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Boat Operator

Class Specifications – G.45
Principal Boat Operator – 8385
Senior Boat Operator – 8386
Boat Operator – 8387

February, 1982

Series Concept

Boat Operators maintain and operate small oceanographic vessels with a weight of less than 200 gross tons and with less than 1000 horsepower; and perform other related duties as required.

Class Concepts

Principal Boat Operator

Under direction incumbents serve as officer-in-charge and are assigned responsibility for navigational readiness and safe operations of a small oceanographic vessel.

At sea, incumbents typically prepare cruise charts and locate research stations; stand watches and act as lookouts; direct the crew in mooring and weighing anchor; and may prepare weather reports. In port, incumbents typically direct and assign the crew to stations and maintenance duties.

Senior Boat Operator

Under general supervision incumbents perform skilled duties in general boat operations and maintenance.

At sea, incumbents typically care for rigging, deck and scientific equipment; stand watches and act as lookouts; assist in general naviqation; assist scientific personnel; and may direct boat operators. In port, incumbents paint hulls and other gear; and may stand security watches.

Boat Operator

Under supervision incumbents perform unskilled and semi-skilled deck duties involved in the general upkeep of a small boat.

At sea, incumbents typically handle lines; transfer and secure gear and equipment; clean and scrub the deck.; repair and splice lines; polish equipment and fixtures; stand watches and act as lookouts; and operate fire fighting and other emergency equipment. In port, incumbents assist in painting and chipping the deck, hulls and other gear; and stand security watches.

Minimum Qualifications

Applications for positions in the Boat Operator series are expected to oossess the licenses, skills, knowledges, and abilities essential to the successful performanceof the duties assigned to the positions.

Note: Specific qualification requirements are approved for positions by the Personnel Manager in accordance with the provisions of Staff Personnel Policies 210.8 and 210.9