Assistant Engineer (R/V Rachel Carson)

Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the Assistant Engineer provides assistance in the maintenance, efficient operation, and safety of the engine room and all machinery spaces of the research vessel. The A/E provides assistance in ensuring operational readiness of all mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems. The A/E provides assistance in ensuring the safe operation of the vessel as it pertains to the mechanical functions required to perform all normal research operations

The Assistant Engineer is responsible for daily engine room start-up and shut down procedures of main engines, generators, electrical equipment and all related shipboard systems along with engine room maintenance and regular engine room inspections while underway. The A/E must possess the aptitude and ability to operate knuckle boom cranes and oceanographic winches at sea. The A/E is responsible for performing all duties required for normal research operations in the absence of the Chief Engineer.

Due to the small crew size of the vessel, the Assistant Engineer position at times doubles as a deckhand performing vessel maintenance, housecleaning tasks, and bridge watch standing rotations. On deck, the A/E assists in the deployment and recovery of the vessel’s ROV and AUV and deployment and recovery of CTD rosettes, sediment traps and a variety of other oceanographic experiments.

A high school diploma and relevant maritime experience is required. A 3rd Assistant Engineer (Unlimited Diesel) License is desired. A U.S.C.G. DDE (Designated Duty Engineer) 2000 HP or better rating is acceptable when a proficiency in operating and maintaining a variety of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems is displayed to the Chief Engineer and determined to be qualified by the Master.

Ability to work in hazardous marine environment. Ability to step up 3 feet. Heavy lifting is required (up to 35 lbs.) Although the vessel normally returns to Moss Landing the same day it goes to sea, the individual may be required to work up to one month continuously away from home port and be able to work in foreign ports.

Address your cover letter to:
MBARI, Human Resources
Job code: AE-RC
7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9644

Submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by mail to the above address, or by fax to (831) 775-1620.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

MBARI Welcomes Diversity