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Shore Employment

Director of Marine Operations

About SEA
Sea Education Association (SEA), is a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, teaching innovative, rigorous, and interdisciplinary oceanography and environmental science SEA Semester® programs on our campus in Woods Hole, and aboard our state-of-the-art sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific.

SEA is an EOE and committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Overview of Responsibiltities
Assumes administrative and supervisory responsibility for manning, operations and maintenance of vessels owned or operated by SEA, and for the safety of the programs at sea in accordance with government regulations and policies established by the board of trustees and president. Acts as staff liaison for the Marine Committee and Risk Management Committee, member of the Senior Management Group and attends pertinent SEA Trustee and Board Committee meetings.

  • Supervises faculty and contract captains, and marine department staff (port captain, port engineer, science operations coordinator, science program coordinator, and marine operations assistant). Has overall responsibility for management and oversight of all shipboard personnel. Recommends captains to the president and the dean for their review and approval
  • Plans and administers the ships' operating budgets subject to approval and periodic review by the president and director of finance and administration
  • Develops and monitors all shipboard and safety operations, risk management and shipboard scientific safety policies
  • Supervises vessel preventive maintenance programs and crew safety policies
  • Supervises the development of a program of major capital repairs and replacements to ensure the ships are maintained in accordance with SEA's long range plans, USCG and ABS standards
  • Reviews and approves all cruise tracks in conjunction with dean. Advises and actively participates in cruise planning and evaluation including pre cruise planning and briefings, post cruise debriefing and evaluation in collaboration with faculty and dean                                   
  • Serves as Designated Person Ashore (DPA).  The DPA is responsible for monitoring health, safety and environmental aspects of vessel operations, and is the primary contact for any of these concerns
  • Develops vessel and program schedule in conjunction with the dean, port captain and dean of enrollment
  • Attends shipyard periods as director of marine operations and/or master
  • Reports to president

Overview of Qualifications / Education

  • Five years experience coordinating/managing ships and crew in U.S. and foreign ports and on the high seas; must have excellent communication, interpersonal, administrative and project management skills
  • Ability to develop and administer million dollar operating budgets
  • 3-5 years of experience as a professional seagoing mariner
  • 500T USCG STCW compliant Ocean Masters License with Auxiliary Sail endorsement required. 1600T license preferred
  • BA/BS in transportation, engineering or science fields or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups (i.e. surveyors, government officials, administrators, Board of Trustees, and vessel operations staff).
  • Knowledge and experience with American Bureau of Shipping and U.S. Coast Guard regulations
  • Demonstrated success with project management, preventive maintenance, and shipyard work including purchasing of major equipment and components, and selection of shipyards and contractors
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • Negotiating skills required
  • Ability to read, develop and use plans and schematics
  • Engineering experience preferred
  • Three years experience with seagoing or field-based education programs
  • Shipboard duties require the physical ability and agility to move quickly and react to events on deck, to access below decks (ladders and companionways are provided), to climb aloft, and to live and work in confined spaces. Life at sea demands the physical, psychological, and emotional ability to adapt to a ship's watch schedule, to work in groups or alone, to withstand extended periods of time on a moving vessel without daily access to shore resources, and in case of an emergency to perform emergency duties under adverse circumstance

Benefits package includes medical/Rx, dental, vision and life insurances; vacation, sick, personal time; holidays; retirement plans; flexible spending

How to Apply
Send letter of interest, resume and three professional references to

Faculty Employment

Captains/Nautical Science Faculty Members

May 2018:  Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for the full-time position of Captain/Nautical Science Faculty Member. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Falmouth, MA. We offer innovative and rigorous environmental studies programs on our campus and aboard our Sailing School Vessels, the Corwith Cramer and the Robert C. Seamans, in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Position Summary
The position is a renewable appointment for nine months of work over a twelve- month period, involving approximately 16 weeks per year sea service with the remaining 23 weeks of work based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA.  Eligibility for full benefits. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, teaching undergraduate courses onshore and sailing as master of SEA’s vessels with all ancillary duties.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
• BA/BS undergraduate degree and a minimum of five years practical experience in education at sea or sail training 
• A valid 200 GRT Ocean Master with Auxiliary Sail (national endorsement) and Master Less than 500 GT Ocean Management Level (STCW)
• FCC Marine Radio Operator’s License
• Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated management and project administration experience
• Must have a passion for SEA’s mission with excellent communication, interpersonal and administrative skills
• Familiarity with Microsoft suite of programs (Word/Access/Excel).
• Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations
• The ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and work non-traditional hours to support ships operating in remote locations
•  A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies
• The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods

Preferred Qualifications

• A valid 1600 GRT Ocean Master with Auxiliary Sail (national endorsement) and Master 500 GT or More Management Level (STCW)
• Advanced academic degree preferred
• Experience as ship master and overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers
• Familiar with oceanographic sampling techniques

Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package including Medical/Dental/Vision, & retirement benefits.  This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply
A review of applications will commence on May 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, USCG credentials, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.  Email materials to  Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.

About Sea Education Association
SEA ( is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience—at sea aboard tall ships and on shore.

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