The incumbent captains a state-of-the-art sixty-five foot vessel used for fisheries and artificial reef research, habitat manipulation/revitalization and compliance of harvest regulations.
Nature and Scope
The incumbent reports to an administrative supervisor. As Captain of a state-of-the-art sixty-five foot vessel, the incumbent is responsible for operating the vessel, machinery, electronic equipment/systems and rigging required for fisheries and artificial reef research, habitat manipulation/revitalization and harvest compliance. The incumbent captains the vessel year round in the Delaware Bay and adjoining Ocean waters. Work includes performing preventative maintenance and repair, and overseeing major overhaul and retrofit projects on the hull, machinery, electronic equipment/systems, and rigging. The Captain collaborates with scientists in planning projects and provides training to scientists and technicians in the operation and maintenance of the vessel and equipment as well as maritime laws, rules, and regulations, ship board safety, rescue and survival techniques to ensure successful missions. The Captain is responsible for decisions involving when and where to pursue fish sampling, data collection, and oyster harvest inspecting within a framework scheduled by an administrative supervisor. The Captain also determines when to deploy depending on safe and unsafe weather conditions.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Operates the Department's state-of-the-art fisheries research vessel including machinery, electronic equipment/systems and rigging.
Ensures the vessel is supplied and rigged to serve the mission's purpose and to operate effectively and safely.
Develops maintenance schedules, performs preventative maintenance and repairs including correcting problems or performing updates to the electronic systems, plans and designs retrofits to the hull, machinery, electronic gear and rigging, works with purchasing agents regarding acquisition of new equipment, and inspects shipyard overhauls.
Reviews fisheries and marine publications and updated navigational charts to remain current on latest changes and developments to recommend methods, retrofits, and acquisitions that will ensure the vessel, equipment and systems will support the agency's mission and ensure safety.
Collaborates with scientists in planning projects and provides training to scientists and technicians in the operation and maintenance of the vessel and equipment as well as maritime laws, rules, and regulations, shipboard safety, rescue and survival techniques.
Determines methods and locations to ensure safe harbor against dangerous weather conditions.
Monitors weather, tidal and related conditions to determine if conditions are suitable for year round operations and locations of sampling sites.
Attends special events to explain to the public the vessels mission and critical role in managing the State's natural resources.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of maritime laws, rules and regulations pertaining to operating vessels in the Delaware Bay and adjoining Ocean waters.
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations applicable to shellfish development and harvest.
Knowledge of agency goals and objectives applicable to fisheries management.
Knowledge of shipboard safety, rescue and survival techniques.
Knowledge of marine architecture.
Knowledge of state bid policies and practices.
Skill in the operation, maintenance, and repair of navigational equipment including state-of-the-art electronics such as radar, GPS plot charters, depth recorders.
Skill in the maintenance and repair of diesel power systems and marine hydraulic systems.
Skill in operating trawling systems, complex hydraulic winches and breaking systems.
Skill in handling large vessels under variable climatic conditions and close quarters.
Skill in determining sampling locations based on weather and tidal conditions.
Ability to interpret marine architectural plans, discuss and negotiate with shipyard engineers and construction personnel.
Ability to train research personnel in safe boating practices, procedures, equipment operation and navigation.
Ability to communicate effectively.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Control Boat Captain Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in marine operations, seamanship practices, and climatic interpretation.
Six months experience in operating and maintaining electronic gear, rigging and diesel engines.
Six months experience in applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of shell fish and fin fish development and harvest.