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Captain Fisheries Research Vessel

Applications are being accepted from current state employees, those eligible for reinstatement based on prior permanent competitive service, and candidates on an eligible list for the position. Candidates on the eligible list for the position MUST include the list title and score received in a cover letter.

Captain Fisheries Research Vessel
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-625
Application Due By 11/23/2018
Title Captain Fisheries Research Vessel
Location: City
DEC Region
Region 9
Fish and Wildlife
$47,773 - $58,028 Effective 04/2018
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC CSEA 03
Duties/Responsibilities The Lake Erie Unit (LEU) delivers a comprehensive, complex fisheries and ecosystem assessment/research program that is conducted in accordance with the governance structure of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's (GLFC) Strategic Plan for the Management of Great Lakes Fisheries. The successful execution of the LEU's programs is highly dependent upon research and management planning, assessment/research design and execution, data analysis and reporting conducted collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), academia and NGOs.

The LEU's Research Vessel Captain is the "lynchpin" of the Unit's mission, ensuring vessel and crew safety, and successful planning and execution of the Unit's fisheries assessment programs.

The Research Vessel Captain's duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Ensures that vessel systems and operations are in compliance with U. S. Coast Guard regulations and Division of Fish and Wildlife policies and standard operating procedures. Maintains accurate and comprehensive logs for operation of vessel and systems.
  2. In concert with the biologist in charge of technical operations, develops cruise plans and schedules for vessel operations; executes vessel maneuvers, and supervises operation of deck machinery and deployment of sampling equipment associated with technical operations. Trains crew members in proper and safe operation of deck machinery and sampling equipment.
  3. Performs scheduled and routine maintenance on vessel hull, engines, navigation equipment, deck machinery and other vessel systems. Ensures the general cleanliness of the vessel, including the berthing spaces, head, galley, wheelhouse, laboratory spaces, deck, and engine room. Trains and supervises technical staff assigned to assist with maintenance and cleaning functions. Arranges and supervises periodic drydock hull inspection and maintenance. Identifies need for and coordinates performance of maintenance requiring outside expertise.
  4. Exercises command authority on all issues involving safety of vessel and crew. Coordinates CPR certification for all crew members. Ensures a high state of maintenance and operational readiness of vessel safety systems, including sensors, alarms, fire extinguishing systems, lifesaving equipment, personal flotation devices, exposure and survival suits, and life rafts. Trains crew members to respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  5. Maintains, and, as required, fabricates field sampling equipment, such as nets, anchors, lines, cables and tow bodies. Maintains inventory of stores and equipment needed for vessel operations. Advises Unit supervisor of replenishment requirements and executes purchases as directed.
  6. Field work aboard and maintenance of smaller vessels also required. Performs additional, "land-based" fisheries field work (e.g. stream electrofishing surveys; fish weir operation, etc.). The successful candidate will also assist in the maintenance and operation of other fisheries sampling equipment, as well as assistance in maintaining the Unit's facilities.
  7. This position requires frequent travel, including some overnight stays. The successful candidate must also be willing and able to travel both out of state and into Canada.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Non-Competitive Qualifications: U.S. Coast Guard Master's certificate for the applicable tonnage and operating area of the vessel; and 2. Three years' experience operating a commercial fishing vessel, for which trawls were a principal gear, or a fishery research vessel; and 3. One year experience in fishing gear maintenance and repair.

Additional Comments Must possess a minimum of a 50 Ton U.S. Coast Guard Masters License. Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain, work in remote areas and in adverse weather conditions. Travel is required; must possess or be legally eligible to obtain a U.S. Passport with no restrictions on travel to Canada. Overtime will be required. Overnight travel is required. Weekends and holidays work may be required. Must be available for emergency response. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies. Must be able to lift and move objects up to 75 pounds. For work onboard R/V Argo, must be able to ascend/descend ladders while vessel is underway.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038


Additional Notes:

If you are on an eligible list for this title, please state that information and your score in a cover letter.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.