Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$92,600-$162,400/ Annually
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, Variable at Sea, Variable at Sea

#126670 Senior Sea Captain/Master

Filing Deadline: Thu 11/30/2023

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego, is a world-renowned leader in ocean and Earth science research, exploration, and education. SIO operates three major seagoing research vessels, which conduct physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of oceans worldwide. Scripps oceanographic research vessels make up one of the largest academic fleets in the world. Scripps ships have state-of-the-art research instruments to study marine life, the oceans, the seafloor, and the atmosphere. Cruises vary from local trips to expeditions as long as two and one-half years. Scripps research ships, available to scientists around the world, have steamed more than six million nautical miles in support of science and the academic community.

Why Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

  • World-Class Research: Join a team of renowned scientists and researchers at the forefront of marine science and discovery.

  • Cutting-Edge Facilities: Operate and maintain state-of-the-art research vessels and equipment.

  • Impactful Work: Contribute to research that advances our understanding of the world's oceans and helps address pressing environmental challenges.

  • Professional Development: Access to ongoing training and development opportunities.

You are encouraged to review additional information about our organization at the following:


Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking an experienced and passionate Sea Captain to join our team. As a Sea Captain, you will play a vital role in our mission to explore, understand, and protect the world's oceans. You will have the opportunity to lead and oversee research expeditions, operate state-of-the-art vessels, and contribute to cutting-edge marine science projects. If you are a dedicated mariner with a deep love for the ocean, this is your chance to make a significant impact in the field of oceanography.

Under the general direction of the Marine Superintendent, Senior Captains are in command of navigation, ships business, safe operation, care, and maintenance of large seagoing research vessels engaged in oceanographic research. Incumbent acts as Master of seagoing vessels; supervises navigation; advises scientific and technical personnel of safety precautions and seagoing procedures; responsible for the control and supervision of all medical supplies including narcotics aboard ship; maintains shipboard discipline; serves as purser on extended expeditions, which require direct purchase of supplies and provisions in foreign ports.Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is also eligible for full:

1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

2) Vacation/Holidays

3) Life Insurance

4) UC Retirement Plan



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and work experience.

  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) with Masters Unlimited license

  • Excellent navigation skills with extensive experience in electronic navigation, charting, piloting and sailing.

  • Proven ability to maneuver a ship through various sea and weather conditions in a safe and precise manner.

  • Strong leadership, supervisory, and consensus-building skills. Proven ability to function effectively under pressure, manage crisis situations timely, and lead by example.

  • Experience motivating, training, mentoring, evaluating, developing and implementing corrective action for subordinate staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate a variety of standard office software applications and common navigation and ship management software.

  • Excellent business management skills, including good working knowledge of the principles of accounting, budgeting and cost analysis.

  • Knowledge of commercial buying in order to direct the purchase of provisions and supplies in foreign ports.

  • Expertise communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people. Proven ability to negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally.

  • Strong ability to independently lead projects in a team environment.

  • Strong written and verbal command of the English language.

  • Leadership skills with the ability to ensure adherence of all personnel onboard to the MarFac General Memorandums and the enforcement of University and SIO policies on controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, sexual harassment onboard ship, and all other University Staff Personnel Policy and Procedures.

  • Working knowledge with medical chest with the ability to provide medical aid at sea and emergency medical when in foreign ports.

  • Expertise in the accurate preparation, and timely execution, of required forms and correspondence for entering and clearing vessels for coastwise and foreign expeditions.

  • Ability to write/print legibly in all ship's business.


  • Valid U.S. Passport

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Ability to pass physical examination and U.S. Coast Guard (DOT) regulations for Chemical Drug and Alcohol pre-employment screening and post-employment random testing

  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • Ability and willingness to go to sea for extended periods of time

Must meet CANRA compliance requirement per California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA," Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4).

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $92,600 - $232,200 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $44.35 - $111.21

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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