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Engineer  / Naval Architect
Employment type
Full Time



Job no: 534896


Work type: Management (MPP)


Location: Humboldt


Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)


Engineer/Relief Captain


Vessel Operations

Job # 534896

First Review Date: February 14, 2024


Open Until Filled


At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.


Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.


Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs — all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.


Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.


Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.


(Job # 534896) Administrator 1, Engineer/Relief Captain, Salary Range: $3,750-$11,146/month; Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,250-$7,500. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month position in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS) Dean's Office. This position is an Administrator 1 in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP) reporting to the Captain of the Research Vessel (R/V) Coral Sea docked at Woodley Island Marina and managed by the CNRS Deans office. Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information can be found at: This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at Please note that this is an internal recruitment open only to active, stateside, staff Humboldt State University Employees.


Position Summary: Under the immediate supervision of the permanent captain of the Cal Poly Humboldt Research Vessel Coral Sea, this position maintains the vessel at an operational level, and may relieve the captain when the captain is unavailable and provides instructional support of Marine Science at sea.


Key Responsibilities: Under the direction of the captain, supervise deck crew, students, faculty and others. Supervise and actively participates in all, but not limited to the following procedures and does so in a safe and professional manner while adhering to industry standards and good seamanship while the vessel is at the dock and underway:


operation, maintenance, cleaning, repair of all machinery, surface preparation for painting the interior and exterior of the vessel.


Actively facilitates, demonstrates, and participates in all onboard safety training, including but not limited to fire, person overboard, abandon ship, collision and flooding.


The incumbent Supervises, plans and/or performs vessel paint projects while directing crew and student assistants in the surface preparation and application of, but not limited, to paint products such as Alklyd, anti-fouling paints, oils, 2-part epoxies and urethanes.


Supervises and coordinates major mechanical maintenance, repairs and retrofits of mechanical and electrical systems by outside contractors, during repairs and maintenance of, and ensures the completion of repairs and maintenance of diesel engines, diesel generators, air compressors and air receivers, hydraulic power systems (both electrical and power driven) with pumps, motors, valves, and hydraulically equipment such as cranes, winches and windlasses.


Preforms and/or supervises crew in implementing, facilitating and following a strict daily, weekly, monthly and yearly Preventive Maintenance Program (PMP), and ensures documentation of all PMP activities.


Ability to take charge of the vessel as captain during the absence or unavailability of the fulltime captain. May require serving as chief mate on cruises in excess of 12 hours.


Perform, supervise or assist in repairs, installations and maintenance of salt and fresh water systems, including copper, steel and PVC plumbing.


Performs or supervises outside contractors in metal repair and fabrication using AC/DC and oxy acetylene welding equipment.


Performs or supervises repairs of scientific equipment onboard the ship while at sea.


Participate in general cleaning, sanitation and organization


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:


Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in the operation and repair of a seagoing vessel and the ability to repair equipment while at sea. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, including the ability to be organized, create and adhere to a regular preventative maintenance schedule and the ability to identify and diagnose potential and actual machinery and equipment failures. Must possess experience with computers, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Google Docs. Must have excellent communications skill, both verbal and written and be able to work cooperatively with the captain, faculty, staff, students and the public.


Experience or familiarity with diesel mechanics, electrical (AC and DC), hydraulics, pressurized water systems, metal fabrication, wood working, plumbing, winches, cranes, windlasses, capstans and other deck equipment.


Experience working effectively with a diverse population. Must possess the competency to provide instruction and supervise semi and un-skilled assistants.


Must be able to prepare students to be socially and environmentally responsible leaders in a diverse and globalized world. Foster meaningful relationships across differences, including diverse culture communities, and competencies. Strengthen partnerships with local communities and serve as effective steward of the natural and bult environment and the university's financial resources with a focus on sustainability.


This position requires going to sea for long periods of time and on overnight and multi-day voyages while supervising additional crew. This position may also require travel and work in other parts of the country which may be of an extended duration, for example, the shipyard. The work schedule (hours and days) varies. The incumbent must be flexible, available on weekends and be able to work on short notice.


Minimum Qualifications:


• Current USCG Merchant Mariner Credential minimum Master 100 gross ton Mate 200 gross tons, near coastal.

• Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

• CPR, first aid, AED certificate

• Experience or familiarity with diesel mechanics, electrical (AC and DC), hydraulics, plumbing, metal fabrication, wood working, winches, cranes, windlass, capstans and other deck equipment.

• Must posses skills in deck seamanship.

• Recent experience on a vessel similar in characteristics to the R/V Coral Sea.


Preferred Qualifications:


• Current valid USCG MMC Masters 200 gross tons or higher

• Experience supervising

• Radar Unlimited/ARAP

• FCC restricted radio operator license



• CA driver's license


Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:


• Letter of Interest

• Copies of all relevant licenses and certificates

• Resume or Curriculum Vitae

• Contact information for at least three professional references


Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials for first review is Wednesday, February 14, 2024.


Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt's Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.


We acknowledge that Cal Poly Humboldt is located on the unceded lands of the Wiyot people, where they have resided from time immemorial. We encourage all to gain a deeper understanding of their history and thriving culture. As an expression of our gratitude, we are genuinely committed to developing trusting, reciprocal, and long-lasting partnerships with the Wiyot people as well as all of our neighboring tribes. Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.


Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.


Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.


CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measure established by each campus. The systemwide policy can be found at and any questions you have may be submitted to


Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.




Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.


This position is a “designated position” in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.” In reference to the full disclosure letter, please refer to HR 2010-08.


Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at


Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.


Class Code: 3318

Publication Date: January 17, 2024


Advertised: 17 Jan 2024 Pacific Daylight Time


Application Closes: Pacific Daylight Time


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