University of Southern California - Catalina Island, AK

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The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, The USC Wrigley Institute is seeking a Deckhand to join its team. Job responsibilities include: Assists in loading and unloading of passengers, passengers' gear, cargo and supplies. Confirms passengers and cargo with ship's manifest. Handles lines to moor vessel to wharves, ties up vessel to another vessel, or rigs towing lines. Delivers pre-trip safety briefing. Assists with the boating safety program. Ensures safe departure of passengers at end of voyage. Lowers and mans lifeboat in case of emergencies. Stands steering watches or lookout watches while underway. Sweeps and washes decks, using broom, brushes, mops, and fire hose. Performs scheduled vessel maintenance, care for tools, supplies and equipment, and performs general housekeeping duties, as assigned. Splices and repairs cables and ropes using hand tools. Examines cables that hold vessels in tow and tightens cables to ensure vessels are snug. Assists researchers with equipment during onboard projects, oceanic sampling, etc., as needed. Adheres to university safety policy and procedures, environmental rules and governmental regulations. Provides customer service to faculty, staff, students, and external customers. Maintains and repairs USC Wrigley Institute registered skiffs including carpentry, fiberglass and epoxy molding and marine engines, as needed. Maintains and supports skiff sign out procedure. Conducts waterfront operation orientations. Maintains and repairs all cross channel university vessels, mooring systems and floats. Uses an inventory of parts as necessary to handle mooring repairs. Inspects and maintains water front facilities such as dive locker, kayak, wetsuit, change room and shed areas including custodial duties. Serves as a relief ship's captain of a certified passenger-carrying vessel and provides guidance and direction to deckhand, as needed. Has responsibility and accountability for safe operation of the craft and safety of all passengers. Provides management with information regarding waterfront facilities and vessel usage, damage, and repair or maintenance needs. Maintains currency on knowledge of vessel mechanical, electronic and safety systems. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Education:
High school or equivalent Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
0-1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Knowledge of boating safety and boating operation procedures and regulations. Ability to assist with piloting of a vessel. Knowledge of preventive boat maintenance and minor repairs. Excellent customer service skills. Must possess and maintain certifications in First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Oxygen Administration and Automated External Defibrillator (AED), if serving as relief ship's captain. Valid California Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education:
Associate's degree

Preferred Experience:
1 year

Preferred Field of Expertise:
Must possess and maintain a valid United States Coast Guard Master's License (USCGM) with at least a 50-ton rating for coastal waters, if serving as relief ship's captain.

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