The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine and Aviation Operations will hold two hiring events in the Gulf Coast region to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships.

The first event will be in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 23 and the second is in New Orleans on Jan. 25.

NOAA operates a fleet of 15 hydrographic survey, oceanographic research, and fisheries survey vessels. NOAA ships operate in the U.S. and around the world. The ships are run by a combination of NOAA commissioned officers and civilian professional mariners. 

NOAA’s civilian professional mariners are federal employees and include engineers and unlicensed members of the engine, steward, and deck departments. In addition, survey and electronic technicians operate and/or maintain the ship's mission, communications, and navigation equipment.

NOAA staff will be at the hiring event to answer questions and expedite the hiring process for qualified individuals. In particular, NOAA is hiring for positions in the deck, engine, steward and electronic technician departments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Please bring a photo I.D. (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to the event. Applicants are also encouraged to bring, if available, Merchant Mariners Credential, maritime training certificates, Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC), and military service record.

More information is available here.