Apr 07 2021
Job Description



University of Hawai‘i Marine Center.  (2) Regular or Relief, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i Marine Center (UHMC), located at Pier 35 in Honolulu Harbor, Oahu, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 



  • This is a seagoing position aboard oceanographic research vessels operated by the University of Hawai‘i Marine Center (UHMC). 
  • Operates and maintains deck machinery, cranes, winches, boats and other shipboard equipment, repair, sanitation, and upkeep of material, equipment, and areas in the deck department. 
  • Performs watch-standing duties for navigation, operations, and security purposes, conducts preventative maintenance work on the vessel, and serves as a socially responsible member of the ship’s crew providing a cooperative and safe working environment for the embarked scientific personnel and research project objectives. 
  • Operates hand tools and other equipment to perform routine maintenance work such as chipping, scrapping, painting, priming and/or cleaning of the ship’s hull, decks, interior spaces, boats, emergency and damage control gear, deck tackle, small boat and launch repair. 
  • Able-Bodied Mariners (ABs) are members of the shipboard Deck Department and perform duties assigned by the Ship’s Master and Chief Mate. 
  • Employee will work on a rotational schedule based on operational needs (e.g., 3/4 months on, 3/4 months off). 



  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent (At least four (4) years of maritime experience may substitute for a High School Diploma or G.E.D.equivalent.). 


  • At least one (1) year of related experience in a seagoing shipboard position suitable for qualification as a licensed AB. 


  • Practical knowledge of seamanship and safe operation of heavy machinery and other equipment in shipboard setting; tools, techniques, and materials for effective preventative maintenance of ship’s steelwork and machinery; and standards required for safe and effective watch-keeping aboard vessels. 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and possess a valid U.S. passport (minimum six (6) months prior to renewal). Must possess a current Merchant Mariners Certificate (MMC) as AB-Unlimited with endorsement for Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW), and a current U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medical certificate. 
  • Must possess required Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) documentation and valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) (minimum six (6) months prior to renewal). 
  • All documentation must be maintained in valid status throughout duration of employment.  
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must complete the online Hazard Communication training immediately after hire or no later than employee’s initial exposure to hazardous chemicals.


  • Must be able to pass USCG Physical Exam for Merchant Mariners. 
  • Must be physically able to move about the vessel – climb ladders, enter tight spaces, use Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)/firefighting gear and respirators without breathing difficulties. 
  • Medical and physical fitness must be adequate for working continuously at sea for up to four (0-4) months, and outdoors in tropical conditions for daily four to eight (4-8) hour shifts. 
  • Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) poundsunassisted and able to meet all physical demands while performing the tasks required.

POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  



  • Certification for Fast Rescue Boat (FRB) operation, or other industrial certifications in heavy equipment operation including shore crane or forklift.  
  • Experience with University of Hawai‘i Hazardous Materials Management Program (HMMP).  
  • Prior experience aboard oceanographic research vessels. 

INQUIRIES:  Anita Lopez 224-2680 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  May 14, 2021. 


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.