Relief Marine Deck - R/V Sikuliaq (Temporary)

Relief Marine Deck - R/V Sikuliaq (Temporary)

  • 528687
  • Seward, Alaska, United States
  • Marine Worker
  • Temporary
  • Closing on: Jun 30 2025
  • Temporary Staff Grade 77
  • UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science

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. Sikuliaq, one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, is able to break ice up to 2.5 feet thick. Constructed in Marinette, Wisconsin, Sikuliaq is homeported in Seward, Alaska, at UAF's Seward Marine Center.

We are currently accepting applications for temporary relief crewmembers in the Deck Department, including 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate, and AB (-Special or higher). The temporary reliefs will fill in when the regular crew are on shore. Applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Applicants should possess the following:

2nd Mate:
Knowledge of chart plotters, GPS, GMDSS, radar, celestial or terrestrial fixes, navigational aids, ships logs and records. Ability to steer correct courses, and maneuver ships. Ability to ensure that the proper procedures and safety practices are followed. Advanced knowledge or navigation and weather routing is required. Knowledge of and ability to interpret regulations from the following: U.S. Coast Guard, National Science Foundation, UNOLS and UAF, 33CFR, 46 CFR, SOLAS, IMO, and MARPOL.

3rd Mate:
Knowledge of chart plotters, GPS, GMDSS, radar, celestial or terrestrial fixes, navigational aids, ships logs and records. Ability to steer correct courses, and maneuver ships. Ability to ensure that the proper procedures and safety practices are followed. Knowledge of shipboard safety systems and equipment. Knowledge of and ability to interpret regulations from the following: U.S. Coast Guard, National Science Foundation, UNOLS and UAF, 33CFR, 46 CFR, SOLAS, IMO, and MARPOL.

AB Special (or higher):
Advanced and pertinent knowledge and experience with safely over-boarding and recovering equipment at sea. Advanced deck equipment skills: crane, winch, davit and small boat launch, recovery and operation. Knowledge of life raft equipment and able to assume the duties of the cox'n or man in charge of the life raft or rescue boat. Experience in preventive maintenance of deck equipment, ship maintenance and upkeep, proper methods of prep/paint work, inventory of painting and preservation equipment. Line handling and warping during berthing and departing movement of vessels; rigging and handling of deck equipment and supplies. Small boat handling, proficiency as a rigger, loads and rigging/un-rigging ladders, brows, and gangways. Ability to create electronic documents and inventory spreadsheets. Stand navigation bridge watches at helm and lookout, and in port security watches. Adaptability to apply knowledge and skill to perform other mission-related duties as assigned, including duties related to the safety of the vessel and personnel. Ability to develop and maintain a positive working relationship with all vessel and visiting personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:

2nd Mate: One year of experience as 3rd Mate on unlimited tonnage vessels. Prefer experience on research vessels, vessels with azimuthing thrusters, and dynamic positioning systems.

3rd Mate: One year of experience as AB or 3M on unlimited tonnage vessels. Prefer experience on research vessels, vessels with azimuthing thrusters, and dynamic positioning systems.

AB Special or higher: Prefer prior experience as an AB on vessels where deploying and retrieving gear over the side is routinely required. Graduation from a maritime academy with a license of 3M unlimited may be substituted for previous AB experience.

Applicants must have a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) endorsed for qualified rating that is being applied for: 2nd Mate: Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans with endorsements of Radar Observer Unlimited, GMDSS, VI/1, VI/2, VI/3, VI/4, VI/6. STCW Rating I/2, II/1 II/3.
3rd Mate: Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans with endorsements of Radar Observer Unlimited, GMDSS, VI/1, VI/2, VI/3, VI/4, VI/6. STCW Rating I/2, II/1 II/3.
Able Seafarer: -Special (or higher) and RFPNW endorsements; Rating: I/2, II/4, VI/1, VI/6, I/9.

The following unexpired documents are also required for ALL applicants: U.S. Passport, TWIC card, unexpired (STCW Expiration date) USCG medical certification, and a valid drivers license. Applicants must also be able to pass a pre-employment DOT drug test.

Position Details:

New hires will be placed on the UA Staff Salary Schedule, Grade 77 (AB), Grade 80 (3rd Mate), or Grade 81 (2nd Mate), based on education and experience.

This position is open on a rolling basis, and will remain open over the entire academic year. Successful applicants may be offered temporary contracts between 1-3 months in duration, depending on scheduling and operational needs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover letter

  3. The names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references

  4. Copy of your MMC (all pages)

  5. Copy of your TWIC card

  6. Copy of your USCG Medical Certificate

  7. Copy of your passport

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


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.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


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


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


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Walters, Sikuliaq HR Coordinator, at skwalters@alaska.edu.

All employees at the University of Alaska are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism when conducting or engaged in university business.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/safety. Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or police@uaa.alaska.edu / 907-786-1214 or uaa_deanofstudents@alaska.edu

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: https://www.uaf.edu/orca/files/ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or uaf-orca@alaska.edu.

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: https://uas.alaska.edu/equity-and-compliance/docs/clery/UAS_ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing uas.clery@alaska.edu.

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