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Set a course for your career–become a NOAA professional mariner

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker, homeported in San Diego, CA, is one of 15 research vessels in the NOAA fleet. Credit: NOAA/Paul Hillman

Set a course for your career–become a NOAA professional mariner

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July 17, 2023

The research and survey ships operated, managed and maintained by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations comprise the largest fleet of federal research ships in the nation–and they are hiring professional mariners to sail on them. 

Ranging from large oceanographic research vessels capable of exploring the world’s deepest ocean, to smaller ships responsible for charting the shallow bays and inlets of the U.S. The fleet supports a wide range of marine activities around the country, including fisheries surveys, nautical charting and ocean and climate studies. NOAA ships are operated by NOAA Corps officers and civilian professional mariners.

Science. Service. Adventure.

Climate, weather and water affect all life on our ocean planet. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict our changing environment, from the deep sea to outer space, and to manage and conserve America’s coastal and marine resources.

Working on a NOAA vessel isn’t just another job on another ship. Professional mariners are an integral part of the scientific mission. 

In San Diego? Apply in person!

NOAA will be holding two hiring events in San Diego on August 1 and 3 to recruit professional mariners to work aboard NOAA’s ocean research ships. NOAA staff will be available to answer questions and expedite the hiring process for qualified individuals. Qualified applicants may be eligible for a $10,000 signing bonus. 

In particular, NOAA is hiring for positions in the deck, engine, steward and electronic technician departments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Details on what applicants should bring to the events can be found at:

When & Where

August 1

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PDT

Kona Kai Resort 

1551 Shelter Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92106

August 3

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PDT

Maritime Institute

3980 Sherman Street #100

San Diego, CA 92110

Apply online!

You’re welcome to apply anytime online at [email protected]. The benefits of attending these events is that recruiters will be available to help you through the hiring process, answer any questions and expedite hiring for qualified individuals.

For more information, go to 

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