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LUMCON is a program of the Board of Regents, as a consortium is a statewide academic endeavor to focus and strengthen the effectiveness of foundational marine science needed to address the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing Louisiana and the nation.

LUMCON has provided unparalleled opportunities in marine science and education to the research community and public alike. Anchored by a first-rate marine laboratory, the DeFelice Marine Center, LUMCON is embedded in Louisiana’s dynamic wetland environment and conveniently located on a gateway to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From this facility, LUMCON operates a world-class fleet of research vessels unmatched in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2023, LUMCON is expanding its programs through the opening of a maritime research and outreach facility in Houma.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

  • High School Graduate and three years of experience in vessel operation.
  • Appropriate USCG Operator’s license is required.
  • Must live within a 3-hour drive from LUMCON or willing to relocate after a trial period. The trial period is TBD at the discretion of the Captain.
  • Must pass drug and alcohol screening tests as mandated by the Department of Transportation.
  • 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.
  • Ability to wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment, as necessary.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge of coastal waters between South Florida and South Texas.
  • Supervisory skills.

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited the following:

  • Assists Captain in operation of the vessel including: steering; maneuvering; electronics, visual piloting and navigation using advanced technology; cargo handling and storage; handling lines, docking and departing; use of deck machinery; checking for water-tightness and normal machinery operation; launching, operating, and recovery of ship’s small vessel.
  • Operates ship’s radio, radar, depth sounders, on-board computer-based acquisition system and/or other appropriate equipment and advanced technology, as required.
  • Performs 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.
  • Performs various waterfront maintenance tasks including dock cleaning and maintenance.
  • Assists in fieldwork sampling activities including oceanographic research work and repair of sampling equipment.
  • Participates in ongoing research projects as necessary.
  • Serves as Relief Captain, as required, including supervising other crewmembers and scientists, providing indoctrination and safety instruction and drills.
  • Performs various “office management” duties with a working knowledge of both Microsoft Word and Excel software.
  • Strict adherence to purchase protocols; procuring bids, completing appropriate forms, filing appropriate forms, turning in essential receipts and associated approved paperwork in the prescribed time period.
  • Perform related duties, as assigned.

How to Apply

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No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information:

Joseph Malbrough
(985) 851-2808

Vacancy Information

  • This is an unclassified position.
  • This position is located in Cocodrie, LA.
  • Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application, or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.
  • Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript or any other materials as outlined in the posting to your application if possible.
  • In compliance with federal law, all individuals hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form (I-9) upon hire.

Board of Regents is a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency that supports the recruitment, hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. For more information on employment resources for individuals with disabilities, see the Louisiana Employment Resources Guide.

Board of Regents is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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