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NOAA holding mariner hiring events in Alabama and Louisiana in January

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

NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations will hold hiring events in Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in January to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships. 

Qualified applicants may receive a tentative job offer.

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.

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
  • Military service record


Jan. 23, 2024

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

GulfQuest Museum 
155 South Water Street 
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Jan. 25, 2024

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center 
13200 Old Gentilly Road 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70129 

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

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