Relief Marine Engineer - QMED Oiler - R/V Sikuliaq (Temporary)

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  • Job Number:520963
  • Classification:Ext Temporary Trades
  • Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 75
  • Work type:Marine Worker, Temporary
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science
  • Location:Seward
  • Categories: Marine Worker

Position Summary:

Adventure, cutting-edge research, and a great crew await you. The R/V Sikuliaq, pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk], is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. If you are interested in the opportunity to work aboard one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, apply today! We are currently accepting applications for temporary relief QMEDs.


*QMED, under supervision of the Engineering Department Staff, will assist in the engineering department of the global class, ice-capable oceanographic research vessel's propulsion and power plant machinery including all scientific and auxiliary machinery. Sikuliaq is powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system utilizing an integrated power plant concept providing 5,750 bhp of propulsion power through A/C frequency drives and two main motors to two fully azimuthing drives. The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center with a home port in Seward, Alaska. It is owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. This non-exempt position QMED will perform those standard and traditional duties incumbent to the position of Oiler watch stander and may stand security watches in port. The QMED will perform other duties as defined by a ship's senior officer during emergency situations, facilitate and support the scientific mission of each cruise, and comply with, participate in, and promote the vessel's safety management program. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with diverse shipboard personnel.Essential


Strong mechanical problem solving skills and the ability to be at sea for extended periods of time are required. Operational understanding of fuel oil bunkering procedures and emergency response, safe usage of basic machine and hand tools, basic math and computer skills. Knowledge of basic good seamanship practices (knots, line-handling, general shipboard maintenance and care, preparation/preservation of steel surfaces, operation of deck equipment, winches, etc). Ability to work with a diverse group of people including scientists, ship's crew and technicians.


Experience working in the engine room of a ship, at least 6 months while holding a MMC with QMED endorsement or higher. Experience with a wide range of vessel systems and their proper operation. Experience with and practice of good safety procedures. Preferred: Prefer experience on newer vessel propulsion systems and equipment. Mechanical operational and maintenance decisions, as required to safely and efficiently operate modern marine mechanical systems and equipment.


Qualified applicants must possess the following documents: Merchant Mariners Credential with endorsements of QMED, Basic Training and Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch. USCG Health Certificate, U.S. Passport, TWIC, and Driver's License.

Legible copies of these credentials must be submitted with this application.


Salary Information:

This is a temporary position, grade 75, step placement DOE. Pay also includes cruise leave cash out upon completion of contract. Flexible scheduling and sailing bonuses available.


To Apply:

Each applicant must attach the legible copies of the following documents to be considered for position:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter

  3. Three professional references

  4. All pages of valid MMC

  5. Valid driver's license

  6. Valid passport

  7. Valid TWIC

  8. Valid USCG Medical STCW Cert.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as need arises in the department.

Applicants will be required to provide documentation of participation in random drug testing program for at least 60 of the preceding 185 days, did not have any positive test results, and did not refuse to take a required test. If not under employment, where a random drug testing program exists, the applicant shall provide a completed test indicating they are free of illegal substance abuse, when requested by Seward Marine Center, prior to employment. Testing will be for the presence of cocaine, opiates, marijuana (THC), amphetamines and PCP (phencyclidine). Testing will be in accordance with the Department of Transportation Program and testing shall be in accordance with United States Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Testing guidelines outlined in the Federal Register 46 C.F.R. 4, 5, and 16.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 


Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position or qualifications, please contact Port Captain Ed deCastro at 907-224-4304 or

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Sarah Walters at 907-224-4310 or 

For all other questions, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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