Vessel Operator - Research Vessel

Posted Date 1 month ago(6/11/2024 5:11 PM)
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NV5 Geospatial is currently seeking an enthusiastic Vessel Operator to lead vessel operations aboard our 20’ to 35’ hydrographic survey boats. The successful candidate will be highly organized with previous experience in vessel operations management and have demonstrated strong leadership skills to navigate safely. The Vessel operator will manage all maintenance associated with the vessel, shipyard repairs, shop and facility assistance, and mobilization and demobilization of survey projects. The candidate will create a strong safety culture on the vessel and ensure that all crew members are working safely and clearly understand their duties. The Vessel operator will report to the Marine Operations Manager. While the vessels are primarily located in Morehead City, NC, the Vessel Operator will be expected to travel for an extended time based on the requirements of the project’s scope.


NV5 is a global technology solutions and consulting services company with a workforce of over 4,500 professionals in more than 100 offices worldwide.  NV5’s continued growth has been spurred through strategic investments in firms with unique capabilities to help current and future customers solve the world’s toughest problems.  The NV5 family brings together talent across a wide range of markets and fields, including Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, Architects, Photogrammetrists, GIS Professionals, Software Developers, IT, Project Management Professionals, and more.


At NV5 Geospatial, We are a collaboration of intelligent, innovative thinkers who care for each other, our communities, and the environment.  We value both heart and head, the diversity of our people, and their experiences because that is how we continue to grow as a leader in our industry and expand our individual and collective potential.


Work Environment:

  • Location:  Based out of NV5 Geospatial Office in Morehead City, North Carolina
  • Travel:  This position will require extended travel both in and out of state



  • Responsible for operating, assisting, and maintaining a 20’ to 35’ research vessel to support oceanographic function
  • Performs and controls deck operations
  • Operates various vessel machinery and performs maintenance
  • Ensure docking, undocking, and mooring is completed safely
  • Ensure all pre-departure checklists, crew orientation, and safety drills are conducted and documented
  • Housekeeping - Maintain an organized vessel with safe practices
  • Follow all workplace and job safety procedures
  • Complete safety certification as required
  • Communicate operation and project information as required
  • Enter maintenance work in Geodynamics’ internal system
  • Establish Station Bill, Standing Orders, and safety culture on the vessels
  • Perform other duties as required by the project team
  • Ensure that all work is completed in accordance with Company safety policies
  • Navigate the vessel safely
  • Deploy and retrieve survey gear safely
  • Conduct JSA safety meetings to ensure that all crew members are trained and aware of their duties and responsibilities.
  • Ensure required daily logs are documented and submitted in the company system
  • Provide instructions and information to crew members, including Management system, Vessel Station Bill, Standing Orders, and all emergency response plans
  • Conduct and lead drills with all crew members
  • Must meet USCG physical requirements
  • Must be able to work 12 hours shifts and up to 21 consecutive days on a project
  • Must be able to climb steep stairs, sit or stand for long periods of time and work in all weather conditions


Education / Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills include word, spreadsheets, emails, Gdrive, SharePoint, OneDrive, and navigation software
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously
  • Some marine experience on research vessels or equivalent
  • Knowledge and ability to ensure adherence to Coast Guard rules and regulations, and other federal and local laws and regulations
  • Basic working knowledge of all vessel’s systems and their proper maintenance: diesel engines, winches (hydraulic, electrical), fire suppression, communication, and navigational systems

Certifications / Licenses:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Hold or be capable and willing to obtain:
    • Special licenses, registration, or certification USCG license (OUPV – Near Coastal, Great Lakes, Inland Waters—minimum)
    • Valid TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)
    • STCW or equivalent – First Aid, CPR


NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.






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