First Mate -- R/V Coral Reef II

Shedd Aquarium - Miami, FL

Please note that this position is located in Miami, FL
The First Mate serves as second-in-command aboard the Research Vessel Coral Reef II and must be capable of assuming full command in absence of the Captain. The position requires that the First Mate work at the direction of the captain to supervise and coordinate day-to-day activities, and to participate fully in those activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd's vision, mission and values.
  • With instruction from the Captain, be proficient with the handling characteristics of the vessel (maneuvering, docking, anchoring, etc.) as well as the operation of critical systems (electronic navigation aids, steering, de-watering, safety apparatus, water maker, etc.)
  • Perform navigational watches while underway and safety/anchor/dock watches at other times when needed.
  • Assist the Captain with maintenance of the vessel and maintain the required logbooks according to established practice and in established formats.
  • Direct and supervise Chef/deckhand position and ensure that he/she understands and performs his/her assigned duties adequately. Assist Captain with training and orientation of new crew members.
  • Be capable of coordinating line-handling when coming to port, anchoring, skiff-launching and retrieval, deck maintenance and safety.
  • Participate in the execution of emergency drills. Help ensure written drill reports are properly logged when acting as the master.
  • Work with the Captain to create a plan for long- and short-term maintenance and repairs of the vessel.
  • Responsible for the daily repair and maintenance for the vessel and support tenders as directed by the captain.
  • Follows the Shedd Purchasing Manual to purchase supplies and equipment as needed.
  • In the absence of the Captain be able to fulfill the legal requirements and documents for proper compliance and/or clearance of the vessel in local and international waters.
  • In the absence of the Captain act as liaison with the U.S. Coast Guard to oversee inspections and administer a Coast Guard approved drug-free policy.
  • In the absence of the Captain, perform orientation and safety talks when leaving dock.
  • Oversee the safety of all persons on board.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • College Degree Preferred
  • 5 years relevant work experience with a minimum of 3 years' experience as a Licensed Mate.
  • Excellent ship handling and navigational skills.
  • Maintaining boats and equipment on board such as anchor winches, navigational systems, generators, water makers, and pumps.
  • Maintaining diesel engines and gasoline outboard engines.
  • Excellent communications and customer service.
  • Knowledge of maritime laws and regulations.
  • USCG Merchant Mariner License – Minimum Near Coastal; 100 GRT Master including all STCW endorsements.
  • SCUBA certification, Divemaster level preferred.
  • Valid driver's license with Safe Driver Endorsement.
  • Valid U.S. passport.
  • First aid training up to date.
  • Current AED/CPR training.
  • Current T.W.I.C. (Transportation Workers Identification Card).
Skills & Abilities:
  • Outgoing and friendly demeanor, able to engage and communicate easily with passengers and crew.
  • Familiarity with Bahamian waters, weather conditions, history and current events.
  • Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word, familiarity with Nobeltec TimeZero Navigation software a plus; plus, general writing abilities.
  • Lift, pull, push, and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Sit, Stand, Stoop, Crouch, Kneel, and Walk.
  • Maintain balance (equilibrium) on a moving vessel.
  • Climb up and down vertical ladders and stairways.
  • Step over high door sills and coamings and move through restricted accesses.
  • Manipulate mechanical devices using manual and digital dexterity and strength.
  • Use hand tools such as wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and socket sets.
Work Environment:
  • Long hours in isolated settings.
  • Living with a small community of people 24/7.
  • Sharing a room with Captain.
  • Hazardous and rough weather conditions.
  • Tight spaces, water, smoke, heat, and cold.
We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team.
If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).