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Temporary Deckhand - Water Resources Institute (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Apply now Job no: 494965
Position type: TEMP - Temporary Hourly
Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: Two part-time Deckhand will crew the University’s passenger vessel W. G. Jackson located in Muskegon, MI. Work hours will vary depending on the vessel schedule, preventative maintenance schedule, and crew underway rotation.  Vessel season runs 1 April -31 Oct. The vessel operates approx. 500 underway hrs. per season.

Responsibilities - Essential Functions:

  • Perform able seaman and basic engineering duties which include but are not limited to general ship's maintenance, line handling, operation of deck machinery, general troubleshooting, exposure to odors, dust, dirt, mechanical hazards, high noise levels, and potentially hazardous equipment.
  • Stand watch and act as relief mate. 
  • Assisting scientists with handling, rigging, and operation of research equipment, and working with students on educational cruises.
  • May involve travel to multiple locations and extended stays out of home location, long hours, and weekend duties.
  • Will be expected to perform record keeping and help manage ship's stores.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • 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, climb ladders and lift and carry 50-75 lbs.
  • Must have normal color vision.
  • Individuals must have a minimum of five years’ experience aboard vessels.
  • Required to participate in Random Drug Testing Program and complete CPR/First Aid certification, employer-provided.

Salary: $16.00/hour, not benefit-eligible

Department/Division: Water Resources Institute / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Muskegon Lake Michigan Center

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately, ride along with the vessel crew available throughout the fall 2023 season. Training & fit-out for the 2024 season commences on 1 April 2024. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University

How To Apply:  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. 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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