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AWRI Fleet Captain - Annis Water Resources Institute

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Muskegon
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The AWRI Fleet Captain oversees the effective, safe, and efficient maintenance and operation of all vessels and vehicles operated by AWRI. Fleet Captain also coordinates the efforts of AWRI captains, deckhands, engineers, and electricians to ensure that all vessel activities are conducted in a safe and cost-effective manner. Fleet Captain will operate AWRI vessels as required, act as a liaison between AWRI and various other federal agencies including but not limited to USCG and USACOE.

Required Qualifications and Education:  

  • Appropriate training and experience and a record of success in vessel operations, vessel maintenance, purchasing, budgeting, scheduling and personnel supervision.
  • High School graduate or GED
  • Possesses a valid USCG 100 Ton Masters License and have small vessel (<100 tons) operating experience. 
  • Possesses the ability to successfully work with the crew, the general public, students of all ages, University, K-12, and vessel instructors and researchers.
  • Must be able to work in all types of inclement weather.
  • Must be able to crouch and stoop to get into areas with restricted headroom, to climb ladders and to lift and carry 50-75 lbs.
  • May involve exposure to odors, dust, dirt, mechanical hazards, high noise levels and potentially hazardous equipment.
  • May involve travel to multiple locations and extended stays out of home location, long hours and weekend duties. 
  • Required to participate in Random Drug Testing Program and complete CPR/First Aid certification, employer provided.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:  

  • Efficient in diesel maintenance, fluid systems and electrical troubleshooting and repair.
  • Welding experience
  • Maritime Military Experience


  • Oversee the effective, safe and efficient maintenance and operation of all vessels and vehicles operated by AWRI.
  • Coordinate the efforts of AWRI Captains, Deckhands, Engineers, and Electricians to ensure that all vessel activities are conducted in a safe and cost-effective manner
  • Supervise spring commissioning and fall layup of AWRI vessels, facilities and marine equipment
  • Act as a liaison between AWRI, the USCG, USACOE, City of Grand Haven and other Federal and State agencies on vessel matters
  • Act as liaison between AWRI and GVSU Public Safety on Safety and Security measures
  • Operate AWRI vessels as required
  • Draft an annual vessel maintenance schedule and ensure that all required maintenance is properly completed
  • Draft an annual training program and supervise training for all vessel personnel, student employees, and summer interns
  • Schedule annual vessel dockside maintenance period and ensure worklist is completed in a safe and efficient manner
  • Conduct periodic safety and maintenance inspections on all vessels
  • Obtain quotes and place requisitions for supplies, services, and repairs; reconcile procurement card transactions
  • Review and oversee work of vessel crew and contractors
  • Ensure that all vessels have adequate stores and that all maintenance supplies are on hand in a timely fashion to complete the required maintenance
  • Draft and maintain the duty schedules for Captains, Deckhands and Engineers
  • Maintain all vessel logs and other operating records as required by the USCG
  • Assist in periodic assessments of vessel Captains, Deckhands, Engineers, and Electrician

Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

Department/College:  The Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) consists of faculty members, technicians, graduate students, summer undergraduate interns, administrative support staff, and fleet staff. AWRI offers M.S. degrees in Biology with an aquatic sciences emphasis and in Water Resources Policy. Its mission is to integrate research, education, and outreach to preserve and enhance freshwater resources. AWRI has three buildings and sits on a 2.5-acre site on Muskegon Lake. The Vessel Program include two research vessels, a pontoon boat, an electofishing boat, and numerous smaller boats.   

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at

How to Apply: A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to work at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information of three professional references. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body and we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students underrepresented demographics in the sciences. Apply online at and select “Apply now”. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.  Email questions about the position to:

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on September 20, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed 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. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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