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Seward Marine Center Director and Superintendent

Superintendent / Foreman
Employment type
Full Time

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field and 5 years progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. The successful candidate will have a strong background in marine operations and at least 7 years of supervisory experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience as a marine superintendent and/or have experience in Arctic operations. Candidates must provide evidence of administrative experiences at the level of director, department chair, or equivalent.


The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Director of the Seward Marine Center and Marine Superintendent. One of the few Land, Sea, and Space Grant universities in the nation, UAF is noted for research expertise of Alaska’s vast ocean resources which include more than half of the nation’s coastline, three-quarters of the continental shelf and the largest fishery in the world. CFOS has over 50 faculty and more than 150 graduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world. The university operates thenew ice-capable, Global Class Research Vessel, Sikuliaq. The position is located in Seward, Alaska.

Duties of the position include managing all aspects of vessel operations to ensure SIKULIAQ is managed and operated in accordance with NSF, UNOLS, US Coast Guard, and Class requirements to ensure maximum operational readiness commensurate with safe operations. This is an operation with an annual operating and maintenance budget that exceeds $12M each year. While not an all inclusive list, duties include:

  • Ship scheduling to achieve the operating goal of 270 science operating days each year.
  • Risk Management planning for ship operations with an excellent understanding of the added risk associated with operations in ice covered waters.
  • Ship operational and equipment proposals which includes budget development and execution. 
  • Science mission planning. - Logistics support for the ship wherever in the world it is deployed with mooring and port services, provisioning, spares, repairs, fueling, science equipment onloads/offloads.
  • Crewing; recruitment, hiring, evaluation, travel. There is a permanent crew of 20 professional mariners, 4 marine technicians and a rotating pool of temporary employees for crew reliefs.
  • Regulatory compliance; USCG, Port State Control, Class Society, IMO.
  • Operational permitting requirements for foreign waters, special area operating and research permits, incidental harassment permits for marine animals, etc. - Maintenance Program for the ship to include organizational and depot level maintenance; includes shipyard contracts, vendors, service contracts, overhaul contracts.
  • Designated Person Ashore and manager for the ship's Safety Management System.
  • UAF liaison to NSF and UNOLS for SIKULIAQ operations and planning and bi-annual NSF ship inspections.
  • Promotion of ship utilization to the research community, federal funding agencies, state agencies, and commercial entities that may utilize ship time.
  • Public outreach and representing the University and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences locally and to coastal communities throughout Alaska for awareness of ship activities and promotion of the ship and UAF.

Responsible for managing all aspects of programming, operations and maintenance of the Seward Marine Center campus, including:

  • 7 buildings totaling over 47,000 square feet, 13 acres of land, waterfront with a pier and boat ramp, and a fleet of vehicles and equipment and small boats needed to support ship operations and provide broad based science support. SMC is comprised of 5 staff personnel who support ship operations, the facility & operations, local and visiting scientists, graduate students in Seward, and other University and CFOS missions in Seward.
  • An annual unrestricted operating budget of approximately $1M. - The planning and execution of the annual Alaska Region National Ocean Science Bowl which brings up to 25 high school level teams from throughout the state to Seward for the annual academic competition.
  • Supports procurement through review of all UAF non-UNOLS vessel and boat charters for science per University of Alaska Procurement Regulations and Procedures on special provisions for vessel charter and the UNOLS Safety Standards
Apply Instructions

For more information and to apply, please go to Applicants will be asked to attach a statement of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references. If you need application assistance, please contact UAF Human Resources at 907-474-7700. For any other questions about the position, please contact Dean S. Bradley Moran, Search Committee Chair, at Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time on October 31, 2017 to ensure consideration. Review of applications will begin November 1st, and continue until the position is filled.

Background Check:

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

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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