University of Oregon Boat Operator in Charleston, Oregon

Boat Operator

Apply nowJob no:520891

Work type:Classified Staff

Location:Charleston, OR

Categories:Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants


Classification:Boat Operator

Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing

Salary:$17.40 - $21.90 per hour


Review of Applications Begins

Position closes August 25, 2017

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete online applications must include a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.

To assist us in making the selection for this position please respond to the following questions and upload your responses. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe experience and training related to each item. Make sure experience and training described in your responses are included on your application.

  1. Describe your experience operating boats up to 42 ft., and with boating safety. Specify the

certifications and license you hold.

  1. Describe your experience with maintenance and repair of outboard motors. Indicate how you have gained a working knowledge of diesel engines and the ability to perform basic electrical and diesel engine troubleshooting and basic plumbing.

  2. Describe experience that demonstrates your ability to maintain records and organize the storage of equipment and supplies.

Department Summary

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is the University of Oregon's outpost at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It provides opportunities for both the undergraduate and graduate education, and for research. OIMB currently includes 6 Professors, staff, students, research and teaching laboratories, administrative offices, library, housing, cafeteria, meeting facilities, boat dock, boats, a museum/aquarium and a large nature preserve.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to provide support for the academic mission (teaching and research) of OIMB. Primary responsibilities include: 1) Operation of the 42 ft., research vessel (the RV Pluteus) in coastal waters and oversight of maintenance and safe operation of the boats at OIMB. 2) Management, organization, and maintenance of research and teaching related equipment, supplies, and services including the seawater delivery system, the OIMB stockroom, scientific equipment, and motor vehicles as they relate to teaching and research. 3) Assist with routine, campus wide operations for security and safety and mange those parts related to research and teaching, such as toxic waste stream, research safety and emergency aid systems. 4) Integrate with and work with maintenance staff on larger projects as needed.

Work Conditions and Physical Demands:

Work is often outdoors in inclement weather. Work includes lifting up to 50 lbs; bending and stooping for extended periods: and may include working from ladders, scaffolds and other above ground locations. Boat maintenance includes work in a confined engine room and exposure to chemicals including diesel fuel, oil, and dust from bottom paint. Research safety duties also require working with hazardous materials including chemicals. Environment may contain dust, odor and high levels of noise.


Schedules can and will change depending on the needs of the unit and occasionally include early morning or weekends.

Minimum Requirements

• High School Diploma and 2 years of vessel operations experience in assigned area of responsibility; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


• 50 ton USCG Master Captain's License

• Boater Education Card issued by the State of Oregon or equivalent

• Successfully complete First Aid and CPR training

• Successfully complete an internal evaluation of related skills provided by a designated

member of UO's Ship Operations staff

• Ability to speak, read and write English

• Basic computer skills including use of e-mail, web browsers, word processing

Professional Competencies

• Knowledge of Coast Guard regulations and requirements.

• Experience operating boats up to 42 ft., and be comfortable taking responsibility

for the safety of up to 25 people.

• Knowledge of/and experience with boating safety, maintenance and repair of outboard

motors, and a working knowledge of diesel engines is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of electrical, diesel engine trouble shooting and plumbing.

• 100 ton USCG Master Captain's License.

• Certified Scuba Diver.

FLSA Exempt:No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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Advertised:08 Aug 2017Pacific Daylight Time

Applications close:25 Aug 2017Pacific Daylight Time