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Mate, R/V Rachel Carson

Mate, R/V Rachel Carson

Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, MBARI is dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing new instruments, methods, and systems for advancing scientific research in the ocean. Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MBARI offers ready access to the open ocean and deep sea. The institute operates three research vessels, the R/V Rachel Carson is MBARI’s 135-foot coastal vessel. The vessel supports multi-purpose operations revolving around AUV deployments, offshore instrument deployments, and diving tasks. When switching between these activities, mobilization and reconfiguration of the vessel in port is required. Most vessel operations are completed in one day.

Primary responsibilities:
Reporting to the Captain, this role assists in the maintenance, and operation of the research vessel’s bridge, working deck, and internal spaces. The Mate is responsible for the cleanliness, maintenance, and repair of the vessel. They ensure the vessel’s safe operation as it pertains to the deck and safety functions required to perform all normal research operations. When assuming command as the Relief Captain, this position has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel and all persons onboard.

The Mate performs all the duties of a mariner including bridge watch-standing rotations, maintenance, and cleanliness of the ship. On deck, the incumbent leads in the deployment and recovery of Remotely Operated Vehicles, Autonomous Undersea Vehicles, CTD rosettes, and other oceanographic equipment. Tasks include general rigging as well as the operation of winches and cranes. Due to the small crew size, teamwork is critical to this position. Must communicate well and get along with diverse groups of people.

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 the homeport and be able to travel to foreign ports. This position is best suited for persons living within commuting distance of Moss Landing, CA.

Required qualifications:
• USCG License – Master (Oceans) less than 500 GRT (1600 GRT preferred)
• STCW II/3 – Master less than 500 tons
• Current First Aid/CPR certification
• Valid TWIC card
• Valid US passport
• Minimum 5 years of experience driving twin screw vessels

Ready to apply?

Job Code: Mate, R/V Carson

Please submit a cover letter, including reference to relevant training and/or experience, and a curriculum vitae by e-mail to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

Jessica Chapman
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Salary range: $45.00-$57.50/hour

MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, 403B retirement plan, and paid time off, such as vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

MBARI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.