NOAA operates a fleet of 15 research vessels that conduct hydrographic surveys, oceanographic and atmospheric research, and fisheries research to support NOAA's missions. NOAA ships are staffed by professional mariners and uniformed NOAA Corps officers. The professional mariner workforce includes licensed engineers and unlicensed members of the engine, steward, and deck departments. Additionally, survey and electronic technicians are responsible for the ships' scientific, communication, and navigation equipment. We recruit transitioning military, merchant mariners, maritime academy graduates, and skilled entry-level candidates to fill our maritime job opportunities.