Company: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Salary: Salary Grade - 22
Term: long term
Start Date: 05/01/2024
Deadline: 03/31/2024

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University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Position Number: 02350960

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Job Summary


Position Number – 02350960

Division – School of Freshwater Sciences


Position Type – Non-Teaching Academic Staff

Appointment Type – Fixed Renewable

Pay Basis – Annual

Salary Grade – 22

FLSA Status – Exempt

Percent – 100

Posting Type – Staff

UWM Description

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is Wisconsin’s second-largest university, with a unique dual mission of access and research to provide high-quality education for students from all backgrounds. UWM is one of 146 top research universities recognized as “R1” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Along with its main campus in Milwaukee, UWM has branch campuses in Waukesha and Washington County.

UWM celebrates, values and promotes the diverse voices and experiences of its students and employees and our community partners. We believe diversity enriches and strengthens our institution. UWM is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities for students and employees from every background. We aspire to create a campus climate that is welcoming to all. Learn more here:

School/College/Division Description

The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM is the only school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater issues. Its interdisciplinary research and education programs link science with action and are integrated across five major areas: freshwater system dynamics; human and ecosystem health; freshwater technology; freshwater economics, policy, and management; and climate and atmospheric sciences. It is the School’s goal to be recognized world-wide as the source of expert knowledge on water issues and a catalyst for great ideas that change how people think about and manage water resources.

The School’s primary research vessel is the NEESKAY, a word derived from the Native American Ho-Chunk people’s language in Wisconsin, which translates as “pure clean water.” Originally a U.S. Army T-boat, the Neeskay was reconfigured for research (71 ft LOA, 18 ft beam, 8 ft draft, 62.6 net tons displacement) and provides year-round access to the lakes as a fully functional research platform and laboratory. The Neeskay’s research capabilities include wet/dry lab facilities with GPS/sonar display and capabilities for overboard sampling via a starboard hydrographic winch/A-frame and stern winch/A-frame. The vessel also serves as a platform for ROV deployment, research buoy deployment and research SCUBA diving.

Job Summary

The Research Vessel Engineer operates and maintains the mechanical systems necessary to operate the School of Freshwater Sciences research vessel in support of Freshwater’s educational and research activities both at sea and in port, assists the Captain with vessel operation, assists faculty, staff, and students in executing safe and efficient field operations, and provides general facility support.

The Research Vessel First Mate assists the Captain with vessel operation while at sea and in port. While underway these duties include deck operations, standing watch/piloting vessel, operating deck machinery while launching scientific instrumentation, engine room checks and general overall support for faculty, staff and students onboard. In port duties include routine vessel maintenance (i.e. painting and making repairs) engine room planned maintenance and assisting building staff with large projects.

The School will fund classes for the 100-ton USCG Master Captains License if the successful candidate doesn’t currently have the license and meet this preferred qualification. The School will provide on-the-job training for the successful candidate, which includes covering many of the preferred qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

• 2 years of experience on a non-recreational or working-class vessel

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or related field

• Basic Engine Room Knowledge

• CPR and First Aid certified

• Experience operating Marine Electronics

• Training or experience with basic firefighting, damage control and lifeboats

• Basic computer knowledge – i.e. Microsoft Office products

• Experience working under adverse weather conditions including heavy seas

• 100 sea days on vessels greater than 35 ft.

• 100-ton USCG Master Captains License

• Welding Experience or Certification

• Diving Experience or Certification

Target Salary Range

Minimum $50,000 (Final salary offer will be determined based on knowledge, skills, and experience)

Benefits and Total Rewards

As part of UWM’s commitment to supporting the success of our team members through positive experiences, employees are provided with Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life. UWM offers a comprehensive benefits package and contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. Employees with a qualifying position also receive an extensive leave package including vacation, sick leave (with no expiration), personal holiday, and paid legal holidays. Please visit this link to view summary benefits information. (Compensation figures are for example purposes only.) UWM Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are required to apply online and provide:

• Cover letter addressing your education/experience as it applies to all minimum and preferred qualifications

• Resume AND

• Document listing the names and contact information for three professional references

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

Apply electronically at: by the application deadline date of March 1, 2024. Questions about this position should be directed to Chad Hietpas at

Application Deadline – 03/01/2024

Continuous (Open Until Filled?) – No

Position Contact Name – Chad Hietpas

Contact Phone – (414) 251-5756

Contact Email –

Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodations

UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM’s Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

Employment Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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