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Hiring events in San Diego for NOAA research ship jobs

Two crew members aboard a white NOAA ship pull in a mesh cradle

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations will hold two hiring events in June in San Diego, California to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships. 

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. Qualified applicants could be issued a tentative job offer on the spot. In particular, NOAA is hiring licensed engineers, oilers, able seamen, and cooks.

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
  • Military service record

When & Where

Tuesday, June 4

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Maritime Institute-West
3980 Sherman Street, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92110

Thursday, June 6 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Island Palms Hotel and Marina
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Please note that you do not need to be present at the hiring events to apply for NOAA ship jobs. 

For more information:  
1-833-SAIL-USA (724-5872)