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Responsible for safe removal of debris from the waters of the Cleveland Harbor District. Principal operator of mini excavator on board Flotsam & Jetsam. Safely scoops and lifts floating debris out of water and places load in trash receptacles on-board sister vessel. Functions include moving floating debris using tools, tending to dock lines and docking, assisting in the movement of debris from vessels to onshore disposal dumpsters.

Duties and Responsibilities

● Operate mini excavators’ onboard vessels. Safely scoop and lift floating debris out of water and place load in trash receptacles on-board vessels.
● Assist with movement of debris from vessels to onshore disposal dumpsters.
● Conducts operational and routine maintenance requirements for Vessel systems (including mechanicals, fueling and safety).
● Follow maintenance schedules for PHASTAR’s vessels and maritime equipment.
● Knowledgeable about the functions and operations of all mechanized equipment (engines, pumps, etc.) on or in the vessels.
● Ensure fluid and grease requirements on equipment.
● Knowledgeable about basic underway damage control procedures.
● Assures adequate on-hand supplies and materials are available and correctly stored.
● Participate in a Risk Assessment prior to getting underway
● Wear provided personal protective equipment (PPE)
● Provide underway seamanship mentoring for student crew members.
● Participate in various shoreside programming instruction.
● Maintains a positive relationship with Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School staff and students.
● Performs other duties and responsibilities deemed necessary by PHASTAR Director of Operations.

Skills and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

● Education and/or Experience – High school diploma or general education degree (GED); 6 months experience in the maritime field.
● Language Skills – Ability to read and interpret documents/reports. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
● Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in personal computer skills including electronic mail.
● Other Qualifications: DOT Drug Testing.


● Action Oriented- Refers to seizing more opportunities than others and reacting quickly to critical situations.
● Communication- Refers to the ability to inform orally and in writing, with clarity and good effect. It means to understand clearly and quickly when instructions or orders are received. It means judgment about what information is important and what is not, and
what should be communicated, how, to whom and when.
● Ethics and Values- Refers to adhering to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs at all times.
● Leadership- Refers to the extent to which the employee is able to organize, control and guide the work of others to obtain satisfactory results. The extent to which the employee is able to accept the responsibility of leadership.
● Planning- Refers to the ability to accurately scope out the length and difficulty of tasks and projects, set objectives and goals and break down work into the process steps necessary to get things done.
● Safety- Refers to being safety conscious about the work environment and equipment. The work area is free of debris to prevent trip and slip hazards. All products and equipment are stored in its proper location. All safety guards and other safety devices are in its proper location, are functional, and utilized effectively on a consistent basis. Standard operating procedures, safety work rules and good general manufacturing practices are followed daily.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the individual must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time while operating their computer and performing office work. The individual needs to occasionally move about inside the office. They constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and computer printer. They must be able to exchange accurate information with customers and others in the office while interacting. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 15 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The individual must be capable of reviewing their work for errors and adjust as necessary.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, the individual is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Individuals will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required. During warmer months the required PPE may cause the employee to be very warm while working. The individual may be exposed to wet and/or humid work environments.

To Apply: please send your cover letter and resume to careers@argonaut.org