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POST DATE 9/12/2016
END DATE 10/18/2016

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OFFICE LOCATIONPalmyra AtollPALMWORK WITH USThe Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.POSITION SUMMARYThe Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working globally to protect ecologically important lands and waters for people and nature. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. Palmyra is a 680-acre atoll with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Refuge out to 12 miles and a Marine National Monument out to 50 miles. The Nature Conservancy owns Cooper Island, and manages the atoll in partnership with the USFWS.Palmyra's research station supports scientific research by the world renowned research institutions making up the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC) (see Staff are hired on a seasonal basis for approximately 3 months at a time to operate the research station and camp facilities. Board and lodging are provided while on-island.The successful candidate must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Passport with an expiration date later than your term of employment, proof of a physical examination showing good physical and a current tetanus vaccination. In addition, TNC requires marine staff to obtain a membership in an Emergency Evacuation Service. More information on these issues can be obtained during the interview process.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Mechanic/Boat Captain is responsible for the maintenance of skiffs with outboard motors, a 25' Dive Boat, and a 24' rescue boat. This position is also responsible for the routine maintenance and repair of all marine equipment (boats, outboards, SCUBA compressor and SCUBA gear), and other gasoline and diesel powered equipment and vehicles at the field station (diesel generators, tractors, and a variety of heavy equipment). This position generally spends 60 - 75% time on maintenance/mechanical duties, as well as other duties to assist with station maintenance and improvements as assigned by the Chief of Marine Operations or Field Station Manager. This position generally spends up to 40% time acting as a boat captain, which includes the safe navigation and operation of a 25' Dive Boat, while deploying and retrieving divers. The Mechanic/Boat Captain also operates skiffs with 20 hp outboard motors, and trains and observes station users for independent operation of skiffs.RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
* Ability to live and work productively within a small and confined community on a remote location for up to 3 months.
* Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, field station staff and others, providing and obtaining needed information to ensure smooth operations.
* In the event of an emergency atoll staff may be tasked with specific duties to ensure communal safety and welfare. This may include responding to minor/major medical emergencies, tsunami evacuation events, marine rescue events, fuel spills and/or fire containment, etc.
* May supervise staff, or help plan, direct or convey work instructions to other staff or volunteers.
* Independently analyze and diagnose problems then develop and implement appropriate solutions.
* Consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems.
* Identify and disseminate lessons learned, best practices and methods, tools, consistencies and inconsistencies across seasons.
* Will work 6 days per week, in variable weather conditions (hot, humid, wet), at a remote location, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions will involve considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain, frequent possibility of injury, long hours in isolated settings, exposure to petroleum products, paint and fuels, employees to be on call on 48 hour shifts to allow for 24 hour a day emergency coverage, employees to assist with community chores even on days off.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
* High school diploma and 4 years direct experience in applied mechanical maintenance.
* Minimum 360 days documented record of underway boating service on USCG Small Vessel Sea Service Form or similar documentation.
* Minimum four years of experience performing mechanical and electrical repairs on equipment.
* Minimum four years of experience maintaining diesel inboard/outboard engines and gasoline outboard engines, and conducting preventative maintenance and trouble-shooting mechanical repairs while out on the water.
* Current Rescue Diver certification from a qualified organization (NAUI, PADI or equivalent) or trainings, certificates and skills that match or supersede rescue diver training, as determined by the Conservancy's Dive Safety Officer.
* Experience trouble shooting and conducting minor repairs on SCUBA gear and compressors.
* Experience operating vessels less than 40ft while safely deploying and retrieving SCUBA divers during drift dives.
* Experience operating skiffs with outboard motors of 20-150hp.
* Basic First Aid and CPR certification.
* Experience operating VHF radios, Sounders, Compass and GPS Chartplotter.
* Experience performing physical work and ability to lift 50lbs.
* Minimum one year as a licensed USCG captain (25 ton or higher).
* Ability and willingness to apply science to guide decision-making and activities.
* Ability to apply marine safety to guide decision-making and activities.
* Knowledge of current trends and practices in marine safety and marine sciences.
* Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means.
* Ability to communicate and work closely with staff, scientists, and atoll visitors.
* Certification for oxygen administration for SCUBA diving injuries.
* Knowledge of marine management principles and fish and marine mammal species of the Pacific.
* Sport fishing skills, including rigging, filleting, and processing fish.
* Ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair electrical, pump, steering and other boat systems.
* Experience repairing and servicing diesel and gasoline driven vehicles and equipment.
* Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, backhoe, bulldozer, dump truck, two-way radio, etc.).
* Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver's license.
* Experience operating VHF radios, Sounders, Compass and GPS Chartplotter.
* Knowledge of American Boat and Yacht Council standards.
* Factory certifications, marine trade education certification or ABYC certification in gasoline & diesel marine engines preferred.
* Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
* Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.HOW TO APPLYTo apply to position number 43518, submit resume and cover letter as one document. Review of applications will be on-going as needed as assignments are seasonal and filled year round.Click 'submit' to apply for the position or 'save for later' to create a draft.