Boat Captain

Orange County Sanitation District
Fountain Valley, CA

invites applications for the position of:
Boat Captain (Establish Eligible List)

An Equal Opportunity Employer
$97,115.20 - $118,102.40

OPENING DATE: 06/10/22

CLOSING DATE: 06/24/22 05:00 PM



 What do you value in your next job?

 At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we'd love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.

 Integrity, Inclusion, Honesty, and Respect
 We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, inclusion, honesty, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community. We strive to demonstrate these values in our actions, commitments, and service.
 Leadership, Teamwork, and Problem Solving
 We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely to achieve our mission. We strive to reach OC San goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective, and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts.
 Customer Service, Transparency, and Accountability
 We are committed to acting in a timely, accurate, accessible, and transparent manner through excellent customer service. We are committed to act in the best interest of our internal and external stakeholders.
 Resiliency, Innovation, and Learning
 We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities. We recognize that only through personal growth and development will we progress as an agency and as individuals.
 We are committed to providing a safe work environment. We will demonstrate leadership, promote individual accountability, and participate actively in the advancement of our health and safety practices. 
OC San is currently looking to establish an eligible list for the role of a Boat Captain.
Under general direction, the Boat Captain will command and navigate the motor vessel (M/V) Nerissa, a 58-foot, 68 gross ton ocean vessel during approximately 80 to 100 days of field sample collection per year. Sampling is conducted to support OC San’s Ocean Monitoring Program as part of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Field sampling generally occurs during single-day cruises offshore of the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach region, and as far south as Dana Point, typically in ocean waters approximately 30 to 100 m water depth. The Nerissa is equipped with an A-frame and hydraulic winches that support the frequent deployment of scientific and oceanographic instrumentation used for compliance monitoring, including conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) rosettes, Van Veen sediment grabs, otter trawl nets, trawl-resistant bottom mounts (TRBMs), oceanographic moorings, and various other equipment. The Boat Captain must have experience safely piloting a vessel during the deployment of some or all of these types of sampling equipment.
Responsibilities include:
  • Safe operation of the vessel and oversight of crew safety during transit and sampling at sea; 
  • Management of vessel care, preventive and general maintenance, and repairs;
  • Oversight and coordination of contract maintenance work and repairs;
  • Management of slip lease agreements; 
  • Coordination and scheduling of field sampling activities with Environmental Lab and Ocean Monitoring (ELOM) staff and scientists;
  • Directing the work of a diverse scientific crew in their operation of vessel winches, cranes, and sampling equipment;
  • Preparation for field sampling activities, such as vessel A-frame block re-configuration, and organization of sampling equipment; 
  • Assisting with the testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of sampling gear and instruments; 
  • Serving as OC San liaison with various maritime organizations as needed; and
  • Other duties as requested.



The successful candidate will possess:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent supplemented by specialized training or coursework in marine safety, marine engineering or naval science, or a related field. 
  • Five (5) years of work experience piloting a motor, oceanographic, or fishing vessel greater than 35 feet in length in coastal waters, including deployment of heavy monitoring equipment. 
  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License. 
  • United States Coast Guard issued Captains License (Merchant Mariner Credential) equivalent to National Master of Self-Propelled Vessels of Less Than 100 GRT (or greater) Upon Near Coastal Waters. 


  • Experience deploying oceanographic sampling equipment or relevant fishing gear, or having performed or participated in scientific work in the marine environment.  
  • Valid First Aid, CPR and AED certification issued by the American Red Cross (or equivalent).
  • Education or experience equivalent to an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with at least one major course in science or a related field is highly desirable; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.  
  • Strong computer skills with applications such as navigation software are essential, while familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite and GIS applications is highly desired.  
  • Understanding of the operational characteristics, services, and activities of an ocean monitoring program.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills are required.



Vacancies: 0

(an eligible list will be established for future vacancies) 


Apply online at:
 APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Friday, June 24, 2022 by 5:00 P.M.
 (or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received)


Hiring Salary Range: $97,115.20 - $107,057.60/year

(starting salary will be within this range based upon qualifications)



Physical Demands

Must possess sufficient mobility to work on an ocean-going vessel under all sea conditions, operate in confined spaces, as well as function in an office or laboratory setting, and travel to various Sanitation District sites, projects and/or meeting; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to identify chemical and biological solvents and substances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 35 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements

Varied environmental setting that will include exposure to wide-ranging sea and weather conditions as part of year-round work performed aboard an ocean-going vessel; may include standard office or laboratory setting; may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals, toxic materials, or waste and infectious materials; may work with or in or on the water. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.    

Disaster Service Workers

All OC San employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the OC San requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Other Information

For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Classification Specification for this position found on our website.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.


False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.


To ensure your application is accurate and complete, please review the Job Application Guide.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of OC San’s pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions, this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification. 


Reference Checks will be conducted by OC San to verify employment related information for all potential employees once a contingent job offer is made during the background investigation process. This is done to ensure that individuals who join OC San are well qualified and have a strong potential to be successful in their employment. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, but will at least include:

  • Verification/Reference from current and past employers
  • Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees.

Please have all necessary documentation ready. Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying. Human Resources will also schedule a post-offer physical examination once a job offer has been made.

 OC San only accepts applications submitted via our online application system. Applications submitted via mail, fax or email will not be accepted.
 The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.