Deckhand Lead/Master

Marine, Ocean, and Coastal Sciences and Resource Management Woods Hole, Massachusetts


Job Title: Deckhand Lead/Master

Location:  Woods Hole, MA

Job Description
IBSS is looking for a Lead/Master Deckhand to provide seasonal support onboard NOAA fishery and oceanographic survey vessels based out of Woods Hole, MA. The deckhand will support the Officer in Charge (OIC), Junior Officer in Charge (JOIC) with vessel operations and maintenance on trips 5-20 days in length with some dockside work expected.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in deploying and retrieving sampling gear. Sampling gear includes nets, trawls, grabs, dredges, probes, CTDs, or other instruments used to accomplish scientific investigations.
  • Perform maintenance on fishing trawls and other sampling gear, particularly fishing net repair and mending, as required.
  • Assist with meal preparation and routine housekeeping chores including cleaning interior deck  and head, and other duties.
  • Assist in the loading and unloading of ship’s stores, supplies, and scientific gear
  • Assist with docking exercises, line handling and tying various rope knots
  • Assist and independently operate, maintain, and repair all vessel systems as needed, including Caterpillar 3406 main engine and associated propulsion gear, Isuzu Diesel generators, hydraulic systems, and other vessel equipment
  • Assist in maintaining electrical and hydraulic systems, as required
  • Operate deck equipment including articulating crane, net reel, trawl winch, and anchor windlass
  • Perform stand wheelhouse and anchor watches as requested by the Officer in Charge (OIC)
  • Perform wheelhouse watches to include use of wheel house instruments and resources including charts, chart plotters, GPS, fathometers and RADAR. Required to utilize these instruments to safely navigate the vessel during transits to and from working grounds
  • In case of an emergency or urgency, the contractor shall be required to obey the lawful orders of the OIC or the JOIC in such situations as fire, flooding, collision, man overboard, or abandon ship, while underway, anchored, or alongside Safe deployment and retrieval of sampling gear
  • Possess any combination of experience and/or training in diesel mechanics, electronics/wiring plumbing, deck maintenance, carpentry, metal working, net mending, and hydraulics

Physical Requirement:

  • Deckhand Lead/Master The physical fitness and stamina necessary for performing duties entailed
  • Deckhands must possess the physical fitness and stamina necessary for performing duties entailed
  • Moderate to substantial effort will be required while operating controls and handling gear
  • Coordination is necessary to operate controls while safely maneuvering instruments over the side of the vessel
  • Adequate strength in the arms, legs and back as well as good balance, agility, and the ability to anticipate rolling and pitching movements of the vessel are needed to move and work when the boat is pitching violently in storm or heavy seas
  • Must conduct work while experiencing periods of motion or sea sickness
  • Occasionally be required to lift, carry, and position items weighing up to 60 pounds
  • Ability to work long days, typically 12 hours in length with longer days up to 20 hours
  • Expect exposure to all types of weather for varying durations of time
  • Expect exposure to possible injuries by moving equipment or falls on slippery and moving decks or ladders
  • May be required to go aloft, with exposure to possible falls from as high as 40’ above the water line of the vessel

 Required Skills:

  • Shall be expected to work in an environment of moderate risk, under various weather conditions, and frequently work long hours
  • Strongly recommended but not required that the contractor possess a US Merchant Mariner document/credential
  • Due to the small size, close living quarters, and long days aboard the 72’ Research Vessel, the contractor must have a positive and calm demeanor, possess the ability to accept frustrating and trying situations beyond his control, and behave in an amiable fashion with all personnel embarked aboard the Research Vessel

 Required Safety Qualifications:

  • Shall abide by and enforce all statutory, safety, and operational standards for ships and seamen
  • A USCG 100 Gross Ton Master’s License
  • NOAA Small Boat Policy for a Small Research Vessel (NAO 217-103)
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • Successfully pass a drug test and background check

 About IBSS Corp
IBSS is a Woman-Owned, WBENC-certified and MBE/DBE-certified business. Since 1992, IBSS has provided specialized professional, scientific, technical, cybersecurity, IT, and software engineering solutions to the Federal sector. Our clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ). We are committed to serving our clients and employees by delivering service excellence, creating value through technology, and continually improving our skills, services, and processes. Moreover, we maintain an ISO 9001:2015 certification which allows us to optimize current industry best practices to enhance delivery outcomes for our clients.

IBSS offers a competitive benefits package including paid vacation, medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage with company-paid deductible, matching 401K plan, tuition/training reimbursement, and Flex-Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account (DCA) options.

IBSS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.