Ocean Career: CPC Galley Mate/Deckhand

Cardinal Point Captains, Inc. (CPC) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual to serve as a 2023 field season Galley Mate for vessel support services to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS), located offshore from Galveston, TX.

The vessel field season will span from May through mid-October. However, there may be work hours available prior to May and after October, if desired.

FGBNMS operates an 83-foot Research Vessel (R/V) Manta R-8301. The vessels perform research, education and outreach missions that address the goals and needs of the national marine sanctuaries. The vessels are home ported at Galveston. Employees are required to maintain a professional demeanor and work closely and collegially to support scientists, natural resources managers, and educators working onboard the vessel.


The Galley Mate position works under the direction of the Captain to carry out duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Meal preparation for up to 14 people at sea. Typical vessel offshore periods span 3 to 5 days offshore. Field season runs from May through mid-October, though there may be sporadic work available in September if desired.
  • Help mobilize the vessel before each cruise, including cleaning, stocking provisions, laundry, and scientific equipment.
  • Operating, overseeing, and/or assisting in vessel operations.
  • If needed, performing regular vessel maintenance, preventative maintenance, and light repairs such as boat checks, fueling, vessel logs, fluid changes, cleaning and more.
  • Ensure vessels are maintained in accordance with the NOAA Small Boat Program requirements.
  • If needed, assist with diving operations, including preparation of scuba dive compressors.
  • Adhering to established procedures and NOAA safety programs including but not limited to NOAA Administrative Order 209-125 and the NOAA small boat operations manual.


  • At least 1 year of vessel deck management experience in offshore marine environments.
  • Able to perform duties in galley area while at sea, including meal prep and clean up.
  • Able to deploy at sea on overnight trips up to 5 days at a time, 100 nautical miles from shore with limited communication.
  • Able to adjust to changes in schedule due to weather conditions and/or emergency operations.
  • Proven track record of punctuality and professionalism.
  • Ability to work 100 nautical miles offshore without becoming seasick. Ability to assist other vessel guests who may suffer from motion sickness.
  • Proficient with scuba dive compressors highly desirable (though not necessary), including NITROX percentage mixes at different levels.
  • Ability to work collegially with scientists, natural resources managers, and educators.
  • Possess or able to obtain NOAA Component Course certification.
  • Able to lift and carry equipment up to 75 lbs.
  • Have no medical conditions that might predispose personnel to a dangerous situation while at sea.
  • Current first Aid, CPR and AED certifications.
  • Note: Vessels are non-smoking vessels.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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