University of Alaska
January 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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  • Job Number: 523581

  • Classification: Marine Deck 3

  • Grade: Grade 76

  • Work type: On Campus, Staff Full-time

  • Administrative Unit: University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • School/Business unit: UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science

  • Location: Seward

  • Categories: Marine Worker

  • Position Summary:

    Adventure, cutting-edge research, and a great crew await you. The R/V Sikuliaq is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. If you are interested in the opportunity to work aboard one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, apply today! We are currently seeking a permanent Bosun to join our team.


    1-60Deck Operations: As directed by the Chief Mate, this unlicensed vessel position is responsible for coordinating the daily work activities of unlicensed personnel within the Deck Department and facilitating and supporting the scientific mission of each voyage. The Bosun delegates work equitably within the department and tracks the work hours of unlicensed deck personnel. This position entails planning, scheduling, and leading maintenance of deck department spaces, decks, tools, equipment, machinery, small crafts, and associated gear. The Bosun is responsible for the operation of all non- engineering area deck machinery, and ensures adherence to safety guidelines, policies, and procedures. The Bosun will also operate deck equipment including winches, A-frames, cranes and davits to load and stow stores and scientific equipment. This position is also responsible for the instructing and training of all deckhands in safe and proper operation of the anchor windlass, capstans, cranes, winches and other deck machinery. This position will direct and assist in handling lines and operating capstans when mooring or unmooring from berths. The Bosun operates the windlass when anchoring. The Bosun will direct placement, rigging and setting of the gangway, and is responsible for properly lashing deck cargo and securing hatches.Essential

    2-30Cleaning and Maintenance: The Bosun Performs routine preventative general maintenance of all interior and exterior areas including ship's hull, deck, bulkheads, and superstructure, and maintains sanitary cleanliness of the ship. This position is also responsible for maintaining accurate paint, tool, and deck supply inventories and recommending orders as necessary. The Bosun will recognize signs of equipment damage and is responsible for removing damaged equipment from service. The Bosun also maintains records of deck equipment, wire and usage logs, and must possess the ability to review ship's drawing and equipment technical manuals.Essential

    3-10Safety: The Bosun is responsible for ensuring the safety of all hands involved in deck related operations through training, use proper safety equipment, and following safety procedures and guidelines. The Bosun will interpret and apply pertinent safety, environmental, regulatory rules and regulations, and is responsible for keeping the Chief Mate well informed. The Bosun will actively serve in duties as defined by the Master, as part of ship's safety management and emergency preparedness, and will participate in all emergency drills and situations. The Bosun is a member of firefighting and emergency response teams.Essential

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Advanced and pertinent knowledge and experience with safely over-boarding and recovering equipment at sea. Advanced deck equipment experience: crane, winch, davit and small boat launch, recovery and operation. Experience in preventive maintenance of deck equipment. Able to work non-standard flexible watch hours. Ability to stand watch as look-out, helm as part of a bridge navigation watch, and stand port security watches. Ability to operate small boats.

    Typical Experience:

    High school graduate or equivalent and at least 3 years working as Able Seaman and one year experience as Bosun. Candidates with research vessel experience are strongly preferred.

    Required Education or Training:

  • Qualified applicants must possess the following valid credentials:
  • U.S. Passport
  • TWIC card
  • USCG Medical Certificate
  • U. S. Coast Guard (USCG), Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) with the following endorsements: Able Seaman-Unlimited, RFPNW, Lifeboatman, Able Seafarer -Deck, PSC, and Basic Training
  • First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Salary Information:

    This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 76, based on education and experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

    Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • The names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references

  • Copy of your MMC (all pages)

  • Copy of your TWIC card

  • Copy of your STCW Medical Certificate

  • Copy of your passport

  • The review process for applications will be begin on January 26th, 2023. To ensure full consideration of your application, please submit your application before 11:55 PM AKST on January 25th.

    Applicants will be required to provide documentation of participation in a random drug testing program for at least 60 of the preceding 185 days, did not have any positive test results, and did not refuse to take a required test. If not under employment, where a random drug testing program exists, the applicant shall provide a completed test indicating they are free of illegal substance abuse, when requested by Seward Marine Center, prior to employment. Testing will be for the presence of cocaine, opiates, marijuana (THC), amphetamines and PCP (phencyclidine). Testing will be in accordance with the Department of Transportation Program and testing shall be in accordance with United States Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Testing guidelines outlined in the Federal Register 46 C.F.R. 4, 5, and 16.

    To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

    UAF COVID Requirements:

    Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

    Employees based on UAF's Troth Yeddha' (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

    This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

    The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.

    The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

    Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Walters, R/V Sikuliaq HR Coordinator, at [email protected] or 907-224-4310. You may also contact Ed deCastro, R/V Sikuliaq Port Captain at [email protected] or 907-224-4304.

    Advertised: 04 Jan 2023 Alaskan Standard Time Applications close: 25 Jan 2023 Alaskan Standard Time

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