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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Humboldt
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research

Vessel Engineer & Relief Captain

 College of Natural Resources and Sciences
Job #519214
First Review Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Open Until Filled

(Job #519214) Administrator 1, Vessel Engineer & Relief Captain, Salary Range: $3,750.00 - $11,146.00 monthly. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, 12-month pay plan permanent position in Academic Affairs and reports to the College of Natural Resources and Sciences Dean or Deans designee . This position is an Administrator 1 in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information can be found at: This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at

Now is an exciting time to join the College of Natural Resources and Sciences as we transition to Cal Poly Humboldt! Cal Poly Humboldt has been named the state’s third polytechnic institution and the first in Northern California.  Backed by a historic state investment, we’re adding in-demand new academic programs, building new facilities, and growing our enrollment. Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

Under immediate supervision of the Captain of the Cal Poly Humboldt State Research Vessel Coral Sea, a 90-foot vessel, this position maintains the vessel at an operational level, for use in Marine Sciences (Oceanography, Biology, Wildlife, Geology and Chemistry) education and research in addition to occasional research contract work from other entities. This position requires a flexible work schedule with particular emphasis on Saturdays and Sundays. The R/V Coral Sea may be out at sea for multiple days, extending beyond normal working hours.


Key Responsibilities: 

Under the direction of the Captain, the Engineer supervises deck crew, students, and faculty, performs deck crew duties, conducts maintenance and repair procedures in a safe and professional manner while adhering to industry standards and displays good seamanship both while the vessel is at the dock and underway. The incumbent actively supervises, facilitates, demonstrates, and participates in all onboard safety training. The Engineer supervises and/or performs installations, repairs and maintenance of diesel engines, diesel generators, air compressors, receivers, hydraulic power systems, electrical distributions systems, refrigeration compressors and systems, salt and fresh water systems, and bilge and fire systems. The incumbent makes fabrications using AC/DC and Oxy Acetylene welding equipment. Repairs, installs and maintains marine electronics and scientific equipment.

 The incumbent supervises or performs work with, and is proficient in the use of power and hand tools used in association with paint preparation and the application of miscellaneous paints such as but not limited to two-part epoxies and urethanes, alkyds, oils, varnishes etc. The Engineer also supervises, repairs, and assists in the design of scientific equipment used in operations, scientific and instructional programs aboard the ship at sea. The incumbent supervises, performs, or assists in cleaning all interior and exterior areas of the vessel before, during and after cruises.

 This position requires going to sea for long periods of time and on overnight and multi-day voyages while supervising additional crew. The position may also require travel and work in parts of the country other than Humboldt County which may be of an extended duration. The work schedule (hours and days) varies; the incumbent must be flexible, available on weekends, and able to work on short notice. The position will require taking charge as Captain during the absence or unavailability of the permanent Captain, and may also require serving as Chief Mate on cruises in excess of 12 hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include: 

  • Demonstrated commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

Valid and current USCG Merchant Mariner Credential Master 100 gross registered ton / Mate 200 gross registered ton near coastal
Radar Unlimited/ARPA (must obtain within 1 year of hire)
ECDIS (must obtain within 1 year of hire)
TSA Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
Driver’s license
Experience or familiarity with diesel mechanics, electrical (AC and DC), hydraulics, refrigeration, pressurized water systems, welding and fabrication, wood working, plumbing, winches, cranes, windlasses, capstans, and other deck equipment
Current CPR/1st Aid/AED card;
Within 60 days of hire, the incumbent must have or be able to obtain the following:
CSU Defensive Drivers certificate
Current California Driver’s License


Preferred Qualifications: 

Valid and current USCG MMC Master 200 gross registered tons near coastal or higher
Radar Unlimited/ARPA
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Restricted Radio Operators license
Recent experience with a vessel of similar size (or larger) and characteristics of the R/V Coral Sea
Experience entering and exiting harbor entrances and west coast bar crossings
Experience with marine electronics and scientific equipment
Experience supervising vessel personnel
Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills
Computer skills including the use of email, MS Word, Excel and Google apps

Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials via PageUp:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • Copies of relevant licenses and certificates 

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials for first review is 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626. 

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement.  The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Humboldt Annual Security Report is available at:


Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent off of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.” In reference to the full disclosure letter, please refer to HR 2010-08.

 Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 as a condition of employment.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

Class Code:3318
Publication Date: September 23, 2022  




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