Nov 17 2023
Category: Ocean & Marine
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  December 1, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Admiral Anita Lopez 808-224-2680 (Oahu). 

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


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), 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 RANGE:  $11,328 - $15,900/Mon. 


DUTIES:  As an organization, we are committed to the highest ethical standards.  We honor our commitments. We take a disciplined and informed approach in planning and executing our activities and missions safely. We proactively manage operational risks learning from both our successes and failures.  We work collectively together leveraging our skills, knowledge, and resources in the betterment of the program and the services we provide.  We keep our minds open to perspectives that are different from our own.  Our organizational environment is one of mutual respect, trust, and inclusion.  It is an environment that is free of distractions and disruptive behaviors so all can focus on the mission at hand, in a safe and positive workspace. The Marine Operations Superintendent is responsible for the personnel, business, and stakeholder management of all vessel operations and logistics conduct at UHMC. Supervises officers, crew, and shore-based staff (20+ FTEs) who manage the day to day operation of the Marine Center servicing UH and the greater academic research fleet. Responsible for the home port of the R/V Kilo Moana located on a six-acre facility with piers, warehouses, laboratories, and offices in the heart of Honolulu Harbor.  Responsible for all duties associated with Facility Security Officer and Designated Person Ashore.  Requires adherence to International Maritime Organization (IMO), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and all regulatory requirements for the research vessels and facility.  Ensures that all vessels are operated in strict compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), Port of Honolulu, and all other applicable regulations.  Requires flexibility and being on-call and response 24 hours a day, 7 days per week (24/7) as required in support of UHMC operations. Foreign and domestic travel is required in support of operations. May require spending time at sea. Inputs, reviews, and approves HR Portal transactions, including eTimesheets on behalf of or in the absence of the Principal Investigator (PI) with the PI’s concurrence.





Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Marine Engineering, Marine Science, Business Administration, Management, or related field.


At least ten (10) years of experience in the operation or management of vessel(s), including at-sea experience. Experience must include at least five (5) years in senior management role or supervisory experience. Demonstrated commitment to supporting oceanographic research/education.


Broad knowledge and understanding of practices, principles, and theories applicable to marine operations and maritime field.  Strong research, analytical, and technical skills that evidence the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant issues and to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.  Knowledge of shipboard operations and scientific equipment to effectively manage the program. Knowledge of ISO 9000ISM. Knowledge of HAZMAT/HAZWASTE regulations. Knowledge of management principles including, but not limited to supervising/developing employees, EEO, workplace safety, corrective/disciplinary actions, and administration of policies and procedures.


Must be a US Citizen and possess a valid US passport (minimum six (6) months prior to renewal). Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work with marine research scientists to achieve their research goals. Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities that typically surface in operating and managing vessels. Familiarity with the various national oceanographic research programs.  Ability to provide leadership promoting a positive and respectful workplace which supports educational and professional growth. Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports.  Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership.  Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work.  Ability to review work and evaluate performance, and develop required job competencies of direct reports. Must possess current Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Certificate, and Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) (or be able to obtain within six (6) months from date of hire). Must read, sign, and adhere to the University of Hawai’i Code of Conduct for employees. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months. 


Must be able to lift up to (fifty) 50 pounds and stand continuously for up to twelve (12) hours a day. Must be able to physically move about the ship, around a port facility, and in a shipyard without assistance.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 




Master Unlimited or Chief Engineer USCG license. Certification in Project Management. Experience with ISO 9001-2000 ISM, and ISPS Code. Certified ISM Auditor. Prior experience working in Hawai‘i providing management or operational support.


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. Please visit​00/benefits/rcuh-benefits-at-a-glance/ for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.




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




We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.