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Boat Operator

Vessel Operations
Employment type
Full Time

Job Specifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to safety principles and protocols
  • Extensive knowledge of aspects of the maritime industry including rules and regulations, USCG protocols, and vessel maintenance and repair
  • Strong organizational skills with an emphasis for detail and meeting deadlines
  • Working knowledge of vessel operations, systems and mechanics, including design, repair, and maintenance
  • Working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications
  • Ability to plan and execute projects from start to finish in a timely and efficient manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to identify areas for improvement and/or cost savings and implement appropriate solutions

Required Background and Experience:

  • Expert knowledge and proven experience in safe and effective vessel operation
  • Extensive knowledge of vessel maintenance and mechanics
  • Working knowledge of diesel and gas engine mechanics
  • Working knowledgeable U.S. Coast Guard regulation pertaining to the vessel assigned    
  • Candidate must be legy eligible and insurable to drive to regular assignments
  • Minimum of five years of supervisory experience in maritime management

Certificated and Licenses Required:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent
  • United States Merchant Marine, Master of Steam and Motor Vessels (Inland and Near Coastal) 50 GRT or greater
  • Radar observer
  • Merchant Marine Physical

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a number of locations including TerraSond’s shop and storage facility, boats and various field locations. Some work is performed outdoors and may take place in inclement weather.  Requires occasional heavy lifting of equipment (up to 50 pounds). Responsibilities may require an adjusted work schedule, long days, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines. Travel to, as well as operation and transport of vessels required.

TerraSond is committed to a drug free workplace.  Drug Testing and Background Checks are required.


Position: The Boat Operator is responsible for the safe and effective operation and navigation of TerraSond vessels and may serve as a liaison to chartered vessels.  He or she oversees personnel and vessel safety, documentation, maintenance, crew training and ensuring that TerraSond Limited is in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules and regulations.  The Boat Operator assists with vessel, facility, and vehicle maintenance and performs additional duties as assigned.


Safety, Regulation and Reporting

  • Prioritize as follows: human safety, vessel safety, mission accomplishment
  • Stop all observed unsafe behavior
  • Prepare a daily voyage plan and communicate that plan to all embarked
  • Support and/or stop work per TerraSond’s “Stop Work Authority” policy  as needed
  • Determine and implement weather stand down as needed
  • Perform project activity in compliance with  HSEQ and technical specifications as outlined in the project plan and per TerraSond policy
  • Inspect vessels to ensure safe and efficient operation of vessels and equipment, and conformance to regulations; report deficiencies (both vessel and HSEQ) to Project Manager; address deficiencies promptly
  • Maintain vessel documentation for USCG and financial institutions
  • Manage marine radio licensing, and EPIRB registration
  • Design, implement and execute efficient, accurate vessel status reporting systems
  • Maintain records of vessel activities, review vessel safety and wheelhouse log books for USCG and company compliance
  • Investigate incidents or violations, such as delays, accidents, and equipment failures
  • Prepare reports on investigations or inspections, and document actions taken
  • Coordinate post incident drug and alcohol testing in compliance with USCG rules and regulations

Maintenance and Operation

  • Operate vessel as directed by Party Chief or Survey Technician
  • Arrange for vessels to be fueled, restocked with supplies, and/or repaired
  • Examine vessels (including equipment and systems) to detect damage, wear, or malfunction
  • Perform routine vessel maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery
  • Effect vessel repairs personally, with staff or through contractors as is appropriate
  • Inspect vessel to ensure that repair work was performed properly
  • Inspect vessels and other equipment for evidence of abuse, damage, or mechanical malfunction
  • Maintain the survey vessel and trailer in accordance with both company and manufacturer’s policy
  • Facilitate transport of vessel to, from and between ports


  • Conduct and record required drills
  • Provide vessel induction to all persons onboard
  • Conduct or arrange for marine training as necessary for TerraSond employees.  Training may include vessel operation and maintenance, cold water immersion, fire suppression, training for professional licensing and other training appropriate for marine operations
  • Advise TerraSond staff on rules and procedures for vessel operation
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.



TerraSond is a leader in geospatial solutions. We provide professional geospatial and geophysical services safely effectively and economically.  With U.S. offices located in Alaska, Texas, and Washington, and international experience on a variety of projects in many countries on several continents, we survey worldwide.

Founded in 1994
For general information about careers at: TerraSond contact
Barb Burke
HR Manager
Email: b****
Work :907-745-7215
Cell :907-947-1242
1617 South Industrial Way, Suite 3
Palmer, AK, 99645 USA


1617 South Industrial Way, Suite 3
Palmer, AK, 99645 USA

HR Manager
Work Phone : 907-745-7215
Cell Phone : 907-947-1242
1617 South Industrial Way, Suite 3
Palmer, AK, 99645 USA