Research Vessel Captain – Superior, Wisconsin

Company: University of Wisconsin Superior Lake Superior Research Institute
Location: Superior, Wisconsin
Salary: $62,000 – $72,000 annually
Term: 100%, Academic Staff Renewable, 12-month Appointment
Start Date: ASAP
Deadline: 4:30 PM on December 11, 2023

Job Description:

Directs, operates, and maintains the institution’s research vessel and crew in support of the institution’s educational and research activities. Assists research staff and educators in planning and executing safe and efficient field operations. The person in this position will serve as captain of the Sadie Ann and will work in cooperation with the Sadie Ann Research Program Manager to deliver on-the-water education and research programs. The Sadie Ann is a 65-foot x 24-foot aluminum catamaran vessel with a diesel/electric hybrid engine system. It will typically operate in the nearshore areas of western Lake Superior, with the potential to sail on the Great Lakes. The Sadie Ann will be regulated under Title 46 CFR Subchapter T, Great Lakes, Exposed Waters ( The captain will be responsible for operational oversight of the vessel, including supervision of vessel crew, and the well-being of passengers, crew and program staff, as well as general maintenance, repair, and providing high levels of customer service.

A snap-shot of benefits offered for this position include:

Paid Time Off Per Year:
176 hours of Vacation
36 hours of Personal
96 hours of Sick Leave
9 legal holidays

State Group Health Insurance Plans:
Health Plan, High Deductible, or Access Plans available
Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts

Access to Additional Insurance:
Income Continuation

Retirement Plans Through Wisconsin Retirement System:

6.80% contribution with employer match
Vested at 5 years (must meet eligibility requirements)

For a full description and instructions for how to apply go to:

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mariner field, Business, Management, Environmental Studies or other relevant field from an accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and experience demonstrating the capability to fill this position.
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed as Master of Great Lakes and inland self-propelled vessels of (at least) less than 100 GRT (
Experience supervising staff or students.
Experience developing sailing plans for day and/or extended trips.
Experience developing vessel safety, operations, maintenance plans and logs.
Must have or have the ability to obtain and maintain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Must have or have the ability to obtain and maintain FCC Marine Radio Operators Permit (MROP)
Must have or have the ability to obtain and maintain First Aid/CPR certification.
Participate and pass alcohol and drug tests as mandated by the USCG and UWS, including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident/incident testing.
Valid driver’s license.

Experience as a passenger vessel captain.
Experience working on the Great Lakes.
Experience operating a vessel for research, education, or outreach programs.
Experience operating a catamaran in the 65-foot size class.
Experience operating and/or maintaining a hybrid (diesel/electric) engine system.
Experience preparing program budgets and schedules.
Experience collaborating with internal and external partners to achieve program objectives.

Ability to operate and safely dock a 65-foot vessel in all weather conditions.
Experience in Great Lakes-related navigation.
Knowledge of Great Lakes science, education, and/or cultural issues.
Affinity for collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to achieve objectives.
Ability to effectively manage staff, foster teamwork, and promote respectful workplace relationships.
Well-organized, self-motivated, and self-directed.
Skilled at critical thinking and problem solving.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to use email, internet, Microsoft 365, and other computer software.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, nights, and occasional travel.

To Apply, Contact:

Roberta Grube at