Boat Captain – USA

Full time Coastal Carolina University in Nautical Deck officer Email Job
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Coastal Carolina University is accepting applications for a Boat Captain (Watercraft Captain II). Position is a full-time, staff appointment based at the University’s campus in Conway, SC, and at its maritime facilities in Georgetown, SC, but will require travel to other coastal areas in South Carolina. The position will be in the University’s School of the Coastal Environment. Coastal Carolina University is expanding and building upon a historic emphasis on the marine sciences. Advancing the University’s nautical capabilities in support of teaching and research is an important focus of the marine science program and the nautical staff.

Duties include, but are not limited to: operating the 53 ft. RV Explorer and the University’s smaller vessels; performing preventative maintenance on all University vessels; operating vessels in accordance with USCG and SC Wildlife Department regulations; preparing, outfitting, and scheduling of vessels for education and research; supervising a deck hand; training and instructing students and faculty in safe vessel operations; overseeing mobilization/demobilization and safe deployment of scientific instrumentation; assisting faculty in planning and reviewing operational plans; and determining areas for improvement and identifying trends in basic marine science instrumentation; and performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree, current USCG license for the gross tonnage of the University’s vessels, demonstrated skills operating a research vessel including the planning and safe deployment of instrumentation for education and research, knowledge of USCG regulations regarding navigation and safety, and knowledge and ability to perform preventative maintenance on vessels are required. Equivalencies will be considered. A bachelor’s degree in natural science or engineering, 10 year’s operating experience as a master or captain, experience collecting oceanographic data, working with faculty and students, and training and supervision of students in boat usage, navigation, and safety are preferred.

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, South Carolina, just nine miles from the Atlantic coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach. Coastal Carolina University enrolls over 10,000 students from 47 states and 61 nations. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective master’s degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and Education.

Coastal Carolina University is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Interested applicants may apply online at or online in the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity at Coastal Carolina University between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants should include cover letter, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position filled. If selected, the applicant will be required to provide official college transcripts and a current USCG license for the tonnage of the University’s vessels. Questions may be directed to Vice-Dean William G. Ambrose, Jr. (

Coastal Carolina University is an EO/AA employer.

Watercraft Captain II (KD60/117603), full-time position with benefits. SC State pay band: 06. Normal work hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Must be flexible to meet special scheduling needs of the University.


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