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12 Jan 2023

Temporary Small Boat Operator 1

Ocean Associates Inc. – Posted by oai1 Warrenton, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking applicants for multiple Small Boat Operator I positionto provide support on contract to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon. OAI provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.

The Small Boat Operator will primarily operate a 21ft research vessel and assist in gear deployment/retrieval, debris removal, and crew transfers associated with a pair-trawl sampling program. This work is conducted in the Columbia Riverestuary to evaluate the survival of tagged juvenile salmon and steelhead through the federal hydrosystem.

These arefull-time short-term positions for the approximate duration of April 1 – June 15. Work will mostly be 40 hours per week, but will exceed 40 hours in May with overtime paid. Schedules are dependent on project needs related to training and numbers of tagged fish passing through the estuary. The workday starts and ends at Kerry West Marina, Westport, OR. Sampling is conducted in the Columbia River from Wauna Mill to Beaver Army Terminal.

Preference will be given to those who apply before February 15.


  • Operate NOAA small boats (16-26 ft. in length), as required.
  • Maintain vessel float plans, operational logs and research operation records.
  • Perform crew member responsibilities on board vessel in support of projects.
  • Help assure safe vessel operations.
  • Monitor the vessel’s status and report any maintenance requirements as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as required, e.g., perform routine maintenance and repairs on vessels and other equipment, occasionally perform the duties of a Deckhand I.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package.

Location: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon

Knowledge/Experience/Abilities Required By the Position

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 1 or more years’ experience in the maritime industry operating small boats.
  • Must have a valid state driver’s license.
  • NOAA small boat safety course or equivalent is required (classes are provided after hire).
  • USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship courses or equivalent.
  • Must have current First Aid/CPR/ and BPP certifications (classes are provided after hire).
  • Ability to work independently with minimum amount of supervision for extended periods.
  • Applicant should be in good physical condition and able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Preference given to applicants familiar with operating vessels in the lower Columbia River and estuary.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Work history for past 5 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 72 days.

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