Able Seaman (AB)

Able Seaman (AB)

• Job No:
• Classification:Marine Deck 2
• Grade:Grade 77
• Work type:Marine Worker, 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, pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk], 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 looking for an AB-Unlimited to join our crew.

10Safety Adheres to safe working practices ensuring safety of all hands involved in deck related operations through training, use proper safety equipment, and following safety procedures and guidelines. Understands pertinent safety, environmental, regulatory rules and regulations. Keeps Chief Mate and Boatswain well informed on a daily basis. Member of firefighting and emergency response teams. Able to assume the duties of the cox''n or man in charge of the liferaft or rescue boat. Perform other related duties as required.Essential 30Cleaning and Maintenance Performs routine preventative general maintenance of all Deck Department assigned interior and exterior areas including ship's hull, deck, bulkheads, and superstructure; maintain sanitary cleanliness of ship; operating and maintaining deck machinery such as the cranes, davits, handling systems, A-frame, windlass and winches; care and protection of deck equipment and rigging.Essential 60Deck Operations As directed by the Chief Mate and Boatswain, this unlicensed Deck Department position is responsible for: maintenance of deck department spaces, decks, tools, equipment, machinery, small crafts, and associated gear; operation of all non-engineering area deck machinery, crafts adheres to safety guidelines, policies, and procedures; operating deck equipment including winches, A-frames, cranes, davits, and windlass; adhering to safe and proper operation of anchor windlass, capstans, cranes, winches and other deck machinery; loading and stowing stores, scientific equipment; handling lines, operating capstans, when mooring or unmooring from berth; operating windlass when anchoring; rigging of gangway and setting associated safety; properly lashing deck cargo and securing hatches. Able to work non-standard flexible watch hours; stand watch as look-out, helm as part of a bridge navigation watch; operate small boats.

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. Knows life raft equipment and able to assume the duties of the cox'n or man in charge of the liferaft or rescue boat. Experience in preventive maintenance of deck equipment, ship maintenance and upkeep, proper methods of prep/paint work, inventory of painting and preservation equipment. Line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; rigging and handling of deck equipment and supplies. Small boat handling, proficiency as a rigger, loads and rigging/unrigging ladders, brows, and gangways. Computer skills capable of creating documents and inventory spreadsheets. Stand navigation bridge watches at helm and lookout, and inport security watches. Adaptability to apply knowledge and skill to perform other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel. Understand the importance of a leadership role developing a positive working relationships with all vessel and visiting personnel. U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08 requires mariners demonstrate agility, balance and physical fitness needed to work on board a vessel by successfully completing 13 different performance tests. Performing rounds and working in an active sea, work aloft, climb up and down steep and vertical ladders and enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors and sills up to two feet high. Participate in emergency drills and in launching boats and life rafts. Perform physical labor, climb and handle weights and equipment over 50 lbs. Perform rounds at sea. Ability to work with others in close quarters under arduous weather conditions. Able to work a twelve-hour shift at sea

Preferred Experience & Education:
High school graduate or equivalent with related AB experience commensurate with the required MMC.

Breadth of work experience necessary includes small boat deployment, recovery, operations, and handling; ship and deck equipment preventative maintenance; line handling & warping during berthing evolutions, anchoring, crane and winch operation, rigging, loading and unloading cargo; deployment and recovery of moorings and equipment over the side. Knowledge of emergency and lifesaving equipment, plus fundamental skills of document and spreadsheet computer literacy.

Preferred: Experience with deck equipment and safe deck operations. Small Boat coxswain experience.
Over-the-side deployment and recovery of equipment. Mechanically inclined; Experience with and appreciation of the research vessel mission.

Required Experience & Education:
Applicants MUST have a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners document (MMD) or Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) endorsed for qualified rating as Able Seaman-Unlimited, and RFPNW endorsements. Applicant must include a copy of the MMD/MMC endorsement and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Card showing the current expiration date to be considered of this position. All unlicensed personnel must have all applicable training as required by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping (STCW). RFPNW, Lifeboat, Fast Rescue Boat, HAZWOPER, First Aid and CPR certifications. Must have sea-going experience, a current valid driver's license.

All applicants must include a copy of the MMC endorsement, STCW medical Certificate and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Card showing the current expiration date to be considered of this position. All unlicensed personnel must have all applicable training as required by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping (STCW). RFPNW, Lifeboat, Fast Rescue Boat, HAZWOPER, First Aid and CPR certifications. Must have a current US Passport.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, Grade 77, based on education and experience. Including overtime, this position earns an estimated $94k annually.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include the following documents with your application:


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 USCG Medical Certificate

Copy of your passport

The review process for applications will begin on October 2nd, 2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM on October 1st, 2023.

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.

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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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, Sikuliaq HR Coordinator, at or Ed deCastro, Sikuliaq Port Captain, at

Applications Close: 02 Oct 2023

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Seward, AK

15 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2023-10-02