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Boat Operator Duties

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This is routine manual work in the operation and maintenance of a fishing boat used in the University's Marine Institute program.
Work involves responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and servicing of boats and boat docking areas. Work follows established procedures with special instructions given by the Marine Institute Director when changes are made in operating procedures. Independent judgment, involving applied knowledge of seamanship practices, is required to make decisions about weather, tide, and navigation when operating a boat. Work is reviewed through observation of results.


Operates a boat in sea and inland coastal waters.

Makes fishing trips in coastal waters; gathers shrimp, oysters, and other marine life for Marine Institute; supervises helpers.

Carries passengers to and from the mainland.

Maintains boats and fishing equipment, including shrimp nets, and dock areas.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school and considerable experience in boat operation and commercial fishing, possession of a boat operator's license; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the practices of seamanship, including navigation, tide movements, marine safety, fishing, and boat operations.

Some knowledge of weather as its changes affect the operation of sea going vessels.

Ability to react quickly in emergencies.

Ability to operate sea-going boats and obtain ample collections of marine life to meet Institute needs.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Skill in making necessary minor and emergency repairs to marine equipment and docks.



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