Serving in the Coast Guard as a Marine Science Technician can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the Coast Guard. It is a job that will have a lot of change; sometimes you will be working at a relaxed tempo, at other times it will be working under deadline and pressure, due to the high tempo from the operational status of your unit. There are a variety of different job responsibilities you will have as a Marine Science Technician in the Coast Guard. You may be involved in helping prevent the establishment of a pest nuisance aquatic species one day, and be supervising the clean up of pollution the next. Whatever your responsibility the position of Marine Science Technician serving in the United States Coast Guard has a great deal of variety and job designations. You may be tasked to serve as a vessel inspection officer on commercial fishing boats, or inspect cargo ships, cargo and passenger vessels.
Part of your duties will be to inspect and certify liquid gas carrying vessels loaded with propane, LNG, or other petroleum-based products. You will be responsible for conducting marine investigation on pollution spills, and investigating Merchant Marine licenses and license infringement cases. You may be responsible for being the investigation officer on a particular marine pollution incident. A Marine Science Technician will often work as a Port Safety Officer along with Port Security Coast Guard personnel, ensuring vessel inspections, and reports are done on vessels entering United States Ports of Call.
As a Coast Guard Marine Science Technician you will be responsible to help patrol violations of shipping regulations and shipping laws. Working as a Port inspection officer you will board and inspect foreign and domestic vessels, looking for stability, structural integrity, life safety equipment, as well as electrical, lifesaving and mechanical systems conditions. You will verify the condition of cargo ships and foreign vessels that visit United States Ports, and inspect to make sure that the living conditions on such vessels is up to regulations.
Working on the Waterfront the Marine Science Coast Guard Technician will work to conduct inspections of containers, harbor patrols, and facility inspections to insure all the proper documentation, safety procedures, and other requirements are being met. Marine Science Technicians attend an intense individual advanced 8-week course at Training Center Yorktown, Virginia, and then further their training with on the job training at their duty station.