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NPS accepting local hire apps for boat operator

Kenai Fjords National Park is accepting applications for a Small Craft Operator, WG-5786-09. The full-time, temporary position will last from approximately mid-April to mid-September.

DUTIES: This position serves as boat operator of the 53-foot, M/V Serac for Kenai Fjords National Park. Duties include navigating vessel throughout the coastline of the park in varying sea conditions for the purpose of safely transporting personnel, equipment, supplies, and materials. Responsible for operating electronic and other navigational equipment including Nobletec Navigational software, GPS, VHF, park radios, depth sounder, satellite phone, etc. Will perform preventative maintenance and emergency repairs on vessels and equipment including but not limited to engines, starters, alternators, battery chargers, generator set, etc. Duties also include beginning and end of season maintenance and preparation which include thorough cleaning of the vessel, vessel haul out, painting, zinc replacements, and other minor repairs. Will perform loading and unloading operations taking into consideration vessel capacity, weight distribution, and stability. Responsible for properly securing vessels, taking into consideration tides, sea and weather conditions and forecasts. Provides guidance and safety procedures to crew and passengers for duration of trips, during loading & unloading, and ship to shore assignments.

Trips on the vessel will last upwards of 14-days out in the remote areas of the park (more than 70-miles from harbor). Proper trip planning and coordination for every trip is an important function and duty of this position.

Minimum USCG license requirement is “Master of motor vessels of at least 50 gross registered tons upon inland or near coastal waters.

Applicants must have lived in or near Kenai Fjords National Park for at least 12 consecutive months.

For questions or application materials, please visit the park’s Administrative Office or contact us at (907) 422-0500.