R/V PELICAN First Mate/Relief Captain

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled

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Description of Job:

Under general supervision of ship’s captain, perform various functions pertaining to operation and maintenance of the vessel, waterfront maintenance, field work and related lab research projects and serve as relief captain as needed.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assist captain in operation of the vessel including steering; maneuvering; electronic, visual and celestial piloting and navigation using advanced technology; cargo handling and storage; handling lines, docking and undocking; use of deck machinery; checking for water-tightness and normal machinery operation; launching and operating ship’s boat.
2. Operate ship’s radio, radar, depth sounders, on-board computer-based acquisition system and/or other appropriate equipment and advanced technology, as required.
3. Supervise deck and on the water scientific activities including
4. Perform various vessel maintenance activities including deck and equipment repairs; cleaning, painting, and lubricating deck machinery, blocks, tackle, and other painted surfaces; making periodic checks on various equipment.
5. Perform various waterfront maintenance tasks including dock cleaning and maintenance.
6. Assist in fieldwork sampling activities including oceanographic research work and repair of sampling equipment.
7. Participate in ongoing research projects as necessary.
8. Serve as relief captain, as required, including supervising other crewmembers and scientist, providing indoctrination and safety instruction and drills.
9. Perform related duties, as assigned.
10. Perform up to 180 days at sea per year.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

1. High school graduation and five years of experience in vessel operations.
2. USCG Operator’s license, Master/Near Coastal.
3. Experience and knowledge of coastal waters between South Florida and South Texas
4. Supervisory skills.
5. Sufficient strength and physical dexterity to perform duties and responsibilities of this job including heavy lifting with exposure to inclement weather conditions for prolonged periods of time.
6. Ability to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment, as necessary.
7. Must pass drug and alcohol screening tests as mandated by Department of Transportation agency regulations.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

1. Courses or degree in Marine Sciences or related field.
2. Live within an hour driving distance to vessel docks in Chauvin, LA.

***The position requires extended periods of time at sea.


R. Ross Turlington
Port Captain, Vessel Operations
8124 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA 70344 USA
Office: (985) 851-2813
Cell: (504) 333-3900

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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