The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

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Assistant Marine Engineer

  • Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Position Details

Academic Affairs Unit Department 0-4710-000

Florida Institute of Oceanography

Position Number: 00016895

Organizational Summary:

For nearly half a century, Florida's coastline and marine life has been protected and monitored by the Florida Institute of Oceanography providing a shared resource across the State University System (SUS).  The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is a state-wide Academic Infrastructure Support Organization (AISO) established in 2009 by the Chancellor and Board of Governors (BOG) of the State University System (SUS).  Hosted by the University of South Florida and housed at the College of Marine Science located in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The FIO has two major sea-going vessels, the 71 ft R/V Bellows and 115 ft R/V Weatherbird II, along with the land based Keys Marine Laboratory located in Layton, Florida, provide science and education capabilities.  Combined, these platforms have supported over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students Statewide since 2009, allowing students to connect first-hand with scientific research conducted along Florida's coast. 

FIO operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with 30 institutions and agencies engaged in marine research, education and resources management, including all 12 public universities providing collaborating opportunities across academia, government, and private sector for educational, training, research and public outreach opportunities for students and scientists across Florida.

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act; Subtitle F of Public Law 112-141). The Act established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department and designated the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) as the Gulf Coast Entity that would administer and oversee the Center(s) of Excellence for Florida. Under the terms of the Act, a percentage of funds will be allocated to FIO, the funds will be used and be available for FLRACEP programs, projects and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region. 

Position Summary:

Serves as Engineer/Deckhand on the R/V Bellows. Position ensure proper operation of all machinery. Performs routine/preventative maintenance and repair of engine room machinery, including but not limited to diesel engines, generators, electrical, hydraulic equipment, plumbing and compressed air system at sea or in port.  Performs machinery overhauls, dismantle machinery and equipment, repairs, replacing components, perform subsequent reassembles, operational testing of controls, safeties, shutdowns, and place equipment in service. Service and repair sanitation system (toilets, sinks, showers, potable water system) gray water system with proper waste management and disposal. Troubleshoot; diagnose and recommend solutions for correcting problems with equipment and machinery as necessary. Carry out other ship maintenance as assigned.  Possess good working knowledge of damage control and shipboard safety.  This position requires excellent communications skills to carry out instructions safely and efficiently, have physical abilities such as trunk strength, manual dexterity, and wrist-finger movement in order to perform the essential functions of the position.  Working conditions include outdoor weather conditions; a non-stable environment (ie.pitching, heaving, and rolling decks); noisy environment; hot and confined spaces; exposure to toxic/caustic substances and fumes; elevated areas (ie over six feet) moving, lifting, and carrying heavy objects.  This position requires working on weekends, holidays and when at sea, required to be available to work non-routine hours.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires completion of an approved apprenticeship program in marine services technician repair; or a high school diploma and three years of appropriate experience. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Position requires a valid Driver’s License, Passport, TWIC, STCW.  Pre-employment physical and drug screening is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with Cummins/Caterpillar and or/Detroit diesel engines including outboard engines; cutting, welding, experience with scientific deployment of oceanographic equipment or similar; experience operating various trawls/towing, small boat handling, basic bridge watching, requires basic customer service skills-good interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in a University setting working with researchers and undergraduate and graduate students.

Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 10100

Posting Date:  04/22/2016

Posting End Date: 05/31/2016

How to Claim Vet Preference

This position allows eligible veterans and their spouses to claim Veterans’ Preference pursuant to Florida Statute 295.

Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING APPLICATION; such documentation is required for eligibility determination.  

Supporting documentation, in addition to the DD214, may be required based on eligibility criteria.   

For information on obtaining a DD 214 visit or call 1-866-272-6272.

How To Apply

Click on the Apply Now button.  When applying to an opening you will have the opportunity to upload a cover letter and resume. 

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above.  YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

USF and FIO is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

Work Location

FIO is located on the USF-St. Petersburg campus.  

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