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Job Specification



 Under direction of a supervisory official in the Department of
 Environmental Protection, operates, navigates, and maintains
 assigned boats, motors, and trailers; works to protect and
 conserve shellfish and marine finfish, and/or does work involved
 in marking channels, towing marine equipment, and enforcing
 applicable laws and regulations; does other related duties as

 NOTE: The  examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

 Operates, navigates, and maintains assigned boats, motors, and

 Performs assigned duties in the supervision of the marine and
 shellfish industries.

 Enforces applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

 Operates various sizes of inboard and outboard boats in areas
 condemned for the harvest of shellfish.

 Apprehends violators of pertinent laws, rules, and regulations,
 and  prepares apprehension reports and appears as a witness
 in court as required.

 Operates a patrol boat in New Jersey coastal waters to check 
 licenses of menhaden stemers, beam trawlers, and licenses
 for gill, fyke, flounder fyke, miniature fyke, shad, drifting gill,
 fishpond, and other nets.

 Inspects the catch of lobster fishermen to ensure that they
 observe requirements of fish and game laws, secures evidence
 of violations of fish and game laws, and institutes required legal

 Using a guard boat, inspects leased and natural oyster beds 
 of the state when oyster boats are dredging, and sees that
 oystermen's boats are kept on proper grounds as indicated
 by maps.

 Conducts or participates in hydrographic studies.

 Carries out the posting of areas condemned for the harvest of

 Aids in conducting sanitary surveys of shellfish growing areas.

 Collects samples of shellfish and of their growing waters.

 Collects samples of potable water.

 Operates an assigned boat on New Jersey's Inland Waterway and
 in all side channels connecting to the Waterway.

 Operates, navigates, and maintains assigned boats of varied sizes
 and  types including outboards, large work boats, and both single
 and twin screws.

 Operates a survey boat used for taking soundings in various
 inlets, on shoals in the inlets, along the New Jersey coastline,
 and for all soundings taken in the Atlantic Ocean, and along 
 New Jersey beaches.

 Operates  boats of varied sizes used in placing channel  markers,
 buoys, and lights.

 Makes decisions regarding water and water conditions relating to 
 particular jobs, and makes accurate judgments of wave heights 
 and water conditions.

 Conducts periodic inspections of inland and/or coastal waters to
 see that navigation aids are intact and functioning properly.

 Performs necessary maintenance of boats, and gasoline and marine
 diesel engines and trailers including painting, lubricating, cleaning,  
 and making minor repairs and adjustments to piping, wiring, pumps, 
 and mechanical systems.

 Locates and marks shoals, and observes other obstructions to
 navigation or violations of laws governing navigation  on  inland
 waterways, tow barges, floating cranes, and other marine

 Stores boats and equipment to safeguard them against the offsets
 of weather and from damage and/or theft.

 Requisitions equipment, materials, and supplies and oversees
 their recording, safeguarding, and issuance.

 Cooperates with representatives of other agencies and organizations.

 Prepares factual reports.

 Maintains a current log book and other records and files.

 Plans, organizes, and assigns work of the organizational unit 
 and evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling
 the effective recommendation of the hiring, firing, promoting,
 and disciplining of subordinates.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information system used by the
 agency, office, or related units.


 Five (5) years of experience in navigation of coastal waters in boats 
 operated by marine diesel, inboard, or outboard gasoline engines, 
 including at least one (1) year of experience as captain, mate, or 
 second-in-command in the navigation of small craft. 


 Applicants must possess a current Boat Safety Certificate.

 NOTE: Possession of a current, valid United States Coast Guard 
 Master License may be substituted for the indicated experience
 (100 ton, 200 ton, 500 ton, or unlimited).

 NOTE: Possession of a current, valid United States Coast Guard 
 Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (6-pack) license may 
 be substituted for two (2) years of indicated experience.

 NOTE:  An Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License or a 
 Master's License issued by the United States Coast Guard, currently 
 valid for the type and size vessel being operated, may be substituted 
 for the Boating Safety Certificate.  

 Applicants will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
 New Jersey  only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
 mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

 Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial Driver's
 License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class and  type
 of vehicle being operated.

 NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess
 the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the  class
 and type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.


 Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, methods, and techniques
 pertinent to navigation and their application to specific cases.

 Knowledge of safety practices and precautions to be taken in
 operating a motor boat under varying conditions to prevent 
 damage and possible injury to individuals.

 Knowledge of the use of charts, maps, and instruments used in

 Knowledge of methods, materials, and tools used in the operation
 and maintenance of gasoline or marine diesel motor boats.

 Knowledge of factors which influence the judgment of wate and
 weather conditions, and the estimation of wave heights.

 Knowledge of marine radio and electronic sounding equipment
 and their use.

 Knowledge of United States Coast Guard Rules of the Road relating
 to the operation of motor vessels in inland waters and bays.

 Knowledge of nautical terminology.

 Knowledge of problems involved and equipment used in making
 landings at docks, and moving barges and vessels.

 Knowledge of methods and techniques used to conduct inspections
 and investigations.

 Knowledge of towing procedures and of the maintenance and repair
 of motorized boats including making minor repairs, painting, and
 servicing and adjusting the boat and its motor, including cleaning
 and/or adjusting points, filters, and strainers, adjusting the clutch, 
 charging batteries, and greasing and oiling movable parts.

 Knowledge of safety practices and rules for boat handling.

 Knowledge of equipment used to mark waterways and side channels.

 Ability to navigate assigned boats in inland and coastal waters,
 to use the compass, maps, charts, and other instruments of
 navigation, and to run a compass course from charts.

 Ability to operate a survey boat used to take soundings.

 Ability to conduct inspections and investigations.

 Ability to collect samples.

 Ability to read, analyze, and interpret laws, rules, and regulations 
 applying to the operation and navigation of a motor boat.

 Ability to operate  a motor boat under varying conditions, in
 daylight and darkness, and in varied bodies of water.

 Ability to make landings at dock, moving barges, and vessels, and 
 in dangerous and close quarters such as around cables, anchor 
 cables, cutterheads, pipe lines, and pontoon lines of hydraulic 
 dredges, and stone jetties and groins in the Atlantic Ocean.

 Ability to enforce New Jersey shellfish and marine finfish laws
 and regulations.

 Ability to judge wave heights and water conditions for ocean
 soundings and to make determinations of wave and weather
 conditions for particular assignments.

 Ability to interact effectively with the public in the course of
 official duties.

 Ability to direct and assist in the painting, maintenance, and
 repair of motorized boats including servicing and adjusting
 the motor, clutch, points, filters, strainers, charging batteries,
 and greasing and oiling movable parts.

 Ability to instruct assigned personnel in boating safety

 Ability to obtain, store, record, safeguard, distribute, and
 supervise the use of food, equipment, materials, and supplies.

 Ability to prepare reports.

 Ability to maintain records and files.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, office,
 or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate
 in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
 American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
 as acceptable forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
 as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
 reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
 made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
 such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.