Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) is a research unit of the College of the Environment, located on a 490 acre biological reserve on San Juan Island. The primary mission of FHL is marine research, with teaching and public outreach also an important part of our mission at UW. FHL was established over 100 years ago and operates year-round, bringing scientists, students, and scholars from all over the world together to study and conduct research in the marine sciences.
FHL is a unique unit within the College since it is a research station, offers undergraduate and graduate classes, runs dormitories and a study center for scholars, hosts conferences and workshops, operates scientific diving and other research from FHL-owned vessels and small boats, and runs a dining hall. Given this diversity of operations, FHL is also home to diverse users and visitors from all over the globe who come to learn, study, teach, and discover. FHL is committed to fostering an environment that is professional, ethical, inclusive and respectful of all who participate in our community, and expects all FHL employees, students and visitors to contribute positively to our community.
Friday Harbor Labs has an outstanding opportunity for a part time , 50%FTE Marine Operations Supervisor. The Marine Operations Supervisor is responsible for organizing and overseeing the operation of the FHL research vessel, currently the R/V Kittiwake. This vessel as well as the FHL small research boats are important components of the Labs, and their smooth operation is critical to seagoing research and educational programs within the University of Washington as well as other national and international institutions. The Supervisor leads the Marine Operations staff and crew so as to provide support to all research and academic endeavors. They are also responsible for the general oversight of FHL dock facility operations, the Small Boats program and other ongoing marine operations.
This is a year round operation with the peak of the busy season in late spring to early fall, with a client base of undergraduate and graduate students and associated faculty, and researchers from UW and around the world who conduct their work utilizing FHL marine facilities. The Marine Operations position and the operation of the R/V Kittiwake constitute a major aspect of what makes FHL such a unique environment for the research and teaching community that it serves.
Operate the Research Vessel •Operate research vessel of 20 to 100 gross tons within UW and Coast Guard rules, regulations, and directives •Pilot and navigate vessel for research cruises of several hours to several days •Operate deck gear for scientific party when required •Develop and enforce safety precautions and instruct scientific party in safety precautions and shipboard procedures •Utilize electronic, dead reckoning, and pilotage techniques of navigation; operate communications equipment
Plan and Coordinate Vessel Use •Coordinate vessel operations and maintenance with researchers to meet scientific cruise objectives. •Ensure safety protocols are met; stay informed and adhere to pertinent University, State, and Federal rules; responsible for security, safety, and supervision of crew and scientific party during day and night vessel operations; maintain detailed ships logs. •Work with the Director and Operations Manager to develop and implement long term plans to upgrade seagoing capabilities to meet upcoming challenges and opportunities. •Perform logistical planning, including obtaining provisions for cruises, loading and care of scientific equipment, food, and medical supplies; ensure routine spare parts and vessel consumables are available. •Ensure all requirements are met for entrance and clearance of vessels through Customs and Immigration. •Track vessel use time for billing purposes, provide information to fiscal specialist. •Serve as a liaison with federal and state agencies as well as private organizations to keep them informed and to negotiate contracts and funding for ship operations, repairs and equipment. •Serve as a liaison with ship operators from other institutions.
Plan and Carry Out Regular Maintenance of Vessel •Assume principle responsibility for the care, maintenance (both preventative and emergency) and proper operation of main, auxiliary and electrical machinery and equipment of a small research vessel and maintain records of these actions •When needed, prepare work requests for repairs by shipyard or contractor; maintain "on board" and "shore based" repair and replacement parts; prepare requisitions
Supervise Dock Operations and Crew Members •With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants for marine operations positions, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action. •Supervise vessel crew and and shore-based marine operations personnel.
Minimum Qualifications •High School graduation or equivalent •U.S. Coast Guard License as operator of a small passenger vessel of tonnage equal to that of the vessel to which assigned. •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 or equivalent education/experience.
Desired Qualifications •Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific field, especially marine science (biology, fisheries, or oceanography). •One year apprentice level experience maintaining and troubleshooting diesel engines, generators, and other essential marine equipment or equivalent experience. •Experience working with researchers on academic, agency, or consulting projects using research vessels. •U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton license. •One year journey level experience maintaining and troubleshooting diesel engines, generators, and other essential marine equipment or equivalent experience. •Experience with operation of marine fishing and scientific equipment including trawls, dredges, cores, CTDs, plankton nets, grabs. •Experience working with college-age student groups. •Successful grant-writing experience. •Marine marketing experience developing work for the research vessel from diverse potential users, including preparing marketing material.
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