Website The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.
SALARY RANGE $25.00-$31.00 per hour
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk seeks a full time Vessel Captain. This position provides for the safe and timely operation of The Maritime Aquarium’s (TMA) vessels. This position also provides support to staff and passengers during onboard programs for schools, the public and other private charter groups.
The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For over 35 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 400,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,000 animals and over 360 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually.
MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:
· US Coast Guard MMC Master (50GRT or above) including Marine Radio Operator
· TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)
· Red Cross Certifications in First Aid, CPR & AED (or ability to obtain promptly)
Previous experience operating passenger vessels
Previous experience with twin propeller operation
Capable of completing USCG Certificate of Inspection annual testing, Man Overboard and fore drills
Knowledge of and experience maintaining mechanical and electrical systems found in a maritime environment.
Able to adapt to new technologies.
Ability to lift/carry in excess of 50 lbs. of vessel gear, haul fishing and research gear, and other physical activities required to operate marine vessels.
Ability to stand for long periods; enter small spaces; ascend and descend ladders/steps; perform mechanical functions while crouching, crawling, bending, etc.
Ability to handle emergencies by reacting quickly and professionally.
Knowledge of USCG Rules of the Road and other USCG regulations.
Excellent interpersonal skills necessary for interacting successfully with the public, all levels of Aquarium staff and volunteers.
Understanding of safety requirements aboard a vessel carrying passengers and conducting research activities with gear in the water.
Participate in the USCG (United States Coast Guard) mandatory chemical testing as required by regulations.
Ability to work weekends and occasional evenings.
Provides for the successful operation the R/V Spirit of the Sound and other TMA vessels through sound maritime maintenance practices of all mechanical and electrical systems.
Operates TMA vessels on inland waterways in accordance with current federal and state regulations for the safety and enjoyment of passengers.
Ensures proper handling of mooring lines while vessels are docking and leaving dock.
Ensures the safe and correct deployment and retrieval of gear on the back deck.
Interacts and communicates with educators (vessel crew) and other staff in a professional manner and in accordance with TMA mission.
Provides supervision of vessel crew.
Supports delivery of the Aquarium’s shipboard education programs when required (e.g. retrieval of trawl nets while using upper deck control station).
Able to work independently and as part of a team on vessel maintenance and vessel improvement projects, including when called for, overseeing outside contractors and technicians.
Research options for, and order vessel components as required for routine maintenance as well as improvement/update projects.
Reports and documents all non-routine operations such as catching debris in nets, incidents with passengers, mechanical/electrical issues, other vessels in harbor, and weather incidents.
Ensures that crew has secured lines, shore power and security locks, and completes daily ships logs.
Ensure crew compliance with relevant USCG and TMA regulations and operational guidelines.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Please send a cover letter, resume and Maritime Aquarium application (maritimeaquarium.org and click on join our team) to email@example.com. Please put Vessel Captain in the subject line of your e-mail.
The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.
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