight cruises.
  • Help to enforce shipboard safety rules and procedures and ensure safe boat operation and safety of personnel.
  • Serve as the ship’s cook. Responsible for identifying, procuring, and safe storage of food for cruises. Develop recipes to meet the wide range of dietary needs among the crew and science party.
  • Perform additional routine shipboard and shore-side duties as directed by vessel captain. Includes, but is not limited to scraping, sanding, priming/painting, and assisting in other vessel maintenance.
  • Support the science teams in preparing for their on board research and educational programs when required.
  • Assist with identification of species, proper handling of animals and experimental materials, appropriate methods to be utilized, such as measuring, weighing, tagging.
  • Operate, maintain and repair all SoMAS-owned field and oceanographic research equipment.
  • Ensure that all required sampling or area-use permits are valid and current.

Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and department mission.

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Associate’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher). In lieu of the degree, any combination of education and/or sea-time experience working on boats, including vessel maintenance totaling 2 full-time years may be considered. Must possess and maintain CPR and AED Certification.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or a related field. Sea-time experience working on boats, including vessel maintenance. Experience with one, preferably more than one of the following: machining, welding, woodworking, diesel engine maintenance, outboard maintenance, hydraulic system maintenance. Possess a valid USCG Captains License. Experience with bottom trawling fishing. Experience repairing fishing nets and related ground tackle. Prior at-sea experience aboard an oceanographic research vessel. Prior at-sea experience with oceanographic research equipment, commercial fishing gear, and/or other at-sea operations such as dredging or towing. Knowledge of computers, programs, networking, especially MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access, Google applications (email, calendar, sheets, docs). Knowledge of shipboard electronics, 12V power systems, interfacing (NEMA 0183, NMEA 2000). Experience cooking on vessels for 10 to 20 people. Must have, keep and maintain the appropriate valid NYS Driver’s License; have a motor vehicle record which is free from major violations or a pattern of repeat violations. (***Out-of-State Applicants, see “Special Notes”).

Special Notes:

This is a full time appointment.  FLSA Nonexempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

Evening and weekend work will be required at times.

***Out-of-State Applicants: Please note as a condition of employment and in order for this position to be tendered, the successful incumbent will be required to provide evidence of a valid license and driving abstract from the state issuing the license within five business days of a conditional offer and must obtain a NYS driver’s license within 30 days of acceptance of offer.

To apply for this position online, please visit Stony Brook Jobs and reference posting #2000658.

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To apply for this position online, please visit Stony Brook Jobs and reference posting #2000516.

Official Job Title: Instructional Support Associate
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Variable
Shift Hours: Professional obligation: hours will vary (see special notes)
Pass Days: Sat, Sun
Posting Start Date: Mar 9, 2020
Posting End Date: Apr 8, 2020, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: $50,000-$53,000
Salary Grade: SL2
Appointment Type: Temporary

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