Oregon State University Academic Wage-Hourly: Relief Research Vessel Master Pool 2017-Pac Storm/Elakha in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P00207AW


This recruitment will be used to fill future relief Research Vessel Master positions as needed in the Ship Operations unit in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. These positions will be located in Newport, Oregon. The duration of these positions will vary.

The Research Vessel Master provides managerial, administrative, supervisory, professional, technical, and operational support to the College’s Research Vessel (R/V) Elakha and/or R/V Pacific Storm.

The Research Vessel Master assumes major responsibilities for the conduct of seagoing scientific operations of the R/V Elakha and/or R/V Pacific Storm and acts as the point of contact for science users of the vessel. The Master is the Captain of the vessel, and is in overall command of all personnel and operations aboard the vessel. He/she is responsible for the safety, security, and effectiveness of the vessel, crew, and embarked scientists. During research expeditions, the crew may consist of up to 13 scientists, in addition to the Master and crew members. Operations are often complex and include handling a wide variety of oceanographic equipment over-the-side, diving operations, and other potentially hazardous operations. The Master provides expertise, experience, and training to on-board scientific personnel for the purpose of safe and effective accomplishments of all planned activities.

This position is largely funded by income generated from sponsored research grants and the majority of work occurs during the spring, summer, and early fall, when ocean conditions allow the vessel to safely and effectively work off-shore. The Master supports Ship Operations and the R/V Oceanus primarily during the Elakha/Pacific Storm off-season, depending on the needs of the organization and the skills of the operator.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and three oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus, the 84-foot coastal research vessel Pacific Storm, and the 54-foot coastal research vessel Elakha. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include M.S. and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a M.S. degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

The defined qualifications will need to be identified in the Minimum/Required Qualifications field.

Requirements :

Possession of a valid United States Coast Guard (USCG) license as Master of Vessels of 100 Gross Tons (Near Coastal) or higher license.

Possession of a valid Marine Radio Operator Permit.

Possession of a valid Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC).

Current First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

1 year of experience in research vessel operations.


The Relief Master is required to work on board the R/V Elakha and/or Pacific Storm, at sea, on research cruises that are generally 13 hours or less in duration, in ocean and weather conditions which are highly variable. For information about the R/V Elakha and R/V Pacific Storm, please see: http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/.

Ship Operations is a seven day per week operation, therefore, weekend and holiday work may be required. Shift and/or work assignments may change based on operational needs.

The employee in this position may be required to lift, carry, push, and pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.