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Marine Vessel Services Coordinator Featured

  • Friday, 11 March 2016

Dept Number/Name: 0-4710-000 / Florida Institute Of Oceanography

Job Code/Title: 6554 / Marine Vessel Services Coordinator

Position Number: 00007042

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 in the College of Marine Science located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The FIO has two major sea-going vessels, the R/V Bellows and R/V Weatherbird II, along with the land based Keys Marine Laboratory located in Layton, Florida supports excellence in marine science, technology and education opportuntities. 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: The position is a critical part of a small, but dedicated team located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The primary duties of the Vessel Services Coordinator are planning, performing, and overseeing the shipboard maintenance, repairs and pre cruise preparations of two Oceanographic research vessels, the R/V BELLOWS and the R/V WEATHERBIRD II, to ensure readiness of the vessels for marine research and educational programs.


  • Assist with maintenance and repair of ship board operational systems including but not limited to diesel main drive engines, generators, hydraulic systems, marine sanitation systems, electrical, AC&R and potable water plumbing. Schedule preventative and corrective maintenance and repairs of the vessels by coordinating with Marine Operations Manager, outside vendors and ships’ crews to complete projects on a timely basis.
  • Responsible for maintaining warehouse facility and institute owned passenger/cargo van, scheduling van usage , procurement of supplies/materials, tracking and stocking inventory (spare parts, consumable products and warehouse and of FIO’s inventory of hand and power tools, oceanographic equipment…etc.); maintain inventory within budgetary allowance as determined by the FIO’s fiscal office, and track expenditures
  • Assist Marine Captains with maintaining and auditing safety plans for both research vessels as well as working with Marine Operations Manager and USF’s facilities manager to ensure facility compliance/security plans are in place for the warehouse.
  • Provide support for scientific operations including planning for loading and unloading vessels, dock operation of cranes & forklifts, assisting in the connection of vessel services and support equipment such as winches and vans.
  • Design, fabricate, maintain, modify, weld, and repair research apparatus for shipboard deployments.
  • Work with Marine Captains and Chief Engineer(s) and Marine Operations Manager to draft specifications for vessel dry-docking, major machinery overhauls, and modifications to the vessels.
  • Make recommendations for equipment upgrades or modifications to improve efficiency of shipboard and shoreside operations.
  • Rotate as mate, relief engineer or deckhand (as qualifications allow) for both research vessels at sea
  • Provide logistical support by arranging for transport of equipment, supplies and personnel to and from ports of call other than the vessels’ home port; and perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: MINIMUM: This position requires completion of an approved apprenticeship program in marine services technician; or a high school diploma and two years of appropriate experience including experience as an Master/Mate, Engineer or Deckhand at sea. Appropriate college course work or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Position requires a technical knowledge of ships and related equipment, maintenance operations, overhaul, design, and USCG regulations pertaining to the operation and maintenance of sea-going research vessels.

Current Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW-95) certificate and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).Ability to obtain within 6 months of hire Merchant Mariner Credential as Ordinary Seaman or Wiper

PREFERRED: Hold current 200 ton USCG Oceans license or Designated Duty Engineer

Special Working Conditions: Working conditions include outdoor weather conditions; a non-stable environment (i.e., pitching, heaving, and rolling decks); noisy environment; hot and confined spaces; exposure to toxic/caustic substances and fumes; elevated areas (i.e., over six feet); and moving, lifting, and carrying heavy objects. This position may be required to work on weekends and holidays and, when at sea, is required to be available to work on a 24-hour basis.

Additional Information to Applicants: This job requires physical abilities such as trunk strength, manual dexterity, and wrist-finger movement in order to perform the essential functions of the position. Ability to work in a sea port/dock environment/conditions: operate forklift, lift equipment; may be exposed to high noise levels; perform painting or paint preparation; use protective equipment including safety eyewear, hearing protection and respirator or dust mask; must be able to lift, carry, push and pull equipment and equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. Ability to move about in small and confined shipboard spaces and to conduct light facility tasks including crane and forklift operations when required. Must be able to work effectively on research vessels for extended periods at sea. Must not feel nausea while at underway.

Apply online at 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 will be accepted.

USF/FIO is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace Location of Employment is in St. Petersburg, Florida. For additional information about the Florida Institute of Oceanography, please visit


About the Host Institution: The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.

At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. More than 47,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, a system of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. The university's main Tampa campus is home to USF Health, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.

With over 230 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, there's something for everyone at USF. The university offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success. More than 2,000 distinguished scholars, researchers and expert teachers, nearly all holding PhDs or the highest degrees in their fields, make up the USF faculty – including the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.

USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference, with 17 men's and women's varsity teams competing at the NCAA-level. New facilities for practice and competition, along with a completely renovated USF Sun Dome, put the university's athletic facilities on par with virtually every top program in the country. For more information about USF please visit:

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