Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Oiler, R/V Western Flyer (1 year term)

Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the oiler carries out duties at sea and in port to ensure the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel. The oiler assists the deck department when not engaged in engineering tasks.

Primary duties include standing an engineering watch at sea and maintain and service shipboard equipment. Typical equipment that is the responsibility of the oiler includes, but is not limited to, marine sanitation device, shaft sump pumps, thruster bearing pumps and fans, shaft cooling pumps, salt water service system and inventory.

While standing engineering watch, the Oiler is responsible for monitoring the engineering plant, log keeping, and making thorough rounds of all machinery and non-machinery spaces. Watch standing also includes providing on deck assistance, such as cleaning the galley after meals, taking out trash, and assisting with deployment and recovery of scientific equipment (winch and crane operation).

Aboard the R/V Western Flyer proactive watch standing is expected. Watch standers must keep aware of normal machinery sounds, temperatures, smells, and other indicators so that small changes can be observed and acted upon to prevent larger problems.

In port the oiler may be asked to stand a security watch. The oiler assists with handling mooring lines while departing and arriving in port, rigging gangway, launching the RHIB, and other deck related tasks.

High School diploma or equivalent and 5 years related experience unless otherwise determined to be qualified by the Master is required. Must have at a minimum USCG certificate for Able Seaman documents with QMED or higher ratings. Unlimited 3rd Mate or 500 Ton Master Oceans desirable. USCG certificate for DDE is preferred. Training certificate for STCW 95 is preferred. Must display proficiency in maintaining a variety of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems.

Address your cover letter to:
MBARI, Human Resources
Job code: Oiler
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

Last updated: Jan. 23, 2014