Research Vessel Captain, Sadie Ann Floating Classroom, Lake Superior Research Institute

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Academic Staff (Non-Instructional)
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Research Vessel Captain, RE049, 100%, Academic Staff Renewable, 12-month Appointment, 1 Vacancy


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.

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This position is currently ineligible for H1-B sponsorship. A qualification for this position includes independent eligibility to work within the United States upon hire date.


  • 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.


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Salary range for this position is: $62,000 – $72,000 annually.  Specific benefit information can be found here. 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:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Income Continuation

Retirement Plans Through Wisconsin Retirement System:

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

Other Benefits


Review of all complete applications will commence 4:30 PM on December 11, 2023. In the event this search is extended for any reason, applications submitted after this date will be considered. Once an applicant applies, profile information remains in UW-Superior’s Talent Management System for future submissions.

If you are not currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply online through this portal. If you are a current employee of the University of Wisconsin System, you may apply through our HRS System. Please include the following information in your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Names and contact Information for only three (3) Professional References
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all degrees earned
  5. Copy of current U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License

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