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Mate/Marine Technician – Duke University

Position: Mate/Marine Technician

Company: Duke University

Location: Beaufort, North Carolina

About Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.


  • Mate/Marine Technician Location: Duke University Marine Lab oratory, Beaufort, NC
  • Position serves as the full-time Mate/ Marine Technician of the new 77’ aluminum catamaran oceanographic research vessel, RV Shearwater, operated by Duke University and located at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC.
  • Reporting to the Captain of the RV Shearwater, this position will be acting as crew, assisting the Captain with vessel operations and maintenance. This position will also be acting as marine technician, overseeing the operation and maintenance of shipboard scientific research equipment. Seagoing and shore efforts will be split between frequent cruises. Some work on weekends and holidays will be required.


  • Reports to and works collaboratively with the Captain.
  • Assists the Captain in the operation of the vessel.
  • Stands navigation watch in rotation as required
  • Serves as a deckhand by handling lines and rigging equipment
  • Operates deck machinery and cargo handling equipment, including the launch/recovery of the RHIB and other overt-the-side scientific equipment
  • Under the direction of the Captain, performs general maintenance duties to include interior and exterior preventative maintenance and housekeeping
  • Participation in a Chemical Testing Program as defined by 46 CFR parts 4 and 16, 33 CFR part 95 and 49 CFR part 40.
  • Performs other related duties under the direction of the Captain
  • Marine Technician
  • Serve as a seagoing marine technician
  • Participates in cruise planning, the preparation and staging of scientific equipment, and the scheduling of equipment requests
  • Works with the Captain to ensure the safety and effectiveness of over-the-side scientific equipment deployments and recoveries.
  • Provides oversight and technical assistance of shipboard scientific sampling for science party, students and passengers. Instructs personnel proper use of shipboard scientific equipment and assists in the collection of data that will be used in archival scientific publications and databases
  • Working with the Chief Scientist and Captain, determines the best process for collection of the data, and provides an initial assessment of the quality of the data
  • Installs, calibrates, upgrades, maintains, repairs and manages shipboard scientific equipment and electronic systems
  • Fulfills the post‐cruise obligation of data dissemination to scientists and national data archives
  • Position requires international travel. Valid passport is required.


  • Maritime Academy graduate or degree in science, mathematics or engineering.
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Marine Credential any tonnage
  • Experience with oceanographic research cruises and methods

REQUIRED: Minimum Qualifications

  • Education/Training:
  • USCG Able Seaman document
  • USCG Medical Certificate
  • USCG approved drug test
  • CPR and First Aid training certificate
  • High School Diploma or equivalent


Experience on a similar vessel as the R/V Shearwater or boat-related work

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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