Seasonal Master, Fisheries Research Vessel
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Hingham, MA

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About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of seasonal Master, Fisheries Research Vessel.

The Master navigates research vessel inshore and offshore in accordance with standard practices and navigation rules. Operate equipment required for the navigation, operation and maintenance of vessel. Operate mechanically driven boats to transport persons, materials and equipment.

Navigate vessels, inshore and offshore, tow and transport persons, equipment and material.

Clean, maintain, recommend, oversee, supervise and develop specifications for refitting of aluminum, steel and fiberglass vessels and shipboard systems, including diesel, gas engines, outboard/inboard drives.

Operate equipment for the navigation, operation and maintenance of vessels.

Supervise the loading and unloading of vessels with knowledge of the carrying capacity and limits of stability of each vessel.

Schedule and coordinate work/activities between marine and shore base facilities.

Participate in and/or supervise the maintenance, towing and installation of docks, wharves, piers, floats and associated hardware.

Prepare work list for periodic hauling, blocking, overhauling and repair of vessels and equipment.

Prepare and maintain records and logs of maintenance, areas patrolled, materials transported, inventory of supplies and requisitions.

Patrol harbor and coastal areas, aid in enforcement of laws, rules and regulations. Contact proper authorities in emergency situations.

Provide technical assistance to researchers, engineers, planners and contractors, regarding marine and adjacent base facilities and the operations of same.

Assist persons and vessels in distress.

Assist in SCUBA and underwater operations on agency vessels and facilities.

Applicants must have at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the operation and maintenance of research vessels.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, a Radiotelephone Third Class Operator permit, a Radiotelephone First or Second Class Operator license or any Radiotelephone Operator license/permit issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of the terminology, coding, symbols and standard abbreviations used in marine radio communications.

Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing the use of marine radio communications equipment.

Knowledge of standard nautical terminology.

Knowledge of the types and uses of navigation devices.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of navigation.

Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and safety practices used in the operation of small marine vessels.

Knowledge of the methods of operating marine radio communications equipment.

Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing the movement of vessels through drawbridges and navigable waters.

Knowledge of the standard maintenance procedures followed in connection with marine vessels equipped with diesel engines.

Knowledge of the types and uses of marine vessels.

Knowledge of the types and uses of emergency firefighting equipment.

Skill in the operation of marine vessels of 40 feet or more in length.

Ability to read and understand such documents as technical manuals, lubrication charts,maps, etc.

Ability to make decisions and act quickly in emergency situations.

Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of marine vessels in relation to various sea conditions.

Ability to conduct training or instruction.

Ability to plan, assign and coordinate the activities of others.

Ability to prepare repair specifications and work orders.

One (1) Seasonal Position: Master, Fisheries Research Vessel
Work Location: Island District Headquarters, Hingham
Start Date: April 23, 2012
End Date: October 9, 2012

Salaries are based upon full-time/40 hours worked per week. Work schedules and days off are at the discretion of the supervisor. This position will require working weekends.

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