About Shedd

Captain of Research Vessel (based in Miami, FL)

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Tiffany Tuckett
Manager, Human Resources
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Fax: 312-663-0971

Based on Shedd Aquarium’s commitment to the environment, electronic versions of resumes are preferred.

Status: Full-time, regular
Department: Coral Reef II research vessel
FLSA status: Exempt

General Description:
This is a responsible executive-level position commanding the overall operation, crew, passengers and safety of Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. In working with the co-captain and cook/deckhand, the captain ensures the protocols are followed and safety measures practiced.

Job Responsibilities:
Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Responsible for the safe and legal operation and navigation of the R/V Coral Reef II while at sea and at dock
• Creates strategic plan for the long-term and short-term maintenance and repairs of the vessel
• Creates, maintains and reports on both the operating and capital budgets including billing for revenue
• Follows Shedd purchasing manual to purchase supplies and equipment
• Plans and schedules usage of the boat with both inside and outside Shedd users
• Fulfills the legal requirements and documents for proper compliance and/or clearance of the vessel in local, national and international waters
• Is primary liaison with the U.S. Coast Guard, oversees inspections and administers Coast Guard drug-free policy
• Manages staff (co-captain and cook/deckhand), including selection, scheduling, job assignment, training and development, counseling, appraisal and recognition
• Manages day-to-day repairs and preventive maintenance
• Oversees the safety of all persons on board

Position Specifications:
• College degree preferred
• 10+ years' relevant work experience
• Proven business management: financial planning, budgeting, strategic planning, project management, risk management and marketing
• Maintaining boats and equipment on board, such as engines, winches, navigational systems, fire extinguishers and life preservers
• Maintaining diesel engines and gasoline outboard engines
• Excellent communication and customer service.
• Knowledge of maritime laws and regulations.
• Must have a calm and charismatic personality and be able to greet and socialize with guests

• USCG Merchant Mariner License (Captain’s license) – Minimum 100 gross tons, near coastal, all STCW endorsements.
• SCUBA certification (Divemaster level preferred).
• Valid driver’s license.
• Valid U.S. passport.
• First-aid training up to date.
• AED/CPR training

Language Skills:
• Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English fluently.
• Ability to work with others for whom English is not a first language.
• Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions given from written and oral sources. 
• Ability to write professional business correspondence and reports
• Ability to effectively present information to all levels of audiences.

Mathematical Skills:
• Ability to understand complex mathematical relationships and formulas.
• Ability to understand and employ complex accounting mathematics

Reasoning Skills:
• Ability to work with little or no supervision
• Ability to use common-sense techniques in solving problems
• Ability to solve complex logical problems
• Ability to use diplomacy and tact when dealing with problems
• Ability to adapt to changing conditions and respond to emergency situations
• Ability to identify problems and determine the best course of action for their resolution
• Ability to critically evaluate information for accuracy and usefulness in solving problems
• Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in a variety of situations
• Ability to work in a team environment

 Computer Skills:
• Advanced level of knowledge of Microsoft Office Business Suite
• Ability to learn financial-planning software: Razor’s Edge, Manager Reporter, ADP E-time

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The boat captain will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions
• require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
• require long hours in isolated settings
• require living with a small community of people 24/7
• require sharing a room with co-captain 

In addition, the person in this position must be able to
• maintain balance (equilibrium)
• 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
• lift, pull, push and carry a load (up to 50 pounds)
• crouch, kneel and stoop
• use hand tools such as spanners, valve wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers
• crawl into tight spaces
• distinguish differences in texture and temperature by feel
• stand at routine watch
• distinguish an object or shape at a certain distance
• hear a specified decibel sound at a specified frequency
• describe immediate surroundings and activities and pronounce words clearly
• be able to carry and handle fire hoses and fire extinguishers
• use survival equipment
• work in hot, cold and wet environments


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