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Marine Operations


Enjoy an exciting seagoing career on technologically-advanced platforms in pursuit of NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.

NOAA's fleet of 15 research and survey ships operate world-wide in direct support of NOAA's diverse environmental information programs, environmental stewardship services, and applied scientific research. NOAA ships are run by a combination of NOAA Commissioned Officers, civilian wage mariners, and other federal employees while being supported by Marine Operations personnel. The ships' officers and crew provide mission support and assistance to embarked scientists from various NOAA laboratories as well as the academic community.

  • NOW HIRING!  NOAA regularly has openings for civilian professional mariners aboard NOAA research and survey vessels in support of NOAA's mission. The professional marine personnel include licensed masters, mates, engineers, unlicensed members of the engine, stewards, and deck department. In addition, survey and electronic technicians operate and/or maintain the ship's mission, communication, and navigation equipment. More information is on our professsional mariner career page. Applicants must be U.S. citizens to be considered. To view fleet vacancies and/or apply, create an account on the Professional Mariner Hiring Portal.  
  • The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps) is one of the nation’s eight uniformed services. NOAA Corps officers are an integral part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and serve with the special trust and confidence of the President.

  • NOAA also employs a number of civilians to work at one of the three Marine Operations Centers (MOCs), at the smaller port offices, and on board in support of the fleet. Positions involve the performance of a number of duties including contracting, facility maintenance, administration, procurement, ship engineering, and information technology. Please visit USA Jobs for current vacancies and more information.

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